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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Self-employed = unemployed? Not in college = waster?

Day in and day out, I receive messages from trolls online in regards to my occupation and education. If you don't follow the regular pattern of heading to college straight away after school and getting a job instantly - sure you're automatically a waster! Eh no. After my Leaving Certficate exams I turned down my first college offer, which was to study History and English at UCD. It was a controversial decision, but it was the right one - for me. I want to pursue a career in fashion, which doesn't need a college degree for a start - there are hundreds upon hundreds of industry names who've never even gone to college! Practical work experience, is just as valued as a degree when it comes to any creative career, I believe. I don't want to be a doctor, nor do I want to be a lawyer - not every occupation needs a college degree the minute you leave secondary school. I plan on going to college next year or the year after in London hopefully, to study a fashion course. However, I still receive abuse in regards to my own personal decisions, and it's very draining to stand up for myself constantly. It's nobody else's business what I do with my life. My life, is my life. I make my own decisions, and quite frankly I don't care about what anyone else thinks. 
Which leads me on to the other hurdle I have to cross constantly - working! I'm self-employed, and have been for just under a year now. After 3 years of working hard at my blog and Youtube channel, I'm finally at a position now where I can turn both into jobs. Alongside running these, I also write for one of the biggest franchises in the world; Diet Coke, as one of their Fashion Friday writers. For some reason, people don't deem these online jobs, as "real" jobs. I was talking to a fellow self-employed blogger about people's prejudice and ignorance towards others making their own cash at home the other day, and it seems to be that if you don't work in a physical building of some sort (an office, a shop etc) - then you're unemployed? You're given that label straight-off. You're officially a slacker, a waster, on the dole or as trolls like to say "mooching off your parents". Some people can't grasp the concept of others making their own money, by building a business around themselves. I'm proud of what I've built up over the last few years, and I'm proud to call myself a self-employed earner at the age of 19. I work daily on all of my websites, working with companies and carrying out research. Believe it or not, it's work. Of course, there are days where I'd love to have a part-time job, just to get out of the house more and socialise, but unfortunately I can't. 
Most of you know that I'm due a life-changing operation in the coming months - I'm getting both of my jaws repositioned. How does this affect jobs? I have at least one hospital or orthodontic appointment a week (where appointment times are never on schedule, and always run late), the healing time can take up to 6 months and for the first 2 months my jaw will be wired shut so talking will be impossible/ difficult. No employer will see those factors, and think they're ok. This operation has held me back in so many areas of my life, but I've stopped dwelling on that. During my "gap years" I've completed a Make Up For Ever makeup artistry degree, styled ebay's first European online fashion show, have appeared on tv and at least 40+ publications - and guess what? I'm proud! They're valuable experience to me that no college degree could ever offer. 
It's a very small-minded way to think, if you believe that college and office jobs are the only way to go in life - for everyone and anyone. People needs to realise that there's always other options, and not all of the typical options are suitable for everyone. Assuming someone's on the dole (slang for receiving government benefit money) or receiving money off their parents, is bizarre and incredibly idiotic. I find that when I receive these rude comments in regards to either "not working" or "not being in college, you waster" etc, I just think to myself "My life must be at least in some way interesting, for this stranger to have to think about my situation in life so hard". It's so blind of people to assume I'm receiving money off my parents or receiving money off of the government. My family aren't in any position to be throwing money out to anyone and the most I get, would be a tenner a week to go towards a cinema ticket - if even! I don't smoke, I rarely drink and I attend nightclubs about 4 times a year at this stage. I'm lucky enough to be in a position to receive products and clothes off of companies, so I don't buy every single piece of clothing you see on me! I have ebay sales, Facebook sales and I save. Believe it or not, some people can make their way through life without having to live up to societies expectations of them. Get on with your own life and decisions, and don't intrude in others' choices. Each person has their own mind, their own plan and their own way of doing things. We're not robots.

Are any of you self-employed at the moment? Have you ever received prejudice comments in regards to your education or job choices?

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  1. Love this, Leanne! I work full time and study through correspondence but I so envy people who make their lives work like you do without following this 'traditional' (read: boring) way. One day I'm going to set up on my own and be self-employed - it's the dream x

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  2. Well done Leanne for being so honest and articulate about this! I constantly see comments about money on full time Youtubers and bloggers pages. Its disgusting! People wouldnt dream of asking someone in a bar how they paid for their shoes but because you choose to work in an online capacity you are seen as fair game!

    Keep on doing your thing and feck the begrudgers!!!

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  3. Thank you so much for this blog post. For years my heart was set on going to university, one renowned one in particular, to study Fine Art. Unfortunately this plan went awry when I suffered a head injury which meant I had to drop out of my A Levels and affects me to this day. A few months after dropping out I was recovered enough to sit up in bed for a few hours on my laptop and this was when I started my blog. I must admit it was pretty crummy at first but it was as good as I could manage at the time and I'm proud I started it. For a long while it really irked me that all my school peers are off at university but now I've come to realise that I can do the things I enjoy without going and in fact I couldn't do all of them if I was away at uni! There's still a part of me which wishes I was there but I know it's not right for me anymore and I'm going to do my best at blogging and painting without it and see where things lead. :)

    Florrie x

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  4. This is so irritating that people get made to feel this way. I went to a 'posh' grammar school in a small town where most people either get married and have kids straight after GCSE or become doctors/laywers/teachers. I am studying a fashion journalism degree and people forget about the word Journalism on the end and tell me my degree is silly, useless and as one of my 'Friends' once informed me, will mean I spend the rest of life 'working in Topshop or something cus surely that's all that you'll be qualified to do.' well actually, My degree is extremely time consuming and difficult and I'm proud of the fact I'm doing it and achieving something with my life. plus I daresay they'll all change their tune when I'm editor of Elle!
    thanks for this blog post Leanne. I think You're extremely successful!
    Niamh x

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  5. Thank you Leanne! I understand where you're coming from. Although I am going to college next fall, certain people just dont understand why I want a degree in fashion. Like hello, this is obviously what I want so thats what I'm going to do. But I'm happy you made this post and stood up for yourself. You deserve all of your success! And you're so inspiring!

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  6. Great post, its sad though that you had to write it because people keep going on about things like this, i'm proud of you for what you've done and i'd be pretty darn chuffed if i was in the same position as you!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  7. I have always been ridiculed for not taking the 'normal' route of going from school to sixth form or college then onto university, which then ~obviously would make you end up in a top end job. Why is it that we're made to feel like we're nothing if we don't take that route? Why am I made to feel like a watster like you said? I couldn't go into eduction as my dad died and my mum became mentally ill and had a drink and drug problem. So I got a job in a stockroom in an industrial park and then moved on to be an ice cream girl. I felt worthless and it made me feel like I was nothing because I was surrounded by kids that were able to do the things I wasn't. I knew what i wanted though, and through sheer stubborness to not be the victim or the 'loser' in life I worked my ass off and managed to bag myself a job as a digital artist in a photo studio. I trained and worked that job till I was ready to move on and now I am working in the beauty industry as an online marketer, making websites and video producing for Englands top plastic surgeons and doctors. I salut you for sticking it to the man and wholey committing to aiming for your dream career.

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  8. I love this post, I know how you feel about people judging, from a very young age I was always into beauty and makeup and wanted to be a beauty therapist, when I told people after the leaving i was doing a beauty therapy course immediately they all assumed I was thick and couldn't get into a 'proper college'. It really pisses me off when people think because you want to go down a more creative route, and not to UCD or wherever, that you're stupid.

    http://alltheprettythingsx.blogspot.ie

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  9. I love this post. I'm hoping next year when I'm 16 to get my youtube and blog as my job. I love both of them very much and I have a chronic illness which means getting a 'proper' job could make my illness worse and could make getting a job extremely difficult. I'm so thankful that youtube and blogger can help people earn money now in this day and age it's very difficult to get a job so creating a blog or a youtube and talking about things you enjoy is such a great thing. Obviously I don't just use my youtube or blog to get money, I enjoy making videos and blog posts and the fact that they could be my job excites me/

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  10. this is such a good post and makes such a good point! i totally get where you're coming at for this. i felt i had to go to university, but it's not fashion i actually want to get into, it's clinical psychology! but there shouldn't be this whole prejudice about being self employed. it's amazing at 19 you can say all that! i'm 19 and no where near close to making it by myself. you should be so proud!

    chloe @chlowitty blogs

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  11. Well done on being so honest but it's sad that you have to say any of this. It's stupid to assume that you're on welfare if you're self employed or working at home - as far as I know anyone working for google (adsense or whatever) has to pay taxes and thus isn't eligible for benefits? Not that it would matter anyway - I hate the mindset that if you are on benefits you're a slacker or a waster, it's not true for the majority.
    Where you've got to is so admirable but it hasn't been just luck and everyone knows that you've worked hard, you're one of the most regular posters on my feed! don't feed the trolls leanne x

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  12. This is such an inspirational post! Really loved reading it! You have achieved so much, especially for someone who is only 19(same age as me), and it's clear you've worked hard for it all. Imagine where you'll be in 10 years! :) xx

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  13. Everything about this is so true. I have a very similar opinion-- I do not think it's necessary in the least to automatically go to college and get a typical job. If you ask me, at this point in time, it's the worse option. Too many people waste their creative minds and the opportunity to grow other fields just for the sake of being safe in an office job. I'm going through something similar now with school. Colleges apparently view school participation to be better than outside activities. I don't understand why I should have to be apart of clubs and sports teams that I don't like or have any interested in to show that I'm 'well rounded'. Hopefully the effort I've put into my blog and working closely in a small retail store and for the online shop covers that because I'm a highly well rounded person; I'd hate to see that totally disregarded because how I got there isn't 'normal'.

    couturing.blogspot.com

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  14. I think it's amazing what you've achieved and you're only 19!? At least your doing something with your life, unlike the trolls who have the time to send you emails complaining to you about not going to college....pathetic! I think its great what you've achieved at such a young age- keep it up!

    Emily x

    http://emilyx0.blogspot.com

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  15. You're completely right and this is coming from someone who is gone the "traditional route". Having come through a degree, I wonder are the any use at all? I only started learning when I got to the work place and got experience. It's a piece of paper that cost me a lot of money. I think society is changing though and degrees aren't what they used to be because anyone can get them now. Carry on with what you're doing, it's working!

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  16. At the moment I'm in my third year in college and I'm looking for a part time job, to go on top of the babysitting I do weekly to earn money for myself. Having myself gone down the 'proper' or 'right' route to getting I job, I am still baffled to hear such negativity towards any other choices. A lot of people seem extremely closed minded and just unimaginative when it comes to how to earn money. There are only a handful of university degrees and courses now that will give graduates a guaranteed job. I have even had some comments made towards me and my degree, in regards to what I'll be doing afterwards, with an arts degree. I think these narrow minded people need a reality check, because it's clear that markets in various industries work differently now. Just because society has in the past expected college degrees to get 'real-life' jobs, does not mean it is still like that. In fact, from what I'm seeing some qualifications are becoming increasingly useless. I think you're actually in a better position than me, someone who did it 'right'. And because I've spent all my time on education and concentrating on college, I have no experience whatsoever. Something that will stand against me when I do graduate. I think it's clear to anyone with half a brain that you put so much work into running your blog, and 'online brand' as such. If anything, doing it by yourself, for yourself, and in disregard to societies 'norms' makes it so much more worthwhile. Please don't let any ignorant comments get you down! :)
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  17. I totally agree, i'm in a similar situation myself, i did a makeup artistry course when i left school which was a year long. When i finished the course and didnt automatically get a job in the beauty industry i was deemed a waster. People dont realise getting a job is hard and you dont just need the qualification, you also need experience! I want to start my career off on a makeup counter but i had no retail experience. People seemed to relish in my supposed failure of working in a shop when really i'm just doing what i have to, to start my career. It's draining coming from friends and family, i cant imagine that kind of invasion from strangers. I know you put yourself out there, but really, they have no idea of your financial situation and the speculation is disgusting!

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  18. You're fabulous and so is this post. That is all.

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  19. I do some freelance work at the moment and people seem to think its because i cant get a 'real' journalism job. But the truth is i decided to do some freelance work after uni to build my portfolio and to get a variety of different work.

    You should be proud of what you do, you have experience that universities cant offer and will probably do better in your future because of that! I'm pretty sure the majority of people wish they had your experience, i certainly do!

    Tanesha x
    www.tanesha-marie.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. At the end of the day, your CV looks more impressive because of all the experience you have gathered.
    I know people who have reached the age of 21 without ever having had a proper job. All they have on their CV is their Leaving Cert and a pending college degree. Experience is key to success.

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  21. This year I decided to take a gap year from school for various reasons (Not sure on choices, lack of funds etc) I've been trying to find a job for months but sadly nothing yet. I have had four interviews so far and in one the interviewer basiclly sneered that she "didn't understand" why I would take a gap-year because it'll "don't nothing for me" In this day and age young people should be encourged to Make their own decisions and if that means goin an unconvential route after secondary, so be it! As cliche as it sounds you have to do what you love and not what others may seem as "proper".
    Don't listen to any trolls. They're just envious of your success and your want to make aomethig of yourself!

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  22. Fantastic post, I can completely relate to this being self-employed myself. I work from home (with the occasional freelance makeup jobs) on my jewellery business and work a lot longer days than most people in an office job yet I still get people thinking I just sit at home and slack. They don't realise that because I have made a business for myself and it is something I enjoy doing it is ALWAYS on my mind and I am constantly working throughout the night to try and pay the bills. It may be something I love doing, but it's a hell of a lot harder and a lot more work to succeed.

    Try not to let people get to you, you're doing so well and it sounds like they're just jealous they're not in your position!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  23. Ah, I love you! Such an inspiration. I am currently training to become a qualified makeup artist, and I eventually want to go on to study special effects makeup and prosthetics at university. However, it is my parents are the ones bringing me down.. And I know they're only looking out for me, what with it being a 'tough world out there' and all that jazz. But this is what I want to do, and I will work EXTREMELY hard to get to where I want to go.
    I just really admire how you have worked so hard and gotten so far, and you're only 19. Congrats!

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  24. don't listen to what people say, and i honestly admire you for being so strong after what people have said to you, you're an AMAZING person, and you inspire me so much. x

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  25. A fantastic post! I went to uni but have found the skills and knowledge in internet marketing and achievements that I have made since have been so much more useful to me. I am self employed, partly because I have children and found a conventional job did not allow me to work full time and still pick the children up from school. I haven't really experienced prejudice but do find that people don't really take what I do seriously. I feel like they expect me to offer to look after their kids, let them pop round for a cup of tea when ever, no matter how many times I explain, I'm working. Keep doing what feels right to you and don't let anyone change that!

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  26. I've been a long time reader, but have never commented on a post.
    As a 24 year old, I must say even to 'girls' older than you Leeane, you are an inspiration.
    At 18 I was pushed into an Arts degree in NUIM 'All your cousins are teachers, you should teach too". Now I loved NUI Maynooth, it really shaped me in to the person I am today, and as a Wexford girl it gave me a solid grounding into the 'Dublin Scene'( I know it's technically Kildare, but close enough). However, my mam lost her job and I turned down a Masters scholarship to take up full time work to help cover her mortgage back home.
    It was a somewhat lucky break for me, despite her unfortunate circumstances.

    To cover my rent and her mortgage I sold clothes etc online, contribute in surveys and anything else I could think of.
    I've never gone back to college. I never will. Since leaving I've had the opportunity to channel my energy into a career that I want for me. I've started blogging, I sell clothes online and contribute to online articles.

    I wouldn't say that I've wasted years of my life, but the practical experience I gained outside college will take me further in the career I want and the path I am choosing to take.

    Thank you Leanne for speaking out.
    When you are happy in what you do, no matter if you make 100 or 1 million a week, you have made it.

    You Leanne, already have. Feck the bredgrudgers.

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  27. I completed a college degree in one of the Nui's doing subjects I really didn't like and felt completely uninspired by. Now I'm doing a correspondance course in something I really love but being told it's not a 'real' qualification really p***es me off. Do what you want, it's your life and I love your blog & youtube! :) x

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  28. I studied to be a Beautican and I passed all my exams with really high marks. I done very well in it. But when I decided that was what I wanted to do, i got slagged for being 'dumb' and not going to a proper college. I don't think people realise how much work is actually in it and how hard the work is, especially the theroy, we had to learn off the names of every single bone and muscle in the body and so much more. When I asked people if they knew them they couldn't even give me the name of 5 of them. I am now in a journalism course, because as much as I loved being a beautician my heart just wasn't in it. But good on ya. Do what you gotta do to be what you wanna be.

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  29. I literally don't understand how anyone can slag you off for blogging as a career choice, I'd love to be able to do it. I think you're lucky that you're in the position you're in.

    People are far too quick to judge, I was out of work recently and slagged off for not trying hard enough to get a job ('there's loads of jobs how can someone not find one') called a dole 'dosser', sponging peoples taxes etc. Some people don't realise the struggles other people have, which is just ignorance.

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. YOU GO GIRL! I'm a 56 year old self-employed Psychotherapist, and I think tht this blog post is fantastic. I admire your courage greatly.

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  31. I completely agree! I recently started my own blog (aallexxy.blogspot.co.uk) and have blog for trendsetuk (not as much as i should have) it is time-consuming as I work and I'm also a mum, it takes a lot more time than it appears. I applaud you for knowing what you want to do as such a young age, but also having the drive to do it, I'm older than you & have a always had a passion for the creative side if things, but never the confidence to persue it.

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  32. Such a good read! I went to a dance college instead of university and I never hear the end of it from some people. The 'life lessons' that I learnt whilst at college are invaluable to me and the friends that I made, irreplacable! I'm smart and I got good results at school but I followed my heart instead of my head. I now have exactly the same mundane cafe type job as all of my uni graduate friends excpet I'm not in a truck load of debt. I still don't know what I want to do carrer wise 'when I grow up' but I'm still so happy with the choice that I made when I left school. I wish people would stop treating me as if I'm stupid and making me feel less of a person just because I don't have a degree.
    Thanks for writting this post, I read blogs all the time and have never felt so inclined to comment!!x

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  33. This unfortunately happens too much. Telling people I do art for one baffles people. I guess it's like fashion - people can't see how you can get a job from it or that it's a 'doss' subject. I also want to be self-employed in the future, which isn't 'realistic' apparently!

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  34. *sigh* There are plenty of graduates who can't find any work, who can't even find jobs in the service industry. So it makes no sense at all to insist that everyone goes to university or college.

    I'm a journalist so I'm accustomed to people working freelance and being self employed. If it was that easy to find work through blogging and YouTube everyone would be doing it. As you've said yourself, you've only had paid work because you've worked really hard to establish yourself.

    You're doing great. The trolls are just idiots who probably don't have any work, thus they have plenty of spare time to spam you. Don't bother replying to them. You don't have to justify yourself to them. Send their mails to the trash where they belong! :)

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  35. I dropped out of college because of how unhappy it made me and as a result I got very ill. I left and I felt instantly better and I had a job and I was getting happier and everyone, even my friends, said I was stupid.
    It's such a shame that everyone thinks that you're supposed to leave school and then just get a degree.

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  36. All I can say is hear hear! I've been interning at various fashion mags/prs for nearly a year as well as blogging and doing freelance work, which trust me is hard work, and someone turned round the other day and asked me how I can afford things when I don't have a 'real job'. Thanks.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this post and I think if you don't feel Uni is right for you, then don't force it.

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  37. Very well written piece Leanne. I can't believe you receive such hateful and ignorant messages. Just remember that for every troll there are hundreds of people who love and admire your work. You have achieved so much in such a short period of time, you should be applauded for going down a different route!

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  38. I think you have, rightly highlighted the massive faults in society for expecting certain paths from EVERYONE.

    However, it is equally wrong to have a point of view which condemns university. I don't see your post as doing this AT ALL; but as someone whose family's lives have been directly and vastly improved as a result of higher education, I find it incredibly insulting when people scoff at me because I want to do a pH.D, and believe me, IT DOES HAPPEN. I have a brother for whom university will never be an option or a want, so I am fully in favour of varied direction. What we really need is tolerance for all vocations. Whether you want to be in education until you're 27 or want to go straight into a working environment, no-one knows you better than yourself. Follow your instincts, do what you love, work your ass off and what can the critics say?

    x

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  39. Leane, you are so lucky to be in the postion you are but then again it's not luck. You've worked darn hard! These people are jealous that's all and trolling makes them feel better about themselves for some bizzare reason. They must have a really tough time themsleves and think taking it out on you might help?
    Really nice meeting you this evening! Alice x

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  40. This is an excellent post, and highlights some of the issues I've faced myself. I do have a degree, and I work full time, in a typical bog standard office job, but I want to be a writer and am trying to pursue it part-time. The reactions I've had from people have been judgemental to say the least, as everyone assumes that sitting behind a desk in an office is a real job, whereas sitting behind a desk in your house isn't.

    Congrats on achieving what you have, I'd kill to be in your position. You should be proud.

    http://girlinawhimsicalworld.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  41. Leanne, you've got so much courage to speak out.I know completely how you feel and this post relates so much to how I felt. I got the same abusive but from close friends as well judging me for not going down the 'Uni Path'. Like yourself , I wanted to do things my own way and work on my writing and find a different way of becoming a fashion journalist. I worked hard on my blog too and I'm studing for my NCTJ diloma in journalism which will hopefully help get a full time fashion writing job. You've done so well and I'm so proud of you for speaking out about this.People do need to be less judgemental and see people who haven't gone down those routes work hard too. xxx

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  42. I actually can't believe people would be so rude to you about something like that, how is it anyone else's business what you do with your life?! I wish I could do work like yours, that's an excellent situation I reckon! :)

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  43. I´ve been following your blog for two years now, it´s a joke that you even have to write this post. You have done so well for yourself. I don´t get why people get jealous of you getting clothes from companies etc, you work in fashion, what else are they supposed to send you! There is such snobbery in Ireland when it comes to education.

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  45. I love how ballsy you are, I'd love to do what you do for a living god knows how anyone can criticise you! Jeeez!
    I'd really appreciate it if you took a look at my blog, I'm only just starting out and don't even really know what I'm doing!
    http://rabbitholesxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  46. I've followed you for ages and your honesty has always encouraged me to say what I believe in! You have done so well in the fashion industry and established yourself as more than a successful youtuber ! I'd love you to check out my blog I've recently started, which you inspired me to do.
    Love from Wales xxx

    http://retailismytherapy.blogspot.co.uk

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  47. This is perfect. This is exactly how I feel.

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  49. Leanne you are flawless, I love that you addressed this issue because I'm currently debating whether I'm actually ready for college or not. I'm under so much pressure and I keep getting all the horrible looks from people who I tell them that I might take a year off or take basic courses at a community college to get them out of the way. I look up to you and it makes me feel more confident in my decision to start college when I feel I am ready and not when I am expected to. Please always keep your head high because you are such an inspiration <3 I've loved you since I was 16 and I will always be a devoted fan.

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  50. I feel so pressured to get an education. I'm only 18, I don't know what I want to do wit my life yet :-( I think your decision is good, for you. That's all that matters, if it's good for you.

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  51. You're 19?! Wow, I feel under-accomplished at 22! F*** the haters; I only properly discovered you blog a few months and I am astonished that you are only 19! You have achieved more in life than most in their 30s and you can bet none of those trolls have achieved much! Working their up to assistant manager in Centra by the age of 26 doesn't count. Fair play, you have you're head screwed and as this post proves, you're a great writer and you know what you want. Well done.

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  52. Great post Leanne, I totally agree with you. And another thing I hate that I know you hate too - is people CONSTANTLY asking "how do you get all these clothes when you don't have a job?" or "you're a student, so how do you have so much money?" - I am seriously fed up!! People don't understand that you can make money by NOT having a normal job! But you're clearly doing well for yourself, at the end of the day they're the ones reading your blog/watching your videos whilst you've got the cash rolling in - so fuck them! what ever, you'll do better in life so you don't need to worry about these idiots who waste their life on a shitty 9-5 office job. You go girlfriendddddd!
    xx

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  53. I saw the abuse some weirdo was giving you during the week on twitter, pure ignorance and jealousy. Probably wondering how you can achieve more from your bedroom than some people ever will with their entire life. Fair play to you although you are self employed and get products etc it's not handed to you. I see you working hard daily through out all your websites, keep it up! Love your blog and youtube chanel xxx

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  54. I went through so many years of education, I did my A levels and then went onto university for 4 years to do a fashion degree, which to be honest was a waste of time! I would have preferred to just get stuck into work straight away, or to have set up my own business. Self promotion is the key and you seem to be getting it right, so keep doing what you're doing! The fashion industry and any creative industry are the toughest to crack. You'll be as successful as you want to be, keep working hard and you'll reap the rewards. Screw these internet trolls who have no idea what they're chatting about and are obviously so busy working themselves, that they have enough time to write this shite! x

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  55. I agree completely! I'm only 14 and I have a while until leaving school and having to really deal with jobs, college, etc but I really don't see the rush in it. But I just wanted to say that you have done so, so well with this blog and that no one has the right to say otherwise. I have been reading this blog and watching your YouTube for a year, and that's how I realised how much I love fashion, and as a person living in Ireland that success can come from it, even here! This may sound cheesy, but you really have shown me that success does not have to be a big corporate job, it can be at home too and you'll do just as well. You're inspirational!

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  56. I hear ya! I do have a degree( in Textile Design) and even throughout those 4 years people made "ah but you just draw all day in college, that can't be hard" comments all the time... Hmmm... Unfortunately it's part of life. People will try and validate their life decisions by putting down anything others do that don't fall in line with their plans.
    Just remember that you will have the last laugh , when all of their marriages crumble/investments turn to shit/ jobs go down the pan and they have nothing to turn to because they neglected to develop themselves in other areas.
    Plus, I would totally go back to my 17 year old self and tell them to veto college for a few years, you will enjoy and learn more!

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  57. I got to your blog by pure random and to be honest this was the best article I've read this week. You're totally right, in every single word! Blogging and writing is hard work and you deserve respect and the best !

    xOxO

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  58. Absolutely love your article and your attitude, Leanne - way to go! :)

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  59. Good for you! You deserve all the success and happiness in the world!

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  60. I think you're an inspiration to young girls everywhere and i love all your work. Jealousy is a horrible trait that so amny people in our society today seem to possess. Best of luck with your surgery :) xoxo

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  61. Wow! I can't believe you're only 19, yet you have achieved what most people can only dream of doing! Don't let those trolls get to you, Leanne. I've only been a avid watcher of your videos and such for about a month or so, but you've quickly become one of my biggest inspirations. I am 17 and just opened my own online store as well and am working on building my own fashion youtube channel. One thing I have learned is that it does take so much time and effort to keep it up. You have every right to be proud of what you do! One day I hope to be as successful as yourself! :)

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  62. Fair play! I think it's deadly how you've managed to do so much at such a young age too, it's amazing! I think the trolls are just jealous that they didnt think of it first haha. But really, I love watching your videos and reading the blog, it's a great source of inspiration for me and the fact that you're Irish is great too as I've found that I can't get a lot of the stuff american and english beauty bloggers talk about, at least I know some of the random little shops you'd be on about.

    Good luck with the operation and everything else. Wishing you all the best for the future.

    Dee x
    http://dee-chats.blogspot.ie/

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  63. If doing everything the ''traditional'' way was the best way to go about your life then everyone doing it would be massively successful, but they're not. It's the people who have to take a different path that end up being innovators and trail blazers because they have learned to find success without conforming to society's norm. (fucking Gaga anyone??)

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  64. omg i LOVE this! I'm nearly 16 and in my last year of school,and this my school year is the first to HAVE to go to college,because i want to do an apprenticeship and not A levels,everyone thinks i'm going to end up working in Mcdonalds or living off the dole all my life! This is not the case - I want to become a music producer,which requires no A levels,just life experience! I love that you've wrote this,as it makes me feel so much better!

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  65. Really love this post, I just read it out of curiosity after you linked it on your YouTube channel. I'm sure the people questioning your finances are just hideously jealous that you can earn money through doing something you actually enjoy. I would love to be able to work from home, and tons of people do work from home anyway, whether they're bloggers, freelancers or own their own business - I don't really see how people can't grasp the concept! I can imagine you getting a great job in fashion in the future because you've built up a lot of experience. Keep doing what you're doing!

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  66. I absolutely love you. It's horrible that you have to constantly defend yourself, people are just so rude and ridiculous. You SHOULD be proud of yourself. I'm someone who went to college, and grad school and I am still job searching for a job in my field in the really difficult employment environment that is the United States, so good for you! I did everything you're "supposed to do", had regular jobs, went to school and look where I am? Unemployed lol! I wish you all the best, you really deserve it. And about your operation, I wish you all the luck ever, that's going to be really intense and I hope you recover quickly!!!!!!!

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  67. This is an amazing blog post! Any form of earning money is classed as a job in my eyes. xxx

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  68. People get so judgemental over other peoples choices to do things off the beaten path. Maybe because they weren't able to! You deserve to be proud! Don't let other people bring you down. You don't owe anyone explanations either to be honest. xx

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  69. This was an interesting read! It is a relatable topic for me because my best friend goes to university. She studies until 2 AM every night to one day reach her goal of becomming a lawyer. She also works part-time at a restaurant. I look up to her for being such a hard worker and i love her, but she is also very opinionated! She thinks that just because her whole world revolves around school, anyone who isn't in post-secondary is "going nowhere in life". She judges people if they have colourful hair or facial piercings, believing this will surely effect their career options and no boss will take them seriously. I disagree, because there are so many different options out there. Her views sadden me because she makes herself seem like a lame person, which she is not. I have recently graduated from high school and i've yet to decide what career i'm interersted in. I've never been the studious type. And post secondary doesn't really interest me at this time. Especially the amount of money you have to pay, and i'm not interested in getting a $20,000+ loan. I've always been obsessed with makeup artistry and I dream of working at MAC, and you don't necessarily need go to makeup school for that! Anyways, great post, Leanne...Thanks! x

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  70. Since the day I subscribed to your channel I've noticed these ignorant comments. I personally love the fact that you took charge of your own life and to me you are an inspiration, you're only 19 and have done so many amazing things. Just keep going, I'm currently in the last year of college where I'm studying dance and this alone people say that dance isn't hard, it's not something you should go college for or its a dead end. I'm a self taught dancer who was lucky enough to be given a place at where I am now, it is hard and I get ignorant remarks every so often but I love what I do so it's totally worth it to me. I'd also love to one day be in the position you are in as I blog a lot on many different sites and hopefully one day I can resume my youtube channel and maybe turn that into a job as well :) anyway this post is spot on and just keep going, you clearly have a bright and special future ahead of you :) xo

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  71. I admire you so much.
    I'm 16, and honestly I don't want to follow the traditional route.
    I want to do other things with my life, like study fashion and makeup.
    Do you think you could give out some pointers on how to get started.
    I'm gonna start working more on my youtue, and start a blog.
    Thanks for being such and inspiration to me, I look up to you. (':

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  72. You've done really well for yourself and no one can argue that, fair play to ya! Although I must say I've had over ten surgeries in my 21 years (jaw surgery included) and it would be seen as prejudice for an employer to not hire you or discriminate you because of this. When you have doctors notes and that it's never a problem. While I've worked part time in my job I've had three surgeries and nothing can be said. With regards to the jaw surgery I wouldn't worry thinking it could take six months to recover, you'd be surprised how quickly you heel. Once the wires came off my teeth i was good to go.
    And by the way you are going to look absolutely stunning after you get it done, you won't believe the difference it will make to your face, I had an under bite too and genuinely it was the best decision I've ever made getting it done. Best of luck with it :) xxx

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  73. so typical of irish people to begrudge others!! so sick of this! they're just jel...ur doing a great job! very inspiring, always wanted to do something like this! x

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  74. I totally understand you! I'm 24 and I finished college but I didn't like the degree I went for, so I'm not working in that field. I'm a singer, I actually work in a rock&roll band in bars and other places. It's really hard for me beacuse from the minute you become a singer/musician everyone assumes that you are lazy, you weren't good at school or good enough for "office jobs", that you're living the "sex,drugs & rock&roll life style" when you're really not, I work at nights but that doesn't mean I'm a party animal LOL. So I do get picked on alot for not being what "society" thinks is a "normal human being".. I'm working on ignoring all the stupid comments and the things that don't do me any good. I'm trying to live my life as happy as I can because at the end of the day you only have yourself to please and not others. You are awesome, I love your style & your videos. x

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  75. You've done a great job getting where you are today. It does not matter what form of work you do to make money (well to others it does...but idgaf) all that matters is that you enjoy what you do and thats exactly what you are doing. Keep up the good work leanne. I know myself and millions of other fans enjoy what you do and love you the way you are. xoxo Julissa :)

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  76. Thank you for this! Man, I have a similar issue (long story). But I've found a way to utilize my talents or skills online, in order, to make some money. And I thank the internet for that!

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  77. Thank you thank you thank you!! I have got to the point where I don't want to tell people that I'm self employed. My husband is in the military so we move around a lot and it was impractical to stay in my old career in banking so I took redundancy when it was offered and started working for myself on the total opposite as an online haberdashery and I love it and can't understand why I spent ten years (16-26) slogging my way up in a career I hated! But when someone asks me what I do I hate it because when I say self employed they think "housewife" and some even say "oh it's nice to have a hobby!" I just want to scream! It's nice to know I'm not alone :)

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  78. Thank you I feel much better, i am self employed & work from home running an on-line curtain making company, when I have bad weeks everyone tells me to get a job as if I am unemployed! It's so annoying & unhelpful especially as childcare would wipe out much of any hourly rate I would earn.

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