Welcome to Klash Fashion's very first blog post!
For those of you who are new to Klash Fashion, let me tell you a little bit about my story.
So my name is Kaitlyn, I'm 23 years old and I'm a Leo. I live in Dundee in Scotland and have done so my whole life. I currently run Klash Fashion on my own but I hope to employ a few people in the future.
My journey really began when I was around 17 years old. I was given a few sewing lessons from my Gran's next door neighbour. I remember being asked if I wanted to take a few lessons and being so excited. I was given a huge bag of fabric and the lovely lady was kind enough to give me an old sewing machine of hers for nothing.
My mind went crazy at all of the possibilities. The fact that I could try and teach myself to make my very own clothing was amazing to me!
I've always been a creative soul and thrived at Art and Design in school. It acts as escapism for me personally. It's like entering a new world where I'm alone with my wandering thoughts. I can witness and let them float by. It's easy to detach from any emotion and let everything go in my mind. Almost like meditating if you think about it.
I then went on to study Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design after leaving high school.
After graduating I found it really difficult to find a creative job or career in Dundee. I didn't have the money to move to London where a lot of creative textile opportunities seemed to be. I also didn't want to leave my family.So I settled into a customer service role that I stayed at for around 3 years until recently.
If I were to give you, who is reading this,one piece of advice it would be this:
Only you can change your reality. Don't settle because it seems impossible to get to where you want to be. Just focus on the next 24 hours and if you do at least one small thing that'll get you closer to your dream, then you are 100% on the right track.
Now, I've recently become self employed and run my business Klash Fashion full time. I was able to do this due to a few things. I'll list them below.
1. I spent a lot of my spare time focusing on my passion. Any time I wasn't at my job working was spent on developing my business and growing my skills in any way that I could.
2. I got really clear on my goal and worked backwards from that. I asked myself 'what do I need to do to get there?' and I took action on it.
3. I began to become grateful for everything I already had. Every time something good happens I always say to myself 'Thank you thank you thank you.' which allows me to feel grateful for every little thing that happens as I take those few seconds to acknowledge my gratitude. This was a tip I found in the book 'The Magic' by Rhonda Byrne. I strongly recommend it!
I felt fear and did those scary things anyway. The scariest thing I have done recently was being interviewed and having to present to a team of people for a funding opportunity that would change my life if I was successful. There were only 8 spots in the whole of the UK for this and getting this funding would enable me to become self employed. I felt a lot of pressure and anxiety but I did the best I could and tried to keep as positive as possible and I got it!
So, that's me and my journey so far. I've only been self employed for a few weeks now but I'm loving the freedom.
I hope this blog post has given you a little bit of an insight into my personal journey and who I am!
Equally, I hope this helps anyone who has a passion or dream they want to turn into reality. You've got this.
Kaitlyn x x x
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