So this post title won’t mean anything to any one else but me – it’s a bit of an introspective post about Working life, if you’ll forgive that.

If any of you follow me on Twitter you might have seen that I posted about being offered an amazing job opportunity to be a COO (Chief Operating Officer) of a startup. I was really excited about it, because the business is a social enterprise, doing good rather than just making money. I was ready to jump in feet first, prepared for the high risk but high reward challenge.

It was the type of opportunity that literally fell into my lap, and I felt amazing for having been asked to do it. It speaks volumes about how capable I am and could be. It was a huge ego boost, to say the least.

Given that I would be walking away from a job that is, for all intents and purposes, stable I needed to think about it carefully. The salary was exciting, the CEO a great guy who I could work with as a peer and an equal, and I would have the opportunity to create something from the ground up and build a team around me.


There’s always a huge but, isn’t there? The job would most likely require me to travel to Sheffield everyday. If not right away, then eventually. I currently live in Manchester and take a 15 minute tram ride into work – 40 mins door to door. This might have been worth the reward, but I know that travelling for 3 hours everyday would take a toll of my life and on my relationship with my husband, and that’s something I couldn’t risk and wouldn’t risk for the world.

And there’s no such thing as a career ladder; it’s a rock face. A scary and ever-shifting one at that.

I was devastated. The guy at the startup was really empathetic and understanding, wanting me to make a decision based on knowing all the facts and taking into account the worst case scenarios.

It was exactly the sort of job I was ready for, the thing I wanted to do most as the next step in my career.

I never believe there’s really just one thing you want to do and that is that; you’ll be happy never moving on. And there’s no such thing as a career ladder; it’s a rock face. A scary and ever-shifting one at that.

There are steps in reach, and some more after that, like ledges and handholds on a climb; each one a stopping point on the way to the final destination. It might be a slight sideways climb, an upwards leap, or even a short retreat back to get to a better vantage point. This job for me was an upwards leap alright, and there aren’t many of those that come along you’re perfectly suited for.


I rapidly moved through the stages of grief and denial, closely followed by a bout of anger.

I need to begin to accept the things that I cannot change, and try and influence change myself to get me to the next handholds on the climb.

Have you ever had a career dilemma? Want to try something else? Let me know in the comments.

As an aside, the black brogues in the blog header are Jasper James Brogues from TKMaxx.

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jasper James brogues shoes

Leather Brogues by Jasper James

My favourite kind of special finds are those you weren’t even looking for in the first place. You might remember I blogged about my new Clarks handbag a few weeks ago, and ever since I have been keeping an eye out to find some shoes to pair with the bag, that weren’t dark and oppressive for Spring.

I wandered into my local TKMaxx on an alternative mission to find my husband some jeans and found these gorgeous flats made from real leather, for £39.99.

(Update September 2015 : I bought some more – click here to see them!)

jasper james brogues shoreditch shoes

jasper james brogues shoes flatlay

jasper james brogues shoes flatlay

jasper james brogues shoes flatlay

jasper james brogues shoes flatlay

jasper james brogues shoes flatlay

I cannot find anything out about the brand  Jasper James of Shoreditch online, so if you know anything let me know – I’d like to be able to give them recognition for such beautiful shoes! Also they tend to be small sizes, these are a UK 8 and I normally take 6.5-7! That said, the leather did soften after some hours of wear, and they are my go-to shoes for throwing on with almost any outfit – probably the most comfortable and versatile pair of fashion shoes I own!

Fossil Sydney tote monsoon skirt with jasper james leather brogues
here they are styled with my Fossil Tote (Click here for blog post!!!) and pink Monsoon Skirt.
Heidi Valkola Scarf with Jasper James Brogues
and here they are with my Heidi Valkola Scarf –Click here to read about it!

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