Sunday 14 October 2012

A Bigger Splash

Autonomy shirt
Edwin Jeans
Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes

Do you need more time?

I've always been a big believer in keeping busy. I’m not quite sure if it’s because I’m constantly surrounded by talented and hardworking peers or if it stems from my crazy Asian culture of work ethic, but everyday I try to do something fulfilling and productive. I detest staying at home and doing nothing.

In saying this, and having recently acquired another job, I am now balancing three different workloads. Ironically, only two of the jobs are directly beneficial to my career, and these happen to be ones that pay the least. My friends have advised to cut one of them out, but how will I ever decide which one? I want to maximise my career prospects but I can’t possibly go back to shopping in the clearance section of ASOS now that I've stepped into Net-a-Porter’s death grip. 

The quote, “jumping around and splashing in the water doesn’t mean you’re swimming” by Michael LeBoeuf really resonates with me. There is a big difference between simply being active, and really accomplishing something worthwhile. But is it really worth it? My income has significantly increased, my resume is looking solid but I am finding that I have no time to enjoy the little things now that I am working seven days a week.

I tell myself that this is all temporary. Eventually, life will slow down when I’m successful, and I will have time to focus on the things that really matter – those that enrich my life, such as having fun and spending quality time with family and friends, and not worrying about the price tag on clothes. But when? When you look at all the successful people working in fashion you realise that there is no such thing as a break, they are constantly working all the time.

"Let me know when your personal life is falling apart. That means it's time for a pay-rise".

Realistically, the fashion industry and the world in general is unlikely to slow down. But do I really want to be that crazy fashion gal that just lives and breathes fashion?

One of the biggest regrets of those dying is that they wish they 'didn't work so hard'. I would love to take this advice but I never want to live a mediocre life. I’d like to believe my clothes lovingly embrace  me at the end of each day, the same way I’d like to think that I’m a size 4. But let’s be honest people, I doubt that’s going to realistically happen any time soon...


  1. I love keeping busy as well, in my perspective it allows me to just focus on me (as selfish as it sounds).. as I've always given my time and effort for other people. Nonetheless, I resonate with this post so well, I used to do 4 jobs, along with full time university studies.. Call me crazy, I know.

    Keep it up, Joseph!

  2. Oh hi shoes.


  3. Love that shirt on you. The colour suits you so well :)


  4. I really like your outfit! Especially your Autonomy shirt, it looks so lightweight but crisp! Oh I have the same ethic to keep busy. I'd rather not have to say 'I could've done that yesterday but instead... I stayed in bed.' Plus, there aren't enough hours in the day anyway ! Oh goodness, I admire how you can juggle three jobs. I remember working four /odd/ jobs during HSC and that nearly killed me. Haha Net-a-Porter or even Farfetched make my wallet cry, and my heart shriek at the pricetag. If it does get too much, do cut one out! It's not to say that you won't be busy but you can focus moreso on the other two :) I really like that LeBoeuf quote, how meaningful. It's almost like differeniating between whether you're living or existing, but I won't get into that because I'm pretty sure some YOLO captioned photo claimed that saying on Tumblr. If you're swimming, you'll be getting places Joseph! They usually say when you don't have a social life, it means that you're working? And saying 'maintaining a balance' is so much easier said than done but eventually a drive will start to prioritize that too. Lovely post as always :)

  5. Work smart, not hard :)

  6. Nice look!
    I love to stay busy, but everyday i try to find some time to do what I like and disconnect from the routine. it's important to make the most of one's life working and enjoying it.


  7. i hope u are not overworking urself!

    u look great though :)

  8. Hard work can be exhausting but really rewarding! Just make sure you take care of your health, if I can give anyone any advice, it would be that! (I learnt the hard way)

    Also Dang, dang you looking good.

  9. That shirt looks amazing on you!
    Your blog is awesome.
    Let me know if you maybe want to follow each other :).
    Would love to keep in touch!



  10. Chic and simple, reminds me of a cool breeze.. random I know. It also reminds me of the label Velour like ALOT.

    xoxo Domenic