1.29.2018

A Plot Twist.

Clapham

When Full Stops Turn Into Commas,

December 22nd I think. Or maybe it was the 23rd, I can't remember. But what I do remember is having to run home last minute to get changed out of the leopard print skirt and slogan knitted jumper I was wearing, and into the blackest most 'I'm too cool to be 'cool', but I'm obviously very cool with this ensemble' turtleneck and some matching black jeans, hanging halfway out of my laundry basket. I crawl on the floor searching for my comfy Topshop leather boots, pile my hair into a top knot, grab my oyster card from the dressing table and quite literally, leg it to SE1. Out of breath and mildly confused, I reach my destination when my phone rings. Bzzzzz Bzzzz Bzzzzzzzz! I'm already tight on time, so I consider clicking the red decline button, but then I register the number and my heart drops into my stomach. Oh no, oh no, oh no, I think as I answer. I hear a frenzied "We are so so sorry oh my gosh! Your interview has been cancelled - Have you arrived at the office yet?" "Yes... Yes, I have, I'm literally outside" I say very quietly. After much back and forth, I accept their apologies, wish them a lovely Christmas and walk pointedly to any coffee shop I can find and I sit with a flat white in one hand and a mixture of tears, concealer and smudged mascara coating the other. "In your time", I whisper to myself on the train home later that evening. In your time. 
December rolls into January with terrifying speed, and I return to the UK with my belly filled, my skin two shades darker and my soul filled with memories of family, sunshine and a lot of dancing. On the second Monday of the new month, I receive a phone call whilst writing notes on encouragement and persistence in achieving goals, it's the same kind woman from December asking if I was still looking for that particular role. I say yes and the next day I'm repeating that same journey again, this time with less laboured breathing and a heart crying out "In YOUR time. Everything good in your time". Usually, when it comes to job interviews I prepare methodically, almost insanely. I arrive two hours early to go through my obsessive notes about the practice profile, brushing up on my BREEAM and Lifetime Homes Knowledge. This time, I barely looked up the practice and only remembered my portfolio as I was halfway to the bus stop. 

I got the job...

I've been settling into my new role, tackling heavy deadlines and simultaneously trying to figure out a tonne of construction lingo as well as technical and structural drawings (my pet hate) with a sense of gusto. It has been... Extraordinarily challenging so far. I laughed with a friend the other day saying when we finally get what we pray for, more often than not, it's what we prayed for but with some life lessons attached to it. We don't get what we want and then a full stop. Oh no! Life is a series of commas, ellipses, dashes, colons, semi-colons, brackets, exclamation marks!!! (of which I am very fond of) and inverted commas. So right now, I think... there's a semi-colon at the end of where I'm currently at, thoughts of what next squeeze their way around my mind as I'm click clicking away at my desk, sipping a coffee and informing the client of when I'd be able to tackle that structural section. But for now, I welcome this semi-colon, the idea of a rolling stone gathering no moss, the not-so-impossible notion that finally, finally, my life seems to be heading somewhere again, and that my friends, feels oh so very very good. Another chapter of this book called life.

What I Wore...

Wrap Dress* - Likemary | Circle Bag (similar)* - Next | Necklace - Lekki Market | Merino Scarf* - Likemary | Block Heels* - Next | Lipstick - Colourpop 


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29 comments

  1. Ahhh congratulations Sade! I've been following along for a while now and know how frustrating the post-grad job search has been for you. So exciting to have found a position related to your degree. Cheers to learning about what you don't like and what you want more of in your "work" career. Such awesome news to start off the new year! :)

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  2. Congratulations Sade! Glad to see it all worked out in the end!

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  3. YESSSS!! YES!

    Oh my gosh I am over the moon for you Sade! This post was a rollercoaster to read - so pleased for you, you are killin' it already for 2018! x

    PS. I enjoy exclamation marks too ;)

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  4. Oh Sade, I'm so pleased for you! Congratulations girl!!!! xxxx

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  5. Gosh. I'm actually emotional. Super happy for you Sade. Super happy. xo

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  6. Yay! I was hoping it was good news! Congratulations Sade. So excited for you.

    KacheeTee.com

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  7. This is so well written! I love it just for the tone and pacing, and I love it some more because of what it means. Huge congratulations! You've shared how hard the road has been to here, and you walked it with such grace. All the best with this firm!

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  8. You are such a gifted writer and artist - I just adore reading your posts! You capture so perfectly the frustration of post-graduate life. Congratulations on your new job! You deserve it!

    Deanna
    www.luxandvitae.com

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  9. Yay! This is such welcome news! Congratulations. There may have been a wait, but we all had full confidence it would come!

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  10. Congrats!!!

    Mariya
    www.brunetteondemand.com

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  11. Congratulations.Your writing is so beautiful. I hope you write a book one day.

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  12. Congratulations.Your writing is so beautiful. I hope you write a book one day.

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  13. Congrats on getting the job! I can't imagine how you must've felt after they canceled the interview?! Btw, Love that dress on you and the accessories are perfect!

    https://www.fashionnotfear.com

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  14. Awww so so pleased for you! Congratulations and all the best in the new role - can't think of anyone more deserving :)

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  15. Sade! This post just brighten my entire month. Congratulations! I am excited you and it is indeed now your time xxx

    lifestyleoforeoluwa.com

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  16. Congratulations Sade, best of luck in your new role!

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  17. Yay! I'm just do happy. Congratulations!!!

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  18. Congratulations!!!

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  19. Congratulations Sade, so happy to hear that things are working out for you after all your hard work! You're going to smash this!

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  20. I am sooo happy for you, Sade! "finally, my life seems to be heading somewhere again, and that my friends, feels oh so very very good." << This right here πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›.

    Also, that dress!

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  21. Congratulations, Sade!

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  22. Congratulations Sade! i really enjoyed reading this post! x

    www.lifeofchi.co.uk

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  23. Sade, I am so happy to hear that there was finally happening something on the job-front!

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  24. Ahhhh! Congratulations Sade, I am honestly so happy for you! I believe this is just the beginning of more good things to come for you. I really enjoyed this post, keep it up and may God continue to guide you through this crazy journey we call life x

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  25. Yessssss.you got it! This makes me sooo happy! Congrats Sade!

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  26. Congratulations Sade! Ive been MIA on the blogosphere and going through old posts, so please accept my belated congrats! Yes everything in God's time is perfect timing. Well done Sade - x

    Lavinya Royes - Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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Thankyou for commenting :) I read every single one!

XOXO Sade

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