Blog by Ashleigh Dougherty

24/02/2017

GIRL BOSS SINCE '93


I think it's now the right time to tell you all incase you didn't know already. Last Summer saw me landing myself a job in Beauty PR, but that little yellow brick road has now come to an end. As much as I really enjoyed everything about the job and managing the blogger outreach side of things; it was time for me to move on for a lot of different reasons.

Working in PR was an amazing experience and definitely a path I would love to wander down again one day. I can't explain how rewarding it was to be so positively recognised in the blogger community and known not just as Ashleigh Dougherty the blogger, but also Ashleigh Dougherty... that girl who sends cheery PR emails on those dreary Monday mornings.


PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLIE CHILD
JACKET: C/O BOOHOO*
DRESS: C/O BOOHOO*
BOOTS: MISSGUIDED

I have always loved writing since I was a child and if you told me when I was 11 that writing would be something I end up doing as a career, I would have probably screamed my head off with happiness. Does that even make sense? No, but that's the beauty of writing. 


I am now back to being my own boss, working full time on all things Being Ashleigh and right now am very happy with my life. I had to say no to a lot of opportunities due to my full time job, but I now have the complete freedom to say yes to more, but also be a bit more in control of what I am saying yes to.


I feel like I am one of the oldies in the blogging community as Being Ashleigh will be celebrating its 6th birthday in July. I remember when blogging was just a hobby of mine alongside both college and university and I had no idea that at 24 years of age, I would be able to call this my job. 

It still makes no sense to me that so many people want to read about my life. I mean, I love reading other people's blogs and finding out what they did on the weekend and what food they ordered in Wahaca on Tuesday. However, it's overwhelming to think that people are genuinely interested in reading about those kinds of things on my own blog.  I guess that writing a blog consistently for 6 years, has meant the opportunities that land in my inbox are things that people want to read about. I'm just lucky that my job is fun, creative and allows me to do whatever the heck I want. 


I don't know where I am going to be by this time next year. Of course if there's a dream job that lands in my hands, then that will be a completely new journey for me to begin. However, right now at this very minute, as I sit at my desk in an oversized sweater, with my glasses on and a chocolate milkshake to my right; I am content with my career aspects. This has definitely been my favourite job without a doubt since I started working at 17 years old.


To sum things up, working for yourself is one of the most amazing things and I am so very happy and blessed with everything right now. Of course it can be hard if you're lazy or having an unmotivated day, but we all have those in any job. It's just about constantly brainstorming new content, thinking ahead and working out the direction you want your content to go in.

To put it simply... if you work your ass off, keep your head down and don't let distractions get in the way; you'll be a girl boss too. Or man boss... depending on who's reading. 
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    1. Thank you Lynn! You have been a mega supportive babe the last couple of months and it means the world. xx

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  2. I love this outfit - those boots are gorgeous! Good luck with going full time...not that you need it! If these beaut images are anything to go by, it's the perfect move for you! Look forward to seeing what you have planned :)

    www.ruth-writes.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Ruth, that means a lot. I'm really excited to get started! xo

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  3. I love your outfit so much, I would so wear that all - so in case you ever get bored of them, holla at me :D

    shelley xoxo

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  4. Well done, good for you making the choice that suits you. Blogging is an awesome career and like you when I typed my first tentative post back in 2008, never would I have imagined what doors could open for me. Mich x

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    1. Thank you Michelle. It's crazy how much blogging has changed over time! x

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  5. It's great that you've been able to work at a job you liked and now being your own boss and having that freedom. It's crazy just how many opportunities and unexpected journeys blogging can take you on. Good luck for the future x

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    1. I never imagined that my blog would help me land a job in PR. So overwhelming! xx

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  6. Yay - good for you. My blog is three years old and my job too - but I am considerably older than you! Good luck with it all. Kaz :)

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    1. Ah that's awesome! What's your link? Would love to check it out :)

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  7. This outfit look gorgeous on you! I think your blog is wonderful and one of my favorites! I wish you best of luck with blogging full time :) Btw got to ask whos taking the lovely photos?:)

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    1. Aww thanks Celia! Means a lot that does :) This shoot was by Ellie Child. Her website is linked in the post, really recommend her! x

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  8. Woohoo go girl! You also look fabulous in your photos! Do you mind me asking what camera you are using as I'm trying to find a new one ☺

    Lucy | www.lucyalana.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Lucy! These photos were taken by photographer Ellie Child. Her website is linked in the post if you want to book with her. However, for any other photos on my blog, I shoot with either a Nikon D5100 or from Dec 2016 onwards, I've been shooting with my new Olympus Pen EPL-8 camera :) xx

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  9. So happy for ya girl! hopefully one day i can get to full time blog too!!

    lucindaanderson.com

    xo

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  10. Congratulations on going it alone! I'd love to be able to do that someday. Alsoooo your outfit is rather fab xx

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  11. Congratulations! Hard work pays off. And thanks for the fashion inspo, I'll be overhauling my closet ASAP haha!

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  12. Yay for being a boss lady! There are definitely many plus sides to working for yourself and it's great you get to explore them x

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  13. Congratulations! Loving your look - that jacket is just gorgeous.

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  14. Good luck with the next pathway you choose, hopefully you will be able to write full time.

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  15. I've just returned to full-time blogging after jugging it alongside a social media contract for the past few years and I LOVE it! It's so nice to be able to concentrate 100% on what I love doing the most. Now you have the second best boss in the world (behind mine). ;)

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  16. Woop woop! Yay to girl bosses!

    :)

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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