This magazine was born out of a desire to inspire others and to provide a platform to those who needed a boost. But how do you begin to inspire others, when you’re no longer inspired yourself? When you become the person who needs this magazine.
When I wrote that first post, I was just coming out of a pretty deep rut. After graduating I found myself in a place in which I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had a fashion design degree with little to no desire to work in the fashion industry (we’ll come back to that later) and I found myself living back in my childhood home which, to me, just felt like heading backwards. The first six months I put my all into producing articles, reaching out to interesting people to interview and speak about. Shortly after, real life took over and I found it more difficult to create content I cared about, which resulting in posts becoming more sporadic. Quality over quantity, right? I put this down to being exhausted but in reality, part of my drive had disappeared.
Fast forward a year, and I’m sat in a coffee shop back in London writing this. London is now my full-time home and as much as I love York, this is where my future lies. The opportunities here are far greater than anything I could have in York. The past few months have been spent settling into work and home, but also exploring the city. My desire to create has returned tenfold, and I can’t wait to reach out to more creative people to come on this journey with me.
So here’s the plan.
- I will be looking for more contributors to focus on a variety of subjects, to increase the amount of articles.
- Alongside this, I am hoping to create a mini documentary series, following the lives of creatives. Whilst also filming short-form videos sharing my life as a freelancer in London.
- Fashion is something I am truly passionate about. However, the fashion industry as it stands, isn’t. I want to use this platform to promote the smaller businesses that are contributing to the world in an ethical and more responsible way, whilst simultaneously be looking into the issues of the current fast fashion lifestyle. Which brings me on to, “A Guide To Sustainable Fashion”. A new series going further in depth of the issues of fast fashion, and what we can do to help.
- It’s fairly common knowledge that “print is dying” with the accessibility of online media. However, I love flicking through a book or magazine and I believe that there’s enough people that still do. Which means I will be looking into printing zines.
Welcome to To Be Inspired 2.0 – also known as tobi.