When Lily Pebbles and Anna Gardner () asked if they could interview me in my home for their new podcast, called At Home With…, I thought it sounded fun.
I also thought, as it’s a podcast, no one will see the 10 centimetres of dust currently covering my entire house thanks to the builders working in my garden.
What I didn’t realise is that they’ve employed some genius wizardry so that, whilst you’re listening to them via the Acast podcast app, you can look at the photos they took of my house. And then I discovered I am the very first guest on their brand new podcast. Pressure.
So after I blitzed through panicking with a dust buster and an empty box for junk, we sat down and had a great time, discussing interiors, careers and #clothesmyhusbandhates.
Here’s some of the ground we covered:
I have to treat myself as a prisoner at home to achieve any work disclipine. I have to write as though someone is standing over me in my horrible computer room, which is crammed with magazines, and um, the laundry. If I write anywhere else I get distracted by looking at nice family photos, or delving into the fridge. So that’s my rule for getting stuff done. Find somewhere horrible to do it and pretend you’re trapped there until you’re finished.
They asked me why I wanted to be a magazine journalist. The truth is, when I was about 13, I thought it would be a good way to meet popstars. That’s turned out to be largely true. Although meeting pop stars didn’t result in getting to marry any of them, as my 13 year-old self had confidently assumed.
We discussed my advice for progressing in a career. What I have learned is that, while ambition is important, don’t let focusing on where you want to be stop you from doing a good job at where you are now. I think there’s an assumption that people who hold big jobs climbed out of a box one day as that readymade professional. But I used to do shifts at the Pizza Hut between racing to a magazine internship to open the post. Everyone starts somewhere, and usually somewhere humble.
I talk about that time I got fired. But you’ll have to listen for that.
I talked about how people assume, if you have a job you love, then you must love every bit of it and never have a bad day or any aspect to your job that you don’t like. But as I say on the pod, there is no such thing as a job that doesn’t have its shitty bits. Lily and Anna, perfumed, perfect bloggers extraordinaire, nodded furiously along with me about this.
There is also a cameo appearance from the loveliest Elvin living today – my dog, Bella.
Check this out and more on At Home With… on Acast with Lily and Anna. They have some much better guests than me coming up! And while you’re at Acast, do listen to GLAMOUR’s very own podcast, Hey It’s OK!
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