About Me

Welcome to Sew Well Travelled, my name is Katharine (note the spelling).

That's my face.
So welcome to my blog. If you are here because you think I'm going to show you what's in my bag, how to get your eyebrows 'on fleek' (still don't know what that means) or what over-priced make up has the best pigmentation, then I'm sorry but you are in the wrong place entirely. Instead I'm here to try to inspire you to think outside the box, see everything, experience everything, and take your life outside of its comfort zone. Am I qualified to do this? Not really, but I am going to give it a shot.

Y'see, about four years ago my life was very very different. I grew up in the North-East of Scotland and had an extremely well paid job in the oil and gas industry. I lived in Aberdeen, spent my salary on a lovely flat and beautiful clothes, as well as numerous nights out. It sounds like an alright life, right? Well it is if you're happy, and I wasn't. So as the calendars changed and January 2013 dawned I wrote a list of 10 resolutions. I did not expect to keep any of them at all, but somehow writing that list changed my life. I don't know why that year was different to those which had come before it as many of the resolutions were repeated from previous years, but within 3 months I found myself ending the relationship I was in, resigning from my seriously well paid job and moving in with my mum, 350 miles away.

Now, this doesn't sound like much, does it? People do this all the time, right? It's all subjective, and I had always been one of those people who had huge and exciting plans, but never did them. That summer I took the leap and moved to Poland to teach English as a Foreign Language. That summer I found myself happier than I'd been in five years. That summer, something changed in me. 

The past three years have not been smooth sailing by any means. I've dealt with rejections, confusion, heartbreak and a general feeling of being lost; however 2013 taught me a lot and instead of breaking down, I have turned into an annoyingly upbeat and positive person.

What does this have to do with anything? Well truth be told I kind of lost my train of thought with this story, but I THINK what I'm trying to get at is that I know well the fear of trying something new. Two years ago the idea of making my own clothes terrified me. I didn't know how to do it and didn't think I could learn. But I took the leap just as I did when I walked away from my first life. Life is all about taking leaps of faith and seeing what happens. Two years ago Sew Well Travelled was about me finding my feet with dressmaking and my new life (though I didn't blog about that much). Now Sew Well Travelled is turning into a place where people have been inspired to try their hands at something new. Long may it continue.

What I've been trying to say in a very rambly and long winded way (I'm like this IRL too), is that your life is too short and precious to spend it sitting on a fence. Even if you don't try your hand at sewing, or ANYTHING I talk about on this blog, take the leap and a chance. I am sure you will surprise yourself. 

In the words of Heather Small:
I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I've left behind
I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can't stop me now
And you can do the same.

Enjoy the posts on this blog, and if anything I say inspires you in ANY way please please let me know. That's the best way you can support me with this wee venture of mine. (And if you don't want to try sewing, just buy what I sell on Etsy ;))

Thank you for reading, now return to your sewing machine.

Love you lots xx

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