Excitingly, I started a new journey in January this year. (And no, it wasn’t a cheesy resolution!!) This is something I’m 100% passionate about, having always hoped that I’d be in a position where I felt ready to take on the role of a Support worker in Mental Health.
After I got my first job a couple of years ago in the Adult Industry, it was pretty easy for me to fall into and focus only on my work there. Honestly, I didn’t have time to do or think anything else with a shifting roster, night shifts and notorious stress. Also, I really liked having a job and since I happened to be pretty good at it, learning transferable skills, there was never any reason for me think about returning to study for what I’d wanted to be doing. It was a learning curve in life, that’s for sure and I wrote about how that ended in one of my first entries: here. Of course, it didn’t end up so grim as you can read here 🙂
And in the spaces of time between it all, that’s how Darkly Dezire was born. Sometimes with more time and attention I’ve been able to work on creative pursuits, writing, photography, creative content design and I’ve even dabbled in Marketing a bit. I’m not going anywhere, I’m still here working behind the scenes on finishing my book, lining up shoots and right now have a new creative project brainstorming. One I’m frickin excited to hell about but wont be announcing until it’s ready!!!
So, an opportunity knocked on my door late last year, and almost without hesitation, I knew I was ready and followed it up.
Simply, I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. The people I work with as a part of a team are refreshing, supportive, and fucking amazing people. It’s sometimes surreal, having never experienced a happy work place like this ever before. On top of that, I’m working regular hours of the day which means I’m home with my family every evening, and weekends! That’s gold stuff right there, but the true joy of my work is in the guts of it. The people. <3 <3 <3
When I first started my working life, I never wanted to work all the time- I just did- because I thought I had to. I thought I didn’t have a choice- but I did, I just didn’t know how to have a choice without feeling like I’d be letting people down. **One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my working life, is how to look after my needs and my self care**
The work I do now is 100% more aligned with my values and congruent with future me! Mental Health has always been a pin point in my life, whether through my own lived experience, my family or my friends and it’s a huge part of the work I do as a photographer as well. Creativity and photography is part of my self care, just as much as writing, spending time in nature and my family, so while it might seem like a few tumble weeds are blowing around on my activity- I’m still here.