You Can Take The Leap!

Good Afternooooon, how are you? I thought today, I would do a post on where I am now aspiration/career path wise, to where I first started thinking of my own business. It has just occurred to me, that I don’t share so much about how I got to where I am. And that isn’t without it’s hard work! Things do not happen overnight, and you just gotta roll with the day, the here and now. I am not saying I am successful or anything like that (who knows, maybe in a few years huh!), but I am saying that I am content with where I think my chosen paths are taking me. Overcoming mental health issues played a part too, so hear me out.

Anxiety held me back from a lot of what I really wanted to do. During my time at University, I had therapy outside of my degree, but also self awareness and personal development lectures and seminars as part of my course. If I didn’t have both of these things, I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing today. I gradually became more confident in my abilities, slowly gained awareness of my weaknesses and strengths, and realised that it’s possible to achieve anything as long as you believe that you can. One hundred percent of the time, the only person stopping me from achieving was myself. Mindfulness personally helped me take a step back, and learn to pass each moment not worrying about the future, so I eventually found myself focusing on the present.  So what was happening right here, right now?

I started designing in my spare time, developing scribbles into more scribbles on tote bags and t-shirts. Maybe my hobby could be a business! I took the leap, walking with my scrapbook in hand to the local art gallery in Huddersfield, to see if I could put my work up in there. Hey Presto! They accepted, and that’s where it began. My confidence boosted, I continued to draw. At this point, I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise. I liked to draw, and maybe others would like it too!

I eventually found myself drawing more than studying for my degree, it also kept my anxiety at bay too. In the space of a year, I put myself and my work out there. Even though my vision as a business wasn’t clear, I went for it anyway. During the year of 2014, I exhibited my work at the annual Art Walk Exhibition, my work was up in two local stores, amazing arty connections with some fantastic illustrators and creatives made, had my first big commission for a small menswear company down in London, Levi’s looked at my work a lil’ bit and I created my first mini collection.

*phew* – what a year! All of that while studying, and having two part time jobs.

So, fast forward to the present. I’m working on my business plan. It’s getting prettttyyy serious. I have such confidence in my business idea and what to do. It’s very much under wraps (although sneaky behind the scenes is on my Instagram), I’ve been blogging about mental health more, and working with the charity Rethink- where I blogged for them regarding Anxiety and University. My work is more refined and it feels sooo good to have a solid style that I’m happy with. I was asked to go down to BBC Radio 4 in London for All in the Mind (which you’ll get to know more of soon, it’s a wee bit of a secret right now!), and I’m in the process of being interviewed for a Manager in Training at a certain amazing company. Exciting!

You can take the leap into whatever your heart is set on. You wanna start your own business? Go for it. You wanna change your career path? Make it happen. You don’t have to have a clear vision straight away, but once your heart is set on something, I implore you to take the steps in making it happen. In the last few months, I have only just realised what I want to do business wise. It’s taken research, trial and error, plus a substantial amount of patience to get to this point here. It’s only just beginning.

If you believe you can do it, you will do it. I believe in you, because you have never ending potential. You got this. ❤

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #12

So folks! What a busy week! I hope you are well and are enjoying your day so far. After my post onwpid-img_20151013_111857.jpg ‘3 Best Mental Wellness Apps’, I’ve been really getting into using apps that organise what I’m up to more, and get my head in a good place if I’m not feeling so great. The app ‘What’s Up’ from my Apps post has a ‘Help Right Now’ section, with uplifting quotes to a ‘Here & Now’ button which tries to keep you in the present (love the mindfulness of it!) and a ‘Stay In Today’ section too. Plenty of useful resources on this free app. Give it go and see how you get on! The link is in my Apps post previously linked.

So what have I been up to? Welllll, yesterday I went down to the BBC in London for an exciting series on Radio 4! All will be revealed on the 27th October, and I will post a web link nearer the time! I’m so excited! I met some wonderful people on the panel, coming all the way down from Yorkshire was long and worth it!

I also have a second interview lined up to be Manager In Training (MIT) at Hollister Co, which I’m equally as excited for! It seems like everything is happening all at once, but all my hard work is paying off. Very thankful ❤ Amongst all
of that, I have my business to get going with, driving lessons to do and do my bit raising awareness for mental health. I’m extremely determined!

Also, if you’re interested; I would love to do a series on my blog dedicated to other people views on mental health, and what you think can be improved in MH care. Share your story, what helped you and what hindered you too. Send an email over to kimmykeepreal@gmail.com and I’ll send over a document of questions for the series. You can remain anonymous when I post, it is entirely wpid-img_20150923_165211.jpgup to you! All information is confidential ❤

Sending all my love and positive vibes to you! And as always, keep real! x

Chelsea Art Exhibition, Brixton and the Nigerian Traveller

Oh yeah, you read right.

Friday afternoon I travelled down to London to attend the Art Exhibition down in Chelsea. I got an oh-so-fancy special guest invitation, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Originally, I was asked if I wanted to show my work down at the Exhibition- however the prices to rent the space for the few days was too expensive at the time. Plus the boyfriend and I had tickets to see Fightstar with Mooseblood on the Friday evening in Brixton.

On my way down, I sat next to a man who I had an solid two hour conversation with- and after two hours I never got his name. I seem to have the ability to make friends with strangers travelling quite often, but his story was a lovely one.

He told me he had travelled to the UK on business from Nigeria. The last time he had travelled over here was in Aberdeen, Scotland. We spoke in deep discussion about work and marriage. The customs over there in Nigeria are different towards marriage. His wedding ceremony last over two days and he had over a thousand guests. 1,000. holy moly! From what we spoke about, a wedding isn’t just about the church and an afterparty- invitations are not even considered important. The whole of his village will turn up, then they will tell their friends and so on and so on. Plus his wife’s village will turn up, and tell all their friends too. He told me how he had to feed all of the people that attended. Imagine the cooking pot!!

We also spoke about work- as I said I worked two part-time jobs, as well studying and running my own business. In Nigeria, unemployment is severely high. This lovely chap told me he worked over 12 hours a day, 5 days a week- and sometimes on weekends. He loved the fact he could travel, but he missed his family. He said he was lucky to even have a job, so working so much was a given. I loved how he spoke of his family and what his view of the British were ‘You are so polite! Yet you are so reserved!’ 

I gave him directions out of Kings Cross Station to a hotel and he went on his way. No matter where you’re going- just be kind. I could have just sat next to this man for over 2 hours ignoring his story and his existence. This nice chap was thousands of miles away from his family having never been to London before. He worked hard, he stayed positive and did everything to provide for his wife and child. This guy was a pleasure to talk to- so where ever you are man- I wish you all the best!

That night, we travelled to Brixton to see the almighty Fightstar perform at the o2 Academy. I bought the tickets ages ago as Josh’s christmas present. Just incredible, I can’t believe how amazing they were. Plus, I’ve always wanted to see Mooseblood- so wizard!! Had an amazing time at the gig (even though one pint was a fiver, and for a Yorkshire girl- parting with that dolla’ was insane).

In the morning we suited and booted for the Art Exhibition. We’ve never been to Chelsea before, but it’s a beautiful place. 04As we went in, we got free red wine and walking around the different pieces. There were three Artists I absolutely loved who are Michela Antonello, Hepzibah McLeod and Elena AbessinovaIncredible work, and noticed how Hepzibah McLeod’s work specfically is quite similiar to my own work. It was a lovely afternoon in Chelsea and I really urge you to check out their work!

It has been a wonderful weekend, with last night I attended a Charity Quiz at the Picture House for PAPYRUS– prevention of young suicide. Although my journey from London to Yorkshire prevented me from taking part in the actual quiz, I donated and spent a great time with my friends there! Well done Shaun for putting on a fantastic event!

I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend and your monday is not too dreary.

Much love,

kimmykeepreal x

Hardbacks, Backpacks & an Invitation

I finally had the time to visit my family in the York – ‘Shire’ which was a long time coming. It was completely lovely, reminding me how precious the time I have with them is. I have a weird schedule these days, and I never want to just see my family for two days. I want to soak up as much Robinson things as possible- so the 5 days I have had has been bliss.

While I was home, I had a crazy cool email from the Exhibition Manager of an Art Fair down in Chelsea, London. I had the opportunity to display my work down there, having been asked last year to do so.However I couldn’t afford the space for the few days it was held. So the Manager emailed me the other day with a special guest invitation to the preview at Chelsea Town Hall. How amazing!! Typing this down all sounds so posh to me and otherworldly. Kimberley Robinson…being invited to a London Art Exhibition? So I better lose the strong Yorkshire accent, put on my fancy clothes and hand out some business cards. This could be an amazing opportunity to gather connections.

While I was travelling, I couldn’t stop thinking about my ever growing list of books I want to read. The last two books I bought and read within months (Prozac Nation- Elizabeth Wurtzel and The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde) so it’s time to wander through Waterstones and some second hand book stores to see what catches my lil’ eye.

However, here are some books I’m meaning to get a hold of!

  1. Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
  2. Just Kids – Patti Smith
  3. Heartburn –Nora Ephron
  4. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre
  5. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  6. Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words – Joni Mitchell and Malka Marom

cold nights, art and hobbits.

Man this week has been killer!

But I will begin with saying I feel extremely humbled and festively fuzzy after my week.

I went to see The Hobbit- The Battle of the Five Armies in Hammersmith, and for me- a huge Tolkien fan, was thrilled. Even though in some parts it differs from the book- without those added scenes and twists, the film wouldn’t have been as good in my opinion. Who knows, I may go see it again. It makes me sad just thinking I probably will never see a Tolkien film again after the last in the Hobbit film trilogy! cry cry cryyyyy!black_and_white_text_quotes_typography_jrr_tolkien_white_background_1440x900_wallpaper_Wallpaper_1920x1200_www.wall321.com

Also, I got to catch up with my friend Alex who now lives down in London, who I’ve known from back home here in Yorkshire. We ended up wandering around Tate Modern (as an art lover/illustrator I cannot begin to describe how pretentious 95% of the art is) and walked to Trafalgar Square and grabbed a bite to eat. Modern Art definitely isn’t my thing.

After my wonderful time in London, I headed back up North for Christmas meals with my University Degree and part-time job. A wonderful drink I had the pleasure of trying was Mulled Cider. It’s like something is caressing your insides with a warm sweet nectar of the Gods. Definitely something to try out in the festivities. I pretty much danced until my legs felt they were going to fall off. I had a blast with all my friends dancing to terrible tunes of ‘Do they know its Christmas?’ and ‘All I want for Christmas’ continuously until the early hours of the morning.

I received some beautiful early presents too. A delicate little Lord of the Rings necklace from my amazing friend Kate which depicted a compass, with a card which had the script ‘not all who wander are lost’. I also had been given a large Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones– Seasons 3&4 hardback embossed book by my boyfriend. He also got me an insanely posh ‘diptyque’ candle which smells fantastic! I also got many other presents which I haven’t had the pleasure of opening yet, but I have loved each and every thoughtful present so far. So thank you!

With my goods/illustration business Keep Real, I have taken a back seat during the Christmas period. My Degree comes first during this time, but I still have major plans for it in the works. So I always have my mind on it!

Hope you all enjoy the week up til Christmas!! x