Learning to Adjust


Photos by Tara

Topshop Camel Trousers (Similar) // W by Worth White Waistcoat (Similar) // River Island Bow Top (Similar) // Vince Camuto Heels (Similar) // Givenchy Antigona Bag


We’re at the end of yet another week and I’m coming up to the 3 month mark since quitting my job and I must admit, time is flying by faster than ever. Although it’s only been 3 months, I really feel like so much has happened and changed already. Things have been busier than ever and I feel like I actually haven’t much time to write a lot here on my blog so it’s nice to be back with a more chatty post again today. They’re always my favourite. It’s funny, I’ve gotten a lot of snaps and comments from you telling me that I look so much happier now on snapchat and this always makes me smile. One girl said that she had only recently rejoined snapchat and so hadn’t watched my snaps in a couple of months…but as soon as she started watching them again, she knew straight away that something has changed. She said she actually googled “Did Retro Flame quit her job?” (which I still think is so funny) and she found my ‘Why I quit my job‘ blog post which explains all. The fact that she saw such a huge difference in me genuinely made my day. It’s 100% not that I wasn’t happy in my old job because being completely and utterly honest, life was actually a lot less stressful back then, but I guess nowadays I’m getting the chance to wake up every single day to work on my own goals. Something which makes me happier than I ever thought would.


So yes, I’m definitely a happier and more positive person these past few months and this transition has brought with it a huge sense of freedom…but I must admit, it has also taken my sense of routine, balled it up and threw it into thin air to disappear forever. Ok a dramatic way of explaining it, yes, but you know what I’m trying to say. My schedule is ALL OVER THE PLACE and as a result, my Virgo/needs-to-be-constantly-organised personality is having a mini panic attack inside. But I do know deep down that this is a good complaint to have. It would be a million & ten times worse if I was sitting at home every day in front of my laptop twiddling my thumbs with nothing to do, so as much as I do feel VERY out of my ‘organised zone’, I’m pretty sure this is actually a good sign at this point in time. When you’re truly living your passion, you never know where it might take you.


Since leaving my job, there has been quite a bit of travelling (San Francisco, Coachella, Ireland), A LOT of events, more deadlines & work and overall, just a lot of adjusting. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. It’s only been 3 months but I honestly feel like I have already learned and grown so much and I’m actually going to share a post all about this next week. But for now, I just wanted to come on here today and hopefully resonate with anyone who may be in the same boat right now. Feeling overwhelmed is honestly one of the most daunting feelings in the world but believe it or not, it’s a sign that you’re onto something. If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far it’s that, “if everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough”. So keep focused, work hard and all the craziness will be worth it.
Have an amazing weekend everyone! I’m off to Montauk for the weekend with Land Rover USA and some of my favourite girls here in New York. So keep an eye out on my snapchat (retroflame1) & Instagram (@retroflame) to see what we get up to.
Stylishly Yours,


  1. Marie

    16 May

    Love it Erika! x

  2. Sho

    16 May

    Glad to see you doing so well….I recently read your “Why I quit my job” post and found it sooooo inspiring. Considering I happened to be reading it out of pure procrastination during exam season I was really not expecting it. A recent graduate of NUIG myself, a newbie to blogging and currently working as a marketer for my own fathers business I was never sure what direction to take my career in once finished in education. I had an idea I wanted to work in fashion but wasn’t sure how to make this happen until I read your post. It has filled me with hope that it is possible to earn a living working at something you are passionate about….
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for being such an inspiration.

  3. This is a gorgeous look and your photos are flawless. I’m a pretty new reader as I just discovered your site and I’m so happy I did. I’m only 23 and recently quit what I thought was my dream job because I was so unhappy, was treated poorly and was getting frustrated that I couldn’t dedicate time to my blog so I loved reading this post and your why I quit post, it was very inspiring so thank you!


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