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I just started reading Grace, a fascinating memoir written by Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Coddington, who is now in her 70s, grew up in a small Welsh town where the best a young woman could hope for was to find work at a local shop and/or marry straight out of high school and get down to the business of making babies.
Coddington took the more adventurous route, escaping to London in the wild and woolly '60s, working first as a model (a career waylaid briefly when one of her eyelids was torn off in a car accident), and then transitioning to a career in magazines when she grew "too old" for modeling. (She was in her late 20s then.).
Five decades in, Coddington is still at the top of her game, influencing global style through what is, arguably the most renowned fashion rag on the planet. (Though not necessarily the most progressive or interesting!)
Until very recently, I've never been able to imagine myself doing anything for 10 years at a stretch, let alone 40. I think that the secret to Coddington's career longevity is her passion for her work, which I can finally understand.
I launched Swell! because I actually could imagine spending the rest of my life sharing interesting ideas on travel, wellness, and vegan style, and helping other women on their journeys to become fuller versions of themselves. Even though we're still in the infancy stage here, I feel good about the future. Let's check back in about five years and see where we are!
Is there something you could imagine doing every single day, for the rest of your years? Something that earns you a living but doesn't feel like "work"? What is it? Please share!
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I'm Aurelia, creative director here at Swell! This is my space for sharing thoughts and ideas with readers on more topics dear to my heart: Travel, wellness, veganism, and style, and living creatively and compassionately.
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