So much can happen in a year

So much can happen in a year | rhianna olivia

I’m writing this post at 14:49 on Saturday 23rd September 2017. Apparently the world is supposed to end today, but we’re all still here so maybe they were wrong again. (Wow, much shocked, very surprise.) I probably should have written this post earlier in the week and scheduled it, but I didn’t.

A year ago today, on Friday 23rd September 2016, I was made redundant.

This time last year I was called into my boss’ office, without the slightest idea what was coming, and packed my desk up, never return to that office again.

If I were to be more precise, this time last year, I’d already come home, cried, showered, panicked about the future, cried again, got into my PJs and eaten my weight in brownies. I’d never even considered redundancy. Especially not as a 23 year old who was less than a year into their first “proper” job after graduating. It absolutely turned my world upside down. I was almost out of my overdraft, we were talking about moving into our own flat, I was in the best routine with work/blog/life. Then, out of nowhere, everything was thrown into the air. I had no idea what to expect for the next week, let alone the next year.

I’ll hand it to myself, at first I took it in my stride. It was a good thing! A way to find something I was passionate about! The possibility of a fresh start! But, when Christmas came around and I had no money, it started to sink in how shit a situation it was.

I had no idea where life was going. All of a sudden I was back at square one – skint, living with parents, not knowing what to do with my life. Any job I applied for turned me down at the final hurdle because “the other candidate had slightly more experience, sorry”.

I ended up being without a job for 6 months.

A year later, and I’m in a job I absolutely adore, with new friends and new challenges. I’m planning new business ventures and I’ve just won an award for my blog. I’m out of my overdraft, I have *some* savings and we’re going to be moving into our own place in the new year.

Whilst I was jobless, it was hard to get excited about the future. I couldn’t make any solid plans. It was like there was a thick fog between me and any future I could have. Now, the fog has cleared and I can get excited again.

This time last year, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. Now, I feel like I could fly.

So much can happen in a year. Remember that.


So much can happen in a year | rhianna olivia



  1. 31st January 2018 / 8:32 pm

    This is just what i needed to hear, thank you Rhianna. I was made redundant in October last year and honestly, I’m still coming to terms with it now. It’s such a hard thing to go through, at any age and it really does knock your confidence. It isn’t a choice, it’s something that very much happens *to* you, which makes it so drastically different from leaving a job of your own accord and moving on to another job. It’s the insecurity, the rejection, the uncertainty of the future, the crippling self-doubt. It’s not a subject that’s spoken about enough. Nothing can prepare you for it but I’m sure your words will help anyone else going through it to realise that there is an end to it, and a better beginning. I know they have helped me! L xx

  2. Chloe
    6th January 2018 / 5:42 pm

    This was exactly what I needed to read, I’m in a job which definitely isn’t my forever job, I’m not earning much money and still living with my mum – you don’t understand how reassuring I found this post! I’m glad things are working out so well for you xx

  3. Caroline
    28th November 2017 / 1:03 am

    That is amazing! Very motivating to hear stories like yours. I bet everybody is proud of you! It is important never stop fighting for what you love ❤️.

  4. PORE
    20th October 2017 / 11:51 pm

    This is so (so so so) nice to read. I graduated in June and am yet to find a job. I’ve been to interviews and have had no luck. At the moment I have two opportunities to try to win companies over so fingers crossed the fog clears for me very soon too. But until then I’m trying to focus on my writing. I’d love it if you could take a little look Rhianna:

    Shannon x

  5. Glasses Girl
    9th October 2017 / 1:06 pm

    You know when sometimes you just need to stop and take stock of what’s actually happened? I feel like your twenties are the time when year on year things change so freaking dramatically and you have literally turned your whole life around in 12 months – that is insane! So happy that things are falling into place for you and can I get a request in now for moving out/home interiors vlogs?! xxx

  6. 27th September 2017 / 2:46 pm

    So happy for you, Rhi! I remember your post about being made redundant and, knowing what it feels like, I felt awful for you. But so much has happened in the last year, and things have turned around massively for you. I’m so pleased. You deserve it all! x x

  7. 27th September 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I remember you being made redundant and was genuinely gutted for you. Look at you now though Rhi – so proud of you girl 💗 Here’s to the next year.


  8. 26th September 2017 / 5:02 pm

    So proud to hear how far you’ve come in a year, it really is incredible what a year can do – so good to hear you’re happier now and things are looking more stable!

    Lucy | Forever September

  9. 26th September 2017 / 12:25 pm

    It’s true a lot can happen in a year, however you were the lucky one (not saying you didn’t do anything and got it all on a silver platter ofc) but unfortunately not all people make it like this. Not to sound depressing, I’m really happy for you and that you’re on a right way which makes you happy :D

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  10. 26th September 2017 / 9:59 am

    Oh darling, you really are a prime example how sometimes a life shattering moment can actually turn everything in to a positive. You now have a job you absolutely adore and also the fact that you’ve bloody gone and got yourself an award?! That’s amazing. You are amazing.
    Bee xxx

  11. 26th September 2017 / 9:55 am

    I am in a similar position to what you used to be in but this post is so motivating knowing things will get better. A lot of things can change within a year and it’s so good that your in a job that you love now. Congratulations on your award for your blog too! :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

  12. 25th September 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Well this is a lovely little message for Monday. So amazing to see you have turned things around within the past year, it is so important to remember everything is temporary and that things will always be fine in the end :) Immy x

  13. Leanne
    25th September 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Good for you – even after a huge curveball (thanks for always doing that to us, life!) you’ve achieved so, so much! You’re totally right, so much can happen in a year and wishing you all the best in finding a place to move into in the new year x

  14. 25th September 2017 / 9:34 am

    This is so helpful to read, I’m coming up on one year since I lost my job and although I’ve been working part time for 6 months, I’m not earning enough and finding it hard to find my place. I know that I’m doing okay and that things will work out but day to day it can still be really scary. Thanks for the reminder that you never know what’s round the corner <3

  15. 24th September 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I remember it, RhI! And I was SO PROUD when you told us of your new job and it must’ve been so tough but so happy you’ve come such a long way, and so excited for your new adventures to come :)

  16. 24th September 2017 / 7:49 pm

    So happy it all turned around – hope this time next year you’ll be in an EVEN better place!!

  17. 24th September 2017 / 7:03 pm

    So much CAN happen in a year and I’m such a big believer in things happening for a reason – no matter how shit it feels at the time. When one door closes, another opens and I’m so happy that this year has turned round for you in such a positive way!

  18. 24th September 2017 / 4:30 pm

    It really is crazy how things can change in such a short amount of time. But as they say, one door closes and another one opens – so glad things are going so well and congrats on your award!

  19. Maria 🇬🇧🇷🇺
    24th September 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Yaaay I am so so happy for you! This serves as a reminder of that tough times definitely do not last forever and life straightens itself out, hence we just have to take it one step at a time. I mean, slightly over two years ago I was struggling with very bad mental health issues and thought recovery was impossible and that I’d inevitably fail my GCSEs, yet here I am looking back and realising how wrong I was about both things. Much love to you and your blog and I hope you have a great Sunday xox

  20. Courtney Hardy
    24th September 2017 / 3:08 am

    It can be very scary to lose a job, but now you’re doing what you love! Sometimes we just have to go through those rough times to get to better places. Thanks for opening up about this girl.

  21. The North Left Blog
    23rd September 2017 / 10:58 pm

    This was so well-timed, I really needed to read something like this today, thank you!

  22. Ceelavie
    23rd September 2017 / 10:10 pm

    This was such a lovely post to read – and just what I needed. Thank you for sharing!

  23. 23rd September 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I loved the sentiment and honesty of this post, I’m so glad everything worked out in the end for you! also, that last line about feeling like you could fly made my heart so happy, i loved it. keep on being your happy, positive self please and I’m sure you’ll handle all of life’s bumps and hurdles <3

    Anne –

  24. 23rd September 2017 / 4:55 pm

    I love such honest blog posts like this. At Uni they don’t really tell you how long the search for a job can really take, I graduated and assumed that I’d be in a job straight away! Thank you for this post <3