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Gluttony. Mastered

issue five : A Feast for Gluttony

If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Let’s just say I am an early bird. While my nearest and dearest might expand on that turn of phrase and perhaps refer to me as batshit-crazy. Tomato/Tomatoe. I like to wake up early. I mean, really early. I can happily get out of bed at 3:30am, although it averages around 4:30-5:00am.

While I appreciate that many of you would panic at the loss in sleeping hours, my brain panics at the thought of wasting time trying to get back to sleep, when I could be ridding my cerebral cortex of the thoughts and actions I need to take. 

In truth, those early morning hours, before the rest of the world has risen and my phone starts its schizophrenic light-buzzing dance, I have the time and space to do the stuff that makes me happiest. Reading, writing, painting and filling in spread sheets. I get to do it in the peace and quiet that I so desperately crave in the daylight hours. That’s me offering a feast to my gluttony.

early bird or batshit crazy?

A little over a year ago, in my ‘gluttony’ time, while reading a book on business expansion, I had the great fortune to learn about the concept of the 3% rule. The idea is that if we invested just 3% of our annual income back into ourselves (personal and professional development) the return would be is 50-fold. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to earn a whole heap more as a struggling creative?

The more you invest, the greater the reward. Apparently. Being the happy workaholic I am, I figured to heck with it, I’ll give it bash. It sounded like good odds.

To put it into perspective, if you make £50,000 per year, then at least £1,500 per year should be put towards professional development. If you can commit to £125 per month for cocktails and fast fashion, you should have no issue in committing £125 into yourself. Right? [Example Source:]


Not only was I going to be investing money, I was investing time. Something which I am usually in short supply of juggling the various entrepreneurial endeavours I extend myself too. 

Despite these various avenues for potential money-making, I actually make my living as a makeup artist. I figured the wisest investment would be in expanding on my makeup career. So I took chance, and being the all-or-nothing kinda gal that I am, I invested a substantial amount more than 3% of my annual income into Mastered’s Accelerator programme. 

At the same time, unbeknownst to me, I was mastering the art of doing something completely selfish; a skill I struggled with but am coming to enjoy tremendously.

was it worth it?

As the 10 month course has now come to a close, and I am reflecting on the outcomes, I can hold heartedly say it definitely was worth it.

Have I earned 50-fold more? No. Not even close. Where there challenges? Absolutely! There were countless times over the last ten months that I thought I had wasted my hard earned, interest-bearing money on something I would see very little return on. I didn’t have the time to complete all the modules. I wasn’t too enthused by others. Then there were the self-doubt, self deprecating lows.

There was of course, no guaranteed date for the proverbial fruits to ripen. So how then has it been worth it? Well for one, it was the inspiration to start UNTAINTED. Not directly of course, but inadvertently. It just so happens that UNTAINTED has become my driving force, my gluttonous, self-indulgent space. It’s given me a space to navigate my passion for beauty products that don’t cost the earth and explore narratives on social issues that I want to add my voice too. Perhaps, most importantly, it appears to have inspired others to want to make better choices or at the very least consider alternatives to their long-standing comfort zones.

Granted, I may have been better off taking the Art Direction course instead of the makeup course (again), but that’s the beauty of hindsight. 

It’s also worth mentioning that I have made life-long friends through this course – and they are worth their weight in gold.


Now that you know the back story of my Mastered journey, and how UNTAINTED came to be, I am delighted to share – over the course of this issue – submissions from my Mastered comrades who took the challenge to approach their work with a fresh mindset.

So keep a look out in our editorials section for some truly inspired work over the coming weeks.

And in the meantime, here is a little teaser image for you…

 Photographer: Patrick Sporleder | Makeup Artist & Nails: Phiphi Liang | Hair: Sara Little
Photographer: Patrick Sporleder | Makeup Artist & Nails: Phiphi Liang | Hair: Sara Little

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FYI: This is not a sponsored post. Mastered has not paid, bribed or threatened to kidnap anyone. This, despite numerous occasions one might have been lead to believe I thought I wasted my time and money, is an honest plugging of an organisation that has changed my life for the better. Even if it wasn’t the way I was expecting.

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