Happy New Year lovely people – phew, what a year!! A rollercoaster full of emotions (again), some good and some not so great, but mainly learning so much from both. I’m in a MUCH better place now than I was this time last year. In general, a year full of expectations and slightly ambitious intention, and another filled with reflection and how to improve from certain statements made earlier.

Illustrations were one of my big intentions for blogging in 2017, vowing I’d draw something for each post, but there I go again with that slightly ambitious intent – I’m not going to put that kind of pressure on myself in 2018, blogging is one of my loves, and I made it a chore when I berated myself for not taking hours to create the perfect illustration. I adore illustrating, so joined the Henley School of Art for 2018 for a life drawing class I know will bring back my creative mojo.

Illustration by Lizzie Owen

Another admission I stated earlier this year was giving up wine … for good! (Eye Roll Emoji), I enjoyed not drinking at the beginning of 2017. I felt much better mentally – I was going through grief, and the worse thing I could do at the time was drink, it’s a depressant. But a holiday in Mallorca saw me sip on some beautiful wines, and I’d have the odd glass every other weekend. Again, the pressure on myself to become completely sober was my absolute intent, and I felt like I’d let myself and family down every time I had a glass. I’ve learnt to be honest, as I absolutely love love LOVE a glass of Harrow & Hope and I’m happy to have dry months. I’m certainly not going to make the statement again that I’ll always be dry, but I will certainly be creating a few fab clean cocktails every now and then, you know, just to help with polishing that halo! Thank you Seedlip for the inspiration!

Finally, I’ve started something career wise. ‘So what happened to the Art Dealing’ I hear you cry…like you knew! OK, the art dealing made me realise where my true passions lie, and that’s networking, being with people, being inspired and hopefully inspiring others. Clarendon Fine Art was a convenient distraction throughout the summer, and I learnt so much about the industry and a unique way of selling. However, it also paved the way for my confidence and made me realise how much I love PR, building relations and networking – that’s what I have always done and what will always be my passion. I have a good idea of the direction I want to go with this, but have a look at my new website and let me know what you think – this has the potential to be really quite exciting, (any constructive feedback always welcome!). Again, I’m not going to weigh this down with enormous expectation – I just want to see where it will lead, and who I’ll meet – this is what it’s all about for me.

So here’s raising a glass to you all, with no pressure, expectations or judgement, just sending so much love my heart may burst and wishing you all an abundant, healthy and HAPPY NEW YEAR xxxx

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