It's that time of year when we reflect on the year it's been. For some of us, it's been great, for some not so great. It's nice to just sit & think about, remember to reflect & learn.
2016 wasn't my best year, especially the first 6 months. Dad has passed on December 13th, 2015 from a brain tumour. I still can't believe he isn't here & I miss him terribly. Life has had to adjust in many ways for me as I was extremely close to him. Moments when I was annoyed or frustrated, he was who I would call first, even before my hubby sometimes. That has been massive for me. Big adjustments. Big struggles.
I felt I let my business go a bit as I just wasn't in the right head space. This led to me feeling angry as I had built something I was proud of, & I let it slide due to grief. I know I had to cut myself some slack, but still, it was hard.
I could go on & one about the first 6 months or so, as to how I felt everything was going wrong. It really did suck for me. But I also know there are lessons within circumstances.
Around August something came over me & I knew it was time to dust myself off & get back to living life. I knew that if I didn't, no one else would do it for me.
I started getting back into the gym. Exercise is so good for me, & I thrive on the energy it gives me. When I move I feel like a different person. Every my husband thinks I am less cranky haha.
I took a look at my business & started drawing again. Planning. Thinking. It's what I do & I had really lost the passion.
I started taking a marketing course which has been life changing from a business aspect. The course is great, but the group I am in is unbelievable. Catharine Langman is her name & I recommend her teachings to anyone.
Instagram is so much fun & I have made a conscious effort of being more intentional with my photos. I love photos & I love to look at others.
I am excited to announce that I have some really awesome brand reps & oh my goodness they can make my work look so good. Geniuses!!
My kids are 6 & 8 now, so all of the gorgeous nursery & toddler furniture I used to own & would love to photograph my products on has gone. So I have connected with them & I tell you there are some seriously talented women out there.
Check this out!!
Image courtesy of @mrsreneeelizabeth & @addicted.to.pastel
With constant work & getting the never give up approach, I had a great Christmas season. My sales were down from last year, but I don't care I felt great like I am back on track.
The second half of the year has been brilliant from a proud mummy perspective.
I hope you don't mind me having a teeny tiny brag....
I was able to watch Hudson receive his black belt in taekwondo. It was a moment I will never forget. It has taken him 4 years to earn it, week in & week out, with up to 3 days a week of training. SO PROUD.
During the middle of the year, Charlotte went for her primary ballet exams. She did so well scoring 100% with high distinction. A proud moment for both of us.
Later in January 2017, we are all heading off to QLD to watch Charlotte dance at Jupiters in a national dance competition called Showcase.
We all can't wait as it will be great to hit the theme parks together & enjoy spending time as a family.
However your 2016 has been, I wanted to wish you a brilliant 2017 with some butt kicking goals for 2017.
I am totally ready to have a brilliant year next year.
Sending loads of health & happiness your way.