I feel like my blog and Instagram are a constant flow of hellos and goodbyes at the moment, so apologies! This Christmas and new year was bliss, I didn’t blog and deleted the Instagram app from my phone so I wasn’t even tempted to scroll. I finished a jigsaw puzzle, watched some foreign films (which I could watch as I wasn’t also reading my emails!), spent every day with Peggy and now already feel a bit frazzled, to be honest with you.
Being self employed has the benefits of being able to take some time off, but there is always the pressure of irregular income to catapault you back to earth when you re-emerge.
The break did allow me to stop and think about the last year, and be proud of what we have achieved. We brought a life into the world: that’s a good start. But also that we have somehow managed to muddle through almost a year of working with a baby without barely any childcare (Peggy started one day a week at nursery a few months ago)…it has been a bit crazy, and most nights I have started my day’s work once she went to bed at 6pm BUT we got there, and hopefully work/life will be a bit more straightforward this year!
Peggy starts nursery a couple of days a week this month, so I will have more time to spend on projects but then equally, I will not work evenings or weekends so in fact, will spend much more quality time with her.
In terms of the blog, everything’s pretty much back to normal. The days for posts are every Tuesday (Monday just wasn’t working, I ended up just manically typing it every Sunday evening!) and then occasionally Friday for a sponsored posts, which will be labelled as such.
I have been working on a Newsletter which has lots of extra info, tips and ideas as well as my new updated blogposts, so make sure you’re subscribed (click here) – this is where you will read everything first – including some new downloadable formats I am working on, and some up and coming talks and events I am currently working on.
This year is the year I am hoping to meet more of you and turn the blog even more 360 with events and useful resources. I love how social media has become a useful tool to build bigger conversations and I am going to run with it – my post on sustainability (take a look here) resonated so much with myself and you that I want to carry on in this vein – discussing real-life challenges as well as the occasional frugal buy.
As a side-note: how lovely is Norfolk? I had only been once before for a shoot so had no time to appreciate it. We stayed in a lovely barn near Holt (found on Air BnB) and spent most days walking on the beach, visiting stately homes (Blickling Estate). eating fish and chips or hanging out in country pubs. The mix of sea and countryside was so good for the soul, although I would say you need a car round there.
Thank you, as always, for reading, commenting, always making me think in new ways and challenging opinions – 2018 was really a year of lesson learning, and I’m excited for what 2019 can bring.