Reflecting on 2017 & My Word For 2018

In the first week of 2018, I found myself still clinging onto my Christmas break. I spent my Christmas in London with family (and a new arrival, my nephew Victor!) and then chilled to the max for a few days, which was really nice after consecutive weekend markets through December that left me feeling frazzled. I wasn’t ready to face the world, social media, etc. I am sure many of you will sympathise!

Last week I came out of my shell and I am beginning to get back into the swing of things. It helped that I received a wholesale order and an online sale, which gave me a push to emerge into reality! I started to think about what I want to accomplish this year, while reflecting on my 2017.

Last year was probably the most successful year for my business so far! Financially, I am not sure about – I need to get top of my accounting! – but I am chuffed about the variety of client work I got to do, and being featured in more publications, most recently Creative Countryside magazine. I have also had my most successful market stalls to date!

Despite seeing more success, I was struck down with self doubt and stress more often than not. It hindered my ambition to be creative daily, and my social media presence has suffered a bit too but I’ve proven to myself that I will always find ways to manage it.

Here’s what I did in 2017:

In 2018 I want to simplify my ambitions a bit – last year I felt like I put myself under a lot of pressure, and while I want to keep exploring and discovering, I intend to have fewer specific goals, and just follow one guiding principle: GROW.

My business found real traction last year and I want to keep growing it to be more sustainable. I will be seeking out more stockists and continuing to develop my product range – and I hope I will make plenty of opportunities to get my work out there along the way!

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4 comments on “Reflecting on 2017 & My Word For 2018

  1. Fiona

    So many amazing things (congrats!!!) so nice to stop back and reflect and see where you want this year headed, I’m sure you’ll ace this year and make it what you want it to be – HAPPY 2018!!!

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