Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year Fresh start



New Year Fresh Start

Of Course, everyday and every month is a fresh start, but there's something about a new beginning that I find extremely motivating.

I love planning, using fresh notebooks and diaries I have been gifted at Christmas to plan out my year. Lists also help me achieve the goals I set myself. It is also a time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year, when I actually do look back and remember it is always quite surprising what milestones and personal goals I have achieved.

A few achievements of the year 

- I designed my living/dining room this year and seeing it all come together was such an experience , I still cant believe that we actually own a house let alone seeing my design ideas come to life.  ( you can check out previous posts to see before and after shots )

- George and I celebrated seven years together in May. It sounds like a long time when you look at the number but it feels as though its passed by so quickly! Heres to many more years creating memories together.

- My brand is growing daily and this year I have reached record online sales. I know its not all about the numbers but every time I design something and it sells it boosts my confidence in my design ability and makes me want to continue to create more and more which is something I love. It is the best feeling being able to have a job that not only helps supports us financially but something that I truly love.

- I have received recognition from ASOS for my embroidered t-shirts and my brand was chosen as one of the winners to represent as the face of ASOS Marketplace.

I would like to improve/ work on in 2016

It is no secret that I like to write lists and set myself daily goals for my work but yearly goals offer more in terms of flexibility due to the longer time frame and so I don't feel too rushed! 

- The first thing I would like to work on is myself.
I suffer with Anxiety and quite often this results in bad panic attacks which over the many many years has begun to affect my everyday life. Its something I have been incredibly embarrassed about and has stopped me taking opportunities and avoiding situations. I felt for a while that to be in your twenties and to have not 'sorted yourself out' by now is something to be embarrassed about and to try to hide, in turn this has made my anxiety a lot worse. So my vow for 2016 is to get some help and work on myself but also I have realised that I don't have to happy all of the time it is actually healthy to have moments of sadness and I shouldn't beat myself up about it or put too much pressure on myself to be the most perfect I can be.

Things that are helping me with this is this book 'overcoming anxiety' which is a self help guide to using cognitive behavioural techniques which helps me look at things logically, it sounds simple but it really has helped.

Another is a Blog written by an old friend of mine, its funny because we were really close friends for years and it seems both struggling with the same troubles yet never actually spoke to each other about them, which looking back maybe could of helped us both and made us feel a little more normal! 


To finish on a happier note I would like to continue to grow as a textile designer and involve myself in more freelance projects and collaborations with other designers. To continue to grow my brand and work closer on enhancing my online presence through social media and blogging. Which for me means creating a blogging diary and posting once a week on here and also more regularly over on my instagram to help customers engage more with me and my brand as one!

I Wish you all a Happy New Year and would love to read your goals or achievements of the year so be sure to comment below, and if you have any ideas of posts you might like to see from me that would be great!

2 comments:

  1. Such a great post I really enjoyed reading it!
    P.s I love your designs!

    Suki Sabur
    sukisabur.co.uk

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    1. Awww thank you! That's really lovely of you :) x

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