bonjour 2019!

2 January 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm entering into this year in a positive mind set as I have had quite a few conversations with myself last year which have resulted in some pretty massive decisions. I know when things have got to change because it takes a lot for me to give up on something that I have worked hard for.

I handed over the majority of my workload for the business to Nao last year as he wanted more involvement in the UK side of our business. He (and our amazing full-time colleague in London) now do all the post sales and production work that I used to worry about on a daily basis, and I have to admit that maybe I was shouldering a little too much work and deadlines.

Now I am only responsible for obtaining sales via designing and marketing. It is not work to me as it is fun and there is not really any deadline. I have to impose deadlines on myself, which I have discovered, doesn't really work! (at least it doesn't work with me).

We have reshuffled the childcare a little, so that I have the children for one extra day per week (4 days) and then three days in a row without them (whilst their dad takes them) we will therefore be spending our time apart, giving each other freedom to do our own things from now on. So far it has been working okay.
I am working on my own projects for RU.ST and have found that spending more time in London each week helps me focus on my work and not get too distracted. 
London is fantastic because there are free offices everywhere, and people bring you tea, beer or food. There are certain cafes that have become my new rent free business premises.

My objective this year is to work really hard, I need more income because, although money does not buy you happiness, it can buy you choices.

So the reason I'm telling you all this is because I think sometimes you have got to do what makes YOU happy, you only get one life and it slips past in the blink of an eye.
Life is like a sort of juggling act, between making an income, making sure the children are living their best life, providing a secure home, being emotionally happy and keeping physically healthy, there is not a lot of time to stop and reflect. 
However I have learnt that time to look deeply inwards and change the path slightly is really important to maintain the right direction in your life. Otherwise I will reach sixty and will have arrived at the wrong destination, and it may be too late to reverse and go a different way.

Where children are involved my own personal experience is that they will adapt to any situation if they feel loved and that they feel that they are important, so this is my first priority always.
My second priority is me, and I'm not going to feel guilty about it because when the kids are grown up, they will have been taught to value their own happiness and happiness creates happiness in others like a virus. 

So that's what I'm up to this year, at least I started all this last year and I will just mean to keep doing it, but harder, faster and stronger, and I will let you know how it goes!

P.s Thank you all so much for the great music recommendations via my Instagram stories today. I can't wait to go through them all x

P.p.s these photos are from our local woods and from our last dinner of 2018 : )


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