And so it all begins again – a new year, a fresh start, an opportunity to make changes and look forwards rather than backwards, I absolutely love it!
As always, there are lots of exciting things ahead at QVC, and of course plenty going on elsewhere too. The best place to keep in touch with what’s going on with me is via social media as I usually catch you up more frequently there. I do wish I had my phone with me yesterday though as we were out taking the dog for a walk and I ended up face down in the mud, it was hilarious! One of those slow motion out of body moments that I so wish we had caught on camera but will be forever stuck in my memory, along with the time I got my head caught in the electric flappy things you walk through when you catch the tube in London!
Embarrassing or funny moments aside there have been many wonderful moments in 2018 that we take forwards into 2019 and for many there are sad ones too. Whilst we don’t leave the sad memories behind as they become part of who we are, it’s not good to let them weigh us down and define us which is partly why I like the new beginning aspect of new year; it’s like dusting off and re-emerging, like a phoenix from the ashes… well maybe not, that’s slightly too dramatic but it’s definitely like a new dawn!
I’m not big on resolutions as I think like anyone else, they become more of a burden than anything and they so often create a sense of failure or just get ditched the moment they are broken so instead, I like to set new year goals. I don’t do it every year as sometimes life just isn’t in the right place and I don’t want to become too habitual about it however this year I took a day out just before Christmas to plan a few things and set a couple of goals in place for each aspect of life. One of them is to read from a book every day. I love social media but I do find that it’s all too easy to read messages on Instagram and Facebook rather than picking up an ACTUAL book – so that’s on my list.
I’m also going to do a wardrobe detox this year (I’m doing it this month). I promise I will tell you all about it once I’ve come up with a formula that I think works. There are quite a few out there but I just can’t do them. Things like get rid of everything I haven’t worn for the last 6 months, or spend 3 months with hangers facing one way and then turn them around once I’ve worn them etc, so I’m going to come up with a new formula that works for me as like anyone else, I hoard pieces that I’m sure I don’t need – and I need space in my wardrobe so the time has come! I’m not sure how successful I will be so watch this space and I will share the formula and results once I’m out the other side!
One of the other things I’m really looking forward to this year is getting my lovely Beth back up and running (that rather makes her sound like a vintage car!) She had a stumble in April last year and the vet advised me to give her 6 months complete rest which came to an end in November. I decided with taking on care of Mum when she came out of hospital in November and with Christmas around the corner, that I didn’t have the time to start riding again however in the next couple of weeks I’ll get the vet out to double check her and then we can start over. I’m a bit nervous and have no doubt that I will be walking like John Wayne for a while but hey ho, the excitement and pleasure totally outweighs the fear factor!
First things first though, I need to put the Christmas decorations away and clean the house! It was bursting at the seams over the festive period and we all had a blast but with the new year comes a jolly good tidy up so it’s time to roll up my sleeves and arm myself with my trusty Dyson and It Works cleaning blocks as I will be cleaning from floor to ceiling and then letting the beautiful, clean and fresh Connock fragrance reeds fill the air!
Happy new year everyone, I truly hope this is a knock out year for all of us (in a good way… obvs!)
Much love as always