1. A Mykonos throwback 2. My home 3. The January blues 4. Getting organised 5. Lubaina Himid at Modern Art Oxford 6. A Manchester throwback 7. Chelsea pastels 8. New habits for the new year 9. The Oxford Botanic Garden
MEET PEOPLE AND DO STUFF
My January survival strategy was to meet people and do stuff, hoping it would add some cheer to the January blues. I started pilates, attended three local meet-ups, visited a few exhibitions (Records and Rebels at the V&A, Lubaina Himid at Modern Art Oxford and Hiroshige’s Japan at the Ashmolean) and caught up with family and friends. It was fun and inspiring and has set a positive tone for the year.
I’ve been experimenting with new ways of working following a meeting with my coach. Last year I shoehorned my freelance life into the model of my previous nine to five and I felt it was hampering my creativity. It was great to learn I can approach life with a little less structure and I’ll certainly share how things are going later in the year.
‘I hope you can give yourself permission to really enjoy
the success that you have created!’ Jerry Gilpin
I’d like to finish with an observation my coach made because I think a lot of us are guilty of it. So often we move quickly through life never stopping to look at how far we’ve come. It’s valuable to take a moment to acknowledge achievements. Not only does it make us feel good it also gives us a well-earned break and can help to eliminate burnout. This year I plan to occasionally pause rather than racing to the next thing. Let’s celebrate our achievements big and small!
I hope you had a wonderful January and February is shaping up beautifully. You can follow my onward journey on Instagram. See you there!
JANUARY ON CANDY POP
Pilates – don’t give up!
Spend an hour a day on my work goals
Book a summer holiday
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