Time's a funny thing, it has a habit of habit of moving on regardless. I still feel as though it's January 2016, not the day before January 2017.
I've read a lot recently about how people are glad to see the back of 2016, about what an awful year it's been. We have certainly seen some major changes! However, on a personal level, and I feel a little guilty for saying it, it's been a really good year.
It's the small things that have made it special.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gough
It's been one year since I re-branded my Jewellery Business to Theodora Gould. And whilst it's a work in progress I feel its going in the right direction. I love the creative outlet it gives me and I've had some wonderful feedback.
I count my blessings that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. It's a constant source of inspiration and revitalises me on a daily basis.
I have an amazing family that make me smile. Aside from the occasional tantrum (the toddler, not the husband...maybe occasionally me, though I'd never admit it!) we have a lot of fun together.
My year has been filled with beautiful things, old and new. Pieces which I've made with my own hands, and beautiful vintage ones. Many of which have been passed onto new custodians, to be part of their life stories. I've had some great commissions and turned customers into friends.
The Autumn was a particular highlight for me. I don't think I've ever remembered (or noticed) a more plentiful year. Socks and I spent many happy hours rootling in hedgerows and noticing the beauty in the ordinary.
I've re-discovered my love of painting. It's something that got lost over the years, it was just gently squeezed out of my life. I find it relaxing and satisfying and it unlocks all sorts of other creativity within me.
I've made magical memories with my boy. I'm loving watching him grow into a kind, funny and wonderful boy.
And while I live a fairly provincial life (it's the way I like it), I've looked at what's going on in the wider world and tried to use my talent to help others.
All in all, 2016's been a lucky year for me. Writing this blog post has made me realise just how good it's been!
So as the sun sets on 2016, and all the negative news, I hope that like me, you're able to find lots of happy 'small things' from the past year which when put together, make it a happy one.
And while I try to live in the moment as much as possible, I can't help but be excited about the possibilities and things to come in 2017.
It won't be long until I'm in my new purpose built studio. I'm looking forward to each season, more creating, long walks, laughter, hugs and fun.
I've already got a few new designs waiting to be launched. There are a lot of things beginning with 'B'. Buttons, Birds, Bu... and Be....... You'll have to wait till the Spring for the last two, but I'm very excited about it all!
So what's made 2016 special for you? Have a flick through your diary and see which small (or big) things have made a positive impact on your year. It's an exercise I've found very revealing.
Happy New Year
"Beautiful, sometimes eccentric jewellery for beautiful, sometimes eccentric people."