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A year of living and loving my redesigned life.....

I began this new year by reflecting on all the changes that have happened over the last 2 years, either by design or through circumstances beyond my control.

In March 2020 I made the tough business decision not to design a new collection of garments. This was the first time in 23 years that I hadn't spent every day thinking about my brand, my customers and my designs while happily wading though samples of beautiful fabrics. A life-changing decision which was influenced greatly by the effects the Covid 19 pandemic had on all businesses.

When I searched my soul, I realised that the time was right for me to press pause on this huge part of my life and look at different things I could do that would make me happy.

I faced down my fears and threw myself into learning new things.... I started slowly with a six week online course in Photoshop (which I put off learning properly for so long!!)....

Then in September 2021 it was time to move to a bigger learning experience, I immersed myself in a year long adventure, studying Design Thinking for Sustainability. On the surface this course combined two of my greatest passions Design and Sustainability but it gave me so much more. I became part of a group of highly motivated people who are re-imagining the world with less waste and more personal accountability.

I can honestly say that some decisions, however difficult to make, release you by helping you to rediscover the things have been buried for so long. I am lucky to have always lived a life filled with creativity. The bonus is that I have been mentoring and teaching others how to harness their Creativity and Design Thinking to help them build their businesses in a more sustainable way.

This may serve as a few words of encouragement for anyone who is stuck in a rut and afraid to make a change. Sometimes you have to listen to your inner-voice and follow the path less chosen.

Although the first steps can be scary, it soon becomes the best one to follow...

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