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family time at Christmas

Time for family and friends

Looking back on another challenging year, I’m thankful that we’ve made it through, despite the reduced business, school difficulties and cancelled holidays. Whilst 2020 felt like a year of survival and trying to keep an even footing on ever-shifting sand, we experienced more freedom in 2021 but there’s a sense of uncertainty looming as we reach the end of the year and begin 2022.

One thing I’m so appreciative of this festive season is friends and family and as workshops and business tasks wind down for the holiday period, I’m looking forward to spending time with as many of my special people as I can. This year has really showed us what’s important and for me that’s my nearest and dearest.


This sense of gratitude and thoughtfulness helps us to counteract all the negative feelings and news that can overwhelm us at times. When someone appreciates us or we do something kind for others, it gives an enormous boost to our wellbeing and puts things into perspective. Giving and receiving gratitude also helps us to sleep better, makes us more resilient and even strengthens our immune system.

I’m also continuing the habit I started last year of buying gifts locally and supporting independent shops and artists where I can. I found our loved ones really appreciate the care and originality that goes into a handmade gift – whether that’s handmade by me or made by another artist and handpicked for that special person.

Time to slow down a little and refocus on what’s really important are just a couple of the positive things to come out of this pandemic. There’s also been a deeper level of gratitude and kindness, whether it’s for our NHS workers or an appreciation of the nature around us, there are some aspects of this crisis that would be good to hang on to.

I hope the trend of supporting smaller, independent retailers and artists will continue as we have all suffered significantly during the pandemic. As we navigate into another ‘new normal’ I hope that conspicuous consumption becomes a thing of the past and that we consider more how we affect those around us and focus on what’s really important.

Thank you for your support in 2021. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy, healthy 2022!

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