The start of a New Year is often a time for resolutions. Making plans, setting goals and starting to make changes for the better. There is such expectation, I don’t know about you, but it often leaves me feeling slightly overwhelmed. Paralysed by what I should be doing, highlighting what I haven’t, and more often than not, setting myself up to fail. This year, I’ve decided it’s going to be different. So, instead of launching into the year at 100 miles per hour, with one thousand New Year’s resolutions, I have taken things slow. Given myself permission to enjoy the calm after the chaos that is Christmas, thinking space to reflect, and really work out what I want to achieve this year.
For me, last year was exciting, tough and a steep learning curve on many levels. The rollercoaster of emotions that this little business of mine has taken me on has definitely been an experience. There have been days when I wonder if it would just be easier to return to employment. A regular income with the ability to walk away at the end of the day and just switch off. Then I remember why I started this business, how far I have come and all the amazing things we have achieved. I want my children to see that hard work really does pay off, that if they are brave enough to follow their dreams then they can DO and BE anything they want…NO limits!
Understanding what is important to me has been my main focus over the last few weeks. It is something that sounds so simple, yet getting caught up in the busy-ness of life I know I have sometimes lost sight of that along the way. This year, to help me stay focused, I have mapped out what I want to achieve, what makes me happy and how to get there. Simple things, like reflecting on what has made me smile in a single day really helps me to focus on this and helps me stay on track.
This year I plan on taking the business in a slightly new direction. I want to design new collections, wear jewellery that inspires me and really give you fresh and exciting products, with that Ickle Pickle personalised touch. I have a head full of ideas, lots of them, and I know what I want it to look like. However, these things take time, so I am being realistic about the re-launch and will be busy working away behind the scenes until the time is right. In the meantime, I will still be selling our gorgeous hand-made, engraved and printed items as if nothing has changed. However, there will be a big change up coming and I cannot wait to tell you more.
Until then, Happy New Year, albeit a belated one. I am excited about what 2018 has to bring and look forward to you joining us on this adventure. Thank you for your support last year, it means the world and I would not be able to do this without you all. Be kind to yourself, set realistic goals and expectations, but most importantly be happy!
Love Leah xxx