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I'm a bit over due writing a blog! so here goes. I feel like I've hit the frosty ground running this year which I'm really pleased about because this time last year was very challenging. Mainly because my elderly parents moved house, not only moving them was exhausting but the emotional side of getting them in their new home, settled and then realising I somehow needed to run my business around them which I now feel I have a little more finely tuned, whereas last year I'm not sure I coped all that well. My son and husband both had...

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Banging, drilling, the sound of glass breaking... as my new office window goes in this morning. Not just my office window but the windows (minus 1 as it was too big) for the back of our house, in time for winter. The one window I really wanted replacing and it's 20mm too wide, hey ho, we can cope for a few more months, we've waited all these years! I'm working from my kitchen today and possibly tomorrow so I'm out the way, with Buster (my terrier) curled up in his bed near me to keep him away from all the...

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A little interlude this morning alongside the usual work. There is no getting away from it when you work from home and I think it's really important to get up very regularly from my desk and stretch my legs, so I'd might as well use that time well. It's a Shopify day and one of design ideas for a few people, so lots of thinking going on... I quite like days like this. Having the time to think about the way something will look, checking with the client to see if they like it too, I find quite relaxing. I...

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I took yesterday off drove to Windsor and enjoyed a wonderful day walking round the castle and soaking up the atmosphere.  A complete break from the day to day, lots of fresh air and only a little rain. I absolutely loved it. Mixed in with 2021's goals were also some personal goals like visiting all the wonderful places I have seen throughout my working life of always being 'too busy'. It's easy to feel that you need to stay glued to your office chair 24 hours a day when you work for yourself, forgetting it's you who calls the shots....

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A second family member on crutches in 4 months. No sooner had my son returned to work after his ACL op and my husband is in having a nasty leg straightening op. It's a slow recovery. I'm spending my days sat with headphones in listening to and glancing over at all sorts of documentaries and make over programmes of all sorts, while I work away. Making endless cups of tea and coffee, lunches, dog walks and general 'are you ok?' I shout from my desk. Quite a bit of design work on and the completion of a few projects with a...

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