2018 has been a year of tremendous ups and downs. On the one hand SO many incredible things have happened:
– I wrote a book!
– Each issue of the magazine outsold the one before it!
– I hired more people for our team!
– We got so many boring yet important behind-the-scenes business things sorted that I’m finally starting to feel like I have some semblance of my shit together (it only took a decade right!?)
But at the same time, 2018 has been a toughie. I’ve struggled with my mental health and body image bullshit a lot more than I have in quite a long time. However, as the year drew on, I’ve been making a real conscious effort to figure out what’s going on in my brain and working out what the specific situations or triggers are that make me feel worse (and then making changes to protect myself from them). In actual fact, although it’s been hard at times, overall, I know I’m making better decisions to protect myself and continuing to push myself in the right direction… Most of the time. I’m still very much a work in progress!
I have also learnt a hell of a lot in the past year. In particular about time management (having to fit writing a book into an already packed schedule will do that to you!) about delegation and how incredible it can be to find people you trust enough to off-load the tasks you can’t do yourself anymore (I’m one of those people that always wants to control everything!)
I’ve also thought a lot more about the financial side of the business. I’ve always stuck my head in the sand a little bit when it came to talking or thinking about money. It made me feel uncomfortable and icky and whenever I looked at our accounts, I would judge myself, and our business, based on how much money was in them. It was a sucky place to be. This year I have absolutely put my big girl pants on when it comes to that stuff and have started to educate myself more about how things work, I feel incredibly proud of myself!
So, what’s in store for 2019? Well, the start of the year is ALL going to be about my book launch on January 8th and my book launch party on the 9th!! I am so very, very, VERY excited and nervous about the whole thing, but it will absolutely start 2019 off with a bang. And yes, I’ve got the most GORGEOUS party dress being made for me by Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Chotronette – I can’t wait to show it to you!
Then, on Valentine’s Day, our next veil collection with Crown and Glory will drop. We have some very pretty and very freakin’ cool things coming including a RAINBOW TULLE VEIL. I shit you not.
So, here we are, nearly at the end of 2018. PHEW, we did it! Between now and the new year I’ve decided to take a much-deserved break, and to spend as much time as possible gorging on Christmas movies and left-over festive food. Over the next week or so we will be sharing some of our 2018 highlights and favourite features on the blog and our social media accounts so there will be plenty to keep you entertained.
Remember, on December 26th the January/ February issue of the magazine will go on pre-sale. This is the biggest issue we’ve ever done too! It has more pages, more weddings and even more inspo than ever before and all still for the bargain price of £4.99! I can’t wait for you to see it.
- Photography: Lisa Jane Photography