Celebrating Bosley’s First Year!

Bosley's First Year

This weekend is a special one because it marks Bosley’s first year of living with us (AKA his ‘gotcha day’)! It’s hard for me to believe that this time last year we were bringing him home because it kind of feels like he’s always been here.

I was looking through pictures of Bosley earlier and can’t believe how tiny he used to be! I used to be able to scoop him up in one hand and he was able to climb inside my handbags and hide. These days, it’s quite a different story. But he is still as curious as ever and he still tries to climb inside things, even if his big butt hangs out the back! Bosley also has an incredible RKF (resting kit face!) as, despite his grumpy expression, he is very affectionate and friendly. We even joke that he is part dog!

Bosley's First Year

A little while back, I wrote about how having a kitten has been a big learning curve in our house, and I’m still learning new things about Bosley as he gets bigger. Like how much he loves our daily routines (no matter how small they might be!) and how intuitive he is. Also, he makes us laugh constantly – the other day he reacted to a particularly dramatic part of a corny film and it (further) convinced me that he understands English purrfectly…

Earlier this week was International Cat Day which meant that, as well as my feed being filled with even more cute felines than usual, I had yet another excuse to post a picture and celebrate Bosley’s first year on Twitter and Instagram! The gang at RSPCA have even included him in their #MoreThanCat online gallery of kitties – you can check it out here.

Bosley's First Year

It’s amazing how quickly a little animal can become such a big part of your life and, in a short year, Bosley has become a major part of ours. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months (and all the months and years after that!) bring.

Tell me all about your furry friends! Do you celebrate any pet birthdays/ anniversaries too?

 

I Launched My Rebrand and Disappeared for 3 Weeks… Am I Crazy?

It’s been about six weeks since I officially launched my rebrand (you may pass GO, you may collect £200 – figuratively, of course…) and over the weekend, I reflected a little on how things have went and what I’ve learned.

The first thing that sprung to mind? The timing. Going live on a Sunday morning wasn’t exactly my dream plan when I first set out to do this and, as I tweeted my news, I felt like I was going against every digital business article I’d ever read.

All of a sudden, it was looking like all behind the scenes work was ready – the links, the post titles, the new social media handles, the archived stuff…it all WORKED. But it was a Sunday morning, and who the heck launches something new at that stage in the week?!

I was too excited to hold off. I just wanted to put it out there – because sometimes you just have to jump and do what your gut is telling you (in my case, my gut was looking at me with a manic grin while nodding vigorously). I had originally planned to build up momentum and to let people know well in advance that at a precise date, and a precise time, things would be ready. I’d be Little Miss Slick, launching this digital rebrand like a pro (WATCH OUT, SILICONE VALLEY, eh?).

Instead, I did a final check, uploaded a fresh blog post and threw open the door! And it felt good. Like, REALLY GOOD. I had a celebratory dance around the room and then I had to move onto my next task: I had to pack a bag because I was leaving for a three week road trip across America a few hours later. And the chances of me being able to post anything else to my shiny new site was going to be slim to non-existent.

Which I guess brings me to my main point! Three weeks in the fast-paced world of blogging and social media might as well be a lifetime and I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to be swanning off of the grid literally as I launched something new. I was worried that it would just sort of disappear – and I would disappear along with it!

I took a risk and hoped that it would work out. And you know what? It did! While I was away, I wasn’t online as much as usual (what can I say? There’s no wifi in the desert, you guys!) but when I did manage to check in, I was totally blown away by the lovely support and encouraging messages I was getting. Readers, PRs, brands, friends and creative folk that I really respect had noticed the rebrand and had taken the time to let me know how much they liked it – and I was super grateful for the feedback. I even felt silly for worrying!

So, here’s what I’ve learned: sometimes you need to go against convention and just do what feels like the right thing for you. You will be FINE, trust me! Because when it comes to you, your projects, your hustle, your passions, your rebrand, whatever it may be – there is no convention. It’s your playground and your ball and you get to decide what’s normal and what isn’t!

Planning is good, but pressure to be perfect? Not so good. Just be you, and the rest will work itself out. I hope that if you’re planning something awesome soon, you enjoy every crazy moment – even the unexpected ones!

 

 

 

So Long, 2016…

so long, 2016

What can I say about this year that hasn’t already been said a thousand times over on Twitter? It seems like 2016 has had its card well and truly marked since about March, as though we’ve silently agreed along the way that some haggard old witch has placed a curse on us all (and our little dog, too!) and no good can come from this year.

Usually towards the end of December, I like to take the opportunity to look back on the year and what it’s meant to me. Moments, memories and milestones that will define it as a period in my life worth remembering.

As someone who firmly believes that you can quite easily turn a bad day around, let alone a spell of 12 months, I will admit that (even for me!) 2016 has brought a few…challenges. Dealing with grief, illness, living out of one room for months while our home was repaired, seeing the world go through enormous changes and realising that you can’t win everybody over all of the time have all made this year one heck of a rollercoaster ride.

However, for every crummy moment, there’s been several that have brought me a lot of joy – and believe it or not, they are the ones that spring to mind when I reflect on this year. Our trip to Walt Disney World (best visit yet? Oh, I think so!), seeing new places, brilliant days (and nights!) with good friends, fun creative projects, new work opportunities, bringing Bosley home and most recently, spending Christmas with our family are just a few that I can think of!

It’s been really tempting to wish the year away, and I’ve seen many people do it, but here’s the thing: what 2016 symbolises to you is absolutely up to you and no-one else. 

Has it been the year you graduated? The year you became more confident? The year you met your soulmate? There’s a whole 12 months there, and I bet if you think about it, there’s probably a range of things that you’ll want to remember!

How do you want to define the year gone by?

And, glancing forward for just a moment, what have you learned this year that you want to carry forward into 2017? The new year is so exciting because the possibiities feel endless. It also gives us a chance to build on what we’ve started already and continue to grow.

You can hope that 2017 will be a good year, or a better year, but the truth is that it is going to be up to YOU to shape it! I’ve already decided that it’s going to be pretty damn great, how about you?

And before we dance madly through the bells and into the next adventure, I also want to say a massive thank you to each of you for reading and continuing to follow my goings-on. The blogging world is much like the real one, it moves quickly and changes all the time, so I appreciate your support. I hope you’ll come back and see me next year too…

So long, 2016…and happy new year!

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PS: The photo at the top is my ‘best nine’ from Instagram, based on this past year!