My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed!

Dear Self,

This is going to be your year. So dust yourself off and get started. Every time you doubt yourself know that everyone successful was once where you are - they just did not quit.

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end!

Whatever your role, age or experience always keep your dreams alive, be true to yourself and always strive to be the best you can be. Keep working for what you believe in, and do not give up. You can't have a rainbow without the rain.

Turn dreams into reality. Respect yourself as no one has more power over you other than you. Belief, commitment and dedication will make sure you stay on that road to success. There's no elevator and you have to take the stairs, and meet every obstacle with positive energy and despite the odds you will win. 99% hard work - and your family & friends may think you're mad.

Keep looking up. That's the secret of life. In time, things will fall in the right place....

In 2016 I took the difficult decision to leave a secure job for much needed work-life balance. As a single mum (solely my decision, but a thoroughly thought-through one with my children at a forefront of my mind) for quite few years juggling parenthood as mum and dad rolled into one, has admittedly got the better of me. I have endured. I have been broken. I have known hardship. I have lost myself. Life has knocked me down a few times. It has shown me things I never wanted to see. But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger.

For all of my connections, some I know very well through business as well as personally, some I don't know so well, and some I do not know at all, but it is wonderful to feel like one big “family”, and who have or are going through difficulties, you will be okay - we must take the good with the bad, learn from those painful experiences and always look on the bright side, smile and enjoy life and have fun along the way.

I'm a big believer if you find the happiness, success will follow. Happiness encourages good life decisions, wonderful relationships, and opens up doors to great opportunities. It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together! I also try to focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out like they (unfortunately) haven’t over the past many months, take another ‘shot’.

I know there will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy. Life is too short, life is a one-time offer - Maintain the smile, Forget the tears – Life is Beautiful! Listen to your instincts, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it.

2017.... my first ever magazine advertising ~ amazing is the feeling!

More success.

More happiness.

More laughter.

More positive.

Less negative.

Life's like a mirror – it'll smile at you if you smile at it. When you are interested in something that means so much to you, go at it full speed, embrace it, hug it, love it and above all be passionate about it. Remember – never give up on something you really want. While on this ride called “career”, you have to take the good with the bad, smile when you are sad, love what you have got and remember what you had. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. My dream is coming true!

Read my full article in Luxury News Online

Onwards & Upwards 2017 and beyond! xx

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