What a year it's been!
I decided I would take a little look back over the things I have shared this year, as I thought I had done quite a lot. There are a number of businesses and suppliers that I have worked with, lots of new features that have been written for the site and some exciting new developments throughout the year.
But I am honestly astounded by just how far we have come.
I know this year has been so difficult for everybody. On a personal level, being kept from our friends and families, struggling with the worry and the uncertainty. And also on a professional level, scared of what the future brings, facing our financial fears and receiving blow after blow after blow from the powers that be.
I have wanted to do my bit to support where I can.
Truth be told, there is so little I can do that can change the situation - so little any of us can do in the face of something so huge! But if I have been able to share your ideas, promote your services or get involved in your new schemes, I have. Even if all I can do is chat, “like”, or try to be kind, I have hoped it would put a little smile on your face or create a feeling of togetherness and ease.
But I have to tell you, what I have received in return has been unbelievable. On a very superficial level, my inbox is overflowing every day, my profile is growing and my following has gone through the roof (okay, I’m not challenging the Kardashians just yet but from 200 followers last Christmas, that’s pretty awesome for me). It’s ridiculous to think that people care about what I do or would invest in an idea that came out of my head!
I feel genuinely humbled when any one of the amazing businesses I see want to be on my website. I literally pinch myself any time anyone says to me “I love what you do” or “yes, please work with me”. Little old me, sat at her laptop, who created a website with zero knowledge of what she was doing and literally sent out messages to people just hoping for the best! To see how many of you have been open to my ideas or willing to listen and read my writing… Thanks for having faith in me and for making me realise that what I’m trying to do isn’t such a crazy idea after all!
Above everything, I am so grateful for the amazing friends I have made this year. The suppliers I work with are unbelievably kind, caring and hardworking and this is such a wonderful industry to be a part of. I think you are all magnificent for the way you have tackled everything this year has thrown at us, and I hope that, having met most of you through social media in the midst of a pandemic, I can actually come and see you all and meet you properly soon!
FIFTY businesses have agreed to be featured on our site this year.
Some way back at the beginning, when I was posting just one little piece each month (and fitting in whatever I could around my day job). But then I wanted to share as much as I possibly could in lockdown and celebrate your amazing work. We posted 31 features in July alone - one every single day of the month - and we’ve been doing one a week ever since.
I wish I could do more - it is building up slowly and surely and there are so many more businesses I’d like to work with (I have lists coming out of my ears!). But I’m so proud to have been able to share this much content, and showcase the brilliant people who are working so hard to keep going.
So, here they are again. All 50 of them!
Have a little look through and remind yourselves of these wonderful businesses (click through to see their features and read more on each one), and please offer them your support where you can. I’m so excited for what 2021 has in store, but I’m forever thankful for the (few) good things that have come from 2020.
Thanks for the laughs, the likes and your lovely words.