As the past year draws to a close and a new year is fresh in it’s beginning, now forms a time open to conclusion and reflection, a look back on previous adventures and the importance of noting and filing your achievements and blessings. A time to appreciate relationships and to take heed of proposed plans and suggestions. A fresh start, an untried challenge, an unlikely path, alternative perspective or perhaps, followed footsteps. There is nothing more refreshing or stimulating than the clearness a resolution into the new year can bring.
2015 brought indescribable excitement my way and I saw incredible achievements in my career, not only did I make my debut, styling at London (LC:M) Fashion Week, I was also given the opportunity to style under Head Stylist Gary Gill at the Vetements show at Paris Fashion Week, attributes I’ve confirmed to mimic and add to in 2016. Continuing to work alongside and assist Gary in various photo shoots throughout the year, found me at the latest Axe Deodorant (formally Lynx) Advertising Campaign as well as the United Colours of Benetton, 50 year Anniversary Campaign and not forgetting various other fashion collectives and publications.
Gratefully, I was asked to judge a competition, which is close to my own heart- Wella Generation Now- which catapulted my career two years ago and influenced lucrative relationships with talented and productive people within my industry. I was invited to attended numerous events with Wella throughout the year, which allowed me to cement association with my own personal salon colleagues and others brought together under the Wella family umbrella.
Throughout 2015 I have maintained my writing and my blog has grown, GG BOBS HER HAIR has gone from strength to almighty strength, accumulating a staggering 50,000 visitors, reading my 55 blogposts. Writing keeps me sane and I have pushed through struggles and leapt over hurdles to keep consistent with my posts. I’m truly thankful to be continually encouraged by Professor Mike Press, I have delightedly collaborated with him at many events throughout the year including our successful Lunchtime Talk along with Linda Barclay and Ruadhan Scanlan at Dundee’s Literary Festival in October. I’m anxious but enthusiastic about emerging projects for next year and I hope to enhance my art in storytelling.
My family life is booming and my relationships have never felt so genuine or on track. My daughter and I shared a trip of a life time when we travelled together to New York City back in May. My biggest and proudest achievement of this year has been the development of my character and inner strength, combining Shinrin-Yoku with exercise has allowed me to find calm within chaos and has acted as a vent for my frustration and stress. During the last quarter of the year, I made a conscious decision to quit alcohol for a reasonable 60 days, which I’m faithfully inspired to reveal has changed my perspective on life and has made me a nicer, stronger, more determined, understanding and caring person. My self denial of alcohol has given me so much belief and self respect, I have chosen to continue without it for the foreseeable future, I know I am a better person without it.
Last Hogmanay I started to write things down, my hopes and my dreams, when I reflect back, all have come true. Already my 2016 diary is full of crazy adventures, which will see me travel across the world. My only resolution is to structure things more appropriately to allow my time to be spent more accordingly. I’m ready to make lists and I’m excited at doing so.
Thank you to everyone who was made 2015 extra special, I can’t send enough gratitude.
2016 are your ready? Because there is no stopping me!
‘For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’lltak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.’- Rabbie Burns
Long live the VEF and HAPPY NEW YEAR QUEENS!