What I've Been Up To This Month | January 2019

It's the end of January. Wanna hear what I've been up to this month?
I made the decision last year that I would start 2019 slowly. And as it turns out, after a very challenging episode of anxiety and the winter lurgy, I had to take things easy anyway.

I took the time to have a proper Christmas break. I spent as much time in my pyjamas as possible, cocooned in the house, reading.

I've been doing lots and lots of planning this month. There are ideas for all sorts of things from how I'm going to structure my working week to what content I want to produce to what I'll be doing with Honey Bee Home this year.

One of the highlights of my month so far was my trip to London. It was a little work and a little leisure. I headed to Top Drawer, in search of new suppliers and inspiration for the Spring/Summer collection of Honey Bee Home. I've been learning about all the upcoming trends, what's new in retail and what consumers are looking for this year. The show was great. I took two days to have a good look this time and do some proper research. Loved it.

I have a lot of ideas for what I want to do with Honey Bee Home this year, including adding new categories and I've found exciting new suppliers. It's been a real challenge to find brands who aren't already all over the high street. I've had a lot of time to think about the look and feel of the brand and it's going to be a great year!

London also gave me the opportunity to catch up with friends. I went for dinner with my fab Twitter, now real life, friend Char. If you love travel and random musings, head over to her blog Memoirs Musings.   I stayed with my amazing friend Steven and we had a very funny catch-up, over a G&T. Then the next day, I had a coffee date with Tasha, and she helped me to pick out new stock. Then I made a quick stop at my friend Amy's stand at Top Drawer.

These beautiful designs are from Mister Berwyn

I've been trying to make more time to read this month too and I'm making the effort to work it into my weekly routine. I had a few books for Christmas but at the moment, I'm reading How To Be An Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis. It's always inspiring to read about brands who started from people's homes, with founders who didn't have all the tools to begin with but went out and made the best of their resources.

What else have I done this month? I've had a couple of great meetings for projects coming up this year. I'll update you, as soon as I have more details. Oh and I made another quick stop to London, to go to Redhanded Podcast's first ever live show at The Vault Festival - it was so good!

How's January been for you? Were you back to being busy straight away, or did you ease into the year slowly? 

Thanks for stopping by! 



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