Looking forward, looking back

New Year is always an interesting time, a time to look to the future at the possibilities the year ahead brings, but also to look back at what went before.

Personally, 2016 was in equal measures hard, fun, wonderful, horrifying, sad and exciting. I broke yet another bone thanks to Roller Derby (the sport that I love but that hates me) and had to retire from the sport. I completed the purchase of my first flat (with my OH), which is something we’ve been working towards for so many years. Some political stuff happened. David Bowie died, who is a hero of mine (my cat’s name is Ziggy and we have a Bowie shrine in the flat…) and so did Alan Rickman, and so did Carrie Fisher, and so did Prince. I got the biggest and most exciting illustration commission of my career so far (can’t say much more now). A lady read The Human Next Door whilst standing at my table at a fair and was brought to the edge of tears (good ones, I think).

So it was a mixed one.

2017 is looking bright, though. I plan to restock my Etsy shop (it is looking bare at the moment due to some very successful fairs in November) along with lots of new designs. I also plan to go paddleboarding more, which I’m certain will become the more sedate and less dangerous way of filling the void that Roller Derby has left in me.

I hope you have a wonderful year…

Beast x

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