I might be in the minority, but I quite like January! I feel it is a time for contemplation and reflection about the year that has just finished and also thinking about the year ahead. I am not one for planning too much ahead; I like to try and take things as they come. Often we can miss things if we are constantly looking forward to the next ‘item on the agenda’. However, this is more difficult with running a business, as we are encouraged to plan for the year ahead, write down goals and targets, and refer to our business plan and so on!
I come to this year, as my 14th running my little glass business; I would never had thought I would still be doing this when I first started in 2002! It just makes me realise how quickly time passes by…so I am certainly hoping to seize the moment more this year, and to appreciate the here and now.
I have a lovely new commission which I am starting ; creating 4 panels for a couple in SE London, which reminds them of their favourite coastal view in Pembrokeshire. As it happens, it is also one of my favourite coastlines, and I ‘m lucky to be able to visit it often as we have friends there! It certainly is an inspirational place, and lovely to escape to for invigorating coastal walks, so I am particularly looking forward to working on this commission! Apart from that, I am working on an exciting project with Dimbleby Cancer Care; more of that next time..
I love taking photos of reflections, and I thought it would be nice to start this year’s journal pages with a few photos I have taken. Reflection is important in life, whether visually or metaphorically, and of course glass is a wonderful medium for reflections!
‘Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence’ (quote from Wikipedia)