Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy Old Year, Happy New Year

(the most ponderous photo I could find)
I love this time of year, lots of sofa time, time to think and dream and reflect. I've just been looking back to 2012 and have been struck by it's awesomeness! The year kicked off with Hello Soul Hello Business ecourse and now in hindsight I can see how it has influenced so much of my life and business in the year that has followed. 

In January Sarah Mason came to take my portrait for  my book. We hit it off immediately and discovered a shared love of walking in the woods and taking photos, amongst many other things.

We have trodden many miles since and dreamed and planned many things together.

In February we moved to our new house above the shop. We're enjoying living here.

In March I went on an adventure to the Summer Isles with Rachel Hazell to make Ffion a book for her 18th.

In April my lovely girl became eighteen!

I designed some new bird lamps.

HSHB also inspired me to take The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and I discovered a love of making patterns. Much MORE of that in 2013!

In May I had the biggest adventure of all. 


When I came back I really began to fall in love with writing and blogging about my trip helped me to re-live and reflect on the adventure. Seeds were planted to try and get my lamps into Japan (exciting news to follow on that one).

In June Hebden Bridge flooded twice and turned our little town upside down but we came together as a community and all sorts of projects were born to make a difference. No more rain like that this year please.

In July I took my lamps to Tatton Park which was a great show for me.

In the August Robert and Ffion made my new website. It was a real 'coming together' of many things and a beautiful collaboration between the two of them and a chance to discover how well me and Sarah worked together too.

A couple of books that I bought in Japan inspired the photoshoot with Sarah which inspired the design for my new website. 

In September we had the Hebden Spirit auction and raised £6,500 to market Hebden Bridge after the floods. Amazing night it was.

 And Ffion flew the nest :(

One of the questions during the 'dreaming' phase of  'Hello Soul Hello Business' was something like 'If money was no object what would you do in your business right now?' I remember without hesitation I wrote down that I wanted a large studio with big windows and lots of plants...somewhere to spread my wings, somewhere private to call my own. In October I found one. I move in next week (with my new plants that I bought with my birthday money) :)

In November MY BOOK CAME OUT! After a year of waiting it finally arrived and we had a gorgeous launch. Such a celebration.

And Hebden celebrated the shops re-opening after the flood with a party. Valley of Lights was the best.

Me and Sarah worked on a very exciting collaboration when I was commissioned by The Simple Things magazine to write a piece for issue 5 (more about that in my next blogpost). This magazine was a lovely discovery. They did a great book review for Illuminate too.

In December many things. We had the busiest Christmas ever at Radiance and on the HN website.  It was brilliant but exhausting so this Christmas break has been very welcome. And in the middle of the break I had a big birthday. FORTY. It was the best day and I'm still all loved up.

There is so much to look back on and celebrate. What an amazing year! 2013 feels full of promise with many things to look forward to already.

I wish you a Happy New Year. I hope it brings everything you could wish for. xxx


WrightStuff said...

What a lovely inspiring post to read Hannah! May 2013 bring you as much (and more) success... but as you say, not quite as much rain!

Anonymous said...

How wonderfully positive. I wish for you everything that you would wish for yourself. Happy New Year. xx

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