Happy New Year!

Wow, is it 2017 already? I’m sure I’m not the only person to be saying that. It doesn’t seem like all that long ago that we were seeing in 2016 full of joy about what was to come.

Of course, 2016 was a bit monumental wasn’t it. Political change on a scale we could never have predicted, a flurry of big names suddenly gone, and a wind of change that leaves us all feeling a bit uneasy. For little old me, that all came at the same time I decided to make probably the biggest change of my career to date – and go self-employed.

It seems crazy that this time last year I was still gainfully employed, and feels a bit like it was only five minutes ago. But at the same time it feels like a million years have passed since the end of May when I walked out of my office to set out on my own. That first day when you sit down at your own desk wondering exactly how you’re going to make it all work is probably one that any freelancer from any sector will remember. Terrifying and excited all at once, not quite knowing how things are going to pan out but up for giving it your best.

Of course, if you’ve visited this site before or if you follow me on social media, you’ll have an idea of where it went. Working with Stratforward BID on their newsletter and PR material, writing for Yahoo News UK, writing food features for The i, food and business for Guardian Small Business, regular food pieces for Yahoo Style, a column for Belle About Town, some media training, and much much more.

It’s been a roller coaster, that’s for sure. There have been highs and lows and one hell of a learning curve. I go into 2017 excited – I’ve gained some great contacts over the past six months, some clients who are brilliant to work with, some events booked and a few deadlines already waiting!

But I also go into this year still a little bit scared. We all know that in this game you’re only as good as your last piece of work and famine can come as quickly as feast. The only thing for it is to keep on learning, writing, meeting people, and providing what I hope is a job done right, done well, and done in the right way.

So here’s to 2017. You know where I am if you need me 😉