Spare a thought for some of the people working hard to make Christmas happen.
As the year draws to a close, it’s hard, actually impossible for me not to think about what has happened in 2014. Here’s my top list of things that happened, because the world needs another list at the end of the year.
10.Taking the bull by the horns, otherwise known as quitting my job and starting something new. That happened in April, but i’d been thinking about it for months. It wasn’t as simple as quitting my job, it was actually my business, that I’d founded and run with someone else for six years. So there was a bit of clearing up to do, it actually felt like clearing up after a party with a hang over, and the hang over lasted a bit longer than I wanted it to. My first thought when someone says they shut down their business is that it failed because of money, which isn’t quite true for us. We failed because we lost our purpose.
My brother gave me a couple of these as presents over the years. Everynow and then I get them out, place them on my desk and listen through. It's an FM3 Buddha Machine, and it only has a few tracks each lasting less than a minute, and they loop. This morning, when thinking about what to listen to out of the thousands of options, this caught my eye and then caught my ears. Whilst listening and possibly entering a slight trance state, I started thinking about simplicity. I'm working on some new ideas right now, and at times they feel complicated, and then I talk them through with one of my many friends/advisors, and I'm reminded about the roots of the idea and to focus again. It's hard to do that on your own. I am very thankful for the brilliant people around me and to my brother for giving me simple gifts that keep inspiring..
Photographed on the 7th and 8th of January 2014