I totally understand why small business are called 'small', in many ways we are tiny but it always sounds odd because on the inside... it feels huge.
Since running my own business, I hold even more respect for small, independent businesses, and it gives me a lot of joy to support them wherever possible, especially for Christmas shopping and amongst the increasing pressures of Black Friday...
I was absolutely delighted to be featured in Cheshire Life this month, especially so because the November issue is full of sparkle and festive treats.
There were so many moments of doubt along the way making this film, so the moments of recognition like this are truly wonderful.
While standing beside a clock, the tick seems so constant, yet time is so strangely inconsistent. From the bizarre time soup of a painful loss to the eternity of each second while holding a plank in the gym.
Along my creative journey, I've been given a few permission slips, and I can't tell you how much they've helped! Permission to embark upon a creative career, permission to call myself a creative, permission to call myself an illustrator, permission to call myself... gulp... an artist. Each one has been a delightful nudge of encouragement for which I've been truly grateful.
Before I started Toots Design, I created a hat brand with colourful winter beanies...
Here is a little behind the scenes about how it came about, and how it became a part of the journey to finding you here now.
Putting on a brave face alongside the things that worry us is so tiring.
Sometimes the thoughts and feelings themselves can be as (if not more) frightening than any situation we face. It takes great strength to hold them at bay, and it takes great strength to face them too. So if you recognise yourself holding up the wall with all your might, you are stronger than you know. And if you recognise yourself sitting with the courage to let them out, you are also made of more magic than any Marvel superhero.