ANd The end of the year and a break before new beginnings.
It’s that time of year when the world quietens down and we pause. From now until the New Year feels a little like slow-motion; we have the chance to reflect on our past year, the wins and the not quite wins and focus on our plans for the next. It is a time to renew our energy, refresh our creativity and gather resolutions and excitement for the coming year.
It’s been a bittersweet year for me.
As I grow older I understand more the passage of time is full of contradiction. I celebrate the sweet with great joy and take the bitter with acceptance and stoicism for in general, it is the natural balance of life.
This year with our close family we celebrate the holidays in Venice.
I can’t wait for them to arrive. I’m excited.
All the planning in the world can go wrong.
It doesn’t matter how organised, practical and brilliant we are, life is not always in our control. It is an important lesson to learn when the one suitcase with all my Christmas gifts has been lost. Yes, in all my years of travel I have never lost a bag. Until yesterday, it has vanished, disappeared and without a trace. My weeks of planning and executing “the perfect gifts” are invisible, simply lost in transit. Why did I put all and I mean all the Christmas presents, Santa stockings and paraphernalia in one huge suitcase? I don’t know but I did.
You know what? It doesn’t matter as long as my gang arrive safely and we are together in this beautiful city. It is hardly the end of the world (ok, pretty annoying – I am not quite as stoic as I thought) I will race around like a lunatic today, find some Venetian magic and our day will be even more wonderful. If nothing else, I am resourceful. The Peggy Guggenheim museum will have to wait.
Thank you for your bright company this year. You truly do make my day, every day.
I am forever touched by your loyalty and kindness. We are a team and without your generous commitment, it wouldn’t be the same. Spending your time and engaging with our content is a precious gift and one I am truly grateful for. Knowing you, as I feel I do, makes me all the more inspired to create. Next year I want to really focus on us.
I wish you the most joyous of holidays and the happiest New Year. Enjoy the moment, celebrate big with family and friends and don’t forget to take a little time out for you. xv
image, aman venice by clementine davis