img 15.Feb.2022

There are times in life when we question our ability to do something or be the person we are.

I read a post on LinkedIn earlier about a father and his relationship with his daughter, how he’d been recently promoted to ‘best friend’ and it made me think about my own relationships - especially the important one, the relationship I have with myself.

I was deep in numbers at the time, working through the budget for the next three months marketing and what I need to achieve in order to fulfil my goals for the next six months (I don’t do long term goals, I only ever set short ones, the ones I know I’m capable of achieving) when I started to look back on the last 2 years and comparing where I was this time two years ago to where I am now.

When someone asks me ‘what inspired me to write?’ I have no answer because in all honesty there wasn’t any singular thing. It was, as I have said many times, an exercise during lock down. Fast forward 2 years and I am now in the process of writing my seventh novel! What a journey this past two years have been and it’s only really just beginning.

Looking at the photos from my first photoshoot, I literally had no idea what I wanted or what to expect and I hate my photo being taken. By the time it came to the second photoshoot I was way more confident and found myself engaging with the photographer, telling her what I wanted, what I thought would be nice and further more I even had an input with the make-up artist.

Ordinarily I would sit back and let people get on with it, but not this time, having an input was important to me because I had grown as a person over the twelve months. This is very apparent in the photos - even though there’s only one year between them you can see the physical and mental changes and these continue each day. Physically I think I’m going in the wrong direction again but mentally I am stronger and more confident than I’ve ever been.

This journey that I am on is like nothing I’ve experienced before, even now I still find myself saying ‘all I did was write a book’. Well actually Anna, you’ve written seven, and that’s the easy part, trust me!!!

I’m so looking forward to where this journey is taking me and the people I will meet along the way, but for now I need to get back to ‘number crunching’. Catch you all soon.

Much love