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Christmas In The Country.

Happy Christmas to you all! I know the big day has passed, in what felt like the blink of an eye, but really it’s still Christmas, through the limbo period and up until New Year’s right? I hope you all had a magical time, however you spent your day.

This was my first Christmas with my little firecracker, Nellie. She surpassed my expectations in fairness to her, she was brilliant. No stealthily stealing slices of turkey or pigs in blankets. The tree and decorations remain standing and in their original places.

I’m an animal lover through and through to the point where I could be considered slightly obsessed, unhinged even. With this affliction, comes wanting to make my animal’s special days e.g Christmas and birthdays, as enjoyable for them as possible. This includes wrapping presents complete with handwritten tags, a stocking (just like the ours) and a slimmed down (safe) version of our ham and egg breakfast and Christmas Dinner. I was glad to discover through replies to one of my Instagram stories, that I wasn’t alone in this carry on! Lots of you also go above and beyond for your four legged family members. It made me feel a little less bonkers – so thank you!

The past 6 months haven’t been the most pleasant for me emotionally, I won’t bore you with the ins and outs, the who’s or why’s, but I’m working on it. Slowly but surely my love for writing is returning after too long, this I think is due to an improved mindset and calmer life, more structured routine. How can you find inspiration or motivation when you feel uninspired and unmotivated about everything around you?

One thing I am discovering through talking to friends and various people, is that I’m not alone in feeling this way. It seems that so many people my age (mid/late twenties – ewwwww!) are feeling a similar way about life at the moment, for so many reasons; the cost living, the world around us, society, dating attitudes, social media pressures, imposter syndrome, the list could go on… Whilst that is a sad fact, it is somewhat reassuring to know that other people understand the feeling, and more importantly have come out the other side stronger.

Since starting at Black Nova Designs at the beginning of the month, life seems to be untwisting itself slowly… I am currently doing an online course in Affinity Photo (very similar to Adobe Photoshop), learning how to edit photos and create some pretty cool images. This is something I’ve wanted to learn for years, but never had the ‘time’ when designing and working on the magazine, I’d exhausted my YouTube learning with InDesign!

I’m not sure how frequent my writing on here will be, but I know that I miss it and so I’m rolling with it for now, writing for me, not for the hits or the follows. I remember writing the first dozen blogs on the original blog, before the magazine existed, they literally had zero hits, maybe one or two but they were my parents or people who accidentally fell onto the website more than likely, and I didn’t care, not for a second. I’d enjoyed creating it and that’s what mattered.

This Boxing Day morning has been one of the loveliest for years. Spending the early morning feeding and turning the horses out as the sun came up, followed by a fun hack on Simba around Slindon village, and then a lovely, sunny 3km walk with Nellie up to Slindon Folly – a place I’ve never been despite having grown up in the area! Even though she covered herself in fox poo, the walk was special and one I’ll remember for a long time to come.

So for now, I’ll leave you with these ramblings, enjoy the limbo period and if I don’t speak to you beforehand, Happy New Year! I hope 2023 is good to you and full of unforgettable happy memories and experiences.

Until next time,
Lots of love,
Holly xxx

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