Well, Christmas and New Year are well and truly over. After a quiet Christmas break with loads of much needed rest, I’m now looking to the year ahead, and counting down until our days get longer and warmer.
Having re-read my Hello 2018 blog post, my first thought is that we still haven’t finished our house renovations but at least we’re just (still) painting and all building work is in the past.
2018 was a busy one for work here at Breathe PR, which included working on some really breath-taking art exhibitions for Manchester art gallery Contemporary Six; working on a large RHS Tatton show garden with garden designer Warnes McGarr & Co (pictured) and continuing with PR and marketing work promoting the amazing work of Arc Centre & Gallery in Stockport.
I also started working with a new retainer client, InTouch Ltd, which does some fascinating Internet of Things technology work and has a number of diverse products with very niche markets.
Through last year and continuing this year, I also do project work with brilliant charity City of Trees, which combines my passions of horticulture and the environment, the city of Manchester, as well as working with charities.
Social media management is still a large part of my job, and I am a retained social media manager for a large listed business, which has multiple accounts, as well as posting across all social media channels when required for all of my other clients.
I also started my second horticulture course at Cheadle College in September which gives me a much-needed break away from the laptop and learning new skills. Over Christmas I decided that my garden just wasn’t big enough to grow as many vegetables and fruits that I needed so I managed to bag an allotment plot just around the corner from my house.
In terms of getting out of the home office, I’ve also taken on a part-time office in nearby Levenshulme which means a two mile round trip to get that step-count up and some extra fresh air.
So, 2019 is shaping up to be another busy one and my tenth year as a self-employed PR and marketing consultant, so let’s see what the year brings.
Image: The Poisonous Garden at RHS Tatton by Warnes MccGarr & Co. Copyright: Carolyn Hughes/ Breathe PR.