So, here we are. Another year is just
moments away; the time is nigh for reflection and future thinking.
It’s been a year of trial and tribulations.
For me, 2013 has been a year of tremendous progress as a young entrepreneur,
yet a year full of personal tragedy and heartbreak.
My life appears to run in threes. It’s a
number that I can not escape and because of this an awful lot happened in 2013.
From start to end the year was full of opportunities, challenges and successes.
Some of my years highlights include:
Turning 18 – Getting a business bank
account – YAY!
Streamlining not being a busy fool.
Starting my online blog ‘ Hello I’m Clo’ –
January was the start of a busy year, new
relationships were formed and helped keep me grounded throughout February’s
show season and have since kept me in touch with my inner teenager. Something
the team are often weary of. If there’s one thing 2013 has taught me, it’s that
life is just too short.
February was a turning point for the
business. The formation of new working relationships with independent brands
such as Urban Junk, PXL, Ichiban and PolyPop once again stood ‘I’m Sorry What
Did You Say’ apart from everyone else in the fashion world. It was incredible
to meet people from around the world whose passion and commitment to fashion
connects them despite the language barriers.
Healing was also an incredible and integral
part of my year. Since leaving school in 2011 after suffering years of bullying
. In 2013 I found myself back in education, this time sharing my experiences
and helping others. I fell in love.
It’s incredible to go into a room and pick
out those who are just fronting being ok, pulling them aside and re-assuring
them that when action is taken things do get better.
Having attended state and private education
the gap is ever expanding between them, that much is obvious, however they
still have very similar issues.
It’s odd how once school was a scary,
daunting place for me. Now I’m invited, wanted and making a difference.
Young entrepreneurs came from every angle
in March. It’s wonderful to see so many people just bloody going for it and
grabbing their dreams. Just last week I heard of a 9 year old starting a nail
bar in her front room. Kudos.
April to June was just work, work, work.
Collaborations, speaking and searching for the apprentice. Needless to say I am
not yet Alan Sugar, I am still looking for one.
July hit. Business took an unplanned hiatus
due to a sudden family death. This bought time to re-evaluate what really is
important in life. I am no longer a busy fool and don’t do anything I don’t
want to. I now only accept roles, projects and ambassadorships for
things/organisations and charities I truly relate to or believe in. There has
to be that passion.
It’s fair to say that many aspects of 2013
have gone by in a blur. Thinking and
personal development and learning have become very apparent and poignant for
me. That is probably why there were no defining moments between July to
I rejoiced on the 27th September
when it was my 18th birthday, finally after four years of battling I
could get a bloody business bank account – Result! You’ll be pleased to hear I
spent the night in proper 18th style fashion.
The Hot 500 in Birmingham really did bring
me back in October after a funny old couple of months and I have Joel Blake and
Gary Lennon to thank for that. Over the past year I have learnt so much from
them both; their commitment to young entrepreneurs is unprecedented. They have taken me under their wing and for
that I am truly grateful. Everyone should have those positive influences in
their life. They Level up.
I really have met some incredible people
this year. The young entrepreneur revolution is coming. Coming big style and it
all starts here. On the internet.
November and December bought out my inner
creative. Planning and pre setting as well as producing ideas, thoughts and
creations for late 2013 early 2014 and it felt fantastic to be back in the
driving seat. There are more improvements in the pipeline for ISWDYS, the
internet is ever revolving, changing and improving. I love that.
Travel has become a repetitive part of my
life both personally and professionally throughout the year. I’ve been here
there and everywhere but I’m enjoying and embracing the ride I am now fully in
the know of the London Tube system – no map or app necessary! I look forward to 2014 and all the travel
opportunities it has to offer – passport ready! Let’s spread the good stuff
this coming year.
Overall I feel I’ve conquered the good, the
bad and the ugly this year. It’s come at a good time I feel. I’ve learnt, grown
as an individual and feel all the better for it. I won’t tread old ground and
will instead explore pastures new.
As 2014 approaches myself and the team are
full steam ahead to run into the new year all guns blazing, strategically
running/blazing of course.
I hope you have a prosperous 2014 and
achieve all you set out to. Write your goals down and go out and get them!
Love and warmth,
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