Anyone with an eye, let alone an eagle one, will have noticed that my blogs have been somewhat remiss as of late. And by ‘of late’ I mean ‘for the last two years’. Tut tut … Just not good enough you think – especially as the last blog I wrote said that I shouldn’t be doing such a thing. But this time I won’t apologise. No sir, because boy have I got something to tell you?!
These past two years have been the most challenging, character building and rewarding of my life. I’ve had incredible lows and magnificent highs. I feel like I’ve travelled the world three times over and have the tremendous scars to prove it.
In 2017 and 2018 I’ve been through an emotional journey of personal discovery that has left me more sure of my loves and dreams than ever. Some events helped me to improve my skills as a writer, some as a thinker. Other occasions have encouraged me to think creatively outside of the box, others well and truly within it.
Life at times gave joy to me with one hand whilst with the other threw at me despair. But when faced with such diametrically different emotions I know I’ve excelled. If I do say so myself – and yes, I do. My skills of patience, tenacity, empathy, sympathy, creativity, bravery and good old fashioned slog have been tried and proved themselves more than worthy.
So what on earth have I’ve been up to? Well in a nutshell: suspected infertility, IVF, pregnancy, birth and then my blessed new born’s syndrome management and major surgery. Now, am I meant to reveal this on my business website, and God forbid during a meeting or job interview? The jury’s out on that. But for me, I’m a huge believer in being open and honest in life and business. Yes, somethings need to be kept on the QT for confidentiality reasons, but in these circumstances I believe it right to be myself. I’ve weighed up the options of being open about the last two years of my life, and as I feel immensely proud and know that such experiences have truly enhanced my personal and business confidence and ability, here we are.
The person I once was has been enhanced by the amazing experiences I’ve encountered.
Let’s see if being so honest puts clients or potential employers off – I hope not, but if it does, it’s by no means a catastrophe. I’ve always prided myself in working with like-minded individuals because I believe that way always results in the best outcome; in working and in final product.
And that’s not all; amongst all this I’ve been fortunate enough to have been given wonderful and fulfilling pro bono opportunities for brand development, marketing and design. Some of these are now profiled on this website.
And on the subject of this site, one last thing the eagle eyed may have noted is that Kinnear Creative is no longer a limited company. This is something I decided upon very recently. I’m not sure if the universe intends for me to become self-employed or to be employed by a company I believe in, so as to share my skills and further contribute to said business’ success. And for once, the undecided doesn’t concern me. The adventure of life, whether personal or business, is more exciting than ever and I’m beyond thrilled as to what is going to be handed, or thrown, at me.