2011: A roundup

So here we are again; another year older and wiser. Just 3 days from now, you'll be emmersed in whatever festive ritual it is that's customary at your house (unwrapping presents, over indulging on chocolate, trying to squeeze the turkey in the oven) while wondering with a sense of bewilderment how the heck it's Christmas again and where on earth the year went to. So with the Big Day only a couple of sleeps away, this time of year tends to provide pause for reflection; what went well this year, and what your plans are for the forthcoming one. The snow in December and January certainly poured cold water over the start of the year. Trade was affected for just about everyone (unless of course you sell snow shovels or winter tyres) and generally, the economy seemed to be making people feel pretty gloomy. But things weren't all bad; at Ditto we returned to work in January with a renewed optimism that 2011 was going to bring good things - and the year hasn't let us down. We've been lucky enough to work with some incredibly inspirational people who have sparked the confidence in us to make some big plans, some which are already in motion and others which are up our sleeves, ready and waiting to spring into action in 2012. We've met some fantastic new clients with exciting businesses. We've joined with a PR agency, satisfying our desire to offer a more complete service, started running our workshops and reached the finals stage in the West Kent Business Excellence Awards - the first business award we've ever entered. Despite facing some pretty tough obstacles (if we've shared a chat over a cup of tea at some point this year, I'm sure you'll know about it!), we've made some massive progress this year and I'm so proud of what we've accomplished.

And personally? I've continued to enjoy living in the beautiful Sevenoaks countryside with my wonderful fiance, surrounded by gorgeous views and lovely people. Following the loss of my much loved horse in April, I've been lucky enough to be asked to share another horse with someone at my yard (thankfully fitting in neatly with work demands!) - so needless to say that the majority of my spare time is spent happily mucking out stables and riding with my equally horse-obsessed friends.

So what will 2012 bring? I've got a number of goals in mind for the business, and a few things I want to achieve personally too. But for now, let's get on with enjoying the Christmas break! Merry Christmas, everyone.