How was your Christmas? The days between Christmas and new year are rather discombobulating aren’t they? I heard Dolly Alderton call it ‘betwixmas’ on her podcast yesterday, which I thought was rather good.
I must admit I’ve struggled through it, I’m not a Christmas person. I do however love to reflect on the year gone by, and set intentions for the year ahead. I love January, a fresh diary (and twelve whole months until we have to do it again) is heaven for me!
My birthday was 23rd December (I am now officially in my 40th year EEEK) and I bought myself Project Love‘s Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019 journal. I’m a massive fan of the Project Love podcast and I’m mega excited to be featuring Selina and Vicki in our special issue (out in the shops 24th January). Their journal guides you through a process of reflection; where you are compared to a year ago, what you’ve achieved in the year and what you want for the year ahead.
2018 has been an amazing year for the business. I announced the name change (from Doily Days) in January and set about executing the rebrand. It was quite a process, and it took me a while to get to know ‘Margot’, but working out the new brand was a really valuable and enjoyable journey. I hope, if you’ve followed this year, you’ve got a good idea of what Margot is all about? Margot is a fictional bride/our ideal reader: She’s confident, cool and creative. She knows what she likes and doesn’t follow trends or look to others for what’s ‘in’. Her home is stylish, she enjoys life’s simple pleasures and she wants her wedding to be personal and wholehearted (extracted from issue 13 editor’s note).
As well as publishing two magazines this year I’ve also worked on three amazing shoots, hosted two Me & My Brand workshops, launched the online directory, shared regular blog posts, been live on Facebook (most) Friday mornings (in wedding suppliers group Margot’s World of Weddings), started a podcast, was a guest on the One Girl Band podcast (click here for the link, episode 49), started working with a new coach (Kayte Ferris) and hosted Margot’s Wedding fair. Phew!
Looking forward to 2019, we’re hitting the ground running with our special issue out in the shops on 24th January and our next wedding fair (at the Worthing Dome) on 27th January. We’re publishing quarterly in 2019 so I’ll be starting work on issue 14 very soon. I really want Margot’s Wedding to be the go-to brand for cool brides within our distribution area (Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey) and, similarly, the place for like-minded local suppliers to advertise. My January media pack will include lots of ways to get involved; print adverts, online adverts and offline events. Watch this space!
The magazine will be sold in WH Smith, Martins and independent newsagents within our distribution area (Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey). I’m going to be investigating independent stockists in London too so if anyone has any ideas/contacts please let me know! (I’m interested in discussing wholesale with any suitable retailers within our area).
On a personal level I’ve had a good year. I continue to love living by the sea in Southsea with my son Rupert (who celebrated his third birthday this month!) I’ve had some happy and memorable experiences; camping in Dorset, a staycation in Cornwall, a crazy weekend at Latitude festival, my dad’s 70th…
I’ve fully embraced Audible this year and have listened to an audio book a month. Podcasts and audio books have really supported my self development journey this year. Books I’d recommend include: The Multi-Hyphen Method (Emma Gannon), Playing Big (Tara Mohr), The Big Leap (Gay Henricks), You Are a Badass at Making Money (Jen Sincero), Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Podcasts I listen to: Grow with Soul (Kayte Ferris), Happy Place (Fearne Cotton), Project Love, The High Low, Table Manners with Jessie Ware, The Adam Buxton Podcast.
In 2019, as well as personal growth, I’m looking forward to inspiring lots of new brides-to-be and continuing to support wedding suppliers with their marketing. I’m also going to be offering out my services as a freelance copywriter/editor. Lots to do! Watch this space.
(Above photo is me, left, with my great friend Alex from The Vintage Parade).
Thank you so much for your support, please continue to join in where you can! And remember… Choose Love.