Tis the season …

I’ve seen the ‘holidays are coming’ Coca Cola advert, chocolate advent calendars are counting down, Christmas music and movies are in full swing, the tree is decorated and the stockings are hung – Christmas is coming.

For me, Christmas is a time to be thankful and reflect on the past year, before creating a new set of aspirations, goals and plans for the next one. It’s been a great year for Red Ribbon Communications and the rollercoaster ride that is freelancing is certainly an exciting adventure.

I have worn many hats and juggled the actual proofreading work with administration, finances, training, networking and prospecting for new clients. As expected, there have been ups and downs, periods where I wished there were twice as many hours in a day and then other very quiet days.

Christmas in our house is also a time of lists – gifts to buy, cards to write, crafts to make, letters to Santa, groceries and the all-important timings of cooking the Christmas feast. This year I have a list of people I would like to thank too.

Firstly, thank you to our clients, for believing in us and trusting us. We promise that next year we will work even harder to ensure that your words are right, your communications are clear and engaging, you continue to have peace of mind and your money is well spent on our services.

A huge thank you to Steve (@lahive_) at Ragnotella for our awesome website and to Rob (@RobertMills) at GatherContent for giving us the opportunity to write a guest blog that led to us securing our first international client.

Thank you to everyone who has organised networking events/training seminars and to everyone who has helped us spread the word about Red Ribbon Communications.

Thank you to Mr F (@AdamFairbank) for being the ‘digital chap’, for all the technical expertise, mentoring, launching us into the wonderful world of social media, the never-ending enthusiasm and cups of coffee.

This year, the mini-Fairbanks are at the age where they are incredibly excited and I’ve already lost count of how many times they have asked, “Is it Christmas tomorrow?”

Children make Christmas truly magical; they allow us to experience all the excitement and wonder of the season.

The letters to Santa were quite high on the ‘to do’ list and were carefully written and sent in good time. A big thank you to the ever-efficient Royal Mail who duly delivered the replies confirming Santa had received their letters, the elves are busy making toys and that they must continue to be good. Their little faces were an absolute picture; I don’t think I’ve ever seen bigger grins.

The minis didn’t ask for anything too obscure or expensive, and the lists were relatively short. Dressing-up costumes featured heavily and next year will be a year of fun and adventure with little princesses, mermaids and superheroes running amok.

My own wish list is also quite short. A new laptop would be nice, but of course, my biggest wish is for Red Ribbon Communications to continue to grow into a thriving and successful business, financially supporting my family and allowing us to lead a quiet life in beautiful West Wales.

So, I’d like to say one final thank you to everyone supporting Red Ribbon Communications and wish all my clients, past, present and future a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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