I always feel the run up to Christmas is a time for reflection. Everyone talks about love, giving, and the season to be jolly, but as I sat in my first carol concert of the season on Tuesday night, I began to think about the last year and all that’s been and gone. Don’t get me wrong, I love a hearty singalong with the best of them, but whilst I should have been popping a prayer up to the heavens, instead I was reflecting on 2015.
And what a year it has been. Personally, professionally, emotionally, mentally….every kind of ‘ally’ you can think of really. I’ve lost a dearly beloved dog, had incredibly proud moments with my two gorgeous girls, cried with pride at my husband’s brilliant work endeavours, enjoyed very special moments with my mum and dad, been driven mad by a new puppy and deepened some friendships. I’ve been surprised at how much one really can do in a day, improved my cooking, tried to run more (which has worked), tried to lose weight (which hasn’t), have laughed and cried (in equal measures – for those who don’t know me, I cry at pretty much anything, happy or sad).
Professionally, I’ve become proud MD of theblueballroom, an opportunity I am so happy to have been given by the wonderful Sheila Parry. I love my job and I feel so privileged to be in a position where I can try and give some of the energy that I have for my work to the clients I work with.
It’s been a rollercoaster year at theblueballroom; a quiet start to 2015 has ramped up to an unbelievable year end – we’re pitching right up to Christmas week and have more to deliver the first week back in January. We’re working with global clients on large scale campaigns as well as local charities doing campaigns I’m incredibly proud of. We’re translating our work in to countless languages, to be seen by thousands of people around the world. We’re being recommended by our clients for the great stuff we’re doing and we’re being approached by new clients, just because they like our website. We’ve also eaten a LOT of cake.
The highlights? Winning a global campaign for a long-established client, winning a new client from a very competitive pitch which I came out of saying “sorry, Mike, I screwed that one up…”, sharing late night pitch preps, becoming the binding Princess (the King and Queen crowns belong to others….), becoming a creative ninja, as well as some special moments with the team over pints, shots, glasses of wine and the predictable tea and cake.
It’s certainly not all been plain sailing. Team members whom we loved (and still do) have left us, we’ve had slight creative mishaps, we’ve split milk, we’ve had moments where we’ve got it slightly wrong, we’ve had pest control out (!!), we’ve had cancelled flights, we’ve travelled thousands of miles, been away from home for endless nights, but it’s all turned out alright in the end. And personally, I’ve loved every moment of it.
I won’t make resolutions for 2016 (they’ve never worked for me), but I’ll add to my bucket list as I do every year and who knows where 2016 will take me and theblueballroom. I’m sure there will be plenty more ‘ally’s’ in the year ahead, more wonderful moments with our brilliant team and exciting new ‘stuff’ which we’ll look forward to sharing in the near future.
In the meantime, here’s to a happy festive season with plenty of cake and a happy 2016 too.