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My own thanksgiving


Milk chocolate fondue from Haagen Dazs
A year ago I decided to start a diary of goals and to log things I've done related to my creativity. I chose thanksgiving to start this as it is a well known date but as I'm not American it means nothing to me specifically so it was great to create my own day around it.
This week I took a day off work as my thanksgiving day. I travelled into London (I do this every day so it's not a big deal!) and went for lunch. I sat and read my diary over lunch. I wrote a summary of what I've achieved


  • started teaching at the London Jewellery School
  • completed my PGDip in Academic Practice with a merit
  • won best paper presentation for the second year in a row at my university
  • was commissioned to make jewellery for well known people
  • had a piece of jewellery worn by an actress in a BBC interview
  • was a co-author for a published journal article
  • attended a masterclass run by Terry Kovalcik and learnt to make a box pendant
  • learnt how to make wire wrapped jewellery, knit cables and read knitting patterns
  • ran my first market stall 
After lunch I went to the National Gallery and spent some time looking at the work, mostly of the Impressionists - particularly Seurat, Van Gogh, Monet and Degas. Such amazing work on display and free to go in. It was great to have a bit of inspiration from the masters!

Then I went to the Haagen Dazs cafe and ordered a chocolate fondue! I've always wanted to try one and I thought that my own thanksgiving day should be the day! It is meant for two people but I did my best with it!

I wrote down all the places that I still seem to be stuck (it's interesting to read a year of diary entries in one sitting and see the same themes over and over) and then some goals for the coming year. 

I have some things planned in for 2013 already and I am looking forward to

And then I went to see the Twilight film!
A very enjoyable day to myself. It was great to take time out to treat myself, celebrate what I've achieved and to look forward to the coming year.

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