A Thank You

Today's post was supposed to be about the 2016 Pantone Colour of the Year 'Greenery', and a little illustration set in that colour, but instead of drawing, I've spent the day reflecting. After what can only be described as a rollercoaster week, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, I've had to re-think what I value the most in life and what I appreciate and how I can learn to cope better when life throws a curve ball, and honestly I have changed a lot as a human being these last seven days. And what I have realised is that friendship is what has pulled me through every time. Throughout 2016, I have grown the strongest bond with Sophie and Lici, and honestly see them as sisters at this point, I can't imagine my life without them. I have had the most testing of years, and whenever I have been in the biggest of pits, they pull me right out, half the time without even knowing it, and half the time their gentle and understanding ways help process the hurt in life. While I was living in London, Sophie would make sure I went out for dinner (a Chatsu Katsu as we liked to call it) with her regularly, so we could have a catchup, a snuggle, a healthy hearty meal and a mutual vent. And when London became too toxic for me to cope any longer, Lici let me move in with her in Plymouth and cooked late night dinners together, had lots of landing chats, and gave the biggest of hugs on the hardest of days. On the first of January 2017, Sophie gave birth, to the most beautiful tiny human Reuben, and four days after, Lici and I got to meet him for the first time. I don't think I've ever felt so happy for my friends than on that day, both of them have the kindest partners I could ever wish for either of them to have, and in turn have became my friends too. Ralph is such a wonderful Dad, and you could just see how much he loves Reuben and Sophie, and he is so clever and kind, much like Sam who is so well suited to Lici it's ridiculous, and he really is such a gentle giant with the most ridiculous sense of humour. And now tiny Reuben is in the world, I couldn't be happier. I think I've struck gold. These two ladies really rallied around this week making sure I was okay, and I honestly couldn't be more grateful, I don't know how to put into words how much I appreciate them both. I don't know what I did to deserve them, but I am so glad we are a little pretend friendship family, and now there is six of us in the fox friends skulk (apparently a group of foxes is a skulk!? Didn't know that!)

I am also so grateful for my other friends this year, especially ones I don't get to see that often but are always there like Derrian, Paisley and Hannah. And all my old work friends from Deluxe, who I miss seeing every day. This year's mission is to make the most of my friends and not take them for granted, I am so so so so lucky that I have so many, and so many really strong bonds which I am sure will last a lifetime. If we haven't spoken for a little while, please drop me a message, or call or Skype, I think it is so easy to let friendships slip away out of fear of being too needy or not knowing what to say. I had a really lovely two hour Skype with my friend Ellie that I've not seen in almost four years, and it's silly that I left it so long, she's an absolute beaut of a human being. Let 2017 be the year of friendship <3 *here here* *cheers*