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FROM KENSINGTON TO THE SCOTTISH LOWLANDS: REFLECTIONS OF MY EFFERVESCENT 2018

FROM KENSINGTON TO THE SCOTTISH LOWLANDS: REFLECTIONS OF MY EFFERVESCENT 2018

As many of you who know me personally will know, my 2018 has been filled to the brim with change and movement. I started the year living in Kensington with my sister Emily and I am ending it in the Scottish Lowlands with my other half, James, who I been dating since July 4th but have known for over 10 years. As I pause to reflect from my peaceful and historical drawing room, I am a little gobsmacked at how much things can change within a few weeks or months. I had not planned to leave London ever, yet here I am, listening to Chopin as I look out into the forest and river that surrounds my rural house. With the music off, all that can be heard is bird song or the sound of the wind in the trees - a far cry from the buzz of South West London.

Some will say that love and impulsiveness have led me to the far North and they might be right. The truth is, I am never still for very long. I remind myself of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or Vianne Rocher in Chocolat, never putting roots down long enough to know whether or not I truly like the conventional feelings of home, stillness and routine that others seem to rely on for sanity and growth. Can we grow without roots?

I have learnt many things throughout 2018. Many people that I have met this year, whether through business or pleasure, will be left behind. Sometimes, a person or people will come into your life for a moment, or a few weeks or months and they will teach you a thoroughly valuable lesson - for better or worse. You might learn truths about yourself that are fundamental for your future wellbeing, or you might learn to hate certain things with a passion. If you operate with dignity, kindness, honesty, selflessness and love, being careful to remain true to yourself and your values, I believe that you will always end up in the best possible place. Life is fraught with tensions and filled with unwanted goodbyes, but it is the part we take with us that matters most for our future.

My 2018 highlights include falling in love, going vegan, quitting alcohol and starting my business as a full time and profitable venture. I have enjoyed managing business development, PR and / or events for some outstanding luxury brands and it feels so much better to be doing this for myself rather than for a big corporate business. I have successfully formed a dynamic women in business networking series in Mayfair, responsible for the fruition of exciting cross-industry business collaborations and new friendships. I have explored lots of new UK towns and villages and have re discovered my love for the countryside and the simpler pleasures that life has to offer. In summary, I have a lot to thank God for today.

I will be in and out of London each month, continuing to run my business in the way I always have - with passion, chaos and wild ideas. I’m building a home office, which you will probably catch a glimpse of if you’re keeping an eye on the mothership site. I am hoping that my Scottish blood will guide me on my way to building a new business community from Glasgow to Edinburgh, so I can feed my craving for new and exciting places alongside my love for London. Scotland is known for its raw, natural beauty, history and creativity. There are so many artisans and craftsman at work producing incredible things - I came across a woman who carves history-inspired swords and daggers this week, so I have a feeling my interviews and articles are going to filled with thrilling adventures and inspiration.

I’d like to thank everyone i’ve spent time with or worked with this year. I have enjoyed it all very much and would like to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope and pray that 2019 will bring you success, personal growth and most of all, happiness. Follow my 2019 out-of-town adventures at www.musingscollection.com and please email me at victoria@musingscollection.com if you have an interesting history, business or craftsmanship story to tell.

Love, Victoria.

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