and breathe...

How did we get here so fast, again? The children will be breaking up for six glorious weeks in a matter of hours and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to switching off, zoning out and resting.

Before I go, though, I'd love to take a moment to say the most enormous thank you for all of your support this year. It means the world.

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It's been an incredible year. Poppy, my youngest, started school in September and that meant that for the first time in fourteen years, I've been able to work five days a week. Don't get too excited, it's still only around 24 hours a week in term times only, but it's been a huge improvement on the ten hours I had the year before.

I guess on the upside, there's no question I've been able to get more stuff done. Being able to work every single day, rather than stop-starting (I only worked Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before) has been a revelation. Knowing that it can get done tomorrow or the next day has been great.

On the downside, I've found myself lacking in headspace, which has had a knock on effect on my vision. I'm getting more done, I'm expecting more of myself and I'm making it happen. I've had time to dream much less.

And that, in a nutshell, is one of the reasons it's so important for me as an entrepreneur to take regular breaks. As a mum, taking the holidays off is one of my non-negotiables. I want to spend that time with my children. I want to remember them grow, share in the small moments and have time to properly listen to them without my mind wandering somewhere else.

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As a business owner, I know that taking the time to rest, regain my headspace and reconnect with what really matters is essential. So you won't be hearing very much from me over the next couple of months.

I'm going to surgically remove Instagram from my hands and do my utmost to refrain from checking my emails more than once a week. I've built my business around being able to spend time with my children and the summer holidays are an absolute joy for us.

We'll be messing around at home, visiting my parents in the New Forest and my sisters in Bath and Romsey. I'm sure there'll be trips to the beach, to the outdoor pool and into London as well.

Most excitingly of all, we're heading to California for a few weeks and I would love your recommendations. We'll be basing ourselves at my cousin's house in Orange County and short of a couple of planned trips, I'm in dire need of inspiration. I'd love your recommendations for hotels, restaurants, beaches - the works. Tell me what you loved about California! 

Have a wonderful summer, whatever you're up to, and I look forward to catching up in September.