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As we turn to 2021, what do I take with me, and what do I leave behind?

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Looking back on 2020 it's hard to summarise a year which plumbed such depths, but also included a few unexpected highs.

Leaving aside the fact that the world got turned upside down, and that it's hard to reconcile how we live now, with how we lived a mere 12 months ago, for me, 2020 has been the year of letting go and permissions. Letting go of the past and giving myself permission to be someone new, so much more in tune with the person I really am.

As always, the voyage of discovery has not been plain sailing, there's been some good and... less good moments. I choose to remember the good ones, and celebrate the new.

So, in no chronological order, in 2020, I chose to let go of my dyed brown hair and celebrate the stylish white, thanks to Bernd and his magic. It was a little time consuming (as in 2 days to sort it all out), but I love it, and I'm not looking back.

Another big moment was when I became British - after 22 years in the UK, watching the country that I have come to call home execute a spectacular act of self harm, which I could do nothing to prevent... Anyway, I'm staying here now.

I gave myself permission to be creative and work with people who inspire me. I had fun interviewing people I admire, and I supported the causes I believe in.

I supported projects that I care about, and teams that have worked so hard to create a new vision for London, with the new Museum of London project

I discovered that although times were tough, there was a real desire to support one another in our creative endeavours. With the support and encouragement of so many, from Amanda at Ferarts, from Robert, Gaylene, Bea budding artist and researcher, Nina without whom this website would not be looking so beautiful, Sarah my favourite designer, Elle, Dwayne, Kailee, Emily and many more amazing artists who trusted me with their work. Thanks to all , I am launching ArtULTRA and soon Alice Black Advisory.

I'm not sad to say goodbye to 2020, but I think I will come to look back on it as a defining moment in my life. I'm ready for the next page now, here's to a happier and healthy 2021.

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