As you were stuffing yourself with mulled wine and mince pies many of you were probably thinking about the coming year and what you could do to achieve your business goals. Or so we like to think. With the economic climate still looking uncertain at best, this makes that process even harder.

What's worse, is that our inability to set out our priorities for the coming year (other than survive) creates anxiety as we go through the year. So that come the end of the year, we're so frazzled and drained, that all we can do is eat more mince pies, drink more mulled wine and start all over.

I used to go through this cycle, year after year and as the financial crisis hit in 2008, would regularly find myself starring into the abyss of my computer, alone and helpless. Shortly after 2008 I decided to do something about it, but there was very little available for the jewellery trade as a whole and for the creative designers even more so. That is when I decided to do something about it.

If you have received my recent emails, or my invitation card, you may already know that I have decided to share what I've learned in the past few years on how to deal with the extreme economic crisis that we are all currently living through. I am a firm believer in creating a vision and setting goals. So from January, I will be launching my Creative Year Planner. It is a free monthly guide that will take you through the steps that are essential to get motivation and clarity in your business and most importantly, how to take it forward.

If it all sounds like hard work, don't panic it isn't. It does take time, direction and a little dedication.

A vision aired is a vision shared.

Happy New Year!