I have a plan, I've always had a plan! A plan of where I want to be and what I want to achieve, both professionally and personally. This plan changes and moves on as I get older, as my priorities change and my career ambition's are realised, the one thing stays the same is I want to be the very best I can be, the best daughter, the best friend, the colleague, the best bear artist etc, its been said many times that I have very high standards of what I expect from people but I'm most hard on myself, I always think "I can do better" and this year I will do better! I had a plan at the start of 2008 and I'm pleased to say that I can look back and think that 9 out of 10 things on my list were achieved! For 2009 I am looking for 10 out 10!
Ever since I started making bears seven years ago I have had achievement's that I've set my sights on, things that in my personal opinion make a bear maker into a bear artist! Getting into Hugglets, winning a BBAA, having pictures published in magazines, a bear on a front cover, exhibiting abroad (in 2007 and 2008 I was lucky enough to go to Germany and France) Well I've managed to bag myself all of the above and there's just a few that I've still yet to accomplish. A TOBY and a Golden Teddy award are top of my list for 2009! I have for so many years dreamed about holding that prestigious award in my hand, every time I enter I think oh this bear is not good enough, I am so disappointed with myself and think "I could of done so much better" and this year I feel the same, whatever I produce will not be good enough in my eyes I suppose until I win one, then I can't ague with myself anymore or beat myself up for not working harder! Anyway I just sent of my TOBY and Golden Teddy entry and now I just have to wait with my fingers and toes crossed that this year may just be my year!