Straight off the bat, as I type this, I am shaking with nerves. What I am about to tell you is huge news for me, and something I am so nervous to talk about, because it means it is real. It is happening…
As many of you who have followed me for some time may know, for the last eight years I have been splitting my life between Essex and Devon. As a bit of background, I spent my teenage years growing up on the coast down in North Devon, where I met my other half, Jack. We were set up by two friends at college (we had secretly liked each other far before that!) and the rest is history. Only a year into our relationship, at just 18 years old, I moved back to Essex, and since then, beside all but one year of our relationship, we have been doing ‘long distance’.
With last year being so unpredictable due to a pandemic that hit not just our country, but our world, like many others, it really helped me to put things into perspective, and one of those things was closing the distance gap between Jack and I. It has always been something we have wanted to do, but we have always been too young, or we had other things in life to work on… Basically, we always found an excuse. But, as we all know, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. We see each other per year probably as many times as we have digits on our hands, which after eight years, becomes really tiresome. So, I have made a really big decision that I am so excited to announce, and although I am sure this comes as no surprise to many…
This is news that I am in equal measures both SUPER EXCITED to share and also SUPER NERVOUS to share… and here’s why!
This has been on my mind for years… As in, probably a year after moving away I knew somehow, someday, I’d end up back in Devon. But things take time, and you have to trust the timing of everything. And for many years, it just wasn’t the right time. I am really so thankful that now I am able to make this decision for myself, my life and my future!
Only a very few people know about my plans, and I am so thankful because they have been nothing but incredibly supportive. Moving your life and your business to a new area is really exciting, but it does of course come with it’s fair share of worries, and one of those is letting your clients down, which is something I never want or aim to do, but I am sure I have. This has been really emotionally challenging for me, and there have definitely been days where I have questioned if I’m doing the right thing. However, if there’s one thing many of you have taught me, it’s to grab life by the horns and make things happen now, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed - that’s literally one of the founding reasons I do what I do, too.
As so many of you will also be aware of, for so long, I have kept my books for 2022 closed whilst I worked out what exactly what I would do. I know that I have inevitably caused disappointment to many clients who I couldn’t accommodate with postponements, and no doubt I will continue to do so, but I realised at some point, something has to give. You can’t spend your entire life working if you won’t have time to live your best life. In order to make my future better, I have to make some difficult decisions. So, in January of this year, I made a decision. A life changing decision.
I’m doing it. I’m moving to Devon.
A HUGE part of making it all happen involved the wonderful Spydr Digital, who have been intrinsic in helping me to follow my dreams, and I wanted to say thank you to them. I knew from the get go that I wanted to go about my relaunch in the right way. Which in my head, meant by relaunching. This involved making a new website, one which showed how I am taking a legitimate approach to everything, and doing it properly, and to show that this wasn’t just a spur of the moment decision. I wanted to do the best I could to improve my future. So I quite literally hired experts!
So, say hello to www.grace-elizabeth.co.uk - a name, a website and a rebrand that truly represents me. I could not have done this without Spydr.
Not only have they built an entire website and marketing materials from scratch just for me, but they have basically been both my emotional support and business aides. With my move to Devon, I knew I wanted a new website which would truly reflect both myself and my work. They have worked tirelessly in making this happen, and it has been such an exciting process to be involved in, and one that I am really so excited to share.
So, that’s it. Enough waffle from me… That’s the news!
With that being said, my books for 2022 are now open to those of you in the South West of the U.K. I actually can’t believe I am saying this as I am typing it. That means it’s REAL!
Thank you to anyone who is reading this, who has booked, is thinking of booking, or who has supported me in whatever way you can. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly so grateful, thankful, and I feel extremely fortunate. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am without all of you, and I really can’t wait to share my next steps with you all!
Love, as always,