Reflections, Clarity and Alice

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Head Full of Feathers Alice in wonderland

Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park NYC

I have been thinking, recently,  about the past 12 months with Head Full of Feathers.  I’m coming up to having lived in Bristol for a whole year, and it has given me chance to reflect.

Alice in Wonderland drawing Head Full of Feathers

The last quarter of 2011 saw us settling into our new home in Redland, and filling winter orders from my new spare bedroom studio.  As 2012 came around I started meeting new customers and brides. I really enjoy the process and excitement of taking their ideas for custom pieces for their wedding day, from the design stage up to the time when I receive the images of proud brides smiling on their wedding day with their beloved.

Head Full of Feathers Jen Hamley drawing of Alice in wonderland

In February, Ben and I got married ourselves (eek – I know!  I still can’t believe it!)  We had a wonderful day and spent the best part of a month honeymooning in India.

Not long after our return our wedding was featured on Rock N’Roll Bride’s blog.  I was so excited and proud.  Not only that, but the very same day we were featured, I attended the School of Rock (N’Roll Bride) blogging workshop.  I had such a wonderful time, learnt so much and met some truly wonderful people that I can now call my friends.

Soon after the workshop, Head Full of Feathers moved out of the spare bedroom into a brand new studio of its own, in a shared space filled with creative people.  I am so proud.

Since then I’ve arranged photo shoots and met more amazingly creative people from around Bristol.  I’ve got some great images of my work from talented teams of photographers, make up artists and models, and been truly inspired by everyone.

Most recently, with the help of Helen (the hardest working and patient girl I ever met) of Mariposa Development, I have started to rebrand Head Full of Feathers and create a whole new website.

Jen's Sketch of Alice

Written out, this all looks like quite an achievement for 12 months, but about a month ago I started to despair.  I realised that all these wonderful things were happening, but wasn’t doing anything with the results.  To be totally honest,  I didn’t know what to do with them.  I was lost, confused and feeling quite overwhelmed with my lack of direction and control.
Step in ‘Eat That Frog’ a book by Brian Tracey  – a book I talked about only recently in my post here, and I cannot praise enough for the help it has given me over the past month.

He teaches that clarity is one of the most essential parts of achievement.


It seems so simple now that I know.  I had drive, I worked hard, I enjoyed what I did and I was making money – but I wasn’t really getting anywhere.   My problem?  I didn’t know WHERE I wanted to go!

Head Full of Feathers Jen's drawing of the Cheshire Cat

So, I took time out, had a brain storming session and worked out where it is I want to be in the next 12 months, and equally important, I wrote out all the steps I need to get to my goals.  All I have done is written out a plan that took me one afternoon and I feel 100 steps closer to my goals.

For more information on how to do this for yourself I highly recommend reading Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracey. (Can I recommend it in two blog posts?)  It’s a really easy read, and I think it could change your life, especially if you are self-employed.

Let me know how you get on.


Todays sketches are by me (I just bought a tablet and pan for drawing on the computer and just had to try it out – what better than to sketch Alice.)

The quote is from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Onderland


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