New Year, New Start

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do appreciate the view that it’s just a date and if you want to make a change in your life you can do it any time. However, what better time than a fresh New Year to start a new project or make a big decision about the way that you live your life? 

I have a lot to look forward to this year, of course the main event being my second baby, another little girl, who is due at the end of April. In the shorter term though, I am so excited about what is going on at work. 

Our fabulous new website will be launching in January. We have learnt the hard way how difficult it is as a small business so we will be supporting other small businesses in our new venture. We will also continue to support the amazing Maternity Worldwide charity. 

In order to support small British and fair trade businesses, we will have some small, unique, handmade gifts available for people to win. The site still works on the lowest unique bid auction principle, but we will only accept a maximum of 50 bids on each of these gifts. This allows us to pay the full retail price for the item and make a small profit to assist in the running of our website. 

We will be doing a similar thing with charity auctions that will be carried out exclusively for the benefit of Maternity Worldwide. Again, we will take 50 bids on the Maternity Worldwide items, but with these auctions, we will make no profit, with all proceeds going directly to Maternity Worldwide. 

Of course, we will still be giving our customers the chance to win amazing holidays too. The holidays this time are in holiday homes owned and rented out by British families, which is another way in which we will be supporting British entrepreneurs. Again, we will be paying full price to the owners and aiming to take just enough bids to cover our costs and make a small profit towards the running of the website. 

Here are Pluto and Soxa checking out the beach at one of our new destinations! 

So whilst I’m not making any resolutions as such, I have a lot to look forward to in 2014. What about you? Are you making any resolutions or launching a new business? I’d love to hear about it, there’s something really special about looking forward to a whole new year. 


6 thoughts on “New Year, New Start

  1. Sounds great. Fingers crossed for a smooth launch 🙂 I guess my resolution is just to keep looking for the good in life. I'd like this to be the year I kick my wheat addiction too since I'm (hospital diagnosed, not just trendy) gluten intolerant and cutting down is not as good as cutting it out properly. I write this having just nommed a Christmas present shortbread biscuit though, so it doesn't look likely 😉

  2. Thanks Maz! It's always very difficult to cut out food that you enjoy, especially when it's something as commonly used as wheat. All the best to you and the family for 2014. Hopefully 2014 will be the year that we finally manage to catch up with you all! It would be lovely to see you and meet Matt and the boys.x

  3. I am not good with resolutions at any time (too much of a commitment for me), but I did decide to aim for more free time this year. Yes I was laughing at myself even before I finished that sentence. Good luck with the new venture and new website! It sounds really exciting and interesting!
    Hope you are enjoying the pregnancy, it's so great a second little girl 🙂 and that you had a wonderful holiday. Have a wonderful 2014! xx

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