Wow! That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the past twelve months. Wow, wow, wow. It has been such a wonderful year, and far beyond my expectations. I started 2019 still running my first business, making wedding cakes, but already knew at heart – something needed to change. Take a read of my posts ‘A career of Joy & Fulfilment’ and ‘Is my business fulfilling me?’, if you want to know more. I’m really touched and overjoyed by the creative projects I’ve helped clients create, and so excited to have launched my first range of Christmas cards and Art Prints. I could talk for hours about all my amazing clients, and the projects I’ve worked on, but instead I thought I’d do something a little different for a ‘Best of 2019’ post, by sharing my Five Most Inspiring Women of 2019.
Some I have worked with directly; others have simply inspired me from afar. Come 2020, I hope to have made a couple of tweaks to my brand, to even better align with where I want to take my business – and inspiring creativity is definitely going to be at the heart. So, without further ado, here is my list of the five most inspiring women I’ve come across this year…
Maddy Jones (Making Your Business Shine)
I’m going kick off the list with Maddy – aka the SEO Queen (and trust me, that title is no exaggeration). Maddy’s inspiring inspiringness inspired this post, as a matter of fact. So, it seems only fair to include her in my top five. Well, that and the fact she creates some of the most engaging, informative, and inspirational content I’ve come across since I became an entrepreneur almost four years ago.
She has a way of making SEO, and other techy stuff, seem doable and within the power of anyone who needs to increase their visibility (so basically…everyone who owns their own business!). I challenge anyone to not find her quirky and humorous Instagram stories both entertaining and informative. My list of five most inspiring women of 2019 simply wouldn’t be complete without her, and if you aren’t already following her (why ever not?) – go hit that button!
Jen Feroze (Jackdaw Editorial)
It’s probably no secret, Jen is one of my closest friends. Without her and Elisabeth (The Giftsmith), another bestie, I don’t think I could have got so far in my business already. They have both been so incredibly supportive and inspiring, and I love them for their friendship.
I wanted to give a special shout out to Jen, for the belief she has had in me as a fellow writer. Jen is a gorgeously talented copywriter, and all-round wonderful human. With her encouragement, my confidence in writing has gone from strength to strength this year. Seeing how her business has grown over the last couple of years, and her generous and loyal giving of time and wisdom, has definitely brought the best out in me and my business. She wholeheartedly deserves a place in my list of five most inspiring women of 2019. Oh, and she has a fantastic, bargainous offer right now, for January – so go check out her Instagram for more information!
Jen was also my first feature in the Creative Business blog series (go read her post here). The series has been one of my favourite parts of 2019, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know more women behind Creative Business next year.
I’ve known Zoë for some time now (is it a couple of years?), yet we have never met in person. In that time, however, I have watched Zoë absolutely bloom in her business. I always find it inspiring to watch someone find their true ‘calling’ (for want of a better word), and that’s exactly what Zoë seems to have done in 2019.
She now helps other business owners create professional yet accessible systems and processes, so they can concentrate on doing the stuff they love whilst knowing all their admin is in check and supporting their talent and services.
I know a little bit about what’s coming for Zoë in 2020, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see her business develop even further. Just watch this (well… her) space!
Emily Garland (Maid of Gingerbread)
Another of my Creative Business blog features (read it here) – Emily still blows my mind, on an almost daily basis, with her gingerbread creations. There are just some people in this world whose talents know no bounds, and I think Emily is one of them.
Not only does she build some spectacular gingerbread constructions (we’re talking from the miniature to the massive here, people!), she adds a creative flair to her designs that make them joyous and exciting. She just had to be in my five most inspiring women of 2019 post.
Naomi Burroughes (Botanico Cakes)
As a former wedding cake maker, I know the time and love that goes into creating an amazing cake design. That’s why I have immense respect for Naomi, an artistic, romantic, and elegant cake artist. She’s also the most talented sugar flower artist I know, and many of her designs take my breath away.
Perhaps what’s most inspiring about Naomi, is that she doesn’t quite seem aware of her own talent. She’s a beautiful woman, inside and out (I don’t care if it’s a cliché thing to say…it’s true!), and I can’t wait to see what next year brings her way. I’ve got a sneaky suspicion we’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg, in terms of what she can create, and 2020 will bring about some inspiring developments.
So, there you have it. My five most inspiring women of 2019. There are countless other creative and wonderful women I’ve spoken to, engaged with, worked with, or followed in 2019…but my ‘out of office’ will be turned on in a bit, to break for Christmas, and there is something catchy about a ‘top five’, so I had to be strict with myself. These five women have certainly had a positive impact on my business this year, and for that I’m so grateful. Thank you!
I hope you have all had an inspiring 2019, and here’s to an even better 2020 for us all. I’ve got some big ideas and exciting plans to come, so thank you for sharing in my journey so far and I’ll look forward to seeing you again next year!