Another year over...
What a year huh.
I don't often comment on world events, it isn't what this blog is for. However as we get ready to shut the office for Christmas I can't help but wonder in years to come how this year will be documented in the history books. It feels quite momentous.
Sadly, unlike the John Lennon lyric and inspiration for the title of this blog the war isn't over and as a business owner I enter a new year wondering what 2017 will bring.
At a local level all is good, business is thriving and I am enjoying steering good ship You Say. I have ended the year feeling proud of what we achieved this year, who we have chosen to work with and in the last couple of months I have felt hugely energised and supported by fellow PRs both freelance and agencies. Bristol is building a fantastic high-quality PR service and I am honoured to be part of it.
I was in Italy on a food and research trip when the UK voted for Brexit and I am still saddened that the majority of my country felt so disenfranchised and switched-off to Europe or were using the vote to try and have a say about our country right now that they felt a connection with Brexit and would rather vote for something with no plan and no strategy than try and change something. As a small business owner I am concerned about what it means for taxes, opportunities to offer my services in Europe and for trade. But more than that I am saddened that we don't feel stronger, better connected and safer with our European neighbours.
So as 2016 draws to a close and 2017 is on the horizon with the ongoing saga on Brexit and the 30 day countdown to President Trump I am going to continue to look forward and find the silver lining.
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear