I always reflect (now don’t be cheeky), I’m not talking about me looking in the mirror to check I am sharp without creases. It’s a sit down every once in a while to look at where I was, how my journey is unfolding, what I have learnt and what I have achieved from my goals.

My reflection time normally happens when I do my ironing. My me time, listening to some tracks and deep in thought and guess what... I have just finished 3 hours worth of ironing which has given me loads of time to look back. 

This week I was asked a question about where I was 3 years ago.

I really hadn’t given it a whole lot of thought because I’m just moving forward, so as I had the time here is my reply to this question.

Where were you 3 years ago?

3 years ago I was homeless, you heard me right yes... homeless. 

And in those 3 years I’ve had such a crazy time, especially when you look back.

My life had been turned on it’s head, I relocated starting from zero. For me I felt like I was being reborn.

I know some people would find a time like that as feeling lost and lonely but I cherished having an opportunity to be looked after and I couldn’t have been luckier than to have found two such loving people to have taken me in, nurtured my spirit and soul and treated me as their own.

This loving environment gave me hope, inspiration and energy.  This enabled me to recharge, grow, experience life through a child’s eyes.  In turn this reignited my creativity, ambitions, drive and made me feel all my dreams could come true. Again much like a child.

So I guess 3 years down the line my journey has been both exciting, rewarding and has seen so many of those hopes and dreams come true.

So being involved in television productions, seeing my brand Jay & Co grow and elevate, loving the furniture I have been lucky enough to work on. Meet so many new people in my work and private life that have been a joy to be with. Having new and inspiring collaborations. Being able to give back and help, mentor and nourish those less fortunate than myself.

So this time has been emotional, uplifting, amazing and fulfilling. I really believe life’s lows or testing times makes me fully appreciate the highs and successes. It’s never been about patting myself on the back because I haven’t achieved all the hopes and dreams just yet. There is plenty more to come from me but I guess it’s good to realise where you have been, are now and will be in the future.

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