new year

Link Love // The Friday Files

Well Happy New Year strangers! After a blissful holiday spent in Boston with my family (during which I completely shut off) I am emerging from the holiday bubble and starting to get focused for 2016.  Despite being a Capricorn and having just celebrated my birthday this week, I happily admit that January isn’t one of my favourite months. I tend to find the flood of New Year’s resolutions a bit overwhelming and instead have created by own routine of allowing January to be a time of reflection and preparation, with real action always seeming to take place towards the end of the month. This year is panning out no different so if you haven’t yet hit your stride for 2016 don’t feel alone – and realise that you still have plenty of time to conquer those big dreams.

During these past few weeks of reflection I’ve realised how much I miss sharing my own personal journey here so while I will be sharing my thoughts on 2015 – what worked, what didn’t – soon, as well as what we have planned for 2016 – think more personalised services, events, new look website – I will promise that you’ll be hearing my voice more often and my words landing more frequenting in your inbox. In the meantime I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are easing into 2016 – let the adventure begin. As you can image, the link love this time of year is overflowing…enjoy below! x

  • Summer entertaining sorted with two words: cheese boards
  • My 2016 calendar craze continues with this printable
  • 17 things you should be doing before you hit publish on every blog post
  • Absolutely love this New Year’s (free!) download
  • Travel more. Here’s how.
  • How to handle rejection like a boss

What Will You Make Of 2016?


I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions. I find that slowly easing into 2016 is my preferred way to tackle the new year but when the team at Etsy told me about their Etsy Resolution idea which asks makers and designers around Australia and the world to turn creative dreams into reality I couldn't resist getting behind such a great cause. 

Kicking off today,, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, is helping makers and designers around Australia - and the world - turn their creative dreams into a reality in 2016 with the launch of Etsy Resolution, a free four week online bootcamp kicking off on 25 January. 

Mentored and led by four Australian makers and small business owners who have succeeded in making their own creative business dreams come true on Etsy, Etsy Resolution aims to harness the momentum of the new year and help creatives make the most of 2016. 

The comprehensive - and free - four week online program will give participants access to tried and tested tips, tricks and lessons, direct from the people who know best, walking them through the process of starting an Etsy shop and growing it into a thriving online business. 

According to Etsy’s Managing Director for Australia and Asia, Helen Souness, confidence, time and fear of failure are often barriers that Australian creatives encounter when considering selling their goods online, all of which the Etsy Resolution program aims to tackle. 

“We know there are so many talented creatives out there who have long considered sharing their work with the world and starting an Etsy shop, but need a little extra information, inspiration or just some encouragement,” she said. “Etsy Resolution aims to deliver all that and more, making the whole process simpler with fun, practical and collaborative lessons for anyone from aspiring full time creatives to those looking for a creative outlet or just a little extra income.”

The program comprises a series of self-paced online lessons released over four weeks with participants also invited to join a dedicated Facebook group where they connect with mentors and others taking part in Etsy Resolution, share their progress, ask questions and get feedback.

Etsy Resolution 2016 builds on the success of the inaugural 2015 program which saw thousands of creatives around Australia connecting with mentors and each other to learn how to turn their creative ideas into successful Etsy businesses. This year Etsy Resolution goes international with online programs running in France, Germany, Japan, Canada and the UK alongside the Australian cohort. 

Etsy Resolution 2016 starts on Monday 25 January. Anyone interested in participating can find out more and join at - AND as a special New Year's gift from me to you, simply by using the code: blogsociety2016resolution when signing up you will get 20 free listings!