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  1. Our festive gift to you

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    What a year it has been for so many of us. We have loved hearing your stories and sharing your journeys as we forged our own new path in 2014. It has been a huge year, an exciting year, a year of really hard work and some amazing new experiences. And we have a whole lot more adventures and opportunities in store for 2015 (with a lot more rest planned in too!)

    We want to take a moment to thank you for being part of our lives. Every retweet, every email, every blog comment, every course testimonial, every letter and card we receive, all make us sure that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing – and make us want to offer even more to you. We have a lot of new resources, some awesome new courses and some live events planned for 2015, and we hope you will be part of that too.

    Whether you have made baby steps or big leaps towards a life doing what you love, we are so proud of you and are always cheering you on. It seems that more and more people are starting to really understand that they hold the key – every choice is yours to make, every opportunity is yours to take. Our hope for you in 2015 is that you listen to yourself, build your support network and keep moving forward in the direction of your dreams. It is possible – so many of you have shown us that.

    Over the holidays we hope you will carve out an hour, or a day, to sit quietly and really think about how you want 2015 to pan out. You can leave it to chance or you can construct your own path. We have included some free resources and free online workshops to help you do this, and hope they will be valuable as you make those choices.

    So thank you again for your courage, your spirit and your growing belief in what is possible, and thank you for being part of our community. You make it all worthwhile.

    Wishing you a very happy festive season and a fantastic 2015.

    Beth, Paul and the Do What You Love team

    PS Don’t miss our special Christmas Do What You Love interview with Santa Claus!

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    For the writers/aspiring writers among you – starts Dec 29!

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    For the designers/aspiring designers among you – from our sister site Make It In Design – starts Jan 3!

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  2. Do What You Love interview – SANTA CLAUS!

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    Mr K reporting from the North Pole…

    Some interviews are considered career defining. Some even stand the test of time and become legendary. Call it intuition or a struggling writer’s hunch but today’s interview may just be the most magical and awe inspiring interview of all time for me. The fact that I am sat here somewhere just outside the North Pole getting ready for this interview is surreal enough. Then considering the fact I am surrounded by ice and snow yet feel perfectly comfortable is crazy. But preparing to interview Santa, well that just blows my mind.

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    The room is beautifully simple. Every fixture and fitting is carved from ice or sculpted from snow, a perfect blend providing both structure and comfort. My ice chair is softened by a snow cushion and decorated by what look like Midget Iced Gems. My senses are overloaded and confused as a heat emanates throughout my body.

    I place my notepad and pencil on the table. A steaming cup of hot chocolate and a small plate of mince pies invite me to indulge. Opposite there is a small glass of brandy. I have to chuckle to myself. This is exactly what we used to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve when I was a child.

    After rearranging the notepad and pencil and adjusting my seating position for what seems like the hundredth time I become aware just how nervous I am. Then it happens. The lights flicker on and off, the ice walls become a translucent blue and it begins snowing… inside! Two huge red velvet curtains part from the other side of the room and in enters a truly unmistakable sound …

  3. Sharing is caring…

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  4. Jo Klima giveaway – winner announced!

    Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway to win an extra large wall print featuring Jo Klima’s ‘A Place Yet To Explore’ artwork. We loved all your comments.

    We’re delighted to announce that the winner is: Nicole Ortega.

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    Congratulations Nicole! Your prize is on it’s way.

    And in case you missed our interview with the lovely Jo, you can read it here!

  5. Do What You Love Interview  – Alison Qualter Berna

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    Every week in our Big Interview we celebrate people who have dreams, drive and passion. And one lady who has all three in abundance is the amazing Alison Qualter Berna. Alison is a mum, a businesswoman and an adventurer who thrives on helping to bring out the best in others. She loves a challenge and recently guided the first blind runner across the Grand Canyon. She can also do a headstand on a paddle board and we think that’s pretty awesome! If ever you needed inspiration to get out there, do what you love and live life to the max, this is it…  – Rachel

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  6. What will you share this month?

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  7. What special moments will you share today?

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  8. Do What You Love Interview – Annie Sloan

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    Everyone is talking about Annie Sloan… the paint lady. I first discovered her gorgeous range of Chalk Paint™ in a little interiors shop in Baslow, Derbyshire, and I just had to buy a pot. After watching a couple of her online tutorials I got stuck in, transforming a tired old wardrobe into a beautiful new piece of furniture. I  couldn’t believe how easy it was! I loved the no-prep formulation and completely understood why Chalk Paint™ has become an interiors phenomenon. 

    As well as being a paint designer, Annie is an entrepreneur with an ever-expanding empire which covers a mail order business, a website, a shop in her home town of Oxford and over 1,000 stockists throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. She’s also a teacher and an author of 24 books, which have sold over one and a half million copies.
 We’re delighted to catch up with her and talk paint, passion and projects. And in the spirit of sharing this month, don’t miss her lovely Christmas giveaway at the end of this interview… 

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  9. Grateful everyday (PLUS Your free 2015 Happy List is here)

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    So winter is finally here in England. The dark nights are setting in early and log fires are flickering to warm our homes. I’m going to keep it short today – we just got back from a short trip to Copenhagen, where we had lots of fun and started to feel very Christmassy. The 40ft Christmas tree in our hotel lobby, and the magical lights of the Tivoli Gardens Winter Wonderland probably helped with that…

    Anyway, after my recent post about having had a tough time these past few weeks, it was a brilliant way to relax and forget about everything except spending time together. I felt grateful many times on that trip – grateful that our little girl is such a good traveller; grateful that we have such beautiful places just a couple of hours away; grateful for my lovely family, who know just how to make me smile.

    I’m also grateful to our brilliant team, some of whom joined us for a fun team day at the Brighton Cookery School recently. You can see what we made, and what surprising lessons we learnt, in this blog post by our editor Rachel.

    If you want to take more notice of the things that make you happy in the months ahead, please feel free to download our Happy List – it’s completely free, and it’s a simple interactive PDF which allows you to note one thing every day that you are grateful for. Thousands of people used it last year and really enjoyed noticing the small and big things, and having a record to look back on. You can get yours here:

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    I hope you manage to find some time for yourself over the busy holiday times ahead to appreciate all that is good in your life, and that you stay warm if you are somewhere cold like us!

    Beth

     

  10. Shop small – not just for Christmas!

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    Tomorrow is a big day for small businesses. The UK is hosting its second ever Small Business Saturday, a government-backed event aimed at celebrating and boosting small business and independent retailers across the country.

    With just three weeks to go before Christmas, this shopping weekend is expected to be one of the busiest of the year, so it’s the perfect time to help fuel our local economies by supporting the businesses we love.