Happy New Year 2022

I hope you had a happy and relaxing festive period.  We sure did!  It really was so good to unplug.  I also took a social media break which I’ve never done before.  I found myself doing more cooking, more yoga and more relaxing than I’ve ever done before during this time.

There was something interesting I read before Christmas that has stuck in my mind that I wanted to share.

“If in doubt about yourself, your life, your actions, one must look back to see how far they have come forward”.


I love this.  The fact that this sentence is connected to self development, is very relevant at the beginning of a new year.  We often set goals, make plans and there is an air of new beginnings to a new year.  We do, however, always look forward.  Perhaps it is worth looking back too.  For looking back allows you to see how far you have come, what you have achieved and what you have changed for the better.

Below is a blog post I wrote in 20214.  I wrote this at the time I was still living in New Zealand and knew I was about to embark on a life changing situation whereby I was returning to Scotland to live, flying solo with my two gorgeous girls.

It made me realise how much I have grown as a person and how LTCO has grown and transformed to what it is today.  We have all grown in one way shape or form from one year to the next and this is something to be acknowledged and celebrated.

LTCO has grown considerably since this post was written.  It’s not come easy, that I can assure you and I have made major sacrifices to grow this business.  But what I can assure you is this.  Positivity breeds positivity.  Staying hopeful, manifesting your desires and slowly, slowly, bit by bit you can do or be whoever you want to be.  You just need to believe it.

Best wishes for 2022.  It’s going to be a good one.  Can you feel it?


Here’s the post from 2014:


Happy New Year and Hello 2014!  

Many blogs and magazines in the last week have been talking about reflecting on the previous year to move forth to the next.  Does anyone actually sit and critically analysis themselves?  Go on be honest.  I have to confess I never have.  Christmas and New Year always come and go in a flash and ta-da before you know it, life routine has returned.  Although I may have business plans for the impending year, my personal development doesn’t get a look in.


I’ve just finished the amazing business book Rich Dad Poor Dad.  Towards the end of this motivating book the author gets down and deep on life.  He truly believes that if you give out, that given will be returned.  Love and you’ll be loved, be generous with money and money will come back to you, smile and you’ll be smiled at.


So, for the first time ever, on the 1st January, I reflected on the previous year. I decided what worked and what hasn’t.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.  So I’m going to stop what is not working and look for something new.  I love new ideas and I love action so having been inspired by my recent read, my theme for 2014 is giving.


Change is in the air.  I plan on growing this blog and giving as much insight, inspiration and information on interiors and DIY for better, happier living.  Last year saw over 45,000 hits on this site, which I am so over-whelmed and honoured by.

Pushing my business Laura Thomas Co  is also a priority in creating more a life-style brand than ever.  I’ll be introducing a bed linen essentials range of inexpensive white sheets and towels, sourced in Egypt and made with Egyptian cotton as well as some bedroom accessories.

On a personal level I want to focus on being the best mother to my beautiful daughters, who have brought me so much love and happiness.  Giving them pure love, fun times and a carefree childhood is top of the agenda.

Also personal development is something I’d love to give myself.

We are all given two great gifts: our minds and our time.  I plan on using both mine wisely this year.






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