Three weeks to go...!

If you’re a regular reader of Hip Shapes And Bristol Fashion then you may have read this post where I mentioned that I'd just come back from India.  I also hinted that there was a lot to share, so here goes…

I’m moving to Bangalore for a year at the beginning of April!!!

There, I’ve said it.

It’s been a really hard thing for me to talk about, as, although I’m over the moon and can’t wait, it’s meant that I’m having to change my current business in Bristol.  This is something that I’m really sad about doing, as I’m really enjoying what I’ve got going on at the moment.

Living abroad is one of those things that we’ve always talked about doing, we nearly moved to Australia when we were first married, but it wasn’t the right time.  So when there was a possibility of moving to India with my husband’s job, we had to give it some serious thought. 

We’ve been living with my parents in Bath for almost a year now, after selling our flat in Bristol. So with no home, no kids and everything already in storage, we decided that we couldn’t pass up such an opportunity as India is such an amazing, beautiful, crazy place!

So what is going to happen to my business? 

Well, it’s really taken off over the past three years and I have enjoyed every minute of it so I’m not about to abandon it.  I love my job very much…helping people to develop their own style, to grow in confidence and achieve goals as a result is extremely rewarding and not something I’m prepared to stop doing anytime soon.

I’ll be splitting my time between India and the UK allowing me to make the most of the Indian experience and give my clients what they want in the Bristol / Bath area - so you’ll probably spot me out and about in town when I come back to see clients throughout the year. I’ve also got some exciting new services planned which I can’t wait to tell you all about (I'm currently keeping them a secret so watch this space!).  

I’m hoping that my blog will be a big part of my life while I’m away and am planning to take it a little more seriously.  It’s something I love doing but I know that I need to put some structure and planning in place so I can grow it into something that resembles a bigger and better blog.  I just hope that you’ll all be right there with me, it will be strange living in such a different place so far away so if you’re up for it, please continue to follow me and comment.  I love to hear your comments; they honestly do make my day :)

My time in India will be a fantastic opportunity to take some time out and reflect on where I am and where I want to be. I’m constantly planning and coming up with ideas to push my business forward; there are new personal stylists cropping up all the time so I try to make sure that I’m one step ahead.  India will give me the time and distance to put some of my plans and dreams into reality as well as some serious inspiration and excellent experiences to draw upon.

But what about Hendrix I hear you say? !
Well, I will miss him so much, he's my little friend and keeps me company everyday...and lets be honest, he makes my photos far more interesting! But it's just not fair to take him with us so he's off to Hornsea to stay with Al's parents.  He'll have the time of his life with walks on the beach and swimming in the sea...just hope he remembers me when we come back!

If you're still here (thanks for reading!), then here are some pictures from our recent trip to Bangalore...

Can you spot the goose?
There is store after store of beautiful bangles, shoes, ribbons and fabric, I won't be able to resist!
We were there over Valentines day so we had a romantic meal on the roof of our hotel, it was stunning.
Wow, that's probably my longest post yet!  If you've got this far then thanks for reading.  I've got so much to do over the next couple of weeks - juggling clients and packing - but I'll try to keep posting,

Have you been to India before? Is it somewhere you'd like to go? Any tips on what I should take other than a giant box of Yorkshire Tea!?