But then, in the spring of 2020, coronavirus happened and the world changed. We went into lockdown and although that didn't impact on my life as much as it did on some people's, it still felt like a time to reflect, regroup and rethink what my priorities really were. After all, there is nothing like Death staring you in the face to make you worry less about making money, or what your parents and headmistress might have thought, and more about how you would feel at the end of your life if you hadn't done something you really, really wanted to do.
So here I am, embarking on a new career, in what my late father would have called "the autumn of my years" as an artist and designer, crafter and writer (in that order) under the umbrella of Melissa Lawrence Creative. I'm excited, scared, exhilarated, optimistic and anxious but most of all relieved. Watch this space to see how I get on.