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We like Northern Ireland. We have always known it is full of people doing amazing things, but it is hard to start the day with our heads full of negative media about Northern Ireland, slowly but definitely seeping into our view of the world.

These are the opening lines of the beautiful new Northern Ireland publication called Freckle. Cherry wrote about it on Ballymena Today here.

Look at it… say oooh!

Freckle Northern Ireland

Over the past few weeks as we have ran up the ramp that self-employed people navigate before taking a holiday, I have become frustrated with community, people, our town, our country… I could go on! It’s often too easy for me to be cynical and times of stress or busyness bring out the worst traits of this in me.

As I’ve been reading Freckle and seeing the wonderful online reactions of readers, I’ve been fired up to shake off the cynicism and celebrate the good things around us. I’ve needed to remind myself of what we are doing here in Ballymena day-by-day through our work.

When I say we… I’m referring to a team of like-minded people here in Ballymena who have an awful lot in common with the ethos and passion that we’ve been reading about in Freckle.

Assisting small businesses with every aspect of their birth and growth, helping them get online, design, print, online content, direction, vision… encouraging community among these businesses, sharing and celebrating news and information via Ballymena Today. There is technology behind all of these things and people who maintain it. There is also admin, paperwork and procedures required to keep everything organised.

I only carry out a small part of this… our team is amazing and at the heart of what we are doing, we want to affect our town and community positively. But we aren’t done yet, there’s still lots to do and lots to share.

Freckle say ‘Go slow and celebrate.’

Amen to that… and thank you to Freckle for inspiring and challenging us. They have created something wonderful.