Today is my birthday! I tend to treat birthdays like a mini New Years – I like to reflect on the past year and review my accomplishments and also look toward the coming year with new personal goals. Over the past year I’ve had a lot of changes. I started a new (day) job that I love and with people with whom I love working. I started taking design classes again after having taken a year off. But I am most proud of having started my own business, and all that entails, and what a huge step that is toward creating the life I want to lead and becoming the person I want to be. I did not do this alone…I have incredible support from my friends and family.
Over the next year, I have the obvious goals of growing my business, learning and experiencing more with design, and helping people create the beautiful homes of their dreams. But I would also like to “embrace the imperfect” – the advice given to me by Myquillyn Smith (“The Nester”) whom I recently had the pleasure of meeting in person. Her book The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful is a game changer for me. I’m certainly not perfect, but I spend a little too much energy trying to always have everything perfect and this year I’m going to let that go. This means more entertaining, even if my house isn’t exactly how I want it to look. And using things instead of saving them. And putting nails in the walls (which I am terrified of because I have plaster walls and it’s kind of a disaster).
I have a feeling it’s going to be a wonderful year.