This has been an intense year for me, definitely an emotional one. I would say that a lot happened: I experienced a lot, created a lot, visited a lot of places and met a lot of people. However, for the most part I think the majority of the moving and shaking happened within my head. It was a year of self-growth and learning. There were inner personal struggles that led to very important decisions, that had to be made. Which in turn, I'm extremely grateful for those who have supported me through these decisions and changes that I've made to my life.
One of those major decisions, was to leave my job. Yes, I left Bergdorf's and it wasn't for another job. It was to pursue something that I'm still in the process of defining. A new venture that I'm really, very excited about! That's the most I can say right now though. I will admit that is it challenging to leave a company that is so definitive to one's career, but believe me, I know I made the right choice.
In the coming year I have big plans and goals set out for myself. I'm excited about giving this blog more attention. If you haven't noticed in that last few months I've been slowly giving the site a make under, simplifying the visuals and strengthening the content. I'm planning in the coming year to focus strictly on New York and the spaces within it. These spaces will encompass the areas I've always talked about; retailers, restaurants, hotels, residences, and outdoor spaces. Just more focused and driven towards showing the rest of the world what New York, on a realistic and accessible level, has to offer. I am very excited to announce that I will be doing tours and visits of spaces that range from apartments and interiors, artists and designers' studios and offices, to retail spaces, and new businesses throughout the city. The underlying connection, other than that they'll all be in New York City - they're spaces that are inhabited by creative, cool and passionate people.
One of the first tours will be on the blog soon, where we will visit one of my favorite apartments in Brooklyn. Home to an amazingly talented couple, the space is the perfect combination of modern and rustic, combining modern finishes with their appreciation for relaxed and natural materials. Please be on the look out for that tour in the next few weeks. In addition to showcasing other homes, I am planning to continue working on and showcasing the progress of my apartment. In fact I have a contractor booked to help install the tiles (finally) in my kitchen this month. And if you're wondering why I'm not tiling it myself, there's a long story about that, soon to be told.
To focus back on my theme of 2014, personal reflection. I wanted to link to you, an article that a friend of mine sent to me. The article is from the website, Into Mind where they have put together a list, Your Year in Review: 50 Questions to Help You Reflect, Appreciate and Get Excited for 2015. I highly suggest you take a few minutes of your time to answer these questions. Some favorites that really stood out to me, regarding my past year are:
2. If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be? Stressful, Demanding, Enlightening
7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year? Having the courage to finally follow my intuition.
18. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year? You can do it!
19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life? Kissing my husband / Walking the Dogs / Instagram (I'm sure this one will be time sensitive)
Others I still have yet to answer are 17, 25, 28, 30 and 40. At the end there are questions to get you excited about the coming year, maybe to give you a chance to organize your goals and resolutions for 2015.
To finish this year off, I'd like to say THANK YOU to all of you who have stopped by the blog or my social media profiles to read or view pictures. Thank you to everyone that has left a comment or sent an email. I've made so many valuable connections in the last few years because of the little notes or links that you all have sent, which in many cases have turned into great friendships. I appreciate your encouragement and support. Sending you all the best wishes for the year to come! Cheers to a prosperous 2015.
For those who don't want to go over the linked site....
- What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
- If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?
- What new things did you discover about yourself?
- What single achievement are you most proud of?
- What was the best news you received?
- What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?
- Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
- Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
- Which new skills did you learn?
- What, or who, are you most thankful for?
- If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
- What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?
- Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
- What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
- What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
- How did your relationship to your family evolve?
- What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
- What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
- What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
- What cool things did you create this year?
- What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
- Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
- What was your favourite moment spent with your friends?
- What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
- Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
- What experience would you love to do all over again?
- What was the best gift you received?
- How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
- What was the biggest problem you solved?
- What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
- What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
- What one thing would you do differently and why?
- What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
- What activities made you lose track of time?
- What did you think about more than anything else?
- What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
- What new habits did you cultivate?
- What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?
- Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
- What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
- What do you want the overarching theme for your 2015 to be?
- What do you want to see, discover, explore?
- Who do you want to spend more time with in 2015?
- What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
- Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
- What do you want your everyday life to be like?
- Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
- What do you want to achieve career-wise?
- How do you want to remember the year 2015 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
- What is your number one goal for 2015?