It's funny, I feel like when you have little kids there is so much sameness in every day that it can sometimes be hard to look back and see what really happened in a year. If you would ask me on the street how the year was I would say, "awesome." If you would ask me to follow up and tell you what actuallyhappened, I probably would say, "not much." This is where it comes in handy to have a blog, sometimes it can give you some insight into your own life that you probably wouldn't be able to see because you are just too immersed in the day to day.
Take this year for example. This was a BIG year for me, both professionally and personally. It's hard to believe, and really I had to check the dates myself, but everything pretty much happened in 2015. It all started last February, where within a week things really took off for me. My boys' room was featured in the Boston Globe (a real dream come true) and then a few days later I found myself on the cover of Rue Magazine. I honestly couldn't even believe it at the time, and part of me still thinks that maybe it was some kind of fluke! I couldn't have made any of this happen without the work of the incredible Sarah Winchester and I will forever be grateful that she took a chance on me!
After that business was GOOD and somehow I've almost completed five projects since I launched my design services. Luckily, with happy customers!!! Of course, there has been a huge learning curve and the biggest lesson that I've taken away from this year is that it is okay to say no to things that don't work for me. In the beginning I was so thrilled that people wanted me to work for them and I took on so much that I found myself completely burnt out by the end of Summer. Since then I have really focused on accepting projects that both inspire me AND work with our family schedule. Finding that balance (or attempting to) has made all the difference. I've begun to shoot some of my past projects last week and I can't wait to share them all with you in the coming year!
Soon after Rue, I got the idea to launch my #BOSSLADIES collection with my long time friend Marco. The idea arose out of simply wanting one for myself and it really took off from there. I was absolutely blow away by how supportive you all have been for the brand and the fact that we now have THREE inspiring women on our totes and sweatshirts is beyond amazing! I am so proud of what the collection stands for and obviously the highlight of the year was meeting Jenna, our first #BOSSLADY and hearing about how much she loved the brand herself! Mind blown are the only words that are truly fitting.
Then there is this blog. I really do consider this space to be the little blog that could. I started this blog almost 8 years ago with no purpose other than to connect to the outside world. That mission hasn't changed, but "my world" has definitely grown! This year I introduced fashion content thanks to my dearest friend Jaimie Baird and even though it was way out of my comfort zone I am so happy that I decided to take the risk. I think it brings so much to this space and I love being able to share my love of fashion in such a real way. You can expect a lot more in 2016!
2015 was also a great year in my personal life as well. The boys keep getting bigger and better. This year they entered the same school together and the amount of joy that brings to their lives and ours really can't be matched. They continue to thrive in school, they are healthy, happy, full of life- really we couldn't ask for anything more. We talk a lot about having another baby but as the year is wrapping I think we all are feeling a lot more settled in our family of four. We have plans for more travel next year, more adventure, more fun, and we feel like the boys are at the age where we can really do all of these things. I hate the fact that they are growing so fast and really I just don't want to miss any of it.
As for my husband, things couldn't be better. This year brought another surgery to try to alleviate his 8 year pain saga and I don't want to jinx anything but I think we are almost out of it. These past few years have been so incredibly difficult for him and although I would never wish it on anyone the upside is that it has really brought all of us closer together and our marriage has never been stronger. The bottom line is that he has such a renewed appreciation for his life and family, and we could not be happier to have our daddy back. We also had some big things come up this year (more on this later) and looking back I'm proud of the way that each of us really listened to the other and how in the end we yielded to what was best for the four of us as a whole. It's crazy but we are celebrating our 12th anniversary next week and I can say with absolute certainty that I've never loved him more. Really, what more can you want than that?
The other highlight of the year was my sister's wedding. I was so honored that she trusted me to help plan her big day and it truly ended up being the most magical night. whew. There is no one I'm closer to than my sister and seeing the woman that she has become fills my heart with such incredible joy. That night, dancing with my family and my friends was one of the best of my life and is one that I will treasure forever.
So that's the year. I suppose "not much" wouldn't do it justice and I can say with absolute certainty that there isn't one thing that I would change. For 2016, all I can wish for is more of the same. More travel, more family, more projects, and hopefully the same amount of love. Sometimes I feel as though I'm not doing something right by living such a small life but the older I get the more I'm starting to realize that it's not about the size, it's just what you do with it. My life is so full with my family and friends and as long as I have them the rest is just icing on the cake.
Thank you all for following along in my journey. I hope I'm only getting started!
I wish you all a happy and safe New Year. See you in 2016! I'll be back on Tuesday once the boys (finally) go back to school. xx