It is hard to pin point only 10 but I’m sure we’re all suffering the bombardment of flipagram or the pinterest most liked flick books. So I thought I’d spare the epileptic fits and share with you the significant highlights for 2013:
1) ‘Sayonara Bitches’ Quitting my normal job after 8 years was a massive step for me. The lead up to this decision was filled with many hurdles: Trust in myself to leave the security of this job but also the greater need to want more in my career. I had to consider the possibility of not earning money while having responsibility of a mortgage and a family to support ALL for the sake of following my passion. So where to from here? I’m following my dream for the benefit of me, my family and quality of life. I read an article recently ‘Do what you want’ which perfectly embodies all that this stands for. I don’t want to spend most of my life working in a world that isn’t positive, creative and makes me regret the times I’m denying myself of the things I want to do. I’m going to do what I want. I’m going to love it and I’m going to share it with the world.
2) Collaboration is something I want to do more and more. It was great to work and assist along side Green and Bloom Events, Karen Buckle Photography, Kris Andersen Photography, Kate Carlyle, Brad Wagner Photography and Band of Dawn. Attending the Megan Morton Science of styling class was probably the first major spark of inspiration when it came to quitting my job, collaborating with talented people and doing what you love. (Later I had the chance to tell Megan that I quit my job thanks to her… a high five was called for!)
3) Seeking out the right advice: I was at odds with my blog. I would hear “I love your photo’s” or “I love to see what you’re doing” but my blog didn’t seem to reach many new readers. There was a connection missing. It was like my blog and I were playing a game of football without a referee… I needed a referee but what I really got was a coach, referee and commentator all in one! I’m talking about a 2 day workshop hosted by the 3 headmistresses Gala Darling, Kat williams and Shauna Haider. Collectively they have over 30 years of blogging experience and over the 2 days their secrets, tips and links were shared openly. For more info check it out: The Blogcademy
4) Celebrating with the ones we love was a priority this year. Over the past few years we’ve been busy working and having babies and renovating which involved stressful times and staying indoors. We broke through the cabin fever this year to attended 4 weddings, numerous parties, family functions and enjoyed the time we could spare with the ones we love. Reconnecting with who genuinely wanted to see and posing the idea of not attending things out of expectation and obligation allowed those people to realise that we give up our time to see them because we want to, not because we are expected to. This helped strengthen those relationships because now people know, when we attend something its because we want to, not because of obligation.
5) Pink Polar Expedition has been hot on the press and in our hearts for over 18 months… and will always be. Matt’s cousin Kate has been stricken with breast cancer twice in her early 30’s and amazingly beaten it both times! Adventurer, Geoff Wilson has taken inspiration from Kate’s survival and used it to motivate him for a gruelling solo and unassisted trek across Antarctica. With a giant Boob Sled to help the McGrath Foundation raise awareness about breast cancer and support more breast care nurses. Matt and I hosted a party that correlated with him turning 30 and shaving his head for money. With 100% going to charity. Tears streamed down my face as I realised what it was all for and my love and respect for these 3 people grew and raised my awareness about how seemingly ordinary people can be extraordinary!
6) Italy was on our wish list and finally we made it. 2 weeks of food, scenery, culture and caffeine overloading certainly allowed us to grow stronger as a couple. Its easy to get lost in life sometimes. running a household, renovating and trying to function normally as a family can leave little time for couples to communicate. Unknowingly our beautiful trip to Italy would then turn into working on our own personal growth individually and as a couple. I think most couples tend to go through the Griswald European Vacation tendencies when holidaying, with money, transport and accommodation and everything else in between when in places like this. It was certainly something that helped us grow as a couple. Sometimes you just got to get away from it all to appreciate what you’ve got back home
7) The Design Files Open House in Surry Hills was one of the most amazing places to be for anything homewares, design and Australian. This was living! I was invited to the launch where I spoke with the designers and artists involved in this project. Lucy Feagins gave a passionate speech about what it means to her and the team to get it set up to be such success. Working with the likes of Jardan, Country Road, Dulux and Mini to kick of such an event. Read the review here.
8) Aria Brisbane is a pretty special place to eat THE most amazing modern Australian cuisine so what better place to take our parents for dinner. Gliding into Brisbane city in a limo and eating at Aria was a truly magical night! What really cemented the experience was the fireworks and military display over the river for the annual River fire festival. It was so important to us to have that quality time with both of our parents as they’ve always been there for us both through good and bad and given everything to help us to become the people we are today. So we felt it was their turn to enjoy themselves and let there hair down for the night. We’re so blessed to have great support from both our families when needed and know that we’ll always be close.
9) Creative Development has become a strong urge for many years. This year I’ve been working with a fashion designer to develop our own range. Researching manufacturers, and creating a plan has been exciting and frustrating at the same time. The frustration has come from my own impatience because I want to do it now and develop it tomorrow! Over the next couple of years I plan to develop a business in a partnership that is small but great! This plan has lead me to follow and engage other fashion designers and spread the word about them through my blog. Its now inherently aware to me that we need to applaud local designers and cherish the quality that they produce. Check out beau in the woods for a good example of this.
10) Home for the holidays and loving it! Matt and I are so lucky that we can spend a couple of weeks of over christmas with our immediate family. Of course Arvi woke us up at 5am and Ella had talked about the impending arrival of Santa weeks prior. We had no time to change, or even rub the sleep out of eyes before Arvi started piling everyones presents on our laps.
Personally, I was surprised to see what has occurred the last year. Looking back at how far you’ve come or how far backward your going can be a motivator to to better for the next year… or even month by month! The lessons I’ve learned from these moments are a great motivation to keep pushing forward, learning and trying new things. I suggest everyone should reflect back and look at the product of your last year so that you can grow into the next more successfully. What would you change? What was the first sign of the problem? How could you make those moments better?
From those lessons learnt in those moments I feel the need to look at this on a month by month basis. By month end I will post LESSONS I LEARNT THIS MONTH. I know your inboxes are chocking up with all kinds of emails but if your interested in following me then subscribe and you can learn along with me in a way that it could help you too.