If you read last week’s post than you may have surmised that 2014 was a busy year. We worked A LOT. If I had to sum up 2014 in one word it would be WORK.
I’m not complaining. It was a necessary year. I learned a lot of lessons, stretched myself as a designer, earned some dough. But I don’t think it was sustainable. I’m a little exhausted- physically, mentally, emotionally, creatively. I think 2015 is going to be a totally different year. I don’t know what its going to look like yet and that’s a little scary. I’m kinda a hybrid when it comes to planning. I like to have freedom to try new things, mix it up, etc, but at the end of the day I really like my security. I like knowing we have big jobs sold 3 months ahead of our schedule. I like projects with proven profitability. As much as the design gig is about being creative and expressing myself all over your home, it’s also about being able to put food on the table and pay my mortgage. As DM grows and expands and dips our feet into new waters I’m also finding myself a little insecure about what will work and what wont. But I have to continue to follow my path in this business- take on new opportunities, rise up to new challlenges… doing the same thing over and over again just doesn’t work for me.
But I’m rambling and getting a little ahead of myself. Truthfully I still am foggy on my goals for 2015. I’m using this month to reflect on last year and get clear on what I need and what I want.
So what did 2014 look like?
When you pair a work-a-holic with a snowy apocolypse winter I was very much a hermit for the first few months of the year. I think I pretty much stopped talking to 75% of my friends around this point. The bonus and drawback of working with your father and your boyfriend is that you get a lot of contact with people you love everyday. So friendships, socializing, networking… yea that fell to shit.
Goal for 2015- BE MORE SOCIAL. I’m not exactly an extrovert but I very much get invigorated by interacting with other awesome people. I really hope to carve out more time for this now. Especially other creatives. That really gets my juices flowin’.
love my working fireplace but that meant hauling A LOT of firewood. (Because according to George you can’t just buy it at the store) /
My little niece, Eliana, visited from San Francisco and had her first taste of fun in the snow /
Georgie and Bailey took lots of opportunities to snuggle on the couch. This may have been around the time that I discovered my pug loves my boyfriend more than me. /
I thought a winter ice storm killed my weeping willow, but that sucker came back to life in the spring!! Resilient beauties.
The Poo Incident. Dad and George jumped to the rescue when the basement toilet started gushing with sewage. It was gross and absolutely the worst timing because… /
Besides poo, we we were knee deep in the 3rd floor renovation! This 6 week makeover really tested my newish relationship with George and really brought out my crazy. He really poured his heart into this project with me- building me a daybed and TV stand /
For a few weeks we were obsessed with racing around town in the truck and stealing pallets to make a wood wall in the lounge. It was a lot of hauling and trash picking. In the end, we didn’t even use the pallets because my dad offered up some amazing barnwood. I guess sometimes it’s about the adventure and sometimes its about the destination. /
Photo shoot day in the 3rd floor lounge. I dressed up and posed with my creation. George napped after a week of late nights.
Goal for 2015- FINISH THE HOUSE- It’s so nice to have this room done (though its since been converted into a functioning office) and I’d really like to stop making excuses for the rest of the house. This may include a little kitchen renovation and see the conclusion of the bedroom I started in October.
Spring also meant a little bit of re-birth of my social life. Just a little,
Made a trip to San Francisco to hang out with all of my siblings. Got to see my brother’s town, Santa Cruz, for the first time. Loved it! /
With temperatures rising we were able to enjoy George’s rooftop with great views of Philadelphia /
A trip up to NYC for a boozy brunch with some of my best college pals
Goal for 2015: GET HEALTHY, ALREADY! Ok I’m finally ready to listen to my body and give it what it needs. More water, less booze, less cheese (sad!) Traveling out west always makes me yearn to be healthier- more time outside, eating better, more physical activity. This stuff is SO key to my happiness.
The theme for summer was outdoors. We had a lot of projects and deadlines, but every weekend we dropped everything and headed to our secret lake in New Jersey /
The waters really are turquoise… it’s this perfect private sanctuary that is totally worth a grueling hike to get to. /
Sister time in Philly. I didn’t spend nearly enough time downtown but this eve with my sis, Meg at the Magic Garden was a lotta fun /
Family trip to Ocrakoke. The whole Stein gang (less my brother) traveled down past the Outer Banks for a family vacay and managed to take no pictures.
Goal for 2015: Get outside as often as possible. Sunshine makes me happy, Trees and water are high up on my list too. But I also like city life. I miss wandering around my favorite neighborhoods in Philly. Hoping to visit some old and new haunts more this year.
I got my travel ON in the Fall.
I went to Austin to visit my blogger pals Erin and Ashlina and totally didn’t take any pictures. whoops. /
We headed down to Maryland to go sailing with friends. Bailey was an excellent sailor! George was a goofbal. /
A few of my college gals and I did a long weekend in Charleston.
Goal for 2015: TRAVEL MORE. ONE INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION AND ONE US CITY I’VE NEVER BEEN TO. I need travel in my life. It gives me perspective, it expands my creativity. I’m really hoping to travel somewhere where I can pick up some fabulous textiles as well. George and I have already set our first trip of the year- we will be heading to Puerto Rico next month. I’m counting down the days!
December was a crazy ass month.
George packed up his beloved loft and moved into the cottage with me. I know he misses city life badly but I sure like having him around. Perhaps we will make our way back there soon… /
My sister Becca moved back from San Francisco and had a baby boy, Toren. We are all very excited about the first grandson/nephew in the family.
A film crew followed around me, Georgie and my dad for a few days. It was completely surreal. I learned that I’m definitely not a Kardashian.
Georgie spent Christmas with my family and prepared us a tradition German dinner. I love a man in apron.
Goal for 2015: Continue to do things that scare me. The whole film crew thing definitely put me outside of my comfort zone, but it was a great experience too. Sometimes we have to be a little uncomfortable to grow. And I’m all about growing in 2015.
And that was my year in a nutshell.
Thanks for letting me indulge you on a personal note.
Back to design next week!
And hopefully some cottage updates soom