2015. Where do I even begin?!
This past year was a BIG year. It was a year for growth, a year for mistakes and challenges. I discovered so much about myself over these past 12 months. In the beginning of the year, I hired my first employee, I traveled and taught workshops all over the country, we moved into a new studio space and had a record year for weddings. Like, way too many to feel sane.
As far as traveling goes; I went snowboarding with family in my favorite, Breckenridge (...and didn't break my wrist. Thank GOD!), had a girls trip/work trip to Sedona, worked with Brit+Co and had a couple workshops in San Francisco, taught a workshop in South Carolina then visited my grandma and some family in North Carolina, had a weekend getaway with the hubs and a workshop in Santa Barbara, a workshop in Portland, watched friends get married in Dallas, spent my anniversary weekend with my husband at The Line Hotel, stayed in a yurt in Big Sur and made countless trips to LA for meetings and workshops and the like!
PHEW! Are you exhausted?! Well, in between all those trips (and most times during, in my hotel room) I did:
Countless, I mean COUNTLESS, custom wedding suites. This year my average work weeks clocked in at 70-80 hours and I honestly don't know how it all got done. But somehow, it always does! I raised my prices a few times this year, and each time I had a minor panic attack before. I cried over stupid mistakes and exhaustion and I made some really big financial decisions...some were mistakes and some were profitable. I learned a lot about what I'm really good at in business and what I'm really bad at, and that taught me a lot about how I can run my business better - delegating my weak points in my business to the amazing ladies who work for me and focusing on my strengths. I got better at accounting and bookkeeping (still have a lot to learn), I made money and I spent money. I celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary with my really really ridiculously good looking husband ;), I had an amazing publication in Flutter Magazine and Nixon, moved to Costa Mesa and became a studio and business owner of La Salle HQ, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, Brit+Co and I created my own online floral watercolor class, I was asked to be a part of Brit+Co's coloring book, I got a new car and I became godmother/aunt to my best friend's newborn baby, Ember!
Routinely; I drank coffee at The Common Room what seems like daily, visited my parents every weekend in San Clemente, had a date night with the hubby as often as possible (not often enough, though), romped around our new neighborhood of Newport Beach when I had a free moment...usually to Balboa or Castaways Park for a walk.
Geez! I am so incredibly thankful for this year. This next week marks my third year of doing this thing full time and I can't believe how much I've learned and grown and how much I don't know and have yet to learn!
So, 2015...you were exciting, scary, overwhelming, frustrating, thrilling, weird, awesome, challenging, uplifting, confusing, encouraging...you were so many things. But overall, you were enlightening and I'm excited to put forth what I've learned into the new year. To work a little less and take advantage of free time a little more. To take risks and not be afraid, to be honest about my mistakes and weaknesses and to challenge myself in trying new things, making more friends and being better.
I wish that for everyone of you! For a wildly beautiful 2016. For prosperity and for success, but most of all for growth, new experiences and joy. Let's do this, y'all!