So here ends another year. 2015.
And as I sit here on the last day of the year, just a few hours left before I step into 2016, I can’t help but reflect on the last 12 months, which has undeniably flown by way quicker than I had ever imagined! So quick, i’ve honestly not had the chance to stop, reassess or reflect on how things have been.
2015 has been a big year for me – as most of you know, having finally taken the plunge to go solo, starting anew and forging a new creative path as a freelance graphic designer and event stylist has probably been the biggest thing I’ve done (probably since getting married!) While I’ve been incredibly fortunate of the opportunities that have come my way this year and for the new relationships that have blossomed from it….I wont be lying when I say it’s been one helluva rollercoaster of a ride too (physically and mentally!). With the ups come the downs of pursuing a creative venture on your own. Having to put all that faith into one large step in the direction of the unknown is one thing but the act of juggling both work and life (for both yourself and for your spouse) seemed the more herculean task of all…particularly after my husband followed suit later this year, setting up his own architectural office!
So, while it’s been quite the eventful year in good ways, the adjustments we have had to make has, admittedly, been tough too. Understandably so, when you’re both working hard to find your footing (getting the right amount of work in whilst trying to make ends meet) while also trying to make sure the workload and the pressures didn’t take a massive toll on our personal lives – not easy at all, when you’re living in London! Thankfully, our mere determination to follow our hearts and the inspiration we sought from others (many of them we know) who’ve boldly done the same before us, has gotten us through thus far. I can only show my utmost gratitude to them and of course, to all our families and friends who’ve supported us in many ways than one…..even when we constantly drop off the radar for months! Not to mention you lovely readers – you’re comments and likes, however small, are always uplifting and encouraging. You have kept us going and we’re here still standing, with the new year over the horizon, come what may.
What does 2016 bring? Well, it’s no doubt going to be another big one as we enter into our second year being self-employed and continue to build our future from the ground up. It’s scary but exhilarating too just as long as we keep reminding myself of why we started this journey in the first place and of all the good things (and not just the negatives) that come out of the ventures we embarked on. Hopefully, from everything we’ve learnt in the last year, we’ll have a better hold of our reins as we continue forwards into the somewhat less travelled path. What have I learnt, you ask? Well, there’s a million things I’ve learnt from making this bold change in my life….it’s been a steep learning curve in more ways than one and of course, i’m pretty sure i’ll only be repeating what others before me have learnt and have concluded, so I wont go listing them all out (unless you REALLY want me to!). The biggest of them all, I suppose, would be about learning to be true to yourself (to not pretend, to compare or to conform to society’s expectations of what’s right for you) and to seize whatever opportunity you can get your hands on without letting fear, uncertainty or self-doubt come in the way. Fear can be crippling so its key to not let that hinder your dreams. There is also the art of balancing work and life which I despite all my efforts, have somehow managed to let completely out of my control since last summer and something I know I need to work on incredibly hard this year in order to maintain that healthy balance. It’s all well and good chasing dreams and climbing mountains but if it sucks every iota of life out of you, you may just kill everything good that surrounds you, including yourself. And that would be pointless!
With all those in mind, I will be making a few changes on the work front. I will be consciously focusing on growing my graphic design services with more lettering, sign-painting and installation work involved while the blog continues to be my on-the-side personal outlet for my DIY obsessions and antics. I know the latter has been left on the back burner due to the demands our new roles bring (I realised I couldn’t run everything!) but that will change too. I have also decided to not take on any new wedding projects (stationery work per se) with the only exception being the one-off bespoke styling work for editorial work or the creation of bespoke signage installations or backdrops. While I do enjoy working on wedding related projects and continue to embrace my ‘jack of all trades’ trait, I intend to hone it in more so its clear, focused and concise in order for me to grow without getting myself pigeon-holed into a specific industry/category such as weddings. I do have my long-awaited dreams of opening a print shop too which I’m eager to get going in 2016…
So yea, I’m excited to see what the future holds! I truly believe that if you put your heart and soul into what you want to do, you’ll make it happen…however trying the journey may be. As my latest favourite author would say “What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. Pay no mind to the vision that the commission made up. It’s up to you to make your life” and that “we are all at risk of something. Of ending up exactly where we began, of failing to imagine and find and know and actualize who we could be. The only difference is the distance of the leap.” With that in mind, lets hope everything pans out well!
Anyway, I wish you all the very best for the new year ahead and I sincerely hope it’s a bright and promising year all round for us!
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! xxx