Hello and Happy New Year, everyone!! After stripping our magnificent Christmas tree of its finery today, I think it’s finally time for me to welcome in the new year and bid adieu to the holiday season of 2010. Our tree is STILL living (and hasn’t shed at all yet… We seem to have the magic touch when it comes to picking hearty Christmas trees!) so it seems like such a shame to toss him curbside tomorrow. Discarding the Christmas tree is what truly signals a year’s end in my mind. To give 2010 one last hurrah, I want to share a few special memories from the past amazing year.
In 2010 I…
-Styled the very first StyleLab workshop (the brainchild of amazing photographer Chenin Boutwell and bloggers extraordinaires, The Wedding Chicks) amidst the wildest weather I’ve EVER seen in southern California.
-Brought on Michelle as an assistant! Hands down the best thing I did for my business in 2010 ❤ Love you, Michie!!
-Planned & coordinated 26 amazing weddings with my brilliant team. (MANY of them are still yet-to-be-blogged, so there is lots of gorgeousness in store very soon!)
-Met the new babies of many other friends (Can you say baby boom??? It’s seriously in the water..)
-Made new, meaningful, cherished friendships with vendors & clients
-Fell truly, madly, deeply in love with Tokyo
hiding behind a ginkgo leaf in harajuku
-Designed and styled a wedding in Taipei
the tiniest sneak peek! TONS to come… (stunning hairpiece by my dear friend myra of twigs & honey)
-Was immensely blessed. 🙂
And now, it’s time to look forward! Here are a few of the simple “goals and decisions” I have for 2011:
In 2011 I will…
-Read through the Bible chronologically. It’s not my first time reading the Bible cover-to-cover systematically, but it is the first time I’ve done it with the chronological reading plan. It’s crazy because you don’t even start the New Testament until October, but I am enjoying it so far. 🙂 Best way to start the day.
-Visit at least 3 cities I’ve never seen before. One is coming up very quickly… the other two are still yet to be determined. 🙂
-Extend the reach of my business. 🙂 More on this later, but exciting things are ahead for Love and Splendor!
-Learn to make perfect macarons. I know that it will take a lot of practice, but my ultimate goal is to be able to hone my macaron-making skills by Christmas 2011 and give them away as sweet stocking stuffers. We’ll see how successful I am with this one. There’s always Paulette if my efforts fall flat… LOL
-Take on fewer than 20 weddings. I am not sure what my ceiling/cap number will be, but I am purposing to bring down my limit overall as I desire to devote even more time to the treasured clients I take on. I have always been about quality vs. quantity (in every situation), but I’ve been blessed to have a large quantity of quality clients for the past 5 years. 🙂 I look forward to pouring myself into the weddings I have this year, pushing the creative envelope and stretching myself as a designer.
-Attend my high school reunion 🙂 and love it.
-Visit Berkeley + SF and revel in the nostalgia. I want to fall asleep in the sunshine on Memorial Glade, walk around campus sipping boba from Sweethearts, duck into my “secret” spot on campus and read a book, traipse around Union Square and linger over dinner at Farallon… Although I’m a soCal girl through and through, I miss NorCal fiercely these days.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! My plans include some exciting consultations and an ultra fancy family dinner. I love any excuse to dress up, so I can’t wait! As always, thank you for stopping by. I am deeply grateful for all of your love, support, and encouraging comments. Looking forward to sharing much more with you this year. xoxo
smiling at the future, Angel