Shannon Berrey

New Years Inspirations

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

 

 

I hope your New Years Eve was full of fun! Our crew gathered with Ryan Seacrest and watched the highlights of the past decades with Dick Clark. Since those were my people and my youth, I could vividly remember so many of the 'old' performances they shared and even where I was when the songs became hits. It's always so funny to see the look on my kids faces when I break out into singing along with an old Madonna, Prince or Cyndi Lauper song. 'How do you know the words to this ??!' they ask. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Max, our Corgi, thought it was all really fun until midnight struck and the horns and poppers were let loose... 

 

 

And then we found the party animal behind the ottoman in a little less of a party mood.   

 

 

 

I don't make resolutions per say, instead I become extremely introspective and really evaluate what this past year has taught me. I look at what has worked and what needs to be reconsidered. Just a bit of what 2012 has shown me: 

1) Happiness is imperative to creativity. No one can force happiness, but, its necessary to be at peace with ones self and ones life. Happiness = creativity = great design.

2. I can do with less. I always thought I could, but I also thought my metabolism would always keep me in a size 6. sigh...  and well...that's just not the case. But, this year I proved that I can survive without spending $. In fact, until the last week of 2012 {due to the gift of Christmas money}, I didn't buy a pair of shoes, a top, a dress--nu-thing for myself....the entire year. Only a new pair of jeans (because of the stupid metabolism thing mentioned above}. And I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself.    

3. Only work with the perfect client. I have been doing this design bit a long time. I used to say 'yes' to everyone who wanted to hire me. Saying 'yes' does not always equal big bucks, more business or a project that I am proud of. As a matter of fact, it can be just the opposite. I really learned my lesson on some projects this year and I feel very confident that I have a real clarity now to recognize my ideal client.

4. I love a challenge. I think people who love challenges also embrace change and are open to new experiences. Maybe that's why I don't create resolutions...I have always feared that if I created a specific goal and then I reached it, then I would stop, pat myself on the back, and move on to something else. A goal has a beginning and and end. That scares me. Because what if that 'goal' was only a step, a baby step, into a new bigger, greater experience???       

5. Being a successful designer is awesome, being a successful mom is awesomer (new year, new made up words). I have been present for every part--from the biggest to the tee-tiniest of my kiddos exciting 2012. And the best part--they wanted me there {!!} I must say, it feels pretty fantastic. I honestly have never ended a year feeling so good at this 'momming' thing. It's only taken 17 years--call me a slow learner.

       

 




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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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