Welcome to 2012.
With 2011 officially over, I (obviously) can't help but reflect on the past year. There are some things, some relationships, that have become so much a part of who I am, that it's hard to believe that they've only been around (barely) a year. I often find myself rather nostalgic, reflective, and thankful at the start of a new year, in the twilight of what's transpired and the hope of what's to come.
Despite some down moments in 2011, such as ending a long-term relationship, the year was fairly good to me. For a few days, my Facebook feed was full of people ecstatic to put 2011 behind them because it was "the worst year of their lives". Such statements caused me to look back at the past year and be thankful that my life (or year) was not that (melo)dramatic.
I was very fortunate in 2011 to work on projects I feel strongly about and have the experiences I did. I learned a lot from these experiences and from so many people who continue to challenge and inspire me on a daily basis. My network expanded exponentially, old friendships were revived, and current friendships solidified. I revisited 3 places that I love so much (London, Florence, New York), once again proving to me that travel is an invaluable part of life. I took risks and put myself out there (such as attending TBEX'11, TEDxSFU, and a ShopCatch event all solo), showing me not only that it's important to be comfortable with yourself enough to do that, but also that no matter what, you need to take these risks to further yourself. New shoes were bought and new fashion risks were taken - Fashion Week was a crazy but invaluable experience.
And you, my faithful readers, may not know this, but part of the reason I keep this up is for you. I know I preach that you need to blog for yourself - and you do! - but the challenge of continually creating new content is something I enjoy. Yes, blogging is a lot of work, but I enjoy the challenge of it. So, while we may not know each other in person, I am fortunate that you challenged me in 2011 to be better. And for that, I thank you.
I hope that I will be able to bring you more diverse content in 2012, better photos, and more fun. Please stick around for the ride, because 2012 is going to be a good year.
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