It's been a year of travels, creative thinking, unexplainable content, infinite personal growth, unstoppable courage, and new equally profound discoveries. Things are pretty amazing to say the least. I learned how to be a better sister, a solid friend, an independent individual, and most importantly, how to truly care for others in ways I didn't think was possible.
Last year around this time, I don't think that I could have said the same. I was in a position where I was thinking and deciding about multiple layers, career paths, personal happiness, and growth. I left an industry and started a new one. I made some clear distinctions about what personal happiness meant to me and was concerned about what those implications would mean. This was a solo pursuit and at the time, seemed very scary. In between then and now, I decided to take total ownership, not some, but all. I met an incredible team, got a chance to work on outstanding projects and found opportunities loaded with potential. The volume of development pushed out over the past 12 months has been nothing short of sheer willpower. I discovered a city that I completely fell in love with, not because of what it looked like (well, partially) but because of its soul (quirks & all), San Francisco became a great outlet for inspiration.
I lived a travelling life these past few months, interviewing the city for its beautiful sense of place and more importantly for its eclectic collection of people. I’d often find myself returning to a community of people who are doing great things-regardless of where I was geographically. The back and forth of travel was an iterative example of editing, both my thoughts and my belongings. As with most amazing discoveries, I learned that there wasn’t much required in the way of objects to live a very rich life. Opportunities and people are in abundance if you’re looking, there is never a short supply.
I rediscovered a new facet and love for design; it was pretty nostalgic. The iterative ‘want’ to know ones craft really hit home- the ability to see and execute with micro and macro eyes is an art. Mies was right, the Devil is in the details, when things are seen this way, good just isn't enough & raising the wow just becomes addictive.
Thanks for being a part of this year's zeitgeist, for providing some great insight and for choosing to stick around :) Capturing the spirit of this year has been nothing short of near impossible because it has been a constant flow of energy. However, I hope this personal attempt gives you a sense of qualitative scale.
New opportunities, infinite projects, and a curious eye are all catalysts for some of the creativity that's been experienced this past year. Creativity, like energy, is never lost only displaced in new and different ways.
Hello 2013 :)