2012 was a whirlwind adventure for me, both professionally and personally. Having worked really, really hard I feel grateful to be able to look back at the opportunities I had to work on some fantastic projects, all of which led to meeting so many kind, inspiring and supportive people. I enjoyed sharing memory-filled days with friends, loved ones and peers both at home and abroad. Here’s just a handful of the highlights:
Paris: Mr. Bazaar In The City of Light
Mr. Bazaar’s Colourful View of Amsterdam
New York City Snapshots
Rachie’s Beautiful Wedding
Celebrating Becoming Sweet Paul Magazine Market Editor
Mr. Bazaar’s HomeSense Video
Bright.Bazaar Named Homes & Antiques’ Number One Interiors Blog
Mr. Bazaar At The London 2012 Olympic Games
Welcome To The New Look Bright.Bazaar
Mr. Bazaar Goes On A Boat Trip With Ikea!
Announcing My Features For The Simple Things Magazine
Something Magical Happened In Paris…
So what for 2013? Well, as I sit here and ponder the year ahead I realise I’ve never been one to make a list of resolutions per se. I mean, after all, each year brings its ups and downs, right? I sometimes find that resolutions can be quite extreme – ‘I won’t eat that’ or ‘I will stop feeling X, Y, Z’ – when really what feels more realistic is an attempt to achieve a better balance. A balance of work and play; of hard days and good days; of fear and excitement; of spontaneity and planning – a balance of all that makes up Life. Of course, I’m hoping 2013 brings more good days than bad, but life is a journey and if anything, 2012 made me acutely aware that I will never stop learning and growing. What I try to do is learn from both the good and bad in life. Thinking about this reminded me of the joy I felt at seeing my dear Gran walk unaided down the isle at church to receive Holy Communion on Christmas Eve in 2011. Having suffered a stroke just months before I was both moved and inspired by her strength, courage and determination to not let what had been a major bump in her journey deter her from living life. So whenever I feel the balance in my life slipping throughout the year, as inevitably it will, I’m going to try and close my eyes and think of my Gran’s warmth, strength and bravery. I wish you all a year full of great health, happiness and success. Oh, and a healthy dose of colour, too!