2014

31 Dec

Our last day of 2013. Oh what a year. The year of the baby.

From working with pregnant clients to close friends announcing their pregnancy to delivering my own little guy, I was surrounded by baby fever. This year brought the biggest change in my entire life. And unlike other years, my goals and resolutions, if you will, will now forever include the person I brought into this world.

It’s been one emotional, hormonal, exciting, challenging, scary year both personally and business-wise, my busiest year yet, but most of all it’s been rewarding. designstiles experienced some unexpected (top 25 home decor blog from The Vivant), fun mentions and features (remember this House Trip and this house tour) and despite the one mention that would’ve had me feeling way proud did not come to fruition – Good Housekeeping wanted to feature our house – it was still a reminder of how far I’ve come. I realized that when I’m only in competition with myself, I focus on improving me. And my biggest motivation was my baby. I literally worked up until the second my water broke. And sure I have the luxury of working from home but that never stopped me from playing the I’m pregnant card. I managed to balance freelance work while continuing to grow my business to investing time on this blog, though sporadic, and contributing on Spearmint Baby. I tried to never slow down because Felix and being his role model kept me going strong.

I’ve always lived for myself and took my time with things because I was more of an easy-going-things-will-get-done-type. But this year changed me. Growing a person will do that to you.

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See you in 2014.

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4 Responses to “2014”

  1. Sarah York January 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi! Just found your blog from your comment on mfamb about trends… Then I saw that you had a baby 4 days before I did in November, so I felt I had to comment and say hello. Fellow newborn mother to another. He is adorable! Also, love what you’ve done with the nursery. Congrats!

  2. The Sistah January 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    I’m so proud of you. Not just because of how hard you work at your business but also because you’re already such an amazing mom. xoxo

  3. Jack January 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Man, you really did have a busy year! And you made an adorable baby :) So excited for 2014 and all the great things you’ll do!

  4. Jessie | The Design Daredevil January 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    Oh man, Felix is already so handsome! I’m so proud of you Irene! I know that 2014 will be your best year evahhhhh! XO

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