Where do I begin...?
2012 had a great start. I went to BMAC as a guest and joined the Art Business Institute workshops, which kick-started the shift-gear from Bunnies Can Dream to Harlequin&Lionhead in 2012, resulted in a 400% growth in revenue for Harlequin&Lionhead (a small pat on my shoulders but more to do in 2013!)
Things progressed really fast in Q1 2012 and then a slow Q2, and a crazy Q3. A trunk show at Henri Bendel followed by a Fashion's Night Out event - definitely highlights of the year! I felt like I have pushed myself forward by leaps and bounds. The lesson learned from here is you will never get what you want unless you ask for it! So don't hold back because you may feel inadequate. There is nothing to lose but your dignity if you get rejected. It is just a small price to pay in order to grow, and gain an unforgettable experience and precious learning experiences.
I have the fortune of some really good friends who have been my support and ally. And I started to see familiar faces coming to my shows at different locations looking for my jewelry. It gave me the greatest joy to see your happy faces when you found the perfect piece to take home every time!
Then came the very challenging 4th quarter, both emotionally and physically. It was an exciting and depressing one at the same time. Some of you were there with me and I have to apologize for my temper and my sometimes psychotic behavior :P I want to say I now realize how blessed I am to have the support of my family in what I am doing. We grow stronger together through the tough times. I can only imagine how this is an important preparation for what may be coming our way in the next few years!
One thing I regret most is that I didn't manage to learn driving. That is going onto my 2013 to-do list. No more procrastination!!!
2013 - I have mixed feelings about it. A year of great things to come, and a year to push myself above and beyond my comfort zone. No matter what, this will sure be a milestone year for me. What will 2013 be for you?