This year was the most challenging and demanding of my life, to be honest – 2015 was kind of an asshole and I am not sad to see the end of it. It also happened to be the most fulfilling. I had a newborn baby to look after, rediscovered my passion for fashion design, started an amazing new job, turned my blog in to a lucrative creative escape, Bam (our dog) came to live with us and I made the decision this month to change my life and become a Vegan.
I will always remember 2015 as a chapter of immense personal growth. It was sweet, and it was bitter as hell – times of transition are never easy. I struggled to feel a sense “normalcy” with having two children. Of course it’s a new kind of normal – I’d naively assumed I’d feel like myself again, or that our old life would return relatively easily. Having Knox and our experience in the NICU taught me so much. Being a mom requires entirely new levels of patience, energy, multi-tasking, and self-introspection. The biggest lesson I learned is that balance will never mean what it meant before, and that’s okay. I’ve also found that when things seem tough, like the death of Cole’s beloved grandmother and the time Knox had to have his finger sewn back on, my children provide a kind of perspective that makes everything better. They are the best part of my day, every day.
The holidays are already a reflective, nostalgic time, but I’m also at a turning point in life. I feel a renewed sense of self and purpose, both as it pertains to my personal and professional life, and it’s refreshing. It has been lovely to just focus on my family and hitting the re-set button (well, sort-of). I’m beyond excited about what’s in store for us in 2016, and can’t wait to see you back here in January. Thank you so much for your continued love and support. It means the world to me and Caffeine and Fairydust wouldn’t be what it is without you.
Some of my favorite photo’s from the year.