Looking Back and Looking Forward


2015 was a year of change, transition and immense personal growth. It’s been the most challenging and terrifying year of my life but also the most exciting and fulfilling. I got married, quit my 9-5 corporate life, switched careers, worked with Brandon on flipping three houses (with a 4th underway), completed projects for ten of my own amazing clients, joined Laurel and Wolf as one of their featured designers, and got to collaborate with some awesome brands on content for my blog. What I dreamt about a year ago has become my reality and while it isn’t always glamorous, and I still have a lot to learn, I’ve never been so happy and so sure about the path I’ve chosen. While I don’t know where things will go from here, I know that I can’t imagine spending my time doing anything else at this point in my life.

I am the type of person that continues to push myself and it can be extremely challenging for me to slow down in order to speed up, so I thought I would take a minute to reflect on some things I learned this year and some of my resolutions for 2016 – both personal and professional.

What I’ve Learned:

  • I can’t do everything myself. Hiring help where it’s needed and focusing on my strengths is key to any kind of growth.
  • Having a back up plan is like setting yourself up for failureCommit to something and don’t look back.
  • My physical and mental health is my number one value. Taking time for myself each day to workout, cook clean meals and get good sleep has been revolutionary on my mind and body.
  • Mistakes will be made. Own up to them, learn from them and push forward.
  • Admit what I don’t know and always ask questions.
  • When it comes to making decisions, if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.
  • Invest in myself.
  • Put in the hours. Do the work.
  • Others will doubt you. Prove them wrong.

10 Personal & Professional Goals for 2016:

  1. More field trips – whether it’s checking out a new part of town, attending a seminar at the SF Design Center, or going to a museum. I always gain creative inspiration, new perspectives and knowledge when I get outside of the office/house every now and then.
  2. Host more friend gatherings – I love to cook and entertain and didn’t get to do as much hosting as would have liked to this year (planning a wedding seemed like enough for the year, right?).
  3. Dance more – I grew up dancing and have had the biggest urge to get back into it lately. There is nothing quite as exhilarating to me as expressing myself through dance. My goal is to sign up for a weekly class.
  4. Read before I go to bed – This entire year has been a battle between me and shutting off my computer at night (I say this as I am writing this post at 10pm). I’m going to try and start a new routine of reading for at least 30 minutes each night before I go to bed to help my mind wind down.
  5. Join a group – It’s been an adjustment going from working on a team in an office to working completely alone for myself. Finding a group to join with other inspiring, creative woman to bounce ideas off of and that understand the challenges of running a business is at the top of my list. Please comment below if you are a part of any such groups in the SF bay area!
  6. Take on a larger project – Pushing myself to the limits to take on bigger design projects and manage more aspects of each.
  7. Get featured – One of my big goals is to get featured on a larger network like Apartment Therapy or The Everygirl. This would be incredible exposure for me and my brand.
  8. Buy a house – Brandon and I are itching to get out of our apartment and embark on a little fixer upper of our own in Oakland. Fingers crossed we find a good one in the coming year.
  9. Style more photo shoots – I’ve found that I really love styling for photo shoots and working with brands. I’m aiming to do lots more of these.
  10. Continuing education – It’s really important to me to be continually learning and perfecting my trade so I’m aiming to take a few additional interior design courses as well as a photography class this coming year.

And cue the nostalgia. Here’s some of my favorite moments from 2015. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along and support me. Every comment, like, email, and mention means so much to me and I feel so lucky to be able do what I love everyday and connect with so many amazing individuals. Can’t wait for 2016!

Brett FokenComment