Reflections for the New Year

{The Vestibule Leading into my Room at the Kips Bay Show House | Photography by Nick Sargent}

It is hard enough to believe that another year is coming to an end, yet alone an entire decade. This morning, as I drove to the office, I was reflecting on where I was at the beginning of this decade that is coming to a close. I was in my late twenties, unsure of who I was or where I was headed, and sort of just figuring things out as I went. Ten years later, I am grateful for a career I love, a successful design firm and now a store; my first book, product collaborations, travel, and so on. More importantly, I am very grateful to the people who have helped me along the way– Fabian (my husband, best friend, and greatest cheerleader), my team, our industry partners, and of course, our wonderful and trusting clients. I am also grateful for every failure and disappointment over the course of the last decade because I have learned from each of these experiences. They’ve made me tougher, better, more aware, and have ultimately lead me to where I truly belonged. Through my career, I have been able to find my voice and have tapped into a wonderful network of like-minded friends all over the country. As I look towards the New Year and the next decade, I am taking stock of what matters most. I am a decade older this time around (38!) and so I am more sure of my footing and my priorities are a little different than they were at the end of 2009. I haven’t made resolutions in several years, instead focusing on intentions (read more about this practice in this blog post).

As we head into 2020, I intend to be more present, to celebrate small victories rather than being so fixated on the big picture, and to achieve more balance between my professional life and my personal life. For the last several years, it has all blurred into one. I have a lot of professional goals, but in my personal life, my intention is to focus on making healthier choices and taking time out to truly recharge. I have become somewhat of an insomniac over the past year. I find my mind racing in the middle of the night with a million to-do lists and dilemmas that “need solving before daybreak” and it just isn’t healthy. I am challenging myself to come up with one thing to let go of, one thing to embrace, and one thing to try in 2020. If I had to come up with one word for 2020 it would be “surrender”. I need to stop sweating the small stuff so much and need to loosen the reigns on my life a bit. I am generally a control freak and like to have every aspect in my life in check at any given time which is part of why I have been able to achieve success, but it can also be a hindrance because I can get paralyzed by the fear of the unknown in certain areas of my life. Whatever your goals or intentions for the new year, I wish you great success, happiness, good health, and love!

 

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  1. Paloma, you haVe been such an inspiration to me. Your words are eloquent and thoughtfuL and Full of hope, yet you have accomplished so much. As i starTed this careEr aBout a decade after you and almost a decade older, i look to you as an icon and mentor. I am Lucky to have found your blog and look forward to The future. Xoxo janine