I’ve been getting a bit reflective – as I’m wont to do at this time of year.
Reflections are good, don’t you think?
For me, it’s a chance to stop and actually take stock and be grateful for everything that’s happened in 2013 – personally and professionally. And it’s been a big year on both fronts.
Personally, planning for our move to Brisbane, helping and moving our eldest son to Brisbane for uni, supporting our daughter through Year 12 and gearing up our youngest for moving away from his mates has brought with it pretty much all the feels you could feel.
Professionally, I still pinch myself that I’ve built something from nothing.
My daughter wrote and handed a letter to me on graduation night that sums it up and, yes, had me in tears:
You have no idea how much I admire you. You one day decided to quit your day job and do something you love. You began as a mum sitting at a computer in the lounge room and now you’ve built a successful business … and all that time you balanced work and being a super mum!
Normally I shy very much away from the super mum title but when it comes from one of the few people you hope thinks that way then I’m happy to be super in her eyes.
I am beyond grateful that I’ve been able to make blogging my job.
1. Travelling to The Whitsundays with my fellow bloggers at The Remarkables Group. Blogging – or working for yourself – can seem quite isolating at times – there’ no water cooler or tea room. I’m grateful that I get daily support from other bloggers within my agency and that we get to meet up in person. Thanks to Tourism Queensland 2013’s meet-up included a back drop of turquoise waters, white sands and the best damn chilli mud crab I ever did taste.
2. Spending the week Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Maybelline New York Australia once again had me on board as their official blogger at Australia’s premier industry fashion event. It’s a week of hard work surrounded by a whole lot of glamour but I love every minute of it.
3. Being offered a book deal with Hachette Australia. What started as a Styling You manifesto, became a series on the blog, became an e-book and will now be a published full-colour book. I still can’t quite believe it all – especially the bit where I completed the writing and the photo shoot within three months of signing the contract. Bring on the launch in August 2014.
4. Meeting some SY readers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney. I also worked with Maybelline NY for MBFFS. The buzz was big for me this time as I got to share the experience with 10 Styling You readers and their guests. Putting faces to some of my beautiful readers was most definitely a highlight. I hope to do more of these types of events in 2014.
5. Getting inspired (all over again) at Problogger Event. The blogging community is largely a welcoming and accepting one. Many of us have “grown up” together in this industry and getting together with other bloggers has been a key part of that growing up. There is always something new to learn, rules to be shaped, creativity to be heightened. This is the best blogging event in Australia and will always be on my must-attend list. If you blog, I highly recommend you make it a goal to attend in 2014.
I don’t get too hung up on my blog stats. I use them to set some of my professional goals but I also like using them to get more of an idea of what you like reading more of. Here are the five most viewed posts of 2013.
A surprise one for me. I’m not a travel blogger. Just a blogger who likes to travel and do culturally important things like hunt down the best spa, cocktails and shopping opportunities. By luck, I found myself in Bali twice this year, having never been before. This post was written at the airport waiting for our delayed flight home from our family trip in January. I updated it after my girls’ trip in October.
Ankle boots were THE boot of choice for autumn-winter 2013 and it seems you were scratching your head as much as I was on how to wear them. This was a post in my Wardrobe Boot Camp series but it seemed to help out more people than just the reader asking the boot camp question.
When ghd launches something new, I take notice. My hair comes from a pre-straightening iron era. It was not pretty. No wonder we all got perms. This ghd is a good step forward in protecting our hair as it styles it.
I can find ways to shop anywhere – anytime – but it seems that Melbourne is still King when it comes to shopping as a destination. Thanks so much to everyone who added to this post. I didn’t get to travel to Melbourne in 2013 and visit some of the recommended places. Need to change that for 2014.
My weekly Nina Proudman style posts continued to attract her fans throughout the 2013 series. We travelled with her on her roller coaster of emotions (heightened by pregnancy) – most of us still at the end of the ride wondering how we will ever get back on after the final two episodes. This post was the first coinciding with the series returning to our TVs. Stay tuned for more updates on 2014.
None of the 2013 highlights above would be possible at all without the support I’ve received from my agency, The Remarkables Group, and through them the brands and companies that have come on board to sponsor this blog. Their support has enabled me to devote time and energy to creating blog posts that hopefully help and entertain you. I thank you for any support you may have given these companies throughout the year.
I also thank-you if you’ve clicked through on any of the banner ads on my blog. Most of these businesses are small, independent online businesses. They are just like me – trying to make a go of something that they can call their own.
Mostly, I thank-you for showing up here every day … to look, read and chat.
I promise to show up in 2014 with all of the above and more.
Happy New Year!
Tell me … do you have plans tonight? If so what are you wearing? #everydaystyle will be on the blog Friday and we’d like to feature as many NYE outfits as possible. Be a joiner!