December 31, 2010

Oh what a year!

by Shelly

Watch out readers…. for the first time ever I think I’m going to get personal on you! Not usually my style, but I guess today I’m in a bit of a “sharing what I’ve learned” mood. Take it as you will.

The hubby and I had it pretty darn easy going the first few years we were married. We traveled, ate out at nice restaurants (a lot!), threw lots of parties…life was good! We even had our first child within those wonderful years. Life was simple and fabulous.

2009 was a turning point. And life hasn’t been so easy, breezy the last two years. But you know what? I’m ok with that. I learned A LOT in these two short years. I realize I took things for granted and I will say…bad times have a way of slapping you in the face and making you see the world a little differently.

Here in a nutshell is what we went through here in the Van R household in 2010:

Our little girl had a lot of firsts… gymnastics, ballet, swim lessons, FAST roller coasters, preschool.

The economy affected our personal economy. Not awesome after buying a MUCH bigger home in 2009!

We were shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of an amazing human being and friend.

Family members, as well as friends, went another year of being unemployed.

My business took off and I worked on my first design projects!

The hubs and I went on a fab vacation and met up with lots of old friends while there.

I grew closer to a bunch of old friends, including this creative lady.  And also gained a new neighbor who has become not only a friend, but a constant source of inspiration!

And finally, just a few short weeks ago my mom found out that she may be seriously ill. It’s been rough.

{the hubs and I channeling our best Don and Betty Draper at our Mad Men NYE party last year!}

It’s been a mixed bag indeed, but I always feel I personally grow so much stronger when times are tough.  But we aren’t going to be bitter tonight at all.  In fact, we have a fabulouso night planned celebrating a 40th birthday with many of our bestest buddies.  In fact many of the same people were at our Mad Men NYE party last year!   It is sure to be a good time.

And to get myself out of this funk I’ve been in the last month or so I am going ALL out!  Vintage fur coat, sequin top, leather pants, and some HIGH black heels should make me feel like a total rock and roll chick tonight!  And we’ll be eating at one of my fav places for seafood and King Crab legs…yum.

{this is what I’m going for!}

Hope you all have a safe and fun New Years Eve, whether you’re staying in or going out!  And thank you so much for reading my blog and hope to see you around here in 2011! No more whammies 2011…please.  Let’s play nice in the new year!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica Wrasman January 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Thank you for sharing. Often times our most personal stories are the most wide-influencing, and what you shared is beneficial. I love when people are honest and connected with others, so thank you. It is great that you can take trying times in stride and find the gold in the midst of the storm. I love that about Rachel Ashwell and her designs…finding the perfect beauty in imperfection. It seems your ideas connect a bit with her style. I love your blog!


Shelly January 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

I really appreciate that Jessica! I don’t usually like to share too much personal stuff on my blog, but I feel like for most people 2010 was a difficult year. I can feel the sun shining through the clouds though. I’m praying for change darn it!!!


Marianne - Style For Living January 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

What a year you had. I hope and pray that your mom is OK. I think 2011 will be a much better year for all of us!


Andrea Howe January 4, 2011 at 4:46 am

I liked this post too, Shelly. I’ve found that as inspiring and fun many design blogs can be, they are always more fun when we get a sense of who the writer is see a glimpse into their life. So thanks for sharing! And thanks for linking up to me :)


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