Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Looking Back at 2012

This year has been a whirlwind of amazing events for us.  So many exciting projects and accomplishments to celebrate! 
At the farmhouse we completed several projects that were well received.  Our 3 most popular farmhouse projects, according to the stats here on the blog which referenced over 30,000 hits, were: (you can click on the title to visit the specific post)

And getting an honorable mention was the DIY Shutter Plate Rack.  This little project received a huge amount of traffic!  :-))

   Other celebrations, thanks to Romantic Homes we enjoyed some great press.  And once again LaurieAnna's Vintage Home was named one of the best stores in Texas!
It was also a huge year of growth for us.  We almost doubled the size of the Shoppe by adding almost 4,000 square feet in shopping space this Fall, we added tons of new products to our brand, and almost doubled the size of our LaurieAnna's crew! 
Looking ahead, 2013 is shaping up to be an even more exiting year for us and I have set some pretty serious goals. 
But before I share details, I think it’s important to first recognize the lessons from 2012.  There were many of them, but the most profound….. the lesson that I will carry with me into the year ahead is this:

To enjoy the journey and trust the path.  

Our lives are beyond busy, and many times hubby and I are planning the next project before we’ve even finished the current project.  Don’t get me wrong, planning is a good thing, but sometimes in our enthusiasm to move on to the next project, we must remember to take time to celebrate our accomplishments.  I think the loss of my precious Father-in-Law had a great deal to do with the impact of this realization.  Life should be a journey of celebrations, his life was certainly a testament to that. 
This was a simple lesson, but I've found that the simplest lessons are usually the ones that can make the biggest difference in our lives.  I'm thankful for all that the amazing past year has held for us and also for the lessons that increased my wisdom about life.  :-)) 

How about you?  What lessons did you learn over the past year? 
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P.S.  The Canton show takes place Jan 3rd - 6th and begins on Thursday morning at 9am.  Come enjoy our HUGE after Christmas sale!! :-))