Posted on | January 3, 2013 | 1 Comment
As I sit here reviewing the final draft of my book (yay!), I can’t help but think about the strange and amazing year that 2012 has been. It started off with getting laid off in late January, which brought many conflicting emotions. It turned out that was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. I was behind schedule on my book projects, and work was eating up more and more of my time and energy.
Having almost 5 full months to do what I wanted and to finish up a huge pile of projects for the book was what the doctor ordered. It was wonderful having some time to myself and to think about the road ahead. It also provided a much needed emotional and creative recharge. At this point, I swore to myself that I would never step foot in the fashion industry again if I could help it. I picked up some tech editing work for Interweave and Clotheshorse magazine, which was a nice change of pace.
By May, funds were getting dicey, but a well-timed call from a friend got me on track to get back into the industry. Even though I had a few month break in the resume, the book project was a well received excuse and I was hired on the spot!
The next few months were a little crazy and I thought I was on the way to a nervous breakdown with the long 10, 12 or sometimes 14 hour days, but I held in there. The hours are MUCH better now and I’m actually loving my job. I never thought I’d be able to have another job in the fashion industry that I could tolerate, much less love!
2012 was about new beginnings, hard work, and many challenges. I completed my biggest knitting project to date, Metropolitan Knits, said goodbye to a job I held for 7 years, and am 7 months into a new job that I love. While the list isn’t long, I feel like it is more than I have accomplished in years!
So here is to 2013 and all the new challenges it may bring. If I could come out on top in 2012, I only know things can get better from here!