Dear December…

Last week while going through piles in my apartment – figuring out what needed to be moved over to the office and what needed to stay – I discovered a notebook in which I had written my 2012 resolutions. As much as my business and personal life bleed into each other, it shouldn’t have surprised me to find that so did my goals, apparently. Heading to the gym more, working on developing a product line, hiring an assistant. What did surprise me was that most of these somewhat lofty aspirations have actually been put into practice this year – or at least are close to coming to fruition. It’s crazy to think about how quickly the past eleven months have gone by. When every day feels like there aren’t enough hours, though, I suppose it shouldn’t be a shock that this year and all the opportunities it held are coming to an end…

And here it is. December.

Spending the week in NYC with good friends and holiday windows has certainly put me in the spirit, but sitting here on the plane ride home, It’s put me in a reflective mood as well. I always thought people were crazy when they said, “Just wait – the older you get the fasted the years go.” How is that even possible? And yet… it’s so true. Time is precious. Time with friends, time better used, time better spent. The last month has been a bit up and down for me when it’s come to time management. October was so filled with travel and work that I felt like in November I went the opposite way – staying home and prioritizing my personal time over work time… and boy did it catch up to me this week.

Suddenly, it’s time for holidays and parties and fun and frolic, and I’m worried about the 500 emails sitting in my inbox and the whopping to-do list for the next few weeks staring me in the face. Whoops. So, I guess it’s time to take the lessons learned from 2012 and start putting together some resolutions for 2013. Number one? Be more disciplined with time. This doesn’t mean I need to work harder, but I definitely need to work smarter. Sticking to deadlines and schedules, planning better for travel, and working ahead when I can. Because now that I’ve finally become better at finding that balance of work and play, I certainly don’t intend on giving it up! But, I also can’t skew so hard one way or the other that responsibilities and commitments get dropped.

And this month will be the perfect time to start putting some of those ideas into practice! With the abundance of photo shoots and holiday parties on the schedule, let’s hope I find  a way to do it all… with a smile on my face. The good thing is that I’m absolutely excited for every bit of it – the work and the play. So let’s make the last month of 2012 one to remember, shall we!? Happy weekend all!

*images via nysd //