Hi Followers and fellow Designers! It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. The last few months of 2017 were busy but very effective. Today I just wanted to share some of my goals with you for the new year, specifically related to interior design and my work for this blog. 2017 was a great year for me, I felt the most fulfilled in my work that I ever had and worked so hard. It was a lot of fun and it feels so good to look back and see all my hard work in various projects. It’s always interesting looking back at the year behind you. It’s not often that we take the time to truly reflect, to take a step back and reevaluate before moving forward. We’re always thinking so much about the future that it’s nice to take a moment and think back on your year.
So, without further ado, here are my 2018 goals for my design career and personal life:
1. REDEFINE WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO ME
This is a big one. It’s easy to define success by your income or professional accomplishments. But it also drives me crazzzyyyyyy. I’m never satisfied with my success when I define it this way. I am always pushing myself to the limit when it comes to my hustle (currently working four jobs and taking on 16 credit hours for my LAST semester of design school! #GIRLBOSS). Remember, success is never owned, its rented. And the rent is due everyday. I’m always reaching for more and forgetting about all the other important things in my life. So, first of all, I plan to celebrate more of my “small” successes throughout the year, whether that be in business or my personal life, and to truly appreciate them. I also hope to redefine my definition of the word “success” so that I can truly think of other things besides my career when I hear the words “success” or “successful”!
2. KEEP TRAVELING
2017 was definitely defined by all the traveling that I did. I met so many amazing people on my trips and networked with people that I would have never guessed I would simply because I decided to go on road trips and weekend getaways to some of my travel wish list spots. Jetting out to Beverly Hills and walking down Rodeo DR., staying at the iconic Beverly Hilton, wandering historic Downtown Knoxville and viewing all the fine detail, and sitting on Carolina beaches while envisioning coastal designs REALLY gave me a lot of inspiration for my design concepts during 2017. I’d really love to plan a trip to Texas or Colorado. There is something that is pulling me there and I would love to see what all the hype is about. That’s one trip that I definitely want to plan for late summer or late fall. I will say it once and I will say it again, traveling is the best way to expand your style and design(s). I also have my eyes on Chicago for Neocon!
This year will already include a ton of traveling because I need to decide where I want to spend the next 4-6 years to finish my Interior Design/ Architecture degree and establish my designs. January through March will be spotted with quick trips to some of my favorite places across the East coast. I am excited for the chance to pick my new location. Wish me luck because I’m horrible at making timely decisions.
Equality Protest in downtown Knoxville, TN
One of my favorite cities, Greenville South Carolina
Viewing everything Asheville Historic Art District has to offer
High Point Furniture Market Fall 2017
The iconic Beverly Hilton rooftop
Traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway
3. HAVE A SELFISH YEAR.
Man, oh man. I can already tell you, 2018 is going to be busy. 2018 will be a year filled with: new branding, new jobs and projects, graduation and degree, healthier lifestyle, new school and enrollment, and most importantly, new opportunities. I didn’t realize just how fast two years of school goes by. The past two years while in Design school have been challenging and critical for my growth, especially 2017. I started my last semester of Design school last Monday and I have to say, its already going by super fast. This Spring 2018 semester, I am employed at two internships which include Showroom Design at Asian Loft in High Point Market Square Suites (come see me at Spring 2018 High Point Furniture Market y’all!) along with commercial furniture and interior design at Carolina Furnishing and Designs. They are wonderful networking opportunities that I am excited to be apart of. As the days grow shorter, I am closer to graduating and moving forward with my degree. I will be enrolling at a new university (Applications are being filled out and submitted to my top University choices. Wonder where I’ll end up?) and complete my degree. Reflecting back on the last year, I never saw myself where I am now. I have gained so much knowledge, independence, recognition, and strength. I am rolling with the punches and smiling at whatever life may throw at me in 2018 versus 2017. Words can’t express how impatient I am to continue my education at a fresh, new school with inspiring inspirations surrounding me! 2018 will be my selfish year. Focusing solely on myself, for myself. A year dedicated to personal growth. How to be the best daughter, friend, designer, sister, employee, student, fur-mama, and companion all in one. When I can support myself and be kind to myself, I notice a world of difference. It’s easier to make decisions, to listen to that inner voice inside, and to create the life that I want. In the end, you really only have yourself to lean on, so why not be a cheerleader instead of a critic? So, I promise in 2018 to make an effort to improve my compassion for myself.
Things that I plan on implementing more in 2018 that will help me reach these goals: listening to more podcast, more gym time (preferably yoga), no more weekend work, more time with friends and family, and more walks with my goldendoodle.
The best designers I know…and friends
More yoga plz!!!!!
My golden doodle, Paisley.
Heres to more walks, DOOD!
I can honestly say that after two years of design I am loving it more than ever … maybe even a lot more than ever. I believe that the secret to our staying power is continuing to change and evolve each year while following our passion and goals.
Make sure to follow your passion this New Year.
Until Next Time,
Maelee Arnold Designs
Interior Design Student