Happy 2018! It’s been a few weeks (okay, more than a few) since I have written a blog post. It would be a perfectly reasonable excuse if I told I you I was working like a mad woman completing multiple client installations before the holidays and was simply too busy. The truth is, just the opposite happened. The timing this year worked out so that all my installations happened just before Thanksgiving and my other projects are in the quiet phase while we wait for furniture and draperies to arrive later this month. So between Thanksgiving and New Years I had very little active client work.
I could have used the down time to write a series of blog posts for the pipe line or to work on a business plan for 2018 but instead, I did almost nothing work related. What I did do was drop out and reboot. I went to art museums, I connected with friends I haven’t seen in years, I cleaned the apartment from top to bottom and I reflected quite a bit on 2017. Being raised with the Yankee mind set that if you aren’t being productive you are being lazy, I did have more than one moment of guilt that I wasn’t “working”. In hind site, it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I feel re-energized and excited about heading into 2018.
I didn’t realize at the time how much I needed to step back and reboot. Our 2017 downsizing was all consuming yet I continued to push forward with daily life and work. It was only when I finally had some quiet time that the enormity of what we did finally hit me. Our previous life as we had known it was forever changed. We are now renters in a small apartment and so many “things” I once collected and loved are now gone. Even though we have more to get rid of, the big decluttering is behind us. Obviously there are pluses and minuses but overall we have no regrets about our decision. I’m feeling more free and in control of my life than ever before.
Going into 2018 I have a clear goal of what I want to accomplish in my personal life and my business life. Maybe rebooting is what it’s all about. How often do any of us really take the time to just drop out? A day or two is more than enough for some but for me it took a full month. I thought it would be difficult to step back into the game once the holidays were over but it isn’t. I’m ready to hit the ground running. I know it’s not feasible for everyone to do what I did and had I not been quiet work wise I would never have done it but rebooting is just what I needed.
My announcement: One of my business goals for 2017 was to get a new website. Between the downsizing, the move and a busy year with clients I wasn’t 100% certain it would happen. Thanks to my amazing web designer Eileen Lonergan, my new website went live just under the 2017 wire. If you read this blog then you know my passion is both design and photography so I felt that my new website warranted a business name change. Linda Holt Interiors is now Linda Holt Creative. For the first time I have a website that reflects my decorating work as well as my back ground as a professional photographer. Obviously I continue to offer design/decorating packages and services but now I am also offering iPhone photography training/coaching for anyone who wants to take their cell phone images to the next level. Over the past couple of years I have received multiple requests to sell some of my photography so I have a small selection now available for purchase and will be adding to it over the coming months.
Next week I will be in Orlando at the yearly Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). As always I will be focused on hunting out the latest in color, products and overall kitchen and bath trends. I hope you’ll follow along with me on IG where I will posting live all my best finds @lindaholtcreative
Lastly, I would love for you to take a minute and check it out my new website and let me know what you think. www.lindaholtcreative.com.