2018 was an epic year. Looking back, I was on a treadmill the entire year with no break. I wouldn’t have had it any other way though. I worked with the BEST clients, and had so many fabulous opportunities. I started out the year attending the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando, followed by the Design Bloggers Conference in LA. A few weeks later I was back in LA as an attendee on the #designhounds Dwell on Design tour. Next up was the Spring One Room Challenge at the Boston Design Center and April High Point Market. The Summer was spent packing and moving into our new condo. In September we emptied out our storage unit. October ramped up with a second One Room Challenge, then participation with my good friends Kim Macumber and Michelle Cortizo in the Boston fund raiser Heading Home to Dinner. Then there was the Fall High Point Market Design Bloggers tour and then the year wrapped up with the discovery of black mold on our new basement carpet. PHEW…what a year!

After a much needed break, I am stepping into 2019 with open arms. I feel ready for whatever opportunities, twists and turns life deals me. It seems the older I get the more I am able to roll with the punches. This trait is so very opposite of how I was in my younger years, where the slightest change in routine or plans would send me into a tizzy.

The good news is that the basement mold is gone and the new floor is almost installed. After much thought, we chose a luxury vinyl plank floor called Coretec .I chose a wide 8″ plank. My husband has been installing it and has found it time consuming but fairly easy. It’s a click and lock floating floor and 100% water proof. This new floor can endure being underwater and will not expand, warp or mold.. Let’s hope we never have to test that claim. Here is what it looks like partially installed. Once it’s finished and I get things back in place I will post more photos.

Luxury Vinyl plank flooring

It’s only early January but 2019 is the year I will look back on as the year I stepped out of my comfort zone. Not only stepping out but jumping off the cliff. You see I have been asked to be a presenter at the Design Influencers Conference (previously known as the Design Bloggers Conference).

promo for Design Influencers Conference 2019

created by Leslie Carothers

You might not think this is a big deal, but for me it is, and here’s why. Although you might not guess it, I was painfully shy as a child. I was a huge worrier and lived with a lot of anxiety. Speaking in front of people though was so frightening to me, that I would become faint and nauseous if I was ever called on by a teacher.

As absolutely ludicrous as this sounds now, I actually had a doctors note that I would give to my teacher on the first day of school “excusing me” from being called on and having to speak in front of the class. So it’s downright shocking that I said yes to speaking at the Design Influencers Conference. My ten year old self would have stepped in front of a moving train before doing such a thing. The thing is, I am actually EXCITED! I will be giving a presentation on iphone editing and although I might get up on stage and just drop dead from fear, I feel confident I’ll get through it.

I don’t know why or how I have become so brave.When I first received the invite, my brain screamed “noooo” but my mouth said “yes, I’d love to”!  Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s making it through cancer treatments. It also could be that I finally have developed enough self confidence that I think I have something valuable to share. What ever it is, I’m pushing past my fear and standing in-front of a room full of people and sharing my knowledge of photo editing.

Wish me luck! Oh and if you will be in the audience please cut me some slack if I faint or throw up on myself.

Happy 2019 to you all!







Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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