I am not a big fan of looking back, unless it is to measure growth. Sometimes looking back can be disappointing, for example when you realize you didn’t honor the resolutions you declared the year before. I have a new way of thinking about those unconquered resolutions though. If I didn’t get those done, it was probably because something better came along, so I chose the better options. My list for this past year was pretty lofty. Do you remember it? Where you a reader then? If not, click here
for the post of my resolutions for 2012.
Why do we make resolutions?
RESOLUTIONS ARE MADE TO GIVE US A ROADMAP!
I am going to move some of those unfinished resolutions from last year to this years list, because I still deem them worthy, but you will have to wait til New Year’s to see which ones!
This past year was a wonderful year for Lisa Mende Design. I hope you won’t mind a little retrospective journey through 2012. Since this was my first year back to work since taking time off after my son’s death, I really didn’t know what to expect. Not only had I changed but the face of business has changed, since I left my practice in 2009. Gone were the days of client’s with unlimited budgets and jobs galore. The dip in the economy forced several of my suppliers and resources out of jobs. Clients were clinging a little more tightly to their pocketbooks. Social Media has taken over by storm. Now lots of people think they can look at Pinterest and figure out how to decorate. (actually it has really helped make things easier for the DIY-er) I recognized that I would have to basically start over with my practice. My old way of doing things would have to change. I would not only have to be smarter about my business but I would also have to work harder for my business to thrive and grow.
STARTING OVER = NEW BEGINNINGS
I decided to look at it as a new chapter, instead of a struggle to rebuild. I even changed the name of my business. Since 1998, I had operated as Faraby House Design but in 2009 when I started my blog, I decided to change the business to my own name. It was simpler. Still there were issues with pronunciation but at least it was my name. Faraby was my great grandmother’s name. I had always wanted to name a girl that name but since I wasn’t able to use it for a child, I chose to name my business that name. I was always trying to spell it or pronounce it for someone, so when I started over, it seemed a good time to change the name. Now people try to call me “Men dez” or put the ~ over the e but it’s really just plain “Mende” folks. I use to say, “like Mork and Mindy” but that was so long ago, no one remembers them now, so I just get blank stares if I say that.
Enough of the history onto more current affairs…..
Here’s what happened at Lisa Mende Design in 2012!!!
February – Fabulous new clients, I feel so blessed!!!
March – I was added to the Master Designer Blogroll by Darlene