Every night this new year I have finished off my day with a cup of tea. It is one of those simple pleasures in life: a quite moment in which to review your day and thoughts and take the time to reflect.  In 2012 make it about the passion from within. Find enjoyment in little things that bring peace and happiness to your soul. Free your mind to explore and build for the future.

As I look back on 2011 the year was one of exploration, passion, expansion and discovery. I tuned out the noise and taught myself to feel rather than just think. In doing so I looked inside myself, my brand, the experience and defined its very personal and real voice.

Through the journey of creating a brand, I developed relationships, which speak a language of luxury, value, and service to a specific sense of a woman. The discipline of the bridal category in fashion is dependent on the human spirit and the traditions, culture, style, passion, and individuality, which define the look of this special woman. The success of this journey represents an experience of a right of passage coming full circle.

Humans create iconic movements in the world. Without special significant individuals cannot continue to create the innovations which marry science and art. When the world loses a human spirit we morn. The passing of Steve Jobs moved me this past year; he is a talent the world will recognize through time as a great innovator. The MET honored an incredible artist Alexander McQueen. The archival exhibit showcased the talents of an individual we lost too soon in the world of the arts. The passing of my grandfather was more of a personal understanding of life and death. Through 2011 I found myself reflecting on people who have passed. Their relevance in the world teaches others invaluable principles and ideals. In understanding the defining qualities of all great men through time one finds the belief that anything is possible through hard work, determination, vision, and a will to survive.

I feel that a powerful understanding of the ability to listen to your inner voice is a message Steve Jobs & McQueen exhibited in their contributions to the world: one as a scientist and the other as an artist. My grandfather as a common man shared with me when I was a young girl a similar notion that a voice in the back of your head will guide you down the right path! Successful individuals at all levels have common ideas through time. We must look up to talented individuals and be humbled in our thoughts and movements.

Steve jobs said it best in the Stanford  commencement speech:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

This year, 2012, listen to the voice inside your head. Keep the rocks of the foundation of your life; let the sand fall where it may and keep your eye on the ball. Expect a lot from yourself and others. Make each day better than the last! We all have hopes and dreams, make them a reality. Write your new book and make it a best seller!!

I leave you with a most impressionable statement from the late Alexander McQueen, “There is no way back for me now. I am going to take you on journeys you’ve never dreamed were possible….”

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