Its almost unbelievable that the year is drawing to a close - wasn't it just January 1st yesterday? As each year goes by it seems as if they go by faster, and time is marching on regardless of whether we want it to or not. Recently, during a discussion with someone at a Christmas Gala at Lougheed House (more on that in a minute), we fell into a discussion about how fleeting time is, and the challenges it presents about how we spend our time and who we spend it with, while juggling work and personal priorities which are so often conflicting. We often don't seem to have time to invest in building the important relationships that we need in our personal and business lives.
So this post has nothing to do with design. I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate some people in my life and work community that have influenced who I am today and the importance of them in my life and business. After all, at this time of year, its a perfect time to reflect, reconnect and be thankful.
With the down-economy hanging around like a houseguest who can't take the hint that its time to leave, and with other personal/professional challenges that we all deal with in some form or other, taking the time to be thankful is easily overlooked and yet is such a powerful tool to lift us up so we can take a top-down-view of the bigger picture.
Some of the most important people on my thank-you list are my family. They deserve a huge round of applause for their support to me and my business. Without them, I literally would not be able to function; they provide so much in the way of practical help and support quite literally every day. They are like the pit-stop team that helps get the car ready for the next lap around the track.
They provide everything from home-made meals, to muscle moving our office, to handyman painting services and simply someone to talk with who knows me well enough to challenge me, and some have provided a valued extra pair of hands at showhome installations.
Another source for being thankful is the team of people I have around me in the office; Katy and Brittany have done some excellent work in this past year, and their support to keep project work progressing allows me to be more focused on the bigger picture of the business.
I look forward to the possibilities and opportunities that 2017 brings to all of us, and wish you well for the coming year! Warmly, Kevin
Kevin Gray is a residential interiors specialist, who has more than 20 years experience in the interior and architectural design industry.