In the 2008 Disney film Wall-E, people stopped thinking for themselves and relied on technology for everything. Nine years later, I’m startled and maybe a little scared to see how much society is mimicking the movie. Everywhere you look someone is selling something you need to be the best. Thanks to this high paced tech world, 24/7 you’re being told what to do, what to buy, and who you should be. Life has become about expectations that we can’t live up to or keep. As a result we are more unhappy than ever. I challenge you to make only one “resolution” this January; Become a you that YOU are happy with. No one else can make you happy.
This is about you taking back charge. As cliché as it is, you get but one life, why would you let someone else tell you what makes you happy. It's about you making small changes that make a difference to you. I promise you that over time those changes will add up and begin to impact you and those around you in great ways. You may not be able to change things like your flight being canceled because of the storm, but there are so many things that are at your command. Choose to be happy.
So what does all of this have to do with design? First, on a personal note, I love what I do. I made a choice to have a career doing something that makes me happy. I get to solve problems that improve people’s lives. I get to take forgotten spaces and bring them new life and purpose. I get to make people smile. Second, the design world has come alive. Sure, there are still trends, but I have never seen such a celebration for personal style. People’s spaces reflect them like never before. What does that mean for you? It means your home can truly be your haven. When you arrive home and open the door, that unconscious feeling of security welcomes you. Your oasis. Maybe your home is one of the areas that doesn’t make you happy. Like every aspect of your life, you have the power to change that. Over the course of 2017 I’ll be sharing “Did You Know” tips on Facebook, and monthly discussions about solutions for your home. Like a pebble tossed in the lake, the ripples of change are never ending.
Best YOU in the New Year,