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Looking Back Upon Looking Forward

1 year ago by

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I feel like it’s all anyone has been saying this past week, so I hate to be the 1,000th person you’ve heard it from, but SERIOUSLY…HOW IS IT ALREADY 2019??

This year has FLOWN by. It’s been a busy one at the Atelier. We’ve grown our team, met new friends, and worked on a whole array of new projects!

That’s why it was so lovely when we got to take a moment this week to come together and celebrate! The team enjoyed a festive and delicious dinner at Augustine (a super chic French restaurant in downtown Manhattan). We went around the table, toasting to what a year it’s been and why we’re so excited for the next one!

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We’ve traveled from New York to Los Angeles, from Montauk to Monaco, from Texas to London, from Italy to the Chilean desert

Emily got married! Garance’s house renovation is underway! Veronica broke all her bones and then recovered! Mary tried Shake Shack for the first time!

We’ve talked about our values (community, humor, style!), our relationships, our ideas of nourishment, and our homes!

We’ve re-launched the podcast. We’ve partnered with philanthropic causes. And we’ve engaged in exciting dialogues with readers across the world!

Looking Back Upon Looking Forward

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So, yes, it has been a big year. But, what I can’t stop thinking about is something Garance wrote in her “Happy New Year!” post from this time last year. She wrote, “Falling in love with our lives is what I wish for us in 2018.”

And I’ve found myself coming back to this because I’m finding such comfort and beauty in the hopefulness of her message. Because, in a way, “falling in love with our lives” doesn’t have to mean a huge life change, a process that occurs by a set date, or the excitement of having a fabulous year. It’s a continuous project, forever ongoing, that we can tweak, adjust, and grapple with at every turn! And what is so exciting about realizing that this process is never-ending is that each new year, or even each new day, presents an opportunity for us to inch closer to the possibility of it. So, whether you’ve made a big move this year (like me!), re-committed yourself to a hobby, or even just created more time for yourself and the things that make you happy, I hope you’ve been able to take one small step towards a life that you love.

Looking Back Upon Looking Forward
Looking Back Upon Looking Forward

So on that note, we’re going to be taking a break from the site until the new year. We believe the holidays should be spent laughing with loved ones, taking a break from our phones, and reveling in the “magic” of the season. It’ll be the perfect interlude as we plan to start 2019 off with some self-reflection and self-discovery.

Wishing you a happy holidays, a happy new year, and lots of love and warm hugs for 2019. See ya in the new year!

xo,
The Atelier

Looking Back Upon Looking Forward

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