Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year in Review

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2010 has been one of the best years of my life. It's one of those years that really defines who you are and who you may become. I've grown so much in these 365 days. In the beginning of the year I moved in with my boyfriend. I was nervous that it would be a difficult transition, but to my surprise it was natural and exciting. It's helped me grow even closer to him. I also started working harder on my blog. I decided to challenge myself to post everyday and expanded my topics to anything I feel passionate about. It's made me enjoy writing more and increased the diversity of my audience. I was fortunate to be featured on wonderful blogs and websites and work with amazing brands and people. 

Of course I faced some rough times as I do every year, but as cliche as it sounds, they only made me stronger and have helped me in discovering who I am. I know more about what I want than ever before and it feels good. I don't even have resolutions for next year--just goals that I'm already hard at work on.

One phrase that has been on repeat in my head these last few months is, "I don't want fame, I want fulfillment". I think many bloggers (or anyone for that matter) can get swept up by the idea of fame and recognition. I've found that I don't care as much about that as I care about the continuing progress towards fulfillment and happiness. Luckily, I'm on my way.

Happy New Year!

55 comments:

Sweet Susy said...

This year has been good for me too! Many ups and downs like no other year but we all have to be optimistic in life! =) Have a Happy New Year! Please check out my blog too! <3

Robbie said...

Happy new year Taylor, I hope 2011 is filled with more of life's sweet pleasures and your blog goes from strength to strength. I have really enjoyed reading it over the past year.
xxx

theothersideofthepondmydear

herwaisechoice said...

Such a lovely post. I'm glad it was such a fulfilling year for you, Taylor. It's very inspiring how much you've accomplished and your outlook on blogging is refreshing and in my opinion as well,the right way to go about it.

Kudos to you and Happy New Year!
Jen

Kristina said...

wow, sounds great! You and your boyfriend are so cute - i wish yu bith just the best for 2011 and I'm looking forward to your posts! I love them :)

Kristina

Sherin said...

2010 has seriously been amazing!! And it does look like you've had a great year as well.
Hope you have a fantastic 2011 as well.

Soooali said...

That's so sweet, all the best for 2011 x

Katie said...

Happy New Year!

Bog-Bog said...

Lovely photos! Happy new year!

Raji said...

This is a great post, gorgeous photos
Happy New Year, wish you the best for 2011

Emy said...

Such a lovely post!! This year has brought you many wonderful things and I cannot wait to see/hear what the new year is going to bring you. I moved in with my boyfriend this year as well, its been going great. I really love your blog Taylor!! I like how versatile you are, and the new cooking doesnt't hurt either. You also got me super interested in Crossfit but unfortunately it's not very known in Holland yet. I hope you have a wonderful NYE and I wish you all the best!
Xx
Emy

http://sweetpromises.tumblr.com

Helena from BrooklynBlonde said...

Love the "I don't want fame, I want fulfillment" quote! So true when it comes to life. You seem like such a great person and your blog is an example of that. Hope you have a wonderful New year!

xx,
Helena

Pretty Shiny Sparkly said...

I love the mantra of fulfillment not fame! Very heartwarming.

Carly said...

I found your blog through a feature in a magazine (dunno which one now??) and have been hooked ever since. You are one of my daily reads and I really enjoy the fresh, fun and upbeat vibe you bring to your posts. Some fashion blogs are so serious and intimidating.
I started my little blog in March of 2010...as I near my year anniversary I am really proud of my work and that I have readers and followers who really "get me" and value my style and fashion advice. Fame with THEM is all I need to feel successful.
Best to you...looking forward to reading in 2011:)
C

Elle Sees said...

i'm so glad this year has been better for you! i hope 2011 is even better.

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE this post. It sounds and looks like you had a pretty awesome year, I did too :D
Happy New Year :)
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Love, Life, Lace said...

This was so sweet!! Happy New Year!

xoxo

www.lovelifelace.com

J'Anns Boutique said...

Great post, loved the quote. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

http://jannsboutique.blogspot.com/

ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

Happy New Year & I wish you nothing but continued succes! I find you to be such an inspiring person, keep being you doll!

XoXO-Kelli K
http://thefashionworshiper.blogspot.com

Taylor Sterling said...

Thank you all! Because of all of you I work harder and harder. You all make my day! Thank you!

Taylor

Taylor Marie said...

I love the fulfillment versus fame mantra, I know I started blogging because I want to fulfill my goal of having a way to express my creativity and a community to share it with. Happy New Year! :)

http://bowsandbrownies.blogspot.com/

Style_Pursuit said...

Happy New Year to you!!!!
2010 wasn't really the best year of my life, but I'm willing to work hard in 2011 in order to make everything better... :o)

xoxo

Miyan said...

happy new year! can't wait for another year of your blog, glad i discovered it, you really have been an inspiration. in fashion and in cooking and definetly blogging. thanks :)

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Kristyn Burtt said...

Happy New Year! Congrats on all of your success both personal and professional!
KB
http://redcarpetcloset.blogspot.com/

Nicole Marie said...

loved following your adventures this year and getting to know your through blog world! you inspire me to be healthier!

RocquelleIsLovely said...

Looks like, you've had an awesome 2010! This is such an adorable post; I love it!! May 2011 have many more great things in store for you, your loved ones, and this lovely blog!

sarah j. said...

This is the cutest little post ever :) nice to see the year in review! Best of luck to you in the new year, taylor, and happy new years!!

DiamondsandTulle said...

What a beautiful post Taylor, from a beautiful blogger (inside and out). May 2011 bring you all that you've loved from 2010 and more! Happy New Year Taylor!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Dancing Branflake said...

You had such an awesome year! And I love that you do this as something to fulfill your dreams rather than to get famous. It reflects in your writing and posting how genuine you are.

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Lovely blog, lovely girl. So glad your year was a success and I hope it continues for you in 2011!

Molly & Sally said...

What a fabulous year you have had! We wish you all the best in the year 2011! We love tracking your blog and cannot wait for what is to come in the upcoming year.

Have a wonderful new years eve tonight!

xoxo

Saucy Glossie said...

Hope you have a wonderful New Years!! You were in my dream last night randomly!! Maybe it is a sign that we finally need to meet!
<3
xo
L

Marcie said...

Beautifully said!

Marcie

Erika of Style Activist said...

Looks amazing! Such a lovely year. Wishing you an even better one in 2011 :)

XOXO,
Erika
www.styleactivist.com

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Happy New Year!! All the best in 2011!xx

yiqin; said...

all the best in the new year :)

Katy said...

LOTS of exciting stuff in 2010 -- but I'm sure 2011 will be even better! And completely agree, fulfillment and happiness beat fame and recognition in a heartbeat.

Amanda Teal said...

Wow! Looks like you have had an amazing year! looking forward to meeting you next Friday at drinks. Happy New Year!

Bre said...

Well said! I love this year review in pictures. Here's to an even better new year!

Taylor Sterling said...

Thanks everyone! I'm wishing you all an amazing 2011! I have good feelings about it!

Saucy Glossie- Too funny!! That must mean something! I hope we do get to meet!

Amanda- Looking forward to meeting you next week too!

Peaches said...

Happy New Year Taylor! I hope the new year brings you love, happiness, and success! I love reading your blog, I especially love your posts on interior design!

Love Anacristina from Peachy Keen

Heidi said...

Happy new year! May you have a wonderful one! :)

The Pantry Drawer said...

Happy New Year! and congratulations on all of your successes! it's well deserved :)

www.ThePantryDrawer.com

Mary said...

Wonderful post! Here's to a fab 2011!! xx

Kinsey Michaels said...

wishing you the most fabulous, transforming 2011, taylor!
i can really see through the 'work ethic' you put in to your blog, and i can definitely relate to it. i hope sterling style brings you tons & tons of success over the next year, so that you don't have to go back to the corporate world! and i hope someday we can meet, too!

Taylor Sterling said...

Thank you!

Kinsey- Thank you love! I hope so too!

Live It Orange said...

Have a fabulous and groovy new year Tay!

Sam

Caroline said...

I love this post! And, I must say that the one thing I love about your blog is that you are so grounded. I have thoroughly enjoyed following your blog, loved your inspiring posts and your zest for life is contagious. Cheers to a great year!!! And, that new dress is so colorful ... swoon. Much love! Bisous!

Caroline said...

I love this post! And, I must say that the one thing I love about your blog is that you are so grounded. I have thoroughly enjoyed following your blog, loved your inspiring posts and your zest for life is contagious. Cheers to a great year!!! And, that new dress is so colorful ... swoon. Much love! Bisous!

Lauren said...

I agree with Kinsey. Your blog is definitely the most relatable and your work ethic shines through. Although I love and am addicted to fashion blogs, yours expands into other areas of a lifestyle, and I really love to read it! I've only been blogging a year now, and my blog is still in very early stages, but reading yours is a great inspiration. Have a great 2011, and I hope you accomplish every goal you have set for yourself!

ladies ski jacket said...

WOW! You accomplished SO much this year. Here's to hoping 2011 is just as good to you.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Oh what a year!!!! LOVE YOU!!!! :D
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Caroline said...

So glad you had such a successful year. I loved 2010, can't wait for 2011!

Taylor Sterling said...

Thank you all so much! Your sweet words make me want to work even harder!

Josie said...

Love this post, Taylor! You've had a huge year, clearly, and should be so proud of all that you've accomplished. Here's to even more in 2011!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

eatsleepwear said...

Your photos and you are so full of life. Im so happy to have found you through blogging and of course I can't wait to see where 2011 brings us!! WE ARE MEETING THIS YEAR! I know it ;) xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

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