As 2015 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months. This past year has been quite the busy one, and it seemed to go by in a flash. I had so many incredible opportunities and dreams come to life in 2015, and I’ve been spending some time thinking about all of the lessons that I learned. Not only are we starting a brand new year in just a couple days, but 2016 is also the year that I’ll be leaving my 20’s behind.
With that said, here are five of the most important lessons I learned in 2015…
Patience Pays Off
I have had a few projects this last year that I worked on for months and months. I’m not going to lie, when you’re so excited about something that you’ve designed or created, it’s hard to wait the many months for the world to see it. With my LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection, the Kohl’s design team and I started designing the line in the beginning of the year… And we had to wait until September to debut the looks at New York Fashion Week. But let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. Showing a collection at NYFW has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and watching my designs walk down the runway in September was a very special moment for me. While I wanted everyone to see the collection the moment it was designed, patience paid off when all of you got to see each piece go down that runway.
Compromise is Key
This year William and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout our year plus of marriage, it’s that compromising is crucial. I’ve also learned how much I love being married, and how lucky I am to have found my husband. But there are some things you have to concede when it’s not just about you anymore. And this doesn’t just apply to marriage either. I compromise on a daily basis whether it’s in my relationships with friends and family or in my businesses. Being open-minded and willing to work with someone to make sure you are both happy is a great quality in any kind of partner.
Collaborate, Don’t Compete
I’ve been learning this one over the last few years, but it’s become very clear to me as of 2015. With all of my businesses, I am of the mindset that there is room for everyone. I love to collaborate with likeminded companies, brands, and people. I feel that you can create amazing results, and build long lasting friendships this way. With The Little Market, our entire business is built on collaboration: We partner with artisan groups around the world to sell their handmade goods so that they can support their families. On LaurenConrad.com, we partner with our favorite bloggers, bakers, caterers, and brands to create beautiful, original content for all of you. Not to mention The Holiday Gift Shop, where Paper Crown and The Little Market partnered with Gray Malin, Ariel Gordon Jewelry, Ilia Beauty, and Sugar Paper to create the ultimate holiday pop up shop. Not only have I gained many new friends through these collaborations, but I’ve also learned that there’s enough room for all of us to succeed… And supporting one another is the best way to make that happen.
Who You Surround Yourself with Matters
I feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by the people I have in my life. From my family to my friends to my team, I have found people that I love and trust. And when you surround yourself with people who support you and are positive influences, it makes all the difference. I have the privilege to work with some of my very best friends, which doesn’t make it feel like work at all. I encourage all of you to take stock in who really matters to you, who supports you no matter what, and who makes you happy. Show those people how much they mean to you, and spend as much time with them as you can. Life is too short to settle for anything less.
Giving Back is Everything
I have been incredibly fortunate in my life, and for that I am very grateful. I’m also aware that there are many, many people who need a helping hand. And there’s nothing that makes me happier than being able to give back. Whether it’s the women we work with through The Little Market, crafting with the kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, or making lunch for the ladies at the Downtown Women’s Shelter, lending a hand is a priority of mine. It truly brings me so much happiness to help those in need.
Now I would love to hear from you…
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in 2015?
Also, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you who comes to LaurenConrad.com and reads our blog posts. I feel really lucky for the community we’ve built here, and love getting to chat with all of you everyday. You’re the best!