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2013: A Year of “Ups”

Thirty-five days ago I wrote a post about the things I learned in 2012. Even though it was not the best year, I walked away from it having learned a lot about myself and about life. Acknowledging the strength and confidence I gained, I was looking forward to 2013 and all of the new opportunities and changes it might bring. I toasted to a year of “ups” rather than “downs,” a year of new experiences and dreams, and a year of constant learning and growing.

Here we are, a week into February 2013, and already those words are manifesting themselves faster than I ever thought possible! Changes are taking place in my life that I did not expect (they always say things happen when you least expect it, right?) and everything is happening all at once!

Wednesday, January 23rd my friend, who works at Random House, called me to let me know about an opening in Crown’s Cover Art Department. It was for a Studio Assistant position and she thought I would be a really great fit. She passed my resume on to Human Resources and later that afternoon I was scheduled for an interview. I went into the city on Monday, January 28th, met with several people to discuss the position, and left the interview feeling like “I want this!” It sounded like a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a publishing house and I was excited for all the new changes and new opportunities the position could bring. Everything worked out in my favor and I was offered and accepted the position Wednesday morning! I can’t say that it was the easiest decision to make because I really do enjoy my work at the gallery. I have learned a great deal about running a small business, I am surrounded by beautiful art everyday, I love interacting with the wonderful artists we represent, and I have a very easy commute. A job in New York would mean no more waking up at 8 am everyday and driving 10 minutes to work. If I accepted the position, it was going to come with a huge lifestyle change that I had to make sure I was comfortable with. Ultimately, I felt like I would regret it for the rest of my life if I turned this opportunity down. I am terrified to leave my comfort zone, but I am learning that the only things worth doing in life are the ones that scare you. So, I accepted a Studio Assistant position at Random House in Crown Publishing Group’s Cover Art Department and start February 19th! I am so passionate about books and am thrilled that I will be able to assist in the production of book covers. I believe this position is going to open up a world of new possibilities and I am so excited to be learning and trying something new. To top it all off, it is in New York, which is exactly where I have always wanted to be.

Since I accepted the offer last Wednesday, my entire life has changed. I’m not quite ready to share all of it with you, but stay tuned for more! All of the events that have taken place since I said “yes” are so serendipitous. Everything is falling into place so smoothly and without any effort on my part, that I truly believe it is a sign that I have made the right decision. I am still in shock as to how fast everything has happened and that my life is in a completely different place than it was only a week ago. 2013 is shaping up to be an awesome year, a year filled with all of those things I proclaimed on December 31, 2012 – a year of “ups” rather than “downs,” a year of new experiences and dreams, and a year of constant learning and growing!

Now that I got all of that off my chest, did I mention how excited I am to be working with books?! Reading is a huge part of my life and when I saw that some of the books that Crown publishes are either my favorite books or on my “to read” list, I went through the roof! Here’s a list of some to give you an idea:

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I’m so excited to start this next chapter in my life and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Thanks for reading!


12 Things I Learned in ’12

Here we are, the last day of 2012, and boy, am I glad to see this year end! It was not the best of years for me. I was handed a huge bag of sour lemons, but fortunately, I have learned to make sweet lemonade!

They say everything happens for a reason, right? When I was first hit with my curveball, I had a really hard time finding that reason. The situation was completely unfair to me, I did not do anything to deserve it, and I was left hurt, angry and, most of all, confused. However, as time marched on, I began to realize that it didn’t matter whether or not I deserved it and whether or not I thought it was fair. The fact was, it happened, I couldn’t change it (God knows I tried) and so, I had to deal with it. With this realization, came the understanding of what the reasons may be and one of the big reasons I discovered was that there are still a lot of things I have to learn about myself. If I wasn’t thrown this curveball, I never would have given myself the opportunity to do all of the growing, learning and maturing that I have been able to do over the past six months. And, I should tell you, this blog has played a huge part in my learning process and has helped me pick up and move on with my life by giving me a new sense of direction at a time when I was feeling lost. So thank you to all who read and support A Curiously Chic Life!

Most people start their new year with resolutions. I, however, feel as though I can’t begin a new year without acknowledging all of the things that I learned in 2012 because those things are going to shape my resolutions and New Year’s goals. So, here is my list of 12 things I learned in 2012…

  1. I am a much stronger person than I have ever given myself credit for.
  2. I am independent.
  3. I have a great deal of ambition.
  4. I have been blessed with many talents, some of which I’m still discovering.
  5. I have more courage and confidence than I have ever given myself credit for.
  6. I am finding it more and more important to continually create.
  7. I have a loving family who supports me no matter what and has helped shape the person I am today.
  8. I have an amazing group of friends that I am thankful for everyday, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today (I’d still be face down in the dirt, crying most likely… So thank you to all of my friends, for pulling me up, brushing me off, and walking with me down this unknown and exciting path!)
  9. It does not do to dwell on the past and the things you cannot control or change. It will only make things worse, not better.
  10. Everything happens for a reason and that reason is always because there is something so much better in store. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
  11. Ladies, you don’t need a man to make you happy. Find out who you are, what you want, do what makes you happy, and you will be even happier than you ever were with any man.
  12. Keep moving, no matter what. Even when you think you will forever have “down” days, keep moving, stay focused on you, and turn to the people who love you for support, because slowly the “ups” will begin to equal the “downs,” then the “ups” will outweigh the “downs,” and one day, you have only “ups.”

So, to 2013…May it be a year of “ups,” a year of new experiences and dreams, and a year of continual learning and growing! Happy New Year, everyone!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

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