1. Are you happy at the moment?
I am happy. Happy that I’m currently in the “sweet spot” of childhood with my daughter, happy to be married to my husband for 19 years, and happy that I have the luxury of running my own business.
2. If you could go back and say anything to your 16 self now, what would it be?
There’s no sense in worrying about the future because, good or bad, it NEVER looks like you imagine it will.
3. What’s the most important thing you learned this year?
I learned that, if I take care of myself first, I am a much better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
4. What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Continue growing my business so that my family can travel more often!
5. What’s your secret to happiness?
Living in the moment. The past no longer exists and the future is unknowable. It’s best to stay focused on the here and now and enjoy it.
6. What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Every morning, I take time to meditate and then write in my journal. It helps me start the day calm and relaxed.
7. What’s your biggest regret?
I suppose it was in high school when I gave up on my plans to be a fashion designer. My art teacher told me I had no talent and I believed her. It took me 20 years to reconnect with my creativity.
8. What’s the most important lesson you have taught your child?
As the mother of a young girl I am trying to teach my daughter how to manage her time and balance her many roles as a woman.
9. What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to get over my love of cheese. My hips would also like me to get over it too.
10. Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud that I was able to successfully switch careers mid-life. I went from being a business consultant to a professional craft designer and that took a lot of guts.
11. When were you the happiest?
When I was in my early 30s. I was healthy, had no money worries, and traveled the world. I had the world on a string.
12. What ten words best describe you?
Calm, organized, focused, smart, funny, loving, methodical, creative, entertaining, intense.
Laura Bray is a writer and professional craft designer. She lives in Southern California with her physicist husband, their ten year old daughter, and a hamster named Lemony Snickett. She shares her creative tips for crafting, cooking, and business on her blog at Laura Bray Designs. Find her on Facebook too!