At the start of each new year, I unwittingly set myself up for failure, with full gusto! But for 2011, I decided to pursue a slightly different route by promising myself to play more and stress less.

Cevisama takes place February 8-11, in Valencia, Spain.


At the start of each new year, I unwittingly set myself up for failure, with full gusto! There are the usual promises of losing weight, making the effort to spend more time with close friends and family members, various household upgrades/remodels, and so forth.

But for 2011, I decided to pursue a slightly different route by promising myself to play more and stress less. As a mother to two young boys, a wife, daughter-in-law, good friend and “sister” to many, I inevitably find myself in situations where I needn’t be - beleaguered by thoughts of not being “there” for anyone that needs me for whatever reason.

Days prior to leaving for an industry event (conference/trade show/exhibition), both work- and home-related items must be in order. Given the mobility of my work, the tools of my trade include a laptop and my phone, therefore, stressing over an incomplete project shouldn’t be a problem - realistically. The same applies to my home affairs where cooking and freezing food so the boys have a home-cooked meal in my absence borders on time-consuming madness (for some). Secretly, I know they would rather have an In-N-Out Burger and fries with dad rather than eating what I “planned” for them. And there lies the problem: planning. Too much planning on my part adds to my stress level, and to those around me. So now, I shall play, without guilt.

The first quarter of 2011 promises to be pleasantly busy as the editor of TILEwith Surfaces, Cevisama, Coverings and Revestir. Now, I’m used to the vigorous schedule of Surfaces and Coverings, but it will be my first time attending Cevisama, as part of theReign in Spainevent, no less. As part of a select group of four architects and designers, as well as several journalists, I’ll be traveling to the cities of Zaragoza, Teruel and Valencia to take in the sights of world-renowned Spanish architecture, immerse myself in the culture, savor the culinary temptations (tapas, jamón, paella) and of course, experience Cevisama. Therein lies my “play” time.

Along with fellow editors and bloggers, you can expect to read daily updates from me on this blog, as well as our Twitter accounts (@TileEditor, @TileMagazine) andTILE’sFacebookpage. Surprisingly, I consider all this as “play” too, but on a serious, informative level.

With that thought, I bid you goodbye, until we meet again.Adiós, hasta la próxima vez.