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new year resolutions

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! I have spent the past couple of days reflecting on the past year, looking at what I managed to achieve and what my goals are for the coming year. Many years ago I realised that, for me, new year resolutions didn’t quite work. I keep working at stuff all year round. I was inspired in the past few days to see so many people write and blog their own versions of what works for them. I have now found a system that works better for me and keep refining it. Personally, I have had a very good year with many achievements and am particularly proud of creating the colourliving website and, recently, this blog (which is about to take off). I find that looking at all the things we have achieved is a much better way of feeling confident and positive. It enables us to look at the coming year with hope and gusto, instead of beating ourselves up for the things we didn’t quite get to do.

How was your year? Are you thinking about some goals for 2012? Here are a couple of people who have developed some interesting ways of saying good bye to the old year and embracing the new one. Holly Becker, at Decor8, has a yearly end of year ritual that is fascinating and will uplift anyone. Chris Guillebeau, at the art of non-conformity, has a much more in-depth way of an annual review. I hope you find some of this inspiring and might start your own review.

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  • Reply Igor January 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Hapoy new year, Tina! I am starting the new year without an actual list of resolutions. I think it’s most important to stay healthy and happy above all, then success will roll in by itself. Ok, one little resolution I have in mind: to improve my French this year:-)

  • Reply Annabel January 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Happy New Year Tina! Can’t waitrose your blog takeoff, very exciting.
    Today is one of my favourite days of the year, all about making lists, writing down goals and eek looking areducing credit card bill and resolving to cut it up!
    hope this year brings you everything you wish for x

  • Reply Beth Skillman January 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Happy New Year Tina! I am a huge fan of Chris Guillebeau as well. I love the idea of listing the accomplishments of the previous year – I did that after I read Holly’s post and it made me feel really good. With that said, I think my big resolution for 2012 is to focus on the positive. There is always something to be grateful for, it’s just about where we want to focus our energy! x, Beth

    • Reply tina January 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you folks. Yes, committing to regular blogging. Not so scared now that I have completed BYW and can’t wait for BYW2.0

      Whatever/whichever, hope your 2012 is all you want it to be. Here’s to blogging…. Igor, we must meet you. Either you come to London (favourite) or we’ll get the girls parade out to Munich:)

  • Reply Chi @ Carousel January 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Happy New Year, Tina – you echo my sentiments on the subject exactly!!! 😀

    I’ve never been one for resolutions either. I consider myself to be a work in progress and on a lifelong quest to improve and grow.

    • Reply tina January 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Happy New Year to you too:) I hope you had a nice break with your family. I share the sentiment of a lifelong quest to improve and grow.. So glad we met! See you at the end of the month x

  • Reply Ursula (room to bloom) January 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Tina – so funny we blogged about Holly’s ‘end of year ritual’ at the same time! So simple, why didn’t I ever think about it this way before? Really looking forward to seeing you again at the end of January and compare notes on the great blogging adventure we’ve embarked on : )

    • Reply tina January 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Yes, regular blogging, here we come. Hope you had a nice time in Holland. See you at the end of the month x

  • Reply Marianne @NordicBliss January 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hi Tina
    Thank you for the comment on my blog. I think you are soo right – I DOOO miss my husband a lot! (I also think it is partly the downside of blogging about interiors… you can’t help but being both inspired and a little bit jealous and wanting to do a total make over hehe)

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