{at this moment: the year ahead}


Hi everyone! Did you all have a great New Year's eve/day? Well, we are now officially in 2013. Can you believe it? As I type this post, today marks the first day of 2013. The first day of a whole new year is always full of hope for what the next 365 days will bring. Similar to last year, I wanted to share a few things that I want to work on in the new year. I won't call them resolutions. I'll call them goals. First - follow me here this will all make sense - I wanted to tell you about a book I'm reading titled, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Reading this book, at this moment, turned out to be perfectly timed because, really, aren't all goals, more or less, a changing of habits?

"At its core,
The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work." In other words, if you want to be successful at reaching your goal(s), analyze and accordingly adjust your current habits.

Here's the best part: According to Duhigg, "For a habit to remain changed, people must believe change is possible. And most often, that belief only emerges with the help of a group." [!!!] So, my friends, group support is why I'm sharing my goals here today. Not comprehensive and in no particular order:


1. Blog: Step back and reevaluate blog direction, goals, and aspirations. 
What do I want this space to represent, what do I want to give, and what do I hope to receive?
2. Observe less. Do more. Create more.
3. Feel more grateful and count my blessings. 
4. Read more. (At least two books per month.)
5. Find a mentor / life coach. 
6. Go to one conference in 2013 (e.g., Alt Summit NYC, Campy Mighty...)
7. Become a contributor to another blog.
8. Make a coffee date with at least one like minded person per month.
9. Parlay all this craziness hard work (aka Blogging) into something I love to do and make a livelihood doing it.
10. Conceptualize and create two new blog series. 
11. Cultivate more collaborations and consider partnerships.
12. Get out of my comfort zone. Get uncomfortable. Engage, reach out, get real, dig deep, and BE vulnerable. 
(Read this book.)

 
There you have it. Will you consider sharing yours...Maybe just one? It would really help me and I would love to read them. Let the sharing and support begin!

ps~I predict this month of blogging will be a little unpredictable as I settle back into a groove after all the holiday hoopla and work on #1 above. I know you all more than understand, and that's why I heart you.


image: card by rifle paper co. c/o beach city lifestyle (thank you, teri!)

29 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. loveloveLOVE this list, Miss Theresa! Love it! It parallels nicely with what I've been thinking about my work (photography) and blog, and I love it when we're thinking along the same lines! I want a life coach too! Will you be mine? I should probably fly out once a month for coffee, right? ;) And I've been thinking of asking for some inspirational books, but you preempted me! I can NOT wait to see what you come up with!

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  2. I was looking forward to this post! Excellent goals, and I'm so excited to see how you manifest all of them. The book you're reading sounds really interesting; I was just saying to James that I'll work out EVERY day or never, but it never works that well to do it every other day. Habits! In that vein, I'm attempting to create a loose schedule for myself so that I can become more focused.

    The idea of a mentor or life coach is intriguing. I'll have to pick your brain about that one, since it's something that I've thought about in the past but never made a move on.

    And re: Alt NYC -- YES!

    xo

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  3. I think it's awesome you're really focusing on your blog direction this year. I have to sit down and think about where mine is going and why, and what I want it to lead to or supplement, because for me, it's not the end goal. The idea of a mentor is a great one (or mentors plural- I would like a few for my different goals!). Good luck with the planning- can't wait to see where you take all of this! xo

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  4. 1,2,5,6,7,9,10 - all say that you are going to work hard on your blogging.  hooray!  you have worked so hard and created a beautiful space.  i wish you all the best, and look forward to keeping up on your adventures!  happy new year, n

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  5. ps.  my goal is to keep working on my work/family life balance.  enjoy my children and honey.  you understand.  x o

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  6. These are some pretty awesome goals!! 

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  7. Great post and excellent goals! I did a post about my goals for this year today as well. Main goal is to enjoy life more and I also set some smaller goals for myself. I have a list of four goals for the blog and for around our house because this year I wanted something I can accomplish and not feel like a total looser because I set the bar too high. I wish you lots of success on your journey through 2013! If you come to NYC for Alt Summit maybe we can plan a little East Coast blogging meet up. Have a nice weekend Theresa!

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  8. hehya, no. 2 really resonates with me... i spend so much time reading other blogs, magazines, watching design shows, blah blah blah... that i don't leave myself a lot of time to actually create my own magic... for me that is what 2013 will be more about... putting away the laptop, cutting back on analysing what everyone else is doing & start actually doing more myself! i often write my blog in the afternoon or evening having already devoured everyone else's thoughts & feelings & plans & accomplishments... no more... going forward, my blog, my thoughts, my plans & dreams & actions will take priority! i really like the rest of your goals too... they are realistic, at times confronting but ultimately will be hugely rewarding! :)

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  9. Those are pretty fantastic resolutions - I particularly like the one about finding a mentor and coach.  Happy 2013 to ya!

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  10. Observe less. Do more. Create more.  That's me all the way.  Like sue said I spend more time reading and absorbing others thoughts that I always see to come last.  I'll be changing that this year...  Another goal of mine is to gain more exposure for my shop.  Still figuring out how to put it all together but I'm sure I can think up something : )  Oh and I'd love to go to a conference as well.  Keep me posted on that one : )

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  11. You were on a tear last night catching up on commenting! You were so sweet to go back and make sure you hit every single thing you missed, haha. That's dedication, girl! It certainly warmed my heart but you really didn't have to do that. I bet you were all sore from skiing and adjusting to "re-entry." I love your list of goals for the new year and they all seem super accomplishable. I'm with you on the "read more" goal and becoming a contributor for another blog. That would be super neat. Welcome back! xo

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  12. Christine DinsmoreJanuary 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    i love your goals! and i totally agree that believing your goals are even possible is the first and most important step. i can see where i have "believed" and where i haven't in my life . . . i will be thinking about this today : ) #4 is so on my list. i looooove reading, i don't know what happened last year, but i know i don't feel 100% when i am not reading a lot. and i love #8 too. actually they are all really inspiring goal, theresa! i will be rooting you on! xo

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  13. Such great goals (cheers to more creativity and gratitude). I have a few constant goals I keep in the back of my mind (finding balance, being positive, appreciating my friends and family, trying to lift people around me "up") but my main concrete goal is to ... get more sleep! Speaking of, I should probably go hit the hay, it's getting late. :-) 

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  14. Happy 2013 Theresa! These are all great goals and I wish you much sucess with them.

    So what are my goals...well, similarly, I've got some bloggy things on the list:  get my plan to merge The Design Chef and HvH Interiors in action. WeHeartHome is going well, so just keeping that up. But not on the blog front...I want to make better decisions about lunch. I hope to be better at preparing healthy lunches to bring to work, instead of being to lazy to do so, and therefore eating out, which results in spending more money and not-so-healthy meals - you know, the quick and dirty kind ;) Also, be better about doing my yoga and to start running on the amazing track in the beautiful parc just across the street from my home! got to get on that asap...

    good luck to everyone with their goals!

    Xx. Holly

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  15. Let's definitely chat more about the coach thing. I think there's a few of us here that would be interested. We could help each other out. Re: Alt NYC, would you meet me up there? That would be fun.

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  16. I would love to be your coach and I would love for you to be mine. Wait, am I even qualified?! I may do more harm than good. I think we need to call in a professional. ;) Though, I CAN fake till I make if it means you'll fly out once a month for coffee. PS~You and I should read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown together.

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  17. "I have to sit down and think about where [my blog] is going and why, and
    what I want it to lead to or supplement, because for me, it's not the
    end goal." <- Yes, this is what I want to concentrate on. Perhaps we can help each other along the way. I feel strongly that you'll parlay yours into some kind of writing assignment (as a contributor or as an author of your own book).

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  18. Aw, yes, I more than understand, and I'm with you on the balance and enjoying my family more. Thank you for your words below. Happy, happy 2013, Noreen!

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  19. Thank, Callie. It's good to have things to strive for, it gives me direction. ;)

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  20. I liked that you kept your goals manageable, Nina. I think you should have no problem accomplishing the things you listed. So, here's to 2013! Oh, and an East Coast blogging meet up sounds fun.

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  21. Aw, yes, the elusive #2. I was on a really good roll there for awhile where I wouldn't read any other blogs until I had my post completed and scheduled. I still try to stick with that rule, but sometimes I falter. So, you can understand why I like your resolution very much, and I think it will be very satisfying and rewarding in the end. Good luck and happy 2013, Sue!

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  22. Hm, are you on a quest for one too? ;) Happy, happy 2013 to you too, Rooth!

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  23. I will most definitely keep you posted on the conference thing because then you might go and then we might get to meet in real life. :)  I just know you'll come up with some awesome ways to take your shop to the next level. If you ever need an ear, I love brainstorming. Wishing you get everything you hope for and need in 2013. Happy New Year, Tori!

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  24. You betcha, Erin! I consider it spending time with you, so it's lotsa fun. Thank you for your vote of confidence on the goals. If nothing else, they have definitely given me direction and pumped me up, and that's what it's all about, right? Oh, I think you would make a great contributor for another blog. Think about it, for real.

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  25. I feel the same way about reading. I'll start to feel a little anxious and tightly wound, and then I'll remember that I've failed to read right before bed a few nights in a row. "I don't feel 100% when I'm not reading a lot." - Exactly!
    #8 will be a stretch for me as my MO is alone time. However, see #12.

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  26. "Trying to lift people around me up" - Sounds like a beautiful goal. I think I'll adopt that one as my 13. ;)  So 13 in 13. I hear you on the "get more sleep" issue. As it stands, I need/must have at least eight hours every night, or I'm good to no one the next day. So, cheers to more sleep and happy 2013, Lauren!

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  27. Oh, you've got some great goals too, Holly. Like you, I need to eat better at lunch. Some dry cereal and/or a protein bar really isn't cutting it. I'm so happy to hear that WeHeartHome is going well. [Sending you a fist pump.] So, no plan yet on The Design Chef and HvH Interiors? I'm sure something will come to you that will make perfect sense and feel absolutely right. I'll be thinking of you. Good luck and happy 2013, Holly!

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  28. i could totally add some new resolutions to my ongoing list (#1, #2, #3, #8, #10). i would say that my 2013 new years resolutions include: try to cook more often, read more books, work on better posture, exercise more, healthy eating. hope you are able to achieve your goals for 2013! :)  

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  29. This book sounds like I need to be adding it to my "Must Read" list. I love this blog of yours, always so heartfelt and insightful! I wish you a fabulous year ahead! May you change some habits and achieve all these things on your list and more!...and I'm with you on #1! I need to do so much of this it's daunting...I definitely need to "reevaluate blog direction...my blog has been direction-less for a while and that's a habit I'd like to change...As always, thanks for the inspiration!

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