Happy New Year!

I'm so excited for the promise of 2012 and am looking forward to making it my best year yet. My goal is to build a big beautiful life this year.
I have a dear friend who picks a word as her resolution every year. I was inspired by this idea and words in the Arcade Fire song, Rebellion: 
"Sleeping in is giving in, no matter what the time is. Sleeping in is giving in, so lift those heavy eyelids."
Not literally about sleeping in, I'm looking at the metaphor for striving to live a life in which I'm awake and present, setting goals that I achieve, and in the words of Oprah living my best life.
So here goes,
1. At the top of my list the word organize. I'm learning that an orderly home lessens my stress considerably. Visually interesting organization is best because I'm such a visual person, and also because my second word is....
2. Fabulous. Yes that's right. I will strive to be fabulous every day... even on Sundays hanging with my family, without makeup and in sweats (they will be fabulous sweats!) I will indulge my glamourous side and wear more sequins and sparkle, more ruffles, I will wear my tutu out with my prada over-the-knee socks!

{this is glamorous}
3. I will strive to celebrate the everyday in this beautiful life I'm building with my amazing boys...
4. 'Life is full of little pleasures.' I will take the time to enjoy them. I rarely take time for myself and I'm learning that my heart is like a well that must be filled in order to continue to give so generously.

Life is Full of Little Pleasures
5. Strung lights outside. I've wanted them for years. What am I waiting for?!
Pinned Image
6. I will call my Mum more. The time zones and chaos of being a single mum with 5 boys means I don't talk to her often. Thank goodness she loves me and understands that sometimes I just have nothing left to give. (I'll call my Dad too- no sweet images Dad, sorry)
7. I will learn to trust again, but I will also learn from my mistakes and will surround myself with excellent people. Life is too short not to. 2011 did yield some amazing new friends... I'm sure 2012 will too! Most important, I will cherish the amazing friends who've been there for years, who've shielded me with an outstretched wing over the recent hard times when I needed it most. You know who you are and I love you dearly. xx

8. I'll sing more. It fills my heart with joy.
9. Ditto with painting and jewelry making. Happy happy heart. (images below moth design 1 & 2)
10. I will finally buy the vintage  bike  I've wanted so badly. Again, why haven't I yet?
So, there you have it. That's all I can think of for now and that's a lot. What about you? Do you have any resolutions for the new year or words that you focus on? 
I want to wish each an every one of you a wonderful year in 2012. I hope that the year delivers all of your hopes and desires. As always, thanks so much for joining me! Love to all. xoxo


  1. Perfect! Hope you can achieve your dreams! Glad we met this year!

  2. All of that sounds delightful! You are an amazing person and I wish you the best of luck during 2012! And isn't Pinterest the best thing ever?? :)

  3. Love all of these!! So nice to see something that isn't

    - stop smoking
    - lose weight
    - earn more money

    You have already inspired me :)

  4. Such a source of inspiration ! Thanks for posting Erica. I too want those string lights in my back yard! I can't wait to put the ones we JUST BOUGHT at Restoration Hardware in the summer. Hey, I want to shoot your little house in your back yard. I guess the summer would be more ideal huh?

  5. I adore your list! I think you're going to have a very good 2012. I'm a fellow Pinterest junkie, too! I spend way too much time on it.

  6. Your list is fantastic! I hope you accomplish all of it and more in 2012. I just posted my list as well. Fingers crossed that I can do them all, too!

  7. They sound very wise, as well as beautiful resolutions. And I think there is something in your list for every single one of us to take to heart and strive for as well. Have a wonderful start to this beautiful year.

  8. I wish you were my neighbor, somehow borrowing a cup of sugar would be so much more fun.
    I would follow the sparkling lights.

  9. Your list is precious! I hope you have a fantastic 2012, and maybe, just maybe we'll connect again at idsWEST 2012 - wouldn't that be fun?

  10. Great list! So many nice things (cant wait to see your outside lights!) and ideas! happy New year gorgeous lady!!

  11. Your list just made me adore you even more...quite sure you'll check off every one is absolutely fabulous style. xoxo

  12. Very Nice... # 3 is my favorite for sure. Celebrate the every day... its funny, sometime we need a reminder. Thanks! -What a gorgeous blog you have too... looking forward to following.

  13. Just recently discovered your blog! This list of ways you are planning live you best life is so great. So lovely to read something that has clearly been written with a boatload of sincerity and honesty but with a ton of style and fun mixed in. All the best for 2012!

  14. I'm touched by all of the lovely comments here. With all 5 boys off school I haven't had much time to pop in but I thought I'd say, for those who might pop back over that some of the most amazing friendships of 2011 were made right here. Thanks to everyone. You mean more to me than I can say. xoxo

  15. What a beautiful list! I love them all, you have inspired me to make my own list!

  16. Naya Saal Aap Ke Jeevan Me,
    Sare Dukho’onk Ko Mar De,
    Sare Sukho’onk Ko Janam De,
    Aur Aap Ko Unnat Kar De......@.


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