New Year’s Goals

December 30, 2007

Hello everyone! I’m quickly peeking in to give you a bit of homework while I’m away. :) With this being the last weekend of the year, and January 1st swiftly approaching, it’s time to talk about your goals for 2008. Will you share them here with me?

New Year's Goals
When you write something in a public place for all to see you’re much more likely to commit to doing it. So if you’d like to use this space as your bulletin board, please do. Comment with a long or short list. I’ll do the same. And there are perks attached because I’ll send a few of you a little something in the mail just for taking the time to comment, a little “I Care” package that just may encourage you to keep your goals in view for ’08.

So if you’d like, and only if you’d like, feel free to leave a comment and when I return on January 2nd, I’ll let you know who will receive little gifties from me. :)

See you soon!

(image from holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Jasmine December 30, 2007 at 4:35 am

    What a wonderful idea!

    Okay, my New Years Resolutions:
    1) blog more regularly
    2) lose weight, eat healthier and look fabulous on my wedding day in July
    3) cherish Adam more and more each day

  • Reply j. shim December 30, 2007 at 4:39 am

    Hey, I’m first. Hurrah!

    1. Start and finish a drawing or painting every day.
    2. Cook from a new recipe every day.
    3. Figure out how to make a perfect pie crust.
    4. Expand the genre of inventory in my Etsy store Pen and Paper.
    5. Work with different kinds of medium, like ceramics or woodworking.

    (Honestly, I haven’t given much thought to my resolutions and I made all those up on the spot. Still, they’re all goals I’d like to meet.)

  • Reply Sara December 30, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Great idea!

    My goals for 2008:
    -Draw/brainstorm at least once every day. Fill up that Moleskine.
    -Follow through with all of my project ideas, and see them to completion.
    -Try at least one new medium every month.
    -Finally set up the shop on my Etsy account! It’s been waiting for months…I really need to light a fire under it, and perhaps the arrival of 2008 will get me in gear.
    -Go to more galleries! I don’t take advantage of Philadelphia as much as I should.
    -Find a voice. I hate constantly wondering whether or not I have one, and I know that productivity alone will solve my problems.

    Wow. That list is a bit longer than I thought it’d be. In a word, I suppose: work!

  • Reply Jennifer December 30, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Ah, the traditional first list of many for the new year…

    1) Get even more serious with my own crafts business this year
    2) take business classes
    3) be inspired by crafty blogs,but not let it be my only daily reading!
    4) actually get 4-5 days of cardio in
    5) get my website live this year
    6) spend as much time as I can with my son before he doesn’t want to as much!

  • Reply Stephanie Hobbs December 30, 2007 at 6:02 am

    It’s always inspiring to share your resolutions with people, thanks for the opportunity :3

    My husband and I want to have kids soon, maybe next year … but I still have all my extra college weight, and I really want to get fit so I can be a healthy and active mom. I know a lot of people do the “Im gonna lose weight!” thing (I think thats been my resolution for the past 10 years!) but now that I’m doing it for someone else, I really want to try and stay focused.

    My second resolution is to do something creative every day, even if it’s just a little doodle. I want to create and draw and paint so I can learn and grow as an artist.

    Thanks for letting me say it all out loud :)

  • Reply jacQ December 30, 2007 at 6:07 am

    My resolutions:
    1. Try to surf less and do more crafts :)
    2. Spend more quality time with my 2 little girls – esp if i start practicing 1. more!
    3. Do less shopping for fabrics and actually use up the stash that i already have
    4. Continue nursing till K is at least 1 yr old
    5. Be more focused and efficient at work so that i can spend less time there and more time at home!
    6. Be more hardworking on my etsy shop – promote the shop more on the internet and also locally.

    Wow, sounds like a tall order! i hope i get at least half of it done!!

  • Reply Beruska December 30, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Okay, I will be next :)
    1. Get as much as possible out of my interior design classes I’m signed up for (finally going back to school sounds easy, and eventhough I’m supr excited, I’m nervous as well).
    2. Start my own blog (well, or at least keep organizing it in my head).
    3. Do more yoga, it really does me gooooood.
    4. Before I go to bed every night take a few minutes to really appreciate who I am, who the people around me are and how lucky I am to know them.

    Happy 2008 everyone!

  • Reply Rachel December 30, 2007 at 6:14 am

    I want to welcome into my life better health and balance by walking in the world (cardio), learning more about my craft (new camera, photoshop, illustrator), and by protecting the quality of my experiences in this life (getting more sleep).

    Thanks for this little bit of space. =0)

  • Reply Shannon December 30, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Ok, here’s mine:

    1) To overcome my fear (the voice in my head that asks, “What if no one buys my stuff!?) and open my Etsy shop in February. I vow to listen to and embrace my creative side that has been screaming to get out, and in doing so, to live authentically.
    2)In following through with Resolution #1, to make my three kinds proud of me, and show them in life, one must take risks and follow your passions.
    3) To live in the moment.
    4) Oh yes, I have those 15 pounds to lose, too. I’ll get right on that…

    Thanks for giving us a voice here. Good luck to all of you with your own resolutions!

  • Reply adriane December 30, 2007 at 6:56 am

    i resolve to…
    …stop obsessing over things in my life that i cannot control.
    …live a more active and healthy lifestyle.
    …shop less, save more.
    …call old friends more often.
    …finally decide what i want to be when i grow up (gee, i am almost 30).

  • Reply Shannon December 30, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Ok, here are mine:

    1) To overcome my fear of failure (that little voice in my head that asks “What if no one buys my stuff?!”) and open my Etsy shop in February 2008. I vow to listen to my creative side that is dying to come out and in doing so, live authentically.
    2) In following through with Resolution #1, to make my three kids proud of me, and show them that it is important to take risks and follow your passions.
    3)To live more in the moment.
    4) Oh, yes, I have those 15 pounds to lose, too. I’ll get right on that. :)

    Good luck to all of you on acheiving your resolutions!

  • Reply MmeRich December 30, 2007 at 7:21 am

    My New Year’s Resolutions:

    To love more… Myself, others, and this life I have been given.

    I will make a concious effort to laugh more and worry less.

    Pursue my yoga training and education with an open heart and mind.

    Enjoy living in my new city of Austin, Texas :)

  • Reply Brie Pampell December 30, 2007 at 7:30 am

    I have every intention of following through this year :)

    Numero Uno

    Start a blog! I’ve got so many ideas running rampant in my head. I think I may have to get them out or I’ll explode… er…implode… well one of those things. :)

    Number Two :)

    Make healthier decisions. I’m not going to vow to lose weight… It’ll only end in tears. But! making healthier decisions I can definitely do. :)

    Aaannnd Number C.

    Get a new job. My current job is doing the opposite of nurturing my creativity and I need to remove it from my life so I can focus on creating. :)

  • Reply Heartonmysleeve December 30, 2007 at 7:56 am

    1) create a piece of art everyday, simple or complex.
    2) learn how to knit
    3) create an etsy store
    4) shop local/organic, make it to the farmers market at least a couple weekends a mouth
    5) conquer a fear

  • Reply Mich December 30, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Yay! I actually love making New Year’s Resolutions. My resolutions this year are to:
    1. Make creating things a priority and learn to express myself better.
    2. Read a book a month (I’m a student so anything besides schoolwork is a stretch!)
    3. Refine my tastes – get to know more of who I am and what I enjoy and catch up on some important books and movies I’ve been meaning to read/watch.
    Thanks for asking and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Ali J December 30, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Okay, so I’m going to type a New Years resolution. I had to think about this a while because 2007 has been such an outstanding year, I’ve surpassed beyond my wildest dreams.

    Which means 2008 is going to be huge, so I’ve decided to make some goals that I know I can achieve

    * representation with an illustration agency
    * illustrate a childrens book
    * participate in at least 4 group shows
    * achieve a minimum of 1000 sales in my etsy shop
    * get published in at least 4 magazines (I’m about to be published in 2 huge fashion magazines – so I am already halfway!!)
    * buy at least one original artwork
    * buy a laptop and a new computer workstation

    That is it for now… oh but I need one more resolution…. just for personal reasons!

    Get my boyfriend to finally slip a ring on my finger!!!!! xox

  • Reply Terie December 30, 2007 at 8:56 am

    1. Sew more

    2. Stop swearing

    3. Commit to being a happier person

    4. Balance my checkbook regularly

    5. Craft more

    6. Photograph more

    7. Eat better

    8. Redecorate bedroom and bathroom

    9. Start a Christmas club

    10. Read all the books that I bought these past few weeks (so far I am kicking butt on this one)

    11. Pass my GIS class

    12. Get a new job

    13. Get my drivers license (yeah, i’m 32 and don’t drive yet)

    14. Travel more

  • Reply Megan December 30, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Hmmm. I don’t normally do this…
    1. Work on having our first child (haven’t had much luck yet!)

    2. Do more fine art letterpress prints

    3. Develop a few product ideas I have (at least one)
    4. Try to stop worrying so much
    5. Bring up my puppy into adulthood (and live through the early mornings and housebreaking).

  • Reply Zaffron December 30, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Good idea!

    In 2008 I am going to each month make a change that:

    1. lessens my ecological impact.

    2. challenges me – something that helps me in my self discovery and furthers true happiness.

  • Reply EliseBlaha December 30, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    get back into yoga.
    find balance.

  • Reply Adla December 30, 2007 at 1:28 pm


    well I’ve written about my resolution for 08 on my blog which is to spread more love.This big world with all of its unlovely happenings needs to receive more love in all aspects of the word and I resolute to do my part.
    Cheers to 08′

    Xoxo Adla

  • Reply Angela December 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    In 2008, i resolve to:

    1) Make sure that in every single thing i do, or say, or plan or agree to or decide on, that i do it being 100% true to myself and my own dreams.

    2) Follow things through more. Finish things, the little things, and the big things.

    3) Don’t give up. Ever.

  • Reply Chookooloonks December 30, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    I actually posted mine on my own blog, Chookooloonks, a few days ago — but it certainly can’t hurt to post them in another public spot! Here they are:

    1. Continue to shoot a photo a day. This will likely mean that I’ll also end up posting daily, but this year, I won’t beat myself up if I skip a day.

    2. Create a journal page a day.

    3. Read a book a month. When I lived in London, I was a voracious reader (long train commutes tend to make that happen), but since returning to Houston (a city that, for all its good points, seems to base its growth and evolution on some sort of anti-rapid-transit philosophy), I never seem to find the time to pick up a book. Not this year, baby.

    4. I’m giving up alcohol for a year. I know. I KNOW. It was an accident, really: I made a flippant comment to my husband Marcus about the possibility of our giving up alcohol, and he was all, ‘Well, I can do that,’ and looked at me meaningfully; to which I responded, ‘Well, I can do that,’ and looked at HIM meaningfully, and now it’s become this sort of Big Competitive Thing. I fully except that at some point during the year, one of us will crumble, and the other will exclaim, ‘oh thank GOD,’ and pour both of us a drink; however, I’ll be damned if the Crumbling One will be me. So. Ahem. No alcohol for 2008.

    That’s it for me. Happy New Year to all of you!

  • Reply Heather Moore December 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Hmm, I have a few very specific intentions that I know I can achieve, but the three main ones I plan to shape my 2008 are:

    * Do more yoga
    * Take myself and the things I like to do more seriously
    * Blow kisses rather than curse in the traffic.

    Have a great new year, everyone.

  • Reply normanack December 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    My decorating goals:
    My home needs so much work (paint, furniture repair, attractive lighting, replacement of scary floors) that I will focus on the most important aspect only:
    I resolve to choose art, whether it be original, poster, kids’ drawing, photograph, mixed media, what-have-you; frame it properly, and hang it in just the right spot to complement both the art and the room it’s in.
    No more “here’s a picture, here’s a frame that sort of fits, here’s an empty wall.” Mindful! I will be mindful.

  • Reply Sequana December 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I have only two. The first is to continue my weight loss this year, as I have a good start from last year.

    The second is the important one. My word for 2008 is “unique.” I want to creat more designs of my own in my creative work and do less derivative work.

  • Reply Artsy Momma December 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    1) To learn to crochet (again, havent since I was about 8)
    2) take a quilting class
    3) use more fabric from my stash and buy less
    4) try to sew something once a week
    5) make a quilt a month
    6) convince my husband that making a house for my new Blythe is not crazy
    7) continue working on being the best mom I can be
    8) blog on a regular basis
    9) cook and bake MUCH more
    10) learn to save and not spend so much (hard to do with #6)
    11) continue building my business, have my website go live, market my pretty butt off!

  • Reply Katie December 30, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Okay. I really dislike reading other people’s resolutions because then my list ends up being like 6 pages long. :D

    Anyway, before readings other’s lists, here’s mine.

    1…) Stop cussing. I know, I know, but it really bothers me and the kids are getting old enough to start mimicking (is that a word?) my speech.
    2…) Smile more. Seriously, it makes the da nicer for everyone.
    3…) Actually add some items to my Etsy shop, or open a completely separate website to sell all my goodies. There’s got to be someone that will buy them.
    4…) Spend more time with DS1 and treat him like more of an adult. I fear that he isn’t getting much attention from me since DS2 arrived.
    5…) Get the guts to do more crafts. I can and WILL turn out some stunning stuff this year!

    I’ll stop there. :D

    Good Luck everyone and Happy New Years!!

  • Reply Amy December 30, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I have one goal for 2008
    1. Become a Do-Gooder

    (Last year it was to watch less trashy t.v. – that resoultion was no fun. I am excited about the year ahead!)
    Best ~ Amy

  • Reply homedaisy December 30, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    write. i am going to write. maybe something really good.

  • Reply Leah December 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve given myself the theme of “Now” for 2008, as in living in the now, the time is now to live my dreams, letting go of old stuff to be in the moment.

    this year i will finish the book on creativity that i started this month, i will be creative every day along with a group of fabulous bloggers, i will continue to grow my art business, and i’ll get my body moving.

    best wishes to everyone on their resolutions and happy new year to you, holly!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente December 30, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Holly!
    Happy New Year!
    What a fun idea….
    Well, so many lovely things have been written already and here is my contribution….
    1. Finally get into good shape again….
    2. enjoy every moment with my two girls and my guy
    3. launch my jewelry line
    4. love more, laugh more and grouch less
    5.be happy!
    All the best to everyone and best wishes with your resolutions!

  • Reply Kathy December 30, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    – Fear less, make more
    – Fill my life and house with things I love
    – Learn how to take good photos
    – Relax

  • Reply punky December 30, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    I just want to take salsa dancing lessons.
    and of course pay off the last of my credit card debt…In fact i want to be credit card free in 2008, And see if i can survive with cash and debit…i haven’t done so since i was 16.

  • Reply sacredgypsy December 30, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    The last two years of my life have been years of major upheaval. And now 2008 brings a major milestone birthday for me so for this coming year my goals are:

    1. To appreciate everyday the life that I have and the distance I have traveled to achieve it
    2. To be the best mom I can be
    3. To connect more with the people in my life
    4. To continue learning and growing in my creative pursuits not only for personal satisfaction but also to hopefully generate some income!
    5. Pursue weight lifting-the deadline I set for myself a few years ago is now 7 months away and I have yet to get started–I WANT some good muscle definition by the time I hit that milestone birthday!

  • Reply Gabby December 30, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    What would be great in 2008? Spend more time volunteering at the children’s shelter that I currently go to once a month. Stop gossiping so much. De-clutter my condo. Finish every book that I pick up. Learn how to say no when I don’t want to do something. Drink less, workout more. Cook weekly. And complete my daily to-do lists.

    Happy, happy, happy new year!

  • Reply flanthrower December 30, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    2007 was a really, really, really rough year for me. My only resolution for ’08 is that I can put all the awfulness of the past year behind me and roll into the new year with hope, optimism, and courage.

    And hopefully because I’ve shared that here, I’ll commit to doing that. :)

  • Reply Lauren December 30, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    It’s going to be a big year! A new business and an engagement were set in motion at the end of 2007. My goals are:
    to successfully grow Echo Design, to promote it/myself shamelessly and proudly, to have the confidence that I CAN DO THIS! To remember that “there’s nothing wrong with [me]” (printed out and kept in my business book), to take myself seriously as a freelancer, and wedding-wise to plan a wedding that celebrates us, our friends and family and reflects who we are, NOT what everyone else wants.
    It’s all so exciting and intimidating!
    (oh, an important recurring theme here is ORGANIZATION!)

  • Reply Lauren December 30, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    It’s going to be a big year! A new business and an engagement were set in motion at the end of 2007. My goals are:
    to successfully grow Echo Design, to promote it/myself shamelessly and proudly, to have the confidence that I CAN DO THIS! To remember that “there’s nothing wrong with [me]” (printed out and kept in my business book), to take myself seriously as a freelancer, and wedding-wise to plan a wedding that celebrates us, our friends and family and reflects who we are, NOT what everyone else wants.
    It’s all so exciting and intimidating!
    (oh, an important recurring theme here is ORGANIZATION!)

  • Reply Piece by Peace December 30, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    For 2008

    Heres a goal I know I can accomplish:
    I just became a vegan to improve my health and I would like to stay one! (thats more of a life goal thing but take it one year at a time you know)

    And a goal I will have to try a little harder at:
    Stop caring what everyone else thinks!

    Thanks for forcing me to think about it. I usually don’t make resolutions but I’ve always thought its god to have goals. Good luck everyone!

  • Reply Valerie P December 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    1- Meditate, clear my mind when I need to.

    2- Learn and play, just for fun. I think I want to start to learn a new language this year. Was thinking Italian.

    3- Find my favorite cupcake recipe.

    4- Take the big leap and market my art in shows, galleries & agencies.

    5- Grasp bliss whenever I have the chance.

    6- Visit new places physically and spiritually.

    Best wishes to everybody!

  • Reply cardboard December 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Aw, tiny clothes are the best…

    My goals (in terms of my surroundings) are to clear my space of anything that is either underutilized or unloved. I find that I hold onto to “things” for too long, thinking that one day they’ll come in handy. It does happen every once in awhile that I will find the perfect use for, say, that roll of vellum paper stashed in the closet, but that instance is a rarity. These things just clutter up my house which, in turn, clutters up my brain and I want/need to break that cycle. Plus, I may be moving this year and having less means having less to pack.

    Cheers & happy new year!

  • Reply Making it Lovely December 30, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the kick, Holly! I’ve never written resolutions before?

    * Sew curtains for my office, the guest room, and maybe even the library.
    * Paint the guest room.
    * Finish the stairway.
    * Pink Loves Brown will be at the National Stationery Show for the first time this year (booth 4053), so I’d like to really expand the wholesale side of my business.
    * Sew a purse for myself. Until now, I’ve only sewn curtains (for the kitchen and my studio).
    * Implement a new accounting system for the business.
    * Try some new recipes. I tend to cook the same things over and over.
    * Develop a schedule for regularly releasing new designs in the shop.
    * Commit to wallpaper for the dining room. I need to make a decision and stick with it (lousy pun intended).
    * Go to Paris! I can speak French (somewhat), I love the architecture, and I want to go so badly.
    * Excercise. Walking from my bedroom to my office does not count. ;)
    * Make little clothes and sets for my Blythe doll (it’s still on the way)!
    * Experiment more with photography (that’s what Blythe is for).
    * Find a (shag?) rug for the living room.
    * Redesign the blog and switch from Blogger to WordPress.

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply decor8 December 30, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Nicole – you’re going to be at the gift fair? OMG. I’m going now just to meet you. :)

    Hi Cardboard! :)

    Flanthrower – your comment made me feel sad but also happy because your outlook is really good. 2008 will be better, I can feel it for all of us. :)

    I’m so inspired by these goals for ’08. I have to post mine now don’t I? :)

  • Reply Ghazala December 30, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    1. meditate every morning in order to start my day off calmly everyday

    2. dedicate myself to improving my Photoshop/Illustrator skills and learning Flash

    3. take art classes

    4. become fluent in Farsi

    5. workout everyday

    6. learn to cook Indian food

    7. have my website/blog go live

    8. explore photography more with the Nikon

    9. be more green!

    10. think more positively :)

    I love everyone’s resolutions here–I wish we could all meet outside of blogworld and help each other stay on track through ’08…it’s so much easier to have friends alongside you! Good luck everyone! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Liz December 30, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    1. Get involved with the indie craft/sewing community in Milwaukee.
    2. Meet more people in Milwaukee
    3. Find a new job or 2 part time that will contribute to my creativity and help me to grow
    4. Read more often
    5. try to at least cut down on smoking.

  • Reply Anonymous December 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    2007 was a pretty busy year in many ways, so for 2008: Slow down and drink more red wine!

    I might achieve at least one of my resolutions ; )


  • Reply Julie December 30, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    If this doesn’t help me commit, then I don’t know what! Mine aren’t even very extravagant. Just things to better my life in general.

    1 } learn to knit (finally!) and actually keep at it.

    2 } eat healthier, which leads to the next one…

    3 } expand my horizons in cooking. Maybe a class or something.

    4 } purge myself of the things that hold me back (too much stuff, negative people, etc).

    Here’s to a new year!

  • Reply gigegy December 30, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Here’s mine:

    1. Learn how to silk screen and/or gocco
    2. Practice drawing more
    3. Visit a new country
    4. Be inspired by everyday things
    5. Make more and sell more on my etsy store, gigegy
    6. Take more photos

  • Reply Jen December 30, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    1. Have more FUN!
    2. Rediscover myself- have lost some of it in the past 19 months
    of new baby/toddlerhood…
    3. get out once a month with friends, no children
    4. Lose the baby weight- 15 lbs!

  • Reply Cher Ami December 30, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    1. quit my no-good stressful job (and never work with Ad Agencies again…really it makes me feel dirty haha)
    2. Give sewing machines a second chance
    3. Record an e.p.
    4. Move into a new place or new city (it’s long overdue)

    there’s more but these come to mind first :) Good luck everyone with yours!

  • Reply katiedid December 30, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Holly! Wishing you the Happiest of New Years! What the heck…I’m game:
    1)Get my house in shape
    2)Get me in shape
    3)Spend my money wisely
    4)Spend my time even more wisely
    5)Spend that time with my kids and hubby
    6)Start my new venture without fear and with enthusiasm
    7)Why wait til 2008….start today!
    Wishing all good things for you in 2008!

  • Reply AnastasiaC December 30, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    what a great idea!

    My main goal for 2008 is to open an Etsy store – Ive been wanting to for ages but havn’t done anything about it – I dont know why? fear maybe?
    I also want to make time to draw more often…and create too, continue with my swaps as I love to give and enjoy the creative friendships it creates!!
    I also want to take time for myself – I sometimes put everyone else before me and neglect little ‘ole me – got to eat better and drink more water too!

  • Reply Alicia December 30, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    I just moved into a new apartment yesterday (December 29). So I plan to spend the better part of this year decorating it. It needs to be done right and better than my last place, which was never up to par.
    My goal is to enter Apartment Therapy’s Smallest Coolest Contest. Maybe that sounds silly, but I really adore all the entries each year and I’d love to be among them.

  • Reply noel joy December 30, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    my 08 goals…

    do something creative daily

    keep the weight that i lost in 07 off!

    send out greeting, birthday, and just because cards on time!

    play more. :)

    thanks for your daily doses of fun & inspiration! i love your blog!!!

  • Reply Justine December 31, 2007 at 12:35 am

    I think whenever you set goals you need to have some (or most) that will bring you joy in attempting and accomplishing!

    .be outside more… even in the cold Canadian winter days!
    .be kinder to myself
    .read through the bible in a year
    .make more effort in friendships
    .become a better quilter
    .be less messy! :)

  • Reply Mary December 31, 2007 at 12:51 am

    My ’08 resolutions (so far):

    1. Pick a paint color for the kitchen. This job shouldn’t be so hard, but it has been. I’m seriously thinking of sending photos of my kitchen to all of my favorite decorating blogs & asking them for advice. I am that lost!
    2. Paint the living room, downstairs hallway, and upstairs landing (luckily, I already have the color picked out for these areas). Paint the kitchen, too, of course.
    3. Try out more recipes.
    4. Post on my blog more often.
    5. Tell people about my blog! I’m so shy about it & few friends even know about it, but I think I’m ready to let others in.
    6. Get a library card for my new city.
    7. Do more things with my new girlfriends in my new city. I am always so shy about asking people if they want to spend time with me, but when I finally do, they always seemed thrilled that I’ve asked them out. I must remember this. Must!

  • Reply ??? jen o'dea street ??? December 31, 2007 at 12:54 am

    happy holidays & wishing you a wonderful 2008!

    1. blog more often
    2. be more creative & more often
    3. open an etsy shop
    4. take a quilting class so i can finally learn how to finish my quilt
    5. learn to knit & crochet

  • Reply ??? jen o'dea street ??? December 31, 2007 at 12:54 am

    happy holidays & wishing you a wonderful 2008!

    1. blog more often
    2. be more creative & more often
    3. open an etsy shop
    4. take a quilting class so i can finally learn how to finish my quilt
    5. learn to knit & crochet

  • Reply Annie December 31, 2007 at 1:12 am

    My 2008 goals:

    1. Finish illustrations for the children’s book I’m (slowly) working on.
    2. Sell house and move back to the ‘lower 48’ from Alaska
    3. Continue blogging and try to sketch/draw more
    4. Try to be more prolific and do more illustrations for my portfolio.
    5. Find balance between illustrating,being a mom to a toddler, being a wife, the day job, & exercise.
    5. Send promotional mailings out to places I’d like to illustrate for.
    6. Quit day job
    7. Walk on treadmill atleast 30 minutes a day.

    Thanks Holly for this opportunity and also for your wonderful blog that is always so inspiring to visit.

  • Reply stuffed December 31, 2007 at 1:33 am

    1. Send care packages.
    2. Move.
    3. Make a goals list.

    I’ve already completed one out of three. Not too bad.

  • Reply sweetbeets December 31, 2007 at 1:35 am

    tell my husband more often that I love him…read more books with my children…get more exercise by selling my car…eat less chocolate!

  • Reply Cheryl December 31, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Wishing you & yours a happy happy
    New Year!
    2008 has such a nice ring to it…
    This year I will write my cookbook
    Exercise daily
    Learn to sew
    Decorate my new home
    Cook Sunday Suppers @ home
    Spend quality time with my husband & dogs

  • Reply cardboard December 31, 2007 at 3:11 am

    “Send care packages” is a good one.

  • Reply Arthur's Circus December 31, 2007 at 3:54 am

    Sort through the boxes and piles of ‘stuff’ that I have been collecting….or should I dare say hoarding and de-clutter our house. And realise that not all things are necessary to hold on to!
    Open up an online shop to further our business.
    And have fun.

  • Reply lanielawrence December 31, 2007 at 4:20 am

    1. Make a solid effort to live greener.
    2. Make the HANDMADE PLEDGE.
    3. Find new ways to exercise my creativity.
    4. Blog at least 3x’s a week (about something creative).
    5. Keep my digital cam, charged, and in my handbag AT ALL TIMES.
    6. Stop working so much after hours and on weekends -use that time to be creative for ME!

  • Reply Ann Payne December 31, 2007 at 4:52 am

    2007 just seemed to evaporate. I can’t believe it’s already time to make resolutions, but a list is just what I need.
    I have had complete creative block, and produced nothing in the last year. I design metal furniture and was starting to do really well,…and then the well went dry.
    1. I will complete 10 sketches of a collection in January.
    2. I will weld all 10 pieces by March.
    3. I will photograph and price every piece as I produce it.
    4. I will post each photo to my blog as it is produced.
    5. I will complete a portfolio of my work by April.
    6. I will research entering the wholesale market this summer.
    7. I will sell all 10 items by the end of the year.
    And while I am accomplishing these things I will also be doing more cardio, eating more fruits and vegetables, painting my dining room for the 7th time in 6 years, reading more, writing more and laughing often with my friends and family.
    Thanks for the nudge, Holly, it is obviously time to get busy!

  • Reply Pargie December 31, 2007 at 5:03 am

    Here are my goals for 2008:

    1) Get my online shop together and up and running!

    2) Finally paint my living room walls!

    3) Work on collecting wall art and frames, by putting my etsy buyer account to good use!

    4) Be a more responsible person.

    5) Spend more time on craft/decor blogs and less time on gossip/entertainment blogs.

    6) Support indie designers by shopping handmade stores more.

    7) Paint/Decorate bare bathroom.

    8) Get my Digital Arts certificate at the community college =)

    9) Love more!

    10) Live more!

  • Reply Lala December 31, 2007 at 5:16 am

    Happy New Year to All!

    A brief list of my resolutions:
    1 – Become fearless in mind, body, and spirit!
    2 – Realize my dreams and help my husband do the same.
    3- Start a blog to share my passions with all of you!
    4 – Be healthy and(hopefully)plan for a baby in 2009?!
    5 – Enjoy living right now!

  • Reply Ravenhill December 31, 2007 at 5:49 am

    My goal for 2008 is to get a focus for my creativity. I have been dabbling in this and that and would like to decide on one or maybe two areas of focus and really develop my skills in those areas.

    I intend to blog regularly.

    exercise daily

    spend less time surfing blogland and more time making things myself

  • Reply Tina December 31, 2007 at 5:56 am

    I have several resolutions:
    1.eat less cheeseburgers and strawberry milkshakes.
    2.read more
    3.get another tattoo
    4.start decorating my home…I feel like we’re going to move soon when we’re actually not. I want to commit to making my home more of a home
    5.buy more fresh flowers. They make me happy
    6.sew and paint more
    7.cut my Starbucks intake
    8.take more photos
    9.explore my surroundings more. Alaska is beautiful.
    10.stop lurking blog and comment more :)

  • Reply claudine hellmuth December 31, 2007 at 6:06 am

    1) shred the junk mail every day and don’t let it pile up into a mini mountain

    2) take re-usable bags to the grocery store and when shopping in general

    3) buy at least one new clothing item a month (my wardrobe is very lacking and I hate shopping)

    4)read for pleasure every day and learn to not feel guilty or that I am wasting time.

    5) start a wish jar and put my wishes in it!

    This is my “do better” list. I also have a “life-dream” list but I am still working on that one :)


  • Reply travelingmama December 31, 2007 at 11:05 am

    My biggest goal this year is to focus on taking care of myself more- making healthier meal choices, making exercise a priority again, and taking time to pamper myself. 2007 was all about running myself into the ground to please everyone else and take care of everyone else. I know if I take care of myself that I will actually have more to give to others!

  • Reply Kristin December 31, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    My New Year’s Goals are…

    1. Stop being lazy (No more coming home from work and immediately turning on the TV).
    2. Blog more (This works hand in hand with #1).
    3. Attend more industry (interior design) events here in Atlanta.
    4. Work out (I don?t need to lose weight, but I?d like to live to 100).
    5. Take my vitamins (See #4).
    6. Limit caffeine intake (Did I ever mention that I love Starbucks? A little too much?)
    7. Keep in touch with family + friends more
    8. Pay off all debts
    9. Buy a new car and donate mine to my sister – who has no car.

  • Reply mary December 31, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Ah, resolutions. Every year I write them all down hoping that will force me to keep accountable for what I’ve resolved. No such luck. But this year is different, as reflected in my 2008 resolutions:

    1) Take big steps to get out of corporate life. Start my own business, as little as it may be at first, so that I can do what I love (crafty stuff) and hopefully, eventually, make a living off of it.

    2) Help husband do the same as above.

    3) Don’t be afraid. Life’s too short to continue to look at at everyone else and say, “I want to do that!” or to be all talk and no action. Whatever I want to do/be/have/say, I’m going to do it.

    4) Stop worrying. Be positive, be frugal, be genuine, be kind, be loving, and be proactive…and everything will work out just fine :)

  • Reply mary December 31, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    1) Take steps to get outta corporate life. Start my business (as small as it will be at first) so that I can persue my crafty dreams and hopefully make a living out of doing what I love.

    2) Help my wonderful husband do the same.

    3) Don’t be afraid. Stop wondering and talking and instead, say/be/DO what I want.

    4) Stop worrying. Be frugal, positive, kind, loving, and proactive, and everything else will fall into place. :)

  • Reply Anonymous December 31, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Maybe I’m just a pessimist, but these lists never work. Okay, they never work for me. So, I try to keep my goals smaller, so the chances of completion are greater and the dissapointment of failure is smaller. So, drum roll please…

    1. Take a sewing class
    2. Make my crochet orders on time
    3. Excercize. At some point.

  • Reply Lovely Paper December 31, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Is there room for one more list?

    First, I hope everyone achieves their goals for 2008. I know what it feels like to put them on the backburner and forget about them… I’ve been doing this the past year!

    So my goal for 2008 is to get serious and make life my number one priority this year. I know this is pretty vague, but there’s no way to put it into a list.

    Thank you Holly for this post!!

  • Reply Heather Espana December 31, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    My goal is to not be too hard on myself so I can heal. In the past I have always made grandiose plans about eating better and working out every day, and then gotten depressed because pain has prevented me from carrying through. This year, I am going to finish physical therapy. I am going to sign up for pilates (something I’ve always wanted to do). I’m going to listen to my body, tell it nice things, and be happy that I have made baby steps. :)

  • Reply the long thread December 31, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    My New Year’s Resolutions:

    1) Save the planet (or just remember to bring my bags to the grocery).

    2) Post a pattern to my blog each week.

    3) Spend less time on the computer and more time with my kids (see #2 for possible conflict).

    4) Make some money.

  • Reply jennifer December 31, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    wow… it’s almost 2008! crazy. a few things i’d like to focus on in 08.
    – focus on photography business
    – open etsy store
    – exercise more regularly
    – make tamales

    happy new year!

  • Reply Christa December 31, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    1. Learn how to use my technology stuff and my camera
    2. Get more organized
    3. Hang art on my blank walls

  • Reply Kristen December 31, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Ok, this year I resolve to make elegant decisions and be more thoughtful.

  • Reply patricia December 31, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    I have a long list of specific goals but some of the main ones are:
    – be more creative with my cooking
    – keep up with the exercising (wish me luck with my half-marathon in a couple of weeks!)
    – show no fear with my attempts at sewing and incorporate it in my work somehow
    – continue my recycling project ideas
    – and in general – just do and hesitate less

    Happy New Year everyone and thank you for all the inspiration Holly!

  • Reply Molly December 31, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks Holly, for the push to get these written down. I have business and personal goals, and I’m lumping them all together. I’m sure I’ll formulate more as time goes on.

    1. Organize. (And not just once, but forever.) Put systems in place that will keep me organized, expecially during the hectic times, when I tend to let things slide.
    2. Eat healthier and exercise.
    3. Develop my photography skills.
    4. Follow-up. I don’t really have a good process or plan for following up on wholesale requests, etc. Need to develop and implement a plan.

  • Reply Sarah Jayne December 31, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    What a great idea (in no particular order)
    1. Keep a journal
    2. set time aside for craft
    3. set time aside to go to exhibitions
    4. take regular exercise
    5. enter a few quilting exhibitions
    6. ENJOY LIFE… (embrace turning 40)

  • Reply Lauren/knitting in the dark December 31, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    1. finish settling into my apartment that I moved into 5! months ago

    2. run 65 miles in January

  • Reply Sanctuary December 31, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Great idea! Here’s mine:

    1. Adopt a healthier lifestyle – more water and less caffeine for a start!

    2. Seriously soul search for the direction I want my working life to head.

    3. Give more and be an encouragement to those my life’s been blessed with.

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Thank you so much for all the inspiration you bring!

  • Reply Leeland December 31, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    I was listening to npr this past weekend and someone said that 2008 was the year of new beginnings. I don’t remember the context of the comment but i remember that it made me feel very good.

    I don’t tend to do resolutions because i don’t tend to follow them. Instead I give the year a theme, a theme that keeps me focused on doing something. Last year was the year of travel for me, and I made it a point to go to some new places I had never been and also visit some old favorites.

    2008 will be the year of the new for me. So I will be trying to remember to challenge myself to remain open to new experiences.

    Happy New Year!!

  • Reply Christine December 31, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    My resolution for 2008 is to find the person I once was before kids and mortgages and jobs got in the way. I know she is in there somewhere because I can see glimpses of her now and again.
    Thanks for letting me put this out there.

  • Reply One Sweet Day December 31, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Hi! You’re such an inspiration! Thank you.

    Happy New Years~

    My 2008 New year’s resolutions are:

    1) Hurry and finish through the journal I have now so that I can buy a Moleskin!

    2) Save up about $2000 more or less, for my trip to Europe (possibly Spain and Italy) for the year 2009.

    3) Live a diligent life by getting straight A’s again, so that I can hurry up and get into my program.. I should be graduating May 2008, but I’m behind.

    4) Read the entire Bible, meaning, read the Bible everyday.

    5) Take care of my skin to prevent aging.

    6) Start Christmas shopping as soon as the New Year starts.

    7) Speaking of Christmas shopping, I’m going to try to buy all my presents from Etsy, to support hand-made products! I love it!

    8) Make soap at home.

    9) Smile and laugh more

    10) Lastly, learn to take a breather sometimes, and RELAX.

  • Reply decor8 December 31, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    This is fantastic, the response really makes me happy because I had no idea anyone was even going to drop by decor8 until the new year. We’re up to 92 comments and I hope more of you step forward and use this as your personal space to freely express your goals for 2008. I love all the open and honest comments I’m reading, it’s amazingly inspiring to me because I did feel a bit alone in my own resolutions until now. So many of us are in the same boat. This also helps me with blogging going forward, I can see what others need to read about more or what challenges I can perhaps help you to meet through decor8.

    Anyway, thank you all for your honest expressions. I will continue to read them all, and I can’t wait to read more that I’m sure will come in today and tomorrow.

    I’m already thinking of ideas on this topic, so let’s see what I come up with when I’m back blogging full-time again on 1/2.

    Hugs to everyone!!!

  • Reply Lori Anderson Designs December 31, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    I vow to make every Friday “Creative Friday”, and try something new and out of my normal comfort zone.

  • Reply kelly December 31, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    my goals for 2008:
    -be happy
    -keep learning new skills by taking classes and taking risks
    -finally get a dog
    -travel somewhere i’ve never been

    well wishes to all!

  • Reply felicity December 31, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    – don’t let horrible people at work bother me so much (this is going to be really hard – they’re awful :( )
    – graduate! or at least almost graduate ;) it’s really really hard :(
    – find a job!
    – find a partner (i wish)
    – start to wear nicer clothes and make more effort with my appearance
    – be more forgiving of yourself

  • Reply Tiffany December 31, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    My New Year Goals:
    1. To walk in the love of God towards others and towards myself.
    2. To engage more time in prayer
    3. To pursue my dream to be a dancer.
    4. To conquer fear of exposing my soul into my drawings.
    5. To be quiet and listen
    6. To study the act of eating as an art not a chore and to celebrate it with fresh foods from the earth.
    7. Wake up early with the morning light and draw

    ps. wow this took more courage than I thought ^_~

  • Reply shanon December 31, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    It’s great to read what everyone has planned for 2008. I love making New Year Resolutions! That probably sounds weird, but I love getting my goals and dreams down on paper. It sorts the clutter in my mind and gives me something to look at all year. The accomplishment that goes along with checking off a goal give me a lot of pride… and then when December comes it’s a great way to look back at all I’ve done. It’s usually a mixture of small things with a few larger ones thrown in, but those smalls things add up just as much, if not more, to a person’s overall mental and emotional health.
    This year I hope to get back to gardening with a fabulous herb garden and plan to make infused olive oils. I also plan to take better care of my health, renovate my kitchen, visit galleries and museums more often, and build on my Etsy store.
    It is going to be a great year, seeing so many ideas come to fruition! =) And Holly, I wish you and all of your readers a wonderful and successful 2008!

  • Reply lusummers December 31, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    *taking a deep breath*

    i’m going to find time to exercise a couple of times a week

    i’m going to take a class in digital design

    i’m going to contact shops and galleries to sell my work

    i’m going to get my exhibition work finished before the deadline (eek)

    i’m going to be clear and calm when dealing with a MAJOR renovation at my husband’s childhood farmhouse

    i’m going to have more patience with my two boys

    i’m going to spend less time surfing and more time doing something with the ideas in my head

    i’m going to be tidier and more organised

    and i’m going to stop eating so much crap

    i’m going to stop worrying about things that might never happen

    *phew! breathes out in relief*
    oh-er, i feel all cleansed :)

    happy new year, all!

  • Reply CraftyDragonFly December 31, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    My resolutions for this year:
    1- Spoil the gorgeous man sitting next to me.

    2- Finish 4 paintings that I would like to paint for our home.

    3- Get my master’s.

    4- Stick with an exercise routine.

    5- Take more vacations.

    6- Keep up my blog.

    7- Break in my sewing machine.

    8- Learn more.

    I am so thankful for this year. Happy new year to everyone!

  • Reply CraftyDragonFly December 31, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Oh ohhh…apparently blog didn’t like my resolutions. Here we go again.

    1- Spoil my other half more.
    2- Get my master’s.
    3- Finish 4 paintings that I planned to paint.
    4-Keep up my blog.
    5-Have a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating healthier cooking.
    6-Craft for the loved ones.
    7-Take more vacations.

    I am very thankful for this year. Happy new year everyone.

  • Reply Rebeca January 1, 2008 at 12:27 am

    resolutions as i wrote them in my journal:

    + stop cursing
    + read more
    + make my bussiness BIGGER
    + stop messing with people (be a better human, trust, don’t joke about people’s noses)
    + go to the Rastro by myself at least once
    + learn to sew (techniques, patterns, everything and anything)
    + be more organized
    + start my own life (two birds in a branch)
    + don’t buy unnecessary stuff like more purses or cheap shoes.

  • Reply Lisa January 1, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Rather than give up the sport of shopping altogether, I’m going to modify it for the new year by:

    1.) Buying mostly second-hand
    2.) Buying more hand-made items

    I also wouldn’t mind developing the 20+ rolls of film I have kicking around.

    My goals are normally too lofty, but I think I’ll be able to stick with these.

  • Reply babybinko January 1, 2008 at 12:51 am

    just found your blog and I am lovin’ it. My big goal for 2008 is to build my online baby business: http://www.babybinko.com. By the end of January I am pledging to finish revamping my website with the great new photos I just had taken. wish me luck!!

  • Reply cyndi & lee January 1, 2008 at 1:47 am

    1. Believe in myself
    2. Cultivate my passions
    3. Do things that scare me because only then will I see what I really have to offer
    4. Love deeply without fear
    5. Make the world a little brighter for others
    6. Stop worrying about every little thing and enjoy life!

    Here’s to a happy 2008!

  • Reply Laura Dodson January 1, 2008 at 2:11 am

    2008 Goals:
    1. Prepare and give a formal proposal for a school wide art deptartment for the school my children attend and I teach…I’m nervous about getting in front of the board and scared the answer will be no.
    2. To continue to grow closer to my husband (married 17 years in June).
    3. To pursue hospitality.
    4. To pursue deeper more intimate relationships with my children.
    5. To pursue accountability in the areas of my life that need improvement.

    :o) Great idea! Happy New Year!

  • Reply house on hill road January 1, 2008 at 3:17 am

    my personal goals are to:
    -lose some weight.
    -eat more whole foods.
    -run a half marathon.
    -practice patience.

    my craft goals are:
    -knit a sweater for myself.
    -finish my granny square afghan.
    -make a quilt.

    my house goals are:
    -re-do our sunroom.
    -make a bedskirt and duvet for our bedroom.
    -finish the guest room.
    -carve out some office space for myself.

    thanks for doing this holly – it’s good to see it all in writing. happy new year.

  • Reply Anonymous January 1, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Thanks for this post, Holly – how encouraging to learn that I share so many struggles and dreams with other such highly creative people. For the past several years, I’ve opted out of the New Year’s Resolution in favor of the New Month’s Resolution. For me, the prospect of a 30-day lifestyle change is more motivating and easier to stick with. For January, I want to make a drawing a day and to uncrate my treasures – those in our basement and in my imagination.

  • Reply sunny January 1, 2008 at 3:53 am

    great idea! in 2008, I will try to:

    {{eat until satisfied when hungry + move my body more}}

    {{smile more often – especially when alone – and not interacting with someone else. smiling just to smile!}}

    {{spend 15 minutes a day sorting, tidying, polishing, cleaning my home}}

    {{put people first. they matter more than things — a continuation fo a 2007 resolution}}

  • Reply daughterofluxury January 1, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Life is too serious! My family has dealt with a lot of illness in the past 10 years. I’m moving to a bigger city with my partner in the new year. This is exciting for us and our families.

    My New Year’s goals are:

    1) Love life more. Love my boyfriend, love my rabbit, love my family… and show them the love!

    2) Indulge more… on the good things! Eat better (healthier, and tastier) food. More chocolate, more wine, and lots of homemade muffins!

    3) Slow down. I tend to move at a breakneck pace, which makes me exhausted when I finally sit down to rest. I want to slow down so that I can have more time for the things and people I love. I also want to spend more time relishing the things that I love to do.

  • Reply Cami January 1, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I have some goals for 2008 which can be summed up in the cliche “healthy, wealthy, and wise”.

    Healthy-take better care of myself both physically and mentally -eat better, exercise, go to the doctor, etc.
    Wealthy – be in control and improve my finances
    Wise- continuing learning and growing intellectually and artistically
    My more urgent goals are:

    1. sell or rent my house (please, please, please)

    2. organize/clean my stuff.

  • Reply Judith January 1, 2008 at 6:20 am

    ooh so many resolutions:

    1. really plan out time to create my art, and hopefully sell some of it. and continue my buy handmade pledge past the holiday season.

    2. continue to heal from an unfortunate accident, and be more and more active everyday.

    3. swim!

    4. be better about keeping in touch with the people i love.

    5. giving away old clothing that doesn’t fit, organizing my home.

    6. use a reuseable bag instead of a plastic bag, and try to be more ecofriendly in general.

  • Reply Holly January 1, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Okay, here goes…

    1. Get Etsy store up and running by June.
    2. Eat healthier, exercise more regularly, drink LOTS more water
    3. Do something creative every day
    4. Get my house sold or, at least, rented out before we move to Alabama for 16 months of my husband’s pilot training

    We shall see how it all washes out! :0)

  • Reply Giuseppina January 1, 2008 at 7:40 am

    being healthy…emotionally, professionally, body-wise. i just want to find balance.

  • Reply Anonymous January 1, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Try each day to be the best person (mother, daghter, wife, friend, artist, etc.) I can be. Practice patience and kindness, not sarcasm. Buy less, reuse/recycle more. Focus on completing goals. Living with a purpose and direction. Experience life with my husband & enjoy the adventure. Travel more. Accountability with follow through. That’s the tough one. So I’m going to print this out, post it on/in my mirror, wallet & desk… AND read it everyday. ;)
    Thanks Holly, I needed that!
    Cheers- Jeen-Marie

  • Reply Jaime January 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    My goal is to achieve a balance between being a good mother to my 2 kids and trying to run a business.

  • Reply lindsay January 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    create every day

    take my dog on more walks

    cook dinner more often

    write and illustrate a childrens book

  • Reply Michaele January 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Happy New Year to you! My resolutions include reading more classic literature, learning more about digital photography and podcasting, and getting my now 38-year-old-body into reasonable and healthy shape. A return to “hoping, not moping” is also added to my course of action for 2008! Hope your year is happy, healthy and full of good humor!

  • Reply Magpie Designs January 1, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    My goal for 2008 is to have faith in myself, put self-doubt aside, be my biggest fan, and acknowledge that I CAN do what I put my mind to – including starting my own interior design business.

    Happy New Year and Peace to all!


  • Reply Lori January 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I am keeping my goals simple this year. Of course there is the “make healthier choices goal” that I make each year. For the last two I’ve actually accomplished it, but there is always room for improvement. So, it is a constant goal. These are the goals I am writing down.

    1. Cut TV time in half
    2. Read one novel a month (I get too caught up in magazines and blogs, but I really need novels)
    3. Craft for myself – I give everything away
    4. Be more brave – I’m going to take classes, introduce myself to interesting people, so I can quit being so recluse
    5. Wear high heels once a week.

    I think these goals are very measurable and achievable, but I also know they will be a challenge for me to accomplish.

  • Reply Katja January 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    What a nice idea!

    My goal for the new year is to learn to focus not on stress and worries but on the little (and big) sources of joy and happiness that can be found in everyday life.

    I want to laugh, create, learn, love, read and blog more than I did last year and hopefully find new friends and find out new things about myself in the process.

  • Reply sparkycin January 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    This is a great idea! I hope that everyone accomplishes at least one thing on their list in ’08. Here’s mine…
    1. Stay a non-smoker.
    2. Exercise and eat better.
    3. Volunteer
    4. Finish the projects I start.
    5. Watch less tv and read more.

  • Reply .::still blinking::. January 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I want to:

    :: start an etsy shop ::
    :: have a homemade christmas next year, I want to start early ::
    :: figure out a weekly schedule that does not leave things like toilets, dusting, and billing to be ignored ::
    :: get over my fear of having another child ::

  • Reply acharpen January 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Mine are pretty typical. To exercise more (in hopes of losing weight); to get organized; to be a better Ph.D. students. I also hope to be able to do a back handspring by the end of the year (is that odd? I guess so because I get a lot of quizzical looks from it) as well as learn how to program well enough to make my own Iphone application. I’m most excited by the last two. The other three are things I should do.
    Best wishes to everyone for the new year!

  • Reply r8ermom January 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    1. Less time dreaming, more time doing. After all, what good are dreams if we don’t make them reality. That means, as painful as it is, to spend less time reading blogs and more time doing what those blogs inspire me to do. NOTE: Not giving up blogs entirely. That would be crazy, not to mention impossible!
    2. Cherish the now better.

  • Reply CG January 1, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    :: Paint the paintings I can see in my head – paint to please myself instead of to please others

    :: Reach out to my friends and family across the country (I recently moved to Boston) despite how much I dislike talking on the phone

    :: Finally, finally find an organizational system that will work for me and stop making the excuse that it prevents me from being creative

    I always have a million resolutions but I will stop here to be realistic

  • Reply angeliaa January 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I will:
    Be more open to new ideas.
    Eat more real food.
    Exercise at least 4 times a week.

    Finish new marketing materials.
    Reorganize working studio for production work.
    Organize my sketches/design ideas in notebooks.

  • Reply hang tight studio January 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Brilliant Idea!
    My list has been kicking around in my head for weeks now, but I hadn’t committed to actually writing it down yet. Thanks for the extra shove.
    Here we go…

    – Travel more & get inspired (the two always go hand & hand, don’t they?)

    – Start sewing again. I forgot how happy it makes me

    – Spend more time doing and less time thinking about doing (this applies to all areas of my life – projects, travel, cooking…)

    – Finally take a yoga class. I think it’s just what I need to decompress after designing all day in front of a computer

    – Smile more & worry less. It’s much more fun!

    – Fill my “idea book” and select one new idea/project a month to follow through on

    – Stop procrastinating & finally open an Etsy shop

    – Start writing in my journal again. I’ve kept a journal since I was a kid, but for some reason I stopped a few years ago. I’ve missed it more than I realized

    – Slow down and enjoy the little things more

    2007 was a hectic, but banner year for my business. Now that I look back over my list of goals, I’m inspired to make 2008 a banner year for my life as well.
    Cheers to all of you & Happy New Year!

  • Reply sideoats + scribbles January 1, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    My big resolution for 2008 is to get life and work back in balance. I think everything else will flow from there.

  • Reply pyjama dee January 1, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    i’m glad you’re urging us to actually write these down. i usually create lists in my head that never materialize on paper. i resolve to:

    1) write more lists
    2) do what i say
    3) use my hands more / create
    4) get a job that i enjoy

  • Reply Andi January 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Happy New Year!!

    1. I recently opened an Etsy shop, so 2008 will be all about making it work. Promoting it, making and adding more stuff. I didn’t add anything new in December because everything I made was for gifts.

    2. Update my blog more often, even on days when I think I have nothing to say.

    3. Take more pictures

    4. Paint the bathroom (finally)

    5. And the most important one, finally plan our big move, which could be the most stressful thing my husband and I will have to do, but in the end it will be so totally worth it.

    Here’s to a productive 2008!

    PS. Happy 2nd Anniversary!

  • Reply Leah January 1, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Don’t want to write a novel here, but I just posted mine:


    Yay! This is the first time I’ve actually written them down.

    All the best,


  • Reply Hang Tight Studio January 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Brilliant Idea!
    My list has been kicking around in my head for weeks now, but I
    hadn’t committed to actually writing it down yet. Thanks for the
    extra shove.
    Here we go…

    – Travel more & get inspired (the two always go hand & hand, don’t

    – Start sewing again. I forgot how happy it makes me

    – Spend more time doing and less time thinking about doing (this
    applies to all areas of my life – projects, travel, cooking…)

    – Finally take a yoga class. I think it’s just what I need to
    decompress after designing all day in front of a computer

    – Smile more & worry less. It’s much more fun!

    – Fill my “idea book” and select one new idea/project a month to
    follow through on

    – Stop procrastinating & finally open an Etsy shop

    – Start writing in my journal again. I’ve kept a journal since I was
    a kid, but for some reason I stopped a few years ago. I’ve missed it
    more than I realized

    – Slow down and enjoy the little things more

    2007 was a hectic, but banner year for my business. Now that I look
    back over my list of goals, I’m inspired to make 2008 a banner year
    for my life as well.
    Cheers to all of you & Happy New Year!

    Hang Tight Studio
    Heather Dutton

  • Reply s a n s k u :) January 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    *a LOT less sugar diet (I’m a chocoholic big time, can’t eat just a bit, have to have tons, it’s tons or none… I’m trying the “none”… Did it for a year before… first it feels like loosing your best friend…*snif*)

    *learn to overcome my thinking “I can’t” and start doing something about my dreams

    *go through the house and dejunk & simplify & organize

    *try to find a bit of alone time each week (I love my family but everyone needs a bit of “me” time)

    *it would be a miracle if I FINALLY learned to exercise regularly (meaning more than once in January, twice in February, some hiking in the summer)… Gotta believe in miracles, right…

    *find a Finnish friend so I won’t loose my mother tongue conversation skills even more

    *as always: learn something new every day & try to be a positive influence in the world instead of sending anything negative out there

  • Reply In(side) the Loop January 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I am horrible at remembering to keep what I promise to myself, so this year I’m keeping it simple. I want to enter 2009 feeling like I became a better person in 2008. So in order to do so, I will:
    ? Be Informed.
    ? Be a Person to be Proud of.
    ? Ride my Bike More Often or At Least Find Another Way To Be a More Mobile/Active.
    ? Drink More Water (only with lemons, of course).

  • Reply kapcity January 2, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I fully agree getting your resolution list out there can help in the end. If only you would check in with us in a few month to see if we’re succeeding in working towards them. Here I go….. Happy New Year!

    1. Travel (go somewhere..anywhere that I have never been)

    2. Set a schedule to work by for my store kapcity. Update regularly

    3. Give my time to others to inspire creativity.

  • Reply Missy January 2, 2008 at 12:49 am

    I will consider the outcome of my actions.

    That and try really hard to be OK with the fact that my thighs will most likely always touch.

  • Reply susan January 2, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Wow, how inspirational to say the least! OK, here are a few in regard to business:

    1. keep learning/growing in my profession – kitchen design
    2. get inspiration from other design disciplines outside of kitchen related areas such as the highly inspirational decor8!
    3. do the best job I can for my clients and readers of my blog
    4. Be more proactive in managing my time properly
    5. make more lists!
    6. keep it positive!!

    Thanks so much Holly for this little exercise! It helps to focus! :)

  • Reply Jules January 2, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Happy New Year! I have a ton, but I guess I can narrow it down to the most important (and consequently most difficult):

    1. Dream less, live more.
    2. Write everyday.
    3. Covet less.
    4. Travel.
    5. Regain my health.

  • Reply kis January 2, 2008 at 1:16 am

    2007 was a tough tough year so 2008 is going to be filled with productivity and positivity for me.

    1. Become a better me. Inside and out. I’m working on losing lbs., going back to school, changing my major to make MYSELF happier.

    2. Get my little business off the ground.

    I have so many ideas and so much to offer to the world, but I get so scared and start feeling like I don’t deserve it.

    Overall..I’m taking risks.

    Love those who love you; unashamed and neverending. Happy New Year.

  • Reply megan January 2, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I just found this blog and I think that this is a great idea. Count me in. In random order:
    1. Be more calm in my daily life obstacles.
    2. Sew and craft more. It can be so satisfying.
    3. Finish painting my kitchen and bathroom, oh, and my daughters desk that I started a very long time ago.
    4. Practice and play the flute more.


  • Reply wishfull January 2, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Wow, everyone has been so inspiring…

    1. Learn to accept that my hubby is messy (argg! just writing that was an accomplishment).
    2. Don’t say SUCH nasty things when I cuss. Maybe just minor cussing from now on (especially when things are messy).
    3. Spend some time outdoors every day.
    4. Take at least 6 of my Architectural Registration Exams.
    5. Don’t judge myself according to what other people think.
    6. Spend less time on the computer or TV!
    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply minxlj January 2, 2008 at 2:47 am

    What a fab idea! I agree that we’re all more likely to see our resolutions through when they’re ‘out there’ publicly! So here goes:

    ? After an awful 2007, I’ve got a fresh start, so I resolve to grab it with both hands and enjoy it;
    ? Part of that is my new home (can’t wait! have had tons of inspiration from this blog) and I resolve to dig in, DIY my butt off, and make it fabulous :-)

  • Reply tammy January 2, 2008 at 2:54 am

    My resolution for this year is to eat at least one fruit or vegetable a day. Really, that’s it. Come 2009, should I succeed, I will be v. proud and braggy about it.

  • Reply LobotoME January 2, 2008 at 3:20 am

    To be a more patient, imaginative, mindful MOM.

    Happy New Year!

    – Jenny :)

  • Reply Christy January 2, 2008 at 3:23 am

    1. To write everyday, whether in a paper journal, my online blog, etc.
    2. To really “go for it” when it comes to relationships and meeting new people
    3. To take care of myself (exercise, eat healthy, etc.)
    4. To take risks! Like submitting my papers to English conferences (I’m currently an undergrad Lit. major, among other things)
    5. To save more, spend less (enough said…hehe)
    6. To stop caring so much about what others think and to stop worrying about how I am perceived. Who cares if people label me as “artsy” or “geeky” or whatever?! To do what I love without excuse.

    Really, though, my hopes for the new year can be summed up in a single sentence: I sincerely hope that 2008 is impossibly beautiful and that I am not too caught up in silly things to notice. =D

    And thank you, as always, for your wonderful blog. Right now, I live in a small apartment, so I haven’t had the chance to really tackle decorating on a larger scale, but everything you post is so inspirational and gets me really excited about the future. I hope 2008 brings you only good things.

  • Reply meg January 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

    There are many things that I want to do for my kids, my husband, my house, and even my dogs (like walk the poor things), but for me I just want to open a little shop on etsy.

  • Reply Tobey January 2, 2008 at 4:35 am

    My short-term goal (although it seems to take a loooong time) is to set up shop by spring……..a serious, professional shop to sell my wares.
    We are moving in 3 weeks, so that’s kind of throwing a wrench into my plan, but it will work out.

    My long-term goal is to earn enough money from my shop to redecorate our new home. It is in desparate need of updating and it is someting I really want to get done. AND~I can use many of the ideas I get from decor8!!!


  • Reply Hyena In Petticoats January 2, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Happy New Year!

    My one resolution so far is to post more finished projects on my blog…. I post so may works in progress, and then forget to show the finished product!

    I hope this year is fabulous for you, Holly!

    Leah xxx

  • Reply Jennifer January 2, 2008 at 5:12 am

    This is my first time here, and I love your idea of posting something in a public place. I agree it in a little more incentive to actually go through with it.

    I have some big goals, which I feel a little bit scared about putting down here…but anyhow here goes:

    ** To become a teacher. Not necessarily the idea of a “teacher” I have in my head. Rather something creative and inspiring.

    ** To take more photograph’s and open up my own ETSY shop.

    ** To find a fulfilling job.

    ** To be knee deep in creative adventures.

    ** To keep smiling, keep loving, and keep enjoying life.

    Thank you for giving me the space to put all of this out there.

  • Reply kena January 2, 2008 at 5:13 am

    1. Lose weight and just be healthier! Everyone says this, and hardly anyone follows through. But I am determined. I want this! I’m going to lose the weight.

    2. Take more risks! In love, life, and the stupid meaningless things.

    3. Don’t stress out over the small stuff! I can’t control the world, and it’s okay if something is a little crooked. I have bigger things to take care of, and everything will still go on!

    4. Write absolutely every day! It doesn’t have to be the Next Great American Novel. It just has to be something.

    Oh, I just found your blog today, but I am in love! It is fantastic, and this idea is great!

  • Reply Jules January 2, 2008 at 5:15 am

    I want to live fearlessly this year.

    This is my year, I can feel it. I want to make things happen.

  • Reply Brianne January 2, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Create more, worry less.
    be happy. stay calm.
    appreciate life.
    travel a little.
    spend more time with family
    live my life, instead of just coasting through.

  • Reply renee January 2, 2008 at 5:54 am

    2008 I resolve…

    1. start cooking a few times a week instead of going out to eat everyday.
    2. have a baby
    3. be more of an optimist
    4. worry less

  • Reply philo January 2, 2008 at 6:20 am

    hi, i just discoverd your blog, and find it most inspiring. & what fantastic ideas listed here to kick-start my lethargic mind for 2008…& my goal for this year is : Just Do It :)

  • Reply JJsMama January 2, 2008 at 8:20 am

    My intentions for 2008:

    – Have every guest that enters my home announce: “Wow, this is so you!”

    – Be more like my mom. (I’m hearing a lot of gasps out there.) Make my own bread, crochet, and always find amazing deals(at garage sales).

    – Continue to support my little sister in reaching her goal weight.

    – Buy handmade. (That’s for all you ladies out there that are dreaming of your Etsy shops. Good luck!!)

    – Go green.

    – Improve my Arabic by calling my in-laws overseas once a week.

    I wish everyone nothing buy success in reaching their goals this year.

    * Amnah

  • Reply kat January 2, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Hi Holly and a Happy New Year to you!

    I aim to silence that inner voice as best I can – the one that says:

    “There’s not enough time…”

    “I’ll never achieve that…”

    “I can’t…”

    Wishing you all success in your own endeavours!

  • Reply eva January 2, 2008 at 8:52 am

    My New Years resolutions are
    1. Focus more on quality, not quantity (applies to everything in my life!)
    2. Make smart decisions (not putting business at first place – this place belongs to myself!)
    3. Establish my own business

    That`s it! Not too much and difficult, so I hope to keep myself motivated through all these 365 days.
    Happy New Year to Decor8!!!!

  • Reply Dees January 2, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Happy New Year!
    Ok I will have to give you my resolution I guess,I just put in on my blog and it is not a fun one:I AM CUTTING BACK ON MY PURCHASES!YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now coming from me this is scary!but at the age of 41 how much stuff can a person put into their home???I can not display each thing I love??Less is more is my mantra for 2008!
    hugs Dees

  • Reply minimally invasive January 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    So many ideas swimming around here! Very inspiring. As for me, I’d like to:

    1) Learn to sew.
    2) Open an Etsy shop to sell photography and design items.
    3) Find a new design job in publishing.
    4) Blog more, or at least more consistently.

    Have a happy 2008!

  • Reply steven mcvay January 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    hello from london and a very happy new year to you…
    my resolutions this new year is to 1.buy more things i dont need
    2.clutter up more spaces.
    3.start a vintage etsy shop.
    4.eat more cake than last year.
    5.stop drooling over my keyboard whilst looking at pretty blogs.
    heres to a great clutter and cake filled year..xxxxxx

  • Reply steven mcvay January 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    hello again..
    i was thinking, and i also have another resolution,
    and it is to stop dressing like im 80yrs old, and maybe start taking a slight interest in what im wearing, just coz it fits does not mean it looks good.
    thanks again..

  • Reply Abbey January 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I would like to push my creative spirit beyond the confinement of my tiny apartment and somehow show the world my talent. I want to promote my color blog more so I can make people happy through colorful palettes and inspiration, open my etsy shop, start tap dancing again, make a satisfying income this year by being creative and to live each day with patience and a smile by enjoying the little moments like the warmth from my cup of coffee!

  • Reply buericana January 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Happy 2008!

    My resolutions are, in theory, simple:
    1. run minimum of 1 mile every day
    2. Call my friends and family more

    These are quite attainable!


  • Reply nonchalant mom January 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    i want to spend more time sending ‘thanks’ out to people, like you for instance…thank you for blogging about nonchalant mom! super nice of you and I love your blog as well (resolution: to use decor8 as a homepage). I tend to spend a lot of time working and not saying thanks enough! I also want to find a way to ‘give’ with my company more effectively…these are my two goals ‘nice’ goals…then there are the business ones (yikes!)…thanks holly! for helping me make them stick!

    happy new year!


  • Reply Eliza January 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    in no particular order…

    1) get back to cooking more and eating out/ordering in less
    2) start sewing again (and finish the pillows for my couch that i’ve been “working” on for 2 years)
    4) actually use my moleskine planner all year long
    5) keep track of my spending and save more
    6) get in better shape
    7) try and take a real vacation (or even a weekend away) with amanda

  • Reply Leanne January 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    1. Want less
    2. Create more
    3. After nine years of knowing that I want to – finally commit to yoga instructor teacher training.
    4. To master using the Bernina I inherited from my great-grandmother.
    5. Spend more quality time with my wonderful, loving partner.
    6. Stop overcommitting myself so that I actually have time to do the above!
    7. Greet every day as a new chance to live.

  • Reply jade January 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Resolutions totally scare me to bits, so this is what I do.

    You pick 12 (or less) themes/goals or areas that extremely important to you that you want to focus on.

    For example:
    If you don?t have 12 you can repeat some??.like Organizing for me!!!!

    And for each month on your calendar you will write it at the top, so maybe
    January = FRIENDS or whatever u pick.
    So when you are planning your week, your focus is on FRIENDS and you will pencil in things related to it. Whenever you have free time you will do at least one thing related to your GOAL for that month. . You might try to schedule get togethers for a few weekends. Pencil in phone calls for friends that you want to call?. ?you send notes. You might make something for a friends bday.

    Month by month??..Everytime you open your planner you are reminded of that goal.
    You?ll see that it just happens that you are spending more and more time on the things that matter most to you!!!


  • Reply www.projectblancoyd.typepad.com January 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm



    That was an easy one to think of.

    Oh, and start Parsons school of Design in Fall 08

  • Reply Jenny January 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I love this!

    This year I will finish my novel, submit our application to adopt a little girl from China, and be the best momma/wife/friend/sister/daughter I can be!

  • Reply Melissa Dominguez January 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Hi! greetings from Panama, ok let’s see…

    1. Love more, fight less
    2. Get engaged
    3. Travel anywhere
    4. Finally start my side business
    5. Design for pleasure not for duty
    6. Start painting again
    7. Sew handbags
    8. Listen more

    wow, haven’t thought about this, good exercise! Happy new year!

  • Reply Tracy Harris January 2, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    The one thing I have had on my mind lately is to slow down and enjoy the little things a little bit more.

  • Reply kate (pm) January 2, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my! Everyone sharing these great goals are inspirational. I have similar ones.. …lose weight! get fit! get out of the office more! (I worked TONS of O.T. the past several years & it’s been pretty much for nothing… really.), organize! be creative & literally do something! get past the suffocating self-doubt!, etc..
    So my big goal is to remember I am not alone this year and practice what I preach/made resolutions and hopefully become sort of inspiration myself.

  • Reply Marteen January 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    1. Volunteer
    2. Say “no” more often
    3. Illustrate everyday
    4. Buy and wear clothing I absolutely adore
    5. Embrace imperfection
    6. Be prolific
    7. Commit to being fulfilled and creative on my terms

  • Reply yellow January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    do “more”
    2. healthy eating
    3.being kind to self and others

    do “less”
    1.negative self talk
    2. whining
    3. working overtime

  • Reply emily January 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    the goal i’m most excited about is having my friends teach me something they’re good at– whether it’s frosting cupcakes, identifying constellations, how to have difficult conversations, making chinese dumplings etc. etc. More quality time with friends– plus getting to appreciate what they’re really good at. I can’t wait.

  • Reply Shannon January 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I have really enjoyed reading all of these. And totally inspired to create my own goals for the New Year.

    Help my Boyfirend around the house
    Read More (and not just blogs)
    Learn a new skill – playing guitar is on top of my list
    Be more active – meaning get off my sofa
    Stay in touch with old friends
    Save Money
    Get a new Job

    In 365 days, I think I can do it. Best of luck to all!

  • Reply susie January 2, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Happy New Year!

    1) eat more chocolate!
    2) continue to ride my bike more often (instead of driving)
    3) make up more of my own holidays! I started this a couple of years ago to bring more personal meaning to life. When you pick the day, the ritual, and the participants, it is SO much more meaningful and fun!
    4) start volunteering again.
    5) Pilates 3 times a week
    6) visit 3 new cities this year
    7) more homecooked meals….got into a bad habit of going out for dinner too much!

  • Reply dottie January 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    just posted mine after reading making it lovely’s, so inspired:

    to do list 2008

  • Reply lizzyl January 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    wow, lots of great ideas! i love making resolutions bc i find once i write things down somehow most of them end up getting done! a few of mine:

    – open my etsy store today.

    – build my business.

    – actually blog.

    – cook more at home.

    – practice my spanish.

    – eat more vegetables.

    – get better at finishing what I start.

    – make more money!

    good luck everyone! xoxo

  • Reply boltandfrolic January 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks Holly, for inviting us to post our resolutions here. My main ones are:

    ? realize my dreams for Bolt+Frolic (rabbity giftables)

    ?plant and tend a greens garden for my 2 houserabbits, Honey and Hudson

    ? have friends over more and share meals together

    ? utilize my gym membership

    May 2008 be a good year for everyone!

  • Reply Shabby Cottage Boutique January 2, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Oh How cute! I don’t make resolutions?!
    My altered art shoes have been selling like hotcakes and were posted on Ullabenulla’s blog.Wow! my artwork was mentioned on Eco Chic Weddings! No snow in Boston! Happy New Year! Denise

  • Reply Mila January 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Happy new year to you! Mat al your dreams and wishes come true.

    The most important thing i’d like to reach in 2008 is enjoying more of the little things and worry less about things that are really not that important (and there are much!)

    Also i am planning to do more creative things, like making photographs and drawing and painting.


  • Reply little bean January 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    yay! i love this idea.

    in no particular order, my new year’s resolutions:

    1. read more. and no more home/baby/craft magazines. i am talking books.
    2. go to the gym.
    3. have a positive attitude at work. (now full time – more on that later).
    4. keep in better touch with long-distance friends.
    5. get involved in my community.
    6. stop obsessing so much about getting the house exactly how i want it. we’ll be there forever. i have time.
    7. realize that sometimes things that are easy for me to do for others might mean a lot to them.
    8. have patience.
    9. let it go.

  • Reply paperlili January 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    ok…here it goes

    ~ laugh more
    ~ be patient
    ~ continue to get inspired
    ~ stay focus
    ~ keep sewing, it will all pay off
    ~ load my inventory on http://www.paperlili.com

    Just enjoy life…it is pretty good!
    Happy 2008!

  • Reply Cadet Kristy January 3, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Do more to help the environment. (buy more green products, recycle more etc.)

  • Reply Hyunah Oh January 3, 2008 at 1:44 am

    1.Build a stronger relationship with God.
    2.Learn to speed read Korean. Learn French.
    3.Manage $ wisely. Very wisely.
    4. Decorate my room at permanent home.
    5. Get a job.
    6. Build resume.
    7. Read. Read. Read!
    8. Healthy lifestyle.
    9. Be a better and more loving daughter, girlfriend, friend.
    10. Save $ for traveling.

  • Reply Hyunah Oh January 3, 2008 at 1:50 am

    -build a strong relationship with God.
    -learn to speed read Korean
    -learn French
    -Manage $ very wisely
    -decorate room at permanent home
    -be a loving daughter, girlfriend, and friend
    -save $ for traveling & photography
    -learn to sew. then sew something magnificant!
    -read the news daily, read the Bible daily, read blogs daily, and read books daily.

  • Reply SQUID37 January 3, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Expand my business
    Sew more
    Eat better
    Excersize more
    Work more
    Save more money (for vacation!)

  • Reply Katie_Sunshine January 3, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Work on my spirituality: Get in touch with it and broaden my perspective.

    Work on my weight: Lose 50 pounds and take 12 months to do it this time instead of 12 weeks.

    Be a better mother.

    Read and comment on blogs more often.

  • Reply PSD January 3, 2008 at 3:13 am

    ok, the short list..

    to eat with my fingers more (well when i am at home)…being an adult all the time is so over rated..

    to take even longer baths, surrounded by mags and books and cool drinks

    to pull all of my craft stuff out of the closet and make something, even if its just a collage to frame and put on the wall

    advertise my virtual assistant biz more

    use my pda as it was meant to be used, for tracking my life and not just to as an alternate remote control for the tv

    happy new years wonderfuls

    thank you so much holly..your blog brings me joy…

  • Reply susan January 3, 2008 at 3:14 am

    – move back home to buffalo & start my life.
    – get out of retail & follow my gut & dive into my etsy business full time.
    – not be afraid of my credit card debt as a hold back to living life.
    – learn japanese
    – to go tokyo after I learn japanese.
    – if the two above don’t work then go to london.
    – buy more magazines. (you can never have enough).
    – never give up the dream that morrissey will marry me.
    – not be afraid to leave comments sooner. I believe i’m 191, yikes!

  • Reply Republic of Candy January 3, 2008 at 3:24 am

    -be healthier: in the food I eat, the thoughts I think (less stress and self-doubt), and in the way I live
    -be more productive: in my sewing, blocking, and printing – oh, and in blogging
    -travel more: hopefully back to paris and tokyo, and maybe a trip home to manila
    -to cultivate kindness and warmth in all my interactions

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Chelsea January 3, 2008 at 3:41 am

    1. let go of my fear of involving myself, particularly my favorite my blogs where it’s just so easy to stay hidden.

    2. be ok with the fact that I just can’t do it all. it’s ok that I’m not pulling a 4.0 and it’s ok that there is still a stack of reports on my desk and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s ok that I haven’t dusted in weeks as long as my daughters and I are making memories together.

    3. a vacation in Spain.

  • Reply Ariel G January 3, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I’m launching my own jewelry collection this year (www.arielgordonjewelry.com) and I want to be self-employed by this time next year! Wish me luck…

  • Reply K Mel January 3, 2008 at 3:49 am

    I’d like to (inexpensively) bring more style and panache to my house and wardrobe.

    And I’m vowing now to enjoy turning 30!

  • Reply Meg January 3, 2008 at 3:53 am

    -this year i’m going to try to become a full time artist and live off my work
    -which directly relates to working on my etsy store: Berd and Bee
    -list at least one new item every week day
    -post a blog entry at least every week day
    -make a new piece every week
    -figure out where i really want to live
    -move there
    -hopefully with my wonderful mister, Bryan
    -be a good person and a better person everyday
    -make a difference in as many lives as possible
    -try to reduce my impact on the earth

    thanks for finally making me write those down! this is the first year i’m having actual real tangible goals and i’m so excited :)

  • Reply Anonymous January 3, 2008 at 4:05 am

    My goal for 2008 is to abruptly end my disgusting obsession with gossip sites. If I can only get past that one, I’ll be able to achieve my other goals. I’m sure of it. Thank you for encouraging me to put that in writing!

  • Reply m&stetson January 3, 2008 at 6:17 am

    i usually end up biting off more than i can chew, thus leading to failure? maybe this year i will:
    ? set more realistic goals
    ? be a better wife, friend, daughter & sister
    ? blog regularly
    ? be consistent with my devotionals

    thank you for the opportunity; these definitely were inspiring!

  • Reply Design Moonshine January 3, 2008 at 7:12 am

    My wishes –

    – I would love to continue finding and sharing all of the wonderful green design that is coming into the world. http://www.designsprout.com

    – Do something kind for someone once a day.

    – Travel to India.

    – Be a better friend.

  • Reply Penny Boyd January 3, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the opportunity – I wasn’t going to post initially, but in keeping with my goals, I’ve decided to jump in too and share:
    1. get over my ‘creative paralysis’ that I’ve been experiencing for some time now – I need to find focus.
    2. take more risks in regards to beginning a creative career.
    3. get out of the boring job that is zapping all the creative energy out of me.
    4. get my body back after having my baby!
    5. be the mother my son needs me to be (and the wife my husband deserves).
    6. transform my house into a home, on a budget.
    7. pay off our credit card debt.
    8. be more open to the world and people, and see more of my own back yard (Australia).

  • Reply Heldin des Chaos January 3, 2008 at 10:49 am

    1. Write! At least one story every month
    2. Finish the things I start
    3. Find a job that doesn’t make me unhappy
    4. Stop being so messy
    5. Stop worrying about everything and just doing the things I really want
    6. Spend less time surfing and watching TV and more doing sport
    7. Make my boyfriend at least as happy as he makes me :)

    Thanks for this place to share, hope next year everybody will be able to share some sucsess here! :)

  • Reply Niamhywonder January 3, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Yay I love resolutions and somehow writing them down makes them more powerful. Great idea, thanks Holly!

    1** Stay focused! Wheither it be a mundane job I’m doing or working on fulfilling my dreams, I endeavour to do everything this year to the best of my ablity. No half arsed (sorry a very Irish saying!) attmepts at thing this year! I want to be proud of everything I take on this year.

    2** Getting fit and healthy! An obvious one but it really makes such a difference! And really its not that hard is it?! I promise to make better choices around food and excercise this year. I know I’ll feel sooo much better for it!

    3** Spend as much time as possible with my beautiful Daughter and Hubby. Call my Mum and Dad more just for a chat. Spend more time with my Brother and lil Sis.

    4** Spend at least a few mins of each day really belly laughing!

    5** Look after my friends and meet up with them as often as possible.

    6** Take on one project each week that helps me to develop creativley and brings me a step closer to fulfilling a dream of working in the field of interior design.

    7** Leave more comments on blogs that I treasure (like yours holly!) So that those bloggers know how much I appreciate them!

    Hope you all find much happiness and fullfillment in 2008. Lets make this year one to remember!

    Niamh xxx

  • Reply littlemithi January 3, 2008 at 11:09 am

    2007 was a wonderful year for me – finally starting on that Illustration BA (after years as a scientist), finally having my own home (OK so its rented, but at least its just us – not sharing with other people … I can DECORATE!), and to top it all off, getting proposed to and engaged on New Year’s Eve-eve!

    My goals for 2008 are:

    1. Work towards getting my work _out there_ – etsy, commissions, exhibitions; anything really. (also to generate some income to support my studies).

    2. Start planning a wedding! (OMG, need to generate even more income … for this …)

    3. Last but not least, making 2008 even better than 2007!!!!

  • Reply Alistair&Kate&Milan January 3, 2008 at 11:54 am

    This year I’m going to come to terms with the fact that the past doesn’t have to define you unless you let it.
    That we are half way around the world from our friends and family but I should treat this as an adventure not with the sadness of loss.
    And last but not least, forget about the cleaning completely, its only going to get messy again.
    All the best for 2008, and thanks for that cathartic splurge!

  • Reply Kathrine January 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hi there!

    I love your blog Holly, thanks for sharing all these ideas and views with us! This year I will

    – Give a part of family incomes to charity, on a regular basis
    – Come up with little family parties more often, bake a cake for kids, blow a balloon and such
    – Read more Bible and try to find own church
    – Achieve my next career goal
    – Proceed studies, even a bit
    – Feel less guilty for nothing

  • Reply Sarah January 3, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Better late than never!

    I would love to support the local and independent artists more this year (made a great start in 2007!) as well as get back to making some art myself. The business world has distracted me from doing what I really love – but I can’t bite the hand that feeds me either! I guess ‘balance’ would be the best description!

    Thank you for all you do! You have certainly lead me to some wonderful artists to support and for that I am VERY thankful!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2008!


  • Reply LINDSAY January 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    My goals:

    Be the best mom & wife I can be.

    Take more chances, put myself out there as an artist.

    Finish remodeling our house, really how long was it supposed to take?

    Do pilates.

    Call my mom & sister more often.

  • Reply inkygirl January 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    One of my goals for 2008 is to make contact more with the creative people whose blogs I read, I am about to apply for an MA and I would like to stop feeling reticent about my creativity, and I am so inspired by the things I have seen other people doing, that it would be nice to feel that these people who have unwittingly inspired me knew a little about me and what I do. It is not fair for it to be all one way.

    I have recently started moshi-mosh i(my etsy shop) and this venture would not have come about if it hadn’t been for all these lovely creative people (mostly women) who’s lives and blogs I have been peeking at for the last couple of years.

    So hers to creativity, new contacts and new friends in 2008!

  • Reply Amy Turn Sharp January 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I will write the novel that is in my head and heart this year
    oh, and also rehab my bathroom

  • Reply megmorley January 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    happy new year, everyone!

    this year, I want to work on…

    breaking into a freelance career in publishing by taking classes in copy editing, graphic design and web design; as well as taking a self-indulgent letterpress class! (and, most important – to do this with some modicum of confidence! it’s a little scary to take the leap…)

    cook more, with better fresh ingredients and for less $$$

    start a collection (or two, or three)

    decorate more by being creative and digging for good finds that may just need a revamp, and have fun with it!

    tell people how I feel about them, regularly – why keep love, admiration and respect a secret?! it’s better to share.

    thanks, Holly! you’re right, it is good to type it on out!

  • Reply daisyjanie January 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    1. Drink more water, get more sleep.
    2. Streamline behind-the-scenes business tasks, including blog posting for Scoutie Girl.
    3. Use the strength of my google rankings for Daisy Janie to become more profitable (worked like crazy for 3 years to get that darned 1st page!)
    4. Get my fabric designs to the printer ASAP (as in tomorrow), and get going on this aspect of my business…building a client base, a PR base, etc. This is where my creative heart wants to be, so other people can make pretty things from my designs…and I can just design. period.
    5. Be more proactive. Always. No matter what.

  • Reply danger hanson January 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I have many goals for 2008, but my biggest one is to “KEEP IT SIMPLE”
    So in following that rule of thumb, here are my top 3 goals for 2008..

    1) Stop self-sabbotaging my own success.
    2) Stop procrastinating
    3)Accept the fact that I have what it takes to be an extremely successful businesswoman, and that I will see my ideas through to fruition this year.

    Here’s one more for good measure.

    4) Meet Holly Becker someday- ;) (Your blog has inspired me in soo many ways…thank you!)

    Cherryl Hanson

  • Reply Anonymous January 3, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Well, I have been very inspired after reading all the new year?s resolution from everyone who posted here, so here we go:
    1- I want to attend some quick courses and learn Flash, so this will lead to:
    2-Finish my website (which I started to do two years ago!), and this will also lead to
    3-Upgrade my portfolio
    4-Improve my habilities in Photoshop
    5-Try to do one sketch/day (I work everyday on computer, using textile design software, which is great and fast but sometimes it?s bad because makes me feel I?m loosing my trace).
    Well, there?s a lot of other plans too, but these are just some to start :) I hope I can do it :)

  • Reply decor8 January 3, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    If you’re reading, can the following ladies email me by 1/6 with your home addresses so I can post some things to you as a present for your openness here in regards to your goals? I decided to send out 4 gifts. :)

    annie patterson

    If I don’t hear from all of these ladies by the 6th, I’ll pick a few others to fill their shoes, so if your name is above, please email me at decor8blog@gmail.com

    Thank you!

  • Reply Anonymous January 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve never been one to stick to my resolutions. Im fact, I forget what they are a couple of months into the new year. But, by taking the time and writing them down, I’m sure to

    Here they are in no particular order:

    1. Learn a new language. I was supposed to do this one last year.

    2. Visit more art galleries. I live in a city where art flourishes and I don’t take advantage of it.

    3. Be less judgemental of others.

    4. Curb my procrastinating habits.

    5. Meditate.

    6. Learn to sew. I have a sewing machine I received as a gift two years ago and have used it just once!

    7. Worry less about the future. Be positive and always hope.

    Thank you Holly for this blog. Happy New year to you and all who have been so candid with their resolutions.

  • Reply :: A S K :: January 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Since returning from a building mission in Mozambique 4 months ago, I’ve been dying to return or at least do similar work elsewhere. So my #1 goal is to figure out a path to a career that will allow me to work in a progressively responsible capacity ? this may mean deciding to go to grad school, obtaining a TEFL certificate or something else that will allow me to use the skills I already possess. This may not work itself out in one year but that’s OK.

    2. Be more healthy – less alcohol & coffee, more good foods and working out

    3. More fiscal responsibility – spend less, save more & continue to pay bills on time.

    4. Fall in love! haha I know this can’t be planned but it sure would be nice :)

  • Reply Aloutka January 3, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    It’s been so great to read all the above comments and resolutions. Thank you Holly for the opportunity to share New Year’s resolutions, and here are some of mine:

    – expand my toy business
    – develop myself to be a better lecturer
    – spend more time with my daughter
    – have fun and enjoy life
    – renovate my flat and relocate there
    – thank Divine Presence everyday for at least 5 good things that happened to me
    – become self-confident woman
    – fall in love happily :)

    Blessed be, all you courageous people enlisted here

  • Reply Lili January 4, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I am late to this post but I wanted to share too!

    2007 was horrible for me, so much so that at midnight on new years eve I yelled “screw you 2007!” (oops!) instead of Happy New Year! I am so happy to be in 2008 and all of my resolutions this year revolve around doing things that i wasnt able to do last year. I am putting all of the negative behind me and looking and life with fresh eyes.

    I’m actually participating in 101 in 1001 but these are a few highlights that I hope to achieve within the next few months

    1. Practice “use what I have”
    2. Take a photo every day
    3. Print out my favorite photos and hang around the house
    4. Design my own fabric
    5. Design my own pattern
    6. Give a loan through kiva.org
    7. Find some big glass jars and make some terrariums for the living room
    8. Take a cake decorating class

    Happy New Year Holly! I cant wait to read the next year of your posts.

  • Reply Lisa M. January 4, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I heart what you do here Holly.

    You’re so good at connecting with what you write:) Your posts that stray away from design a bit and are like a little pep talk are so, so powerful.

    My 2007 was difficult so I am not looking back, but looking forward to 2008.

    My dad is fighting a terrible disease and it’s put me in the position of being a caretaker – not so glamorous. The demands have assaulted my identity and self worth to a point where I don’t do the things that once made me happy and live in a place that is practical for my dad but way too small for us and with all the medical equipment lying around it’s hard to create serenity in the home, but I so try.

    My goal for 2008 is to learn to find balance with being able to lead my life by pursuing my interests and not having my family situation rule everything. There is nothing more precious or important than a person’s health, I need to do MUCH more to protect mine. Those are my goals.

  • Reply MissK January 4, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I won’t call them resolutions but my plans for the year

    Travel overseas
    Wake up early on weekdays
    Read at least one book per month
    Move to another area
    I haven’t renewed any of my cooking magazine subscriptions to be able to use my cookbooks more
    Save every month
    Make a perfect pie crust
    Learn to sew with my new machine
    Take more photos
    Post more often on this blog
    Start attending the ballet again
    Find a new job
    Learn to knit and make a scarf this winter
    Take my lunch into work more often
    Spend money wisely
    Eek,I’m turning 30.
    Travel down the coast to another friend’s wedding later this year
    Attend a cake decorating course

  • Reply Lovely Paper January 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    just came back for a peak at all the resolutions for the new year! wow! so many of us with similar goals! isn’t that neat?! wishing everyone the best :)

  • Reply neressa January 11, 2008 at 3:54 am

    2008…who knew it would come so quickly. I’m sorry that I missed this post while I was moving over the holidays.

    I stopped making resolutions when I moved out of my parents house (as they used to make me write these things down on 1/1 every year).

    So I’ll call these goals:

    *listen to my husband more, he’s the best cheerleader a girl could have
    *meet my mom for lunch once a month
    *sew, sew, sew and finish all those beautiful baby quilts I’m dying to share with ya’ll, and maybe even sell them
    *make more friends who like to shop for and stash fabric and other crafty notions

    I am an incredibly cheesy person and believe that all this collective positive thought can garner some change in all of us. I wish the best for all and thank you Holly for all the daily inspirations!

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