Hello & Happy New Year!

January 9, 2013

Hello, hello! I’m back from my holiday break but oh no! Please forgive me! I’m not feeling very motivated to get back to work though I’ve heard I’m not alone… You too? Hopefully with this first post I’ll be feelin’ my flow again. I need to get back into the game!

Hello & Happy New Year!

It’s like anything… Mind over body. I want to feel the groove but my body is a bit like “bleh”. So first thing I did on Monday morning was to make small but positive changes. I decided to drink more green tea and water, eat mostly salads and go on daily walks (Currently I’m doing 3.1 miles/5km). It’s time to get that energy back, focus and start planning ahead because this is going to be a very big year since I’m going on another book tour in May to North America hitting more cities this time and extending certain parts of my journey to teach a workshop, visit family and work on my next book when I’m out on the west coast. Must. Reboot. Mojo.

So! Did you have a nice holiday? What did you do? I didn’t really DO anything but that was sort of the point. It was healing to go into a fox hole and hideaway for three weeks. It allowed me time to think which sounds silly but stopping to really THINK isn’t something we find ourselves doing often, is it? I believe that is why topics like Slow Living and Mindfulness have become more and more a part of daily conversations happening around the world. We need to be asking ourselves questions like, “Do I want to be doing what I’m doing today by this time next year?” and “What changes do I need to make in my life now?” along with “Am I really happy and if not, what do I need to change to get more HAPPINESS into my life”. Oh yeah and of course the most important thing to ask is, “Ryan Gosling?”.

Okay maybe that one isn’t a question but it most certainly is always the answer (smile). I saw Drive over the holidays and though it’s one of those revenge action flicks (not really my thing), Ryan was so charming and authentic in his performance that I finally GOT why so many women are lured in. It’s not just the abs, really. If you’ve seen Drive, you will immediately know what I mean – the boy can act. You know what really struck me though about Mr. Gosling in that film? He comes across like the real deal and aren’t we all so much more attracted to people who are authentic? I think sincerity really goes the distance.

You don’t have to be perfect to succeed but wow, being genuine can make or break so many of us. In a funny way, watching Drive really highlighted that fact to me because his character was flawed but real and it made me think that all of us are flawed but often that’s what attracts us to one another so much. Flaws, imperfection, not being 100%. It’s relatable and we want relatable don’t we? It’s often that slowing down that we do mentally around the holidays that allows us room to think and for me, I have been thinking so much about the importance of being sincere, standing up for what we believe in, owning up to every piece of ourselves (even the flawed bits) and embracing imperfection, individuality and love for self.

I digress…

I’d like to welcome you back to a new year of decor8 and wish you all a very happy new year. I’ll be back in a moment with a post showing products photographed in the home of one of my favorite bloggers featuring newly designed products not shared yet online – in fact the photo above is a glimpse of what is to come. Stay tuned!

– Holly


  • Reply Tracy A. January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Welcome back, and Happy New Year! I watched Drive with my young adult son a few months back. It would not normally be a movie that I would be interested in, but for the sake of doing something with him, I agreed to watch it. I agree with your assessment completely – from the sincerity to the abs.

    I’m looking froward to what you have to share in the year to come!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha January 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Happy New Year Holly! Wishing you a healthy, happiness and successful year (especially with the book tour).

    After reading your post, I’m motivated to start walking more. I find it’s such a great way to clear the head and get inspired – just a matter of turning it into part of my daily routine ;-)

    Look forward to meeting you soon at IMM Cologne.

  • Reply gudy herder January 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Holly, welcome back! Good to have you around again and yes, coming back after a thinking time is not the easiest thing. The good news is that it will be very easy to get back into the flow after a short time, you’ll see. And next Monday when you get all that fresh energy from that amazing panel you are going to moderate at IMM Cologne you will have your mojo again. Looking forward to see you:-)

  • Reply Ioanna January 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Happy New Year to you too – looking forward to your wonderful and inspiring posts. :)

  • Reply Corinne January 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Welcome back to you as well Holly and happy new year to you! Can totally relate to the fact that getting back into the groove isn’t evident after the holiday break and everyone seems to have so many good resolutions. I don’t, and although there are things about my life I wish to improve like blogging on a more regular basis, I just feel that setting too many goals paralyzes me more than anything. So let’s all be imperfect and accept our flaws :)

  • Reply sandra January 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    way to go for taking a break BT!! i did too, was amazing! almost like a change er****** ;)

  • Reply Eleanor January 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Happy New Year Holly! I had a great break but, like you, have had a slow start to the year, inspiration-wise. Probably time I get out on some walks, too! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Decor8 readers this year…. :)

  • Reply Julie-white tapestry January 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Happy New Year to you! And Ryan…I totally get it. :)

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily January 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Happy New Year Holly! Nice to have you back. Drowning in filing for the tax man before I can even get my head around blogging-uugghh!! Have a fantastic year-sounds wonderfully exciting :-)

  • Reply sarah January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    beautifuuly put! here’s to a wonderful, authentic new year!

  • Reply Frau Sued January 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post!

    I wish you an absolutely fantastic year, dear Holly! It’s great to have you here!

  • Reply Ana January 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    It’s good to have you back!!! :)

  • Reply Tanya January 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Happy New Year! It takes a little motivation to get going again after a vacation. Have a great year!!

  • Reply Chloe Moon January 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Welcome back!! I’m trying to take daily walks each day too and let my mind wander more to get some new ideas! Best wishes in this new year!

  • Reply Tanya mc Donagh January 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Hi holly,
    Happy new year to you and yours. Great your back, I have been waiting patiently! Wondering will there be more colour me pretty posts up with Leslie, I’ve missed them too! Don’t be too hard on yourself about slow motivation, it’s the shortest harshest months of the year, and a time to slow down and be quite still, so it will come when it’s ready…I myself am at a huge predicament regarding my career, I am a holistic therapist/masseuse who’s hands are starting to hurt (I’m only 36)!! So do I add on more knowledge in this field (nutrition) or do childcare??? Believe me it’s keeping me awake at night, that and the baby boy! Anyhow love your page xxx you rock girl

    • Reply decor8 January 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      @Tanya – Poor Leslie got really sick in December and wasn’t able to post her CMP color story for us but she’ll be back this month with more! :)

  • Reply Aline January 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    It’s so good to realize that I’m not the only girl in the world who is back to work soo soon! I’m not feeling very motivated too, and to be honest I don’t like my job (am I alone?) It’s hard but I figured it out in my holidays that I need to change it in this new year. And I’m counting the days to start doing what I really love! In my holiydas I basically hibernated. You know, the basics: sleep, eat good food, bake some cupcakes, watch movies, read books and – specially – think! I was needing this precious time to think and decide some points in my life. So welcome Holly, and welcome new year! I really want to make it great!

  • Reply Flossie Barfield January 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Happy New Year!! It’s nice to meet you! I am new to the blogging and commenting world!! I really enjoyed reading your post and it helped to inspire me! I have a lot of new things happening in my world and am kind of blah at getting to them to make sure they are a success! One is like you, better eating and lose a few very very very did I say very unwanted pounds, another is a workout routine or walking or ya know maybe both and third is my web site that is very new to me and I am constantly trying to work on to make it a great site for home decorating needs and wants! I hope all goes well for you in the new year and I will be checking your blog very often to see how things are going with you!! Thanks again for the encouragement!

  • Reply kathy mcgowan January 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I love it that you are working with West Elm-a fave of mine!

    I, too, am enchanted with Mr.Gosling. The best movie I have seen him in–and I have loved all of them–is “Half-Nelson”. Check it out.

  • Reply Julie the Alkaline Sister January 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    ‘Bleh’ is the perfect word for the days after we set ambitious goals and think we can conquer the world- cuz overwhelm sets in and we feel paralyzed! I have so much I want to conquer this year and I always set myself up to do it with perfection and ultimate success but of course remembering that we are only human and our imperfections are actually quite charming and like you say, shows our authenticity. So off I am to live and conquer with imperfection and do it bit by bit so I can lose the paralysis! Thanks for the inspiration and I’m glad I’m not alone in my ‘Bleh’!!

  • Reply janinejackson January 10, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Long time reader, first time commenter – I love this post. Your words about living simply, mindfully and authentically really resonated with me.

    Great post! Happy 2013.

  • Reply Rache January 10, 2013 at 3:17 am

    What an insightful and inspiring post! A perfect one to the start the year… I’m off to do some changes this year as well. I started a new blog which is a lot more personal than before and I am bracing myself to new projects. May this be a year be fruitful and filled with happiness=)

  • Reply lovely living January 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    welcome back & happy new year !!!!!!

  • Reply Sarah January 11, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Great post! Sometimes I let a fear of being vulnerable, or imperfect, block my work or actions. I think you are right, it is sooo important to let that fear go, and be happy with yourself. I think the best, most exciting things in my life have come out of knowing who I am, and being fine with that.

  • Reply Mrs. T January 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I so totally agree with you about Ryan Gosling he’s really got something there. I really liked Drive too and of course The Notebook and Stupid Crazy Love was really funny. Glad your back, I missed you.

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