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New Year, New Goals!

by habituallychic

01 . 02 . 11
I usually write up my goals for the new year on New Year’s Day but this year I decided to take some time to myself yesterday.  If you’re a long time reader, then you know that I don’t make resolutions.  Instead, I take my cue from Write It Down, Make It Happen, and write down what I want to happen in the new year.  I didn’t accomplish everything I wrote down last year but I knew that 2010 was going to be a year of planting seeds that would eventually bloom in 2011.  I already have so many things planned that I’m very excited for January, usually not my favorite month due to the weather.  So instead of focusing on negative resolutions that we all inevitably break, I like to focus on the positive.  Here’s to a great new year for all of us!
  1. I will continue to build my business and blog in 2011.  This was first on my list last year and will always an ongoing process.  I’m so grateful to all the sponsors who have signed on and allowed me to spend time on blogging, all the clients who hired me to design their homes, all my loyal readers, and all the wonderful people I met last year.  I can’t wait to see what happens this year!
  2. I will travel more in 2011!  This is always on my list too but I hope to take more time to get away this year.  I already have a trip to Miami and a cruise scheduled for the beginning of February so I feel like I’m starting out on the right foot. 
  3. I will have my book proposal picked up in 2011.  I already met with a publisher and have been contacted by many others.  I have decided to work with a collaborator since I realized that I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m excited to finally present my ideas. 
  4. I will contribute to ELLE DECOR in 2011.  I’ve already been asked to write for the website and have pitched an amazing house of a friend for the magazine so I can’t wait to get started on this task.  ELLE DECOR has the most similar aesthetic to my blog and I’ve always wanted to contribute and am beyond excited to be working with them!
  5. I will design another bachelor pad in 2011.  I really enjoy designing for men and would love to pick up another male client. I interviewed for one but the owner ended up being transferred for work.  If anyone knows of anyone who needs help, please send them my way!
  6. I will date more in 2011!  I used to joke that my not having a boyfriend was not for a lack of trying.  Well, I couldn’t really say that last year since all I did was focus on work.  I will definitely be making time for my personal life and if anyone knows anyone for this goal, feel free to let me know! Bonus points if they have all their own hair and an accent!
  7. I will take a class in 2011.  This one is always on my list and I have yet to take French lessons or learn more about antiques.  I’ll see if I can finally check this off my list in 2011.
  8. I will schedule more Sunday brunches in 2011.  This seems like a silly goal but sometimes it’s more fun to make time to relax with friends on a Sunday than to schedule a dinner or a lunch during the work week. 
  9. I will wear more color in 2011.  I used to wear more color but somehow along the way, my winter closet has become a sea of grey with a little plum thrown in as an accent.  Not very exciting.  Maybe I should buy a red dress to help with goal #6. 
  10. I will be really happy in 2011! I can already tell this is going to be a great year!

Even though this is a little late, I’m going to leave you with the same quote from Edith Lovejoy Pierce that I left you with last year. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day!” Happy New Year!

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  1. misshannie January 2, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    These are fabulous goals,

    I wish you every luck with each and every one of these!

    Happy 2011.

    Much love,
    Hannie – Tea and Biscuits

  2. Pam January 2, 2011 | 11:27 pm

    Great goals, Heather!! I know you will achieve many of them this year. I wrote my goals yesterday, and I am confident that this year they are all realistic and achievable. Can’t wait to see more from you in the upcoming year. Cheers to a fabulous 2011!!

  3. Acquired Objects January 2, 2011 | 11:46 pm

    I’m with you Heather I never make New Years resolutions, why set yourself up to fail? I think it’s great you write things down that you would like to accomplish, wonderful goals. I wish you all the best with everything you dream.

  4. Ms Smart January 3, 2011 | 12:07 am

    good for you. do it. make it happen. I have mine and will pursue. cheers to fresh starts and new years to add to our already rocking lives.

  5. Modern Traditionalist January 3, 2011 | 12:23 am

    Love these and the idea of writing down what you want to happen versus resolutions. Resolutions have too much of a negative tone to start the year off right. I haven’t composed my list yet but I’ve been letting it simmer in my head the past few days.

    Wishing you great success in 2011!


  6. CHIC Sensibility... January 3, 2011 | 1:36 am

    I love your list of goals. I can relate to most of them. Fabulous inspirations, thanks!

  7. Luciane From HomeBunch.com January 3, 2011 | 1:42 am


    I’ve started blogging in September, but I know your blog since for a while, since I read your 1st interview for Canadian House and Home. So, it’s really cool when you talk about yourself, just like now. It’s fun to know a little bit more you.

    I am the same way, I don’t make resolutions but I believe in focusing in what you want. What I want I get. I believed this for so long, but after a while I felt that “power within me” was almost gone. I’m coming back, slowly and feeling stronger again. 2011 is already a better year and it’s already a year of more accomplishments and it’s a year to think a little bit more about me and my goals.

    I loved the fact you are opening your heart (and your time) for dating… I was laughing when you said “Bonus points if they have all their own hair and an accent!” That’s so funny! I’m married, but if I wasn’t I would be right there… lol…. ok… let’s not be too mean to the poor man that have lost their hair… some of them can be pretty charming.. don’t ask me to name one, I can’t remember..lol

    Anyways… Let’s all have a REALLY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s all plant good seeds and let’s all get good fruits from it. 🙂


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: I’m really happy for knowing that some many great things are happening to you.

  8. Tai Tai January 3, 2011 | 1:48 am

    Hi Heather, I’m in LOVE with your blog and can’t wait to see it unfold in 2011! I’ve just started one myself and yours is definitely an inspiration. Your goals are fantastic, they brought a smile to my face just reading them. All the best for the new year!

  9. Sheila of A Punch of Color January 3, 2011 | 2:24 am

    Love your goals Heather! Have a wonderful New Year! xos

  10. lindaraxa January 3, 2011 | 2:27 am

    Sunday brunches are a great way to entertain in the city. Best part is everyone is out the door in a short period of time. And you have just given me a great idea for a post! This is the easiest goal to accomplish…go for it!and who knows, someone might just bring about a handsome stranger to boot!

  11. Teresa at Splendid Sass January 3, 2011 | 2:31 am

    Great goals, Heather! Hope that your 2011 is great.

  12. Emily January 3, 2011 | 2:55 am

    fab goals! I also need to date more, and have more Sunday brunches! Hopefully we will both accomplish our goals.


  13. Hilary Dow-Ward January 3, 2011 | 2:57 am

    You should take a class from Panine Hart! She’s fabulous.

  14. Roxy Te January 3, 2011 | 3:20 am

    May I join you on number 7 and 8? 🙂 Cheers to a New Year!!

  15. Naomi January 3, 2011 | 3:34 am

    I love your goals and I love that you are so fearless in telling us {your friends, fans, and supporters} what those goals are. I will be rooting for you in the nosebleed seats for you! Happy New Year!

  16. Design in the Woods January 3, 2011 | 4:13 am

    I’m a big fan of goal-setting and writing them down helps make them more real. Sounds like you’re on your way!

  17. katie carlin January 3, 2011 | 5:14 am

    I love your blog! Sounds like you are going to be busy this year-good for you!! I look forward to following your blog in the new year. I am a college student and I started my own recently…


  18. jones January 3, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Heather, you have had an amazing year! So much accomplished; I waiting with baited breath to see exactly what is up your sleeve for 2011. Go Girl. Mary

  19. Karena January 3, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Great aspirations for the New Year Heather!

    Best in 2011!

    Art by Karena

  20. pve design January 3, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    Excellent list and so true that when we write them down, things happen. The accountability of a list certainly helps to foster the action!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2011.

  21. Sherri Blum, CID January 3, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Great list of goals, Heather! I may adopt a few of them for myself! And as for the winter wardrobe, I noticed a few years ago that mine was a sea of brown and denim. Very drab! So when I hit 40 a few years ago, I gave myself a new motto for life. I intend to become a bit more eccentric with my wardrobe each year. I buy myself something unexpected, colorful and exciting and I make sure I wear it! By the time I hit my 50’s, my family might avoid being seen in public with me…but I’ll be feeling cheery nonetheless! 😉
    Here’s to a wonderful 2011 for you!

  22. Emily Amy Gallery January 3, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    I love the idea of writing things down and then making them happen! All of your goals are wonderful…my personal favorite is to be happy in 2011 (one at the top of my list as well). I hope to see you in NYC in 2011!

  23. diane@onlinefabricstore January 3, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    Goos luck with all your goals. I especially like the brunch idea and the getting published. Will watch with interest as that happens as I am trying to accomplish the same thing. You would think a design book would be easy!! BTW…hope a man comes along too to share all your successes with. While they are a pain in the …, they are nice to have around!

  24. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime January 3, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Great list adn sounds like you are already on your way with many of them. Cheers to 2011!

  25. Alice Olive January 3, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    An inspirational set of resolutions – hope you achieve them!

  26. Suzy January 4, 2011 | 12:30 am

    Happy New Year Heather – best of luck with all of the items on your list!

  27. rikshaw design January 4, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    what a wonderful and accomplished list! #6 cracks me up..maybe we should try and find that nice guy we chatted with at the polo party, who had that snarky girl with him..your way more fun!
    come out to cali!!

  28. Edda January 5, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Heather, happy new year & good luck with accomplishing your goals! I love your desk and want to know where I can find a similar sterling silver or gold letter sorter. Yours is simply elegant! XOXO, @EddaSays