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Write It Down, Make It Happen 2012 Edition

by habituallychic

01 . 03 . 12
If you are a long time reader, then you will know my love of the book Write It Down, Make It Happen.  Instead of making New Year’s resolutions that just get broken a few weeks later, why not outline your goals for the year. I just went back and reread my New Year, New Goals post from January 2, 2011.  Number 3 was, “I will have my book proposal picked up in 2011.” It’s a pretty amazing feeling to be in the middle of that process and to know it will be published in late October or early November 2012.  Proof that sometimes, writing it down can actually make it happen.  
  1. I will continue to travel more in 2012. This goal was on last year’s list and when I started to tell people that I wanted to write more travel stories, I was offered them.  I couldn’t even image when I wrote that goal that I would be invited on an amazing trip to Morocco.  This year, I already have January trips to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Anguilla scheduled which is starting the year off on the right foot. I also have been chatting with friends about a possible trip to Mexico City in April.  I’d also really like to turn some of my trips into opportunities for travel magazine articles. 
  2. I will go on an African Safari in 2012. I am making this a goal separate from travel because it is a major goal that I have for this year.  It’s always been a dream to travel on safari since seeing Out of Africa.  I originally wanted it to be where I went on my honeymoon but since that doesn’t seem to be happening, I’m just going to go by myself or with friends, preferably on a press trip. Safaris are expensive you know. I already have my safari ensembles picked out at Beretta
  3. I will sell at least 50,000 copies of my book “Creativity at Work.”  This goal technically will begin in 2012 and continue into 2013.  I was already told that this goal is a bit crazy which of course will drive me to make it happen even more.  If you tell an Aries something is impossible, we’ll figure out a way to make it possible. If each of my daily blog readers bought one copy, I would make this goal.  If half bought two copies, I would again reach my goal. We’ve already been laying out the design and I really think you’re going to like it if I do say so myself so hopefully everyone will buy a copy. I’m already looking forward to my book tour and parties. 
  4. I will consult on a hotel project in 2012. My various trips in 2011 had me staying in many different hotels. I feel like a lot of commercial projects in general are designed by men.  Tall men who don’t take into consideration that a petite woman or shorter people might be using their spaces.  There were a few tubs I could barely climb in and out of as well as one room so dark I could barely see in it.  Men also don’t think about putting a standing makeup mirror in the room so a woman can put her makeup on out in the room while her traveling companion takes a shower and gets ready in the bathroom. And what’s up with just five hangers in the closet?  That doesn’t even cover one day’s outfits for me. 
  5. I will advance my photography skills in 2012. I feel like I barely know what my Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera is capable of doing.  There are functions that remind me of math class which was never my strongest subject so I am determined to take a photography class this year.  I also don’t feel like I know enough about lighting and post production.  I am actually considering spending time this summer assisting some professional photographers.  You are never too old to learn or try something new.
  6. I will eat healthy and make time for exercise in 2012. One of the hardest challenges for me is working from home which deals with a few items on my list for 2012.  It’s easy to spend all day working in front of the computer. I’ve already started to eat healthy and drink Green Love juice from Organic Avenue everyday and look and feel better .  I plan to get back on track with yoga and Physique 57 as well.  My warm weather trips in January are really helping keep me on track so far but I want to keep up with this goal for the entire year.
  7. I will try to get better at returning emails in 2012. This is my goal every year and I never seem to get a handle on it.  I receive a crazy amount of junk emails everyday which doesn’t help. I’ve been trying to unsubscribe or create delete filters but my inbox always seems to be full.  I am going to try to keep to the 24 hours rule in 2012 but sometimes I just want to enjoy my life and not always be worried about returning emails.  
  8. I will get up earlier in 2012. I don’t sleep in until noon but I also don’t get up as early as I should.  This could help with number 6 by giving me more time to return emails.  We’ll see how it goes. 
  9. I will not feel guilty about seeking inspiration during the middle of the day 2012.  I paid my dues.  I worked for other people in offices where I was chained to my desk all day.  Part of me thinks I should be on a schedule but as a creative person, I find a schedule stifling. If I want to go to a museum exhibition during the middle of the day for inspiration or even just get a manicure, by golly I’m gonna do it.  This can only really happen if I get better at goal #7 and have all my work done but  not sitting at my desk all day also helps with goal #6. I just want to enjoy my life as much as possible. 
  10. I will be really happy in 2012! I can already tell this is going to be a great year!

I am very lucky that so many wonderful people in the worlds of design, fashion and art read my blog.  So many have found their true passion in life and have their dream jobs which is the theme of my book.  But the person I think about most when I write my blog is that person who doesn’t have their dream job.  The person who is sitting in a cubicle miserable and reading blogs as an escape.  I never ask my readers to do anything for me but if you are one of these people, please take one step toward your happy life in 2012.  Maybe you could take a class, find a mentor, volunteer, read a self-help book, anything.  Do something that can get you closer to your dream job and dream life.  
Life is short.  The world is big.  Get out there and enjoy it!

Photo by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. DAMASK et DENTELLE January 2, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    Creativity at Work on my to buy list! Great post and best wishes for the new year!

  2. Noa January 2, 2012 | 10:30 pm

    Love this and your 2012 goals – especially the safari and hotel project. I’ll have to pick up that book. Happy New Years!


  3. Pam @ Cherish Toronto January 2, 2012 | 10:34 pm

    Great goals, Heather, and I know you have the determination and ability to reach them all. I am inspired to work on my goals for 2012 as well!!

    I will definitely buy a copy of your book, I know it will be great! Please make sure to include Toronto on your list of cities to visit during your book tour. There’s an amazing design community here that would love to meet you!!

  4. Modern Country Lady January 3, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I will help you reach your goals Heather, as I am definitely going to be buying your book!!
    And I love the end of this blogpost, you are so right, there are so many millions of people just dreaming of a life and not trying to achieve the life they want to have !!I was one of them 🙂 but then I quit my job and I have now started my own little business.It’s keeping your goals in m ind and never gving up- but I admit it’s not easy.. but then nothing is easy that is worthwhile achieving!!

  5. Suzy January 3, 2012 | 12:50 am

    here here, and happy new year to you Heather!

  6. lacoquettedelamode January 3, 2012 | 12:57 am

    Those are all amazing goals- I have to admit, we overlap on quite a few! I’m glad you’ve made it this far- from a boring office job to where you are today 🙂 Congratulations…

    XX Kathryn

  7. fancyfunction January 3, 2012 | 12:59 am

    Great goals! I am definitely going to do the “write it down” method. I have lots of things I want to accomplish in 2012 and think this is a great way to help make them happen. Looking forward to your book. 🙂

  8. Karena January 3, 2012 | 1:07 am

    Heather, and to think I bought a new journal today!! I cannot wait for your book!!

    Happy New Years to you and yours!

    PS I would love to come on Safari with you!


    Art by Karena

  9. The New Diplomat's Wife January 3, 2012 | 2:28 am

    Great list ! And very inspirational, i remembered yours last year and think it’s great you were able to knock off so many of them and since i read it last year, I’ve also become a subscriber to the write it down rule.

    for the safari, we did that last year and you HAVE to go, press or no press. plan it well and do it right, it’s the trip of a lifetime, i highly recommend “and beyond” for camps and itineraries.

    For photography, I had this as a personal resolution last year – try one of Me Ra Koh’s confidence workshops for a quick start on cracking manual, not to mention just a great time with other inspiring women. I went a dubious participant but definitely came out a believer. And more importantly, a better photographer.

  10. emma brooks January 3, 2012 | 3:14 am

    Great list, Heather! I’ve been writing down my goals for the past few years now – and it really DOES work. Last week I looked back at my 2011 list and was really stoked to see how many dreams I managed to tick off. Here’s to a great 2012.

  11. CarolynRenee January 3, 2012 | 3:24 am

    Heather, you are brave to not only put your goals in writing, but you published them as well. I wish you the best in fulfilling each one, and will follow you to be sure you do 😉
    And, you have inspired my own thinking. Thanks for your positive and thoughtful approach to this blog. I truly enjoy it.

  12. Lucy January 3, 2012 | 3:47 am

    I just ordered the Write it Down book, and I am very keen to check out your book too. Thanks for the reminder about writing it all down. I have phases where I tend to keep it all ‘up there’, but days pass and things don’t progress. So it’s timely at the start of a new year that this notion is reinforced. Thankyou!

  13. Taylor Morgan January 3, 2012 | 5:37 am

    love what you said about writing your goals down, I agree that it makes them really happen. It’s like writing them down makes it real. Happy New Year to you and congrats on all you are doing! very exciting!

  14. Chef Ameera January 3, 2012 | 6:42 am

    Congratulations on your book and I love the write it down, make it happen! I stopped making resolutions years ago. I visualize and dream big, write it down and listen to the inner nudges that propel me towards my goals. Happy New Year!

  15. Rowaida January 3, 2012 | 6:46 am

    Hi Heather, I love your 2012 goals. I have a feeling that you will fulfill each goal successfully. Love your blog
    Best Wishes

  16. Annie@A View On Design January 3, 2012 | 10:31 am

    hi darl, well I’ll def be buying one of those books in OCT! And what’s with the Mark II and NOT knowing how to best use is it – crikey, that’s no cheap camera either! I just did a 2 day course on dig pics & photoshop – learnt so much – highly recommend it, it will help you with the lighting issues too, apparently a lot of lighting is rectified in photoshop these days – so there you go !! :-))

  17. Debie Grace January 3, 2012 | 11:03 am

    “Make time for exercise” — YES!!!

  18. jayneonweedstreet January 3, 2012 | 11:36 am

    Best New Years post so far! Especially agree with #9! A lot happens right at our little work spaces – usually a desk and a computer screen, but as you said, the world is big, big, big! And it’s all just a walk away! Happy 2012!

  19. John Frantsen January 3, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Great post and nice reminder ;o)Happy New Year from Denmark!

  20. Alice Olive January 3, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    I like #9 best of all. Even though I work in a traditional office for someone else, I, too, need to take that advice. I’m lucky enough that I can, without incrimination, so I have no excuse!

  21. Fiona January 3, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    I swear I am not affiliated with this company, but check out Access 2 Tanzania for affordable safaris. (My husband’s former coworker started it, and he also has a charity that benefits an orphanage in Tanzania.) We stayed at all the same places as the super-high-end outfits, and it was MUCH cheaper. (It’s never going to be totally cheap, but relatively speaking, it was much more affordable.) The Ngorongoro Crater is unbelievable, and Tanzania in general is amazing.

  22. laughingsalmon January 3, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    Love this blog…Hope all readers have a great,productive 2012…I really want to get behind the new film production company I’ve started with a friend…Woo-Yay…

  23. sharon January 3, 2012 | 6:25 pm

    You know I’ve loved your blog for a while now, but this may well be my favourite post so far! Love your goals and the way you write about them, also love the concept of writing something down to make it happen, thank you! – off to find a pencil and paper!….

  24. bevy January 3, 2012 | 8:18 pm

    That’s a great list of goals! I was/am that person in the cubicle dreading my day job and reading blogs as an escape. Actually, at the moment I’m between jobs. I needed some time off to take care of major issue in my life, but now that it’s done I have to face the music and get back out there working, ’cause Lord knows we all need money to live. I wish I could do something I enjoyed, but I feel the things I enjoy are frivolous and do not generate significant income. Sigh, I’m hoping I can figure out a way this year.

    Best of luck on your book. Can’t wait to read it.

  25. Jan Weiss January 4, 2012 | 12:47 am

    What a great list! Count me in as a buyer for your book. 🙂

  26. Fashion-isha January 4, 2012 | 2:50 am

    Wow! I love your message. I hope you accomplish all your goals and can’t wait to read your book!

  27. Aja Lake January 4, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    wonderfully inspiring! i hope to continue inching closer to my dream job and dream life with each passing day. looking forward to the book. best wishes and a happy new year to you! xo


  28. Global Citizen January 5, 2012 | 11:49 am

    Such a lovely and inspirational post. I am one of those people tied to my desk who escapes to my passion in life via blogs like yours throughout the day. You have have just given me the nudge i need to follow my creative dreams. thank you and all the best in 2012.

  29. Style Maniac January 5, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    You always outline the best goals, Heather. I hope you reach them all this year. Can’t wait for the book!

  30. Emma Gwillim January 7, 2012 | 8:44 am

    I completely relate to your book-focused goal and that is one I’ve committed to this year. I look forward to seeing how things progress for you this year – best of luck x

    Here are mine:


  31. Niki MyScandinavianHome January 7, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    Wow! What a great list of new year resolutions. Thank you for the inspiration!