resolutions - check-in time

We're just passed the three month mark of 2011 so I think it's a good time to take a step back and look at those resolutions I made back in January. I find checking in periodically keeps me focused and helps me to actually obtain my goals. I hate to say this, but I can't even remember all the resolutions I made. It will be interesting to go through this list again!

1. Continue taking my adult ballet classes.

Well, I'm off to a good start! I did sign up for another semester of ballet and I love it. I actually didn't realize how much I appreciated it until I read this post by Joslyn over at Simple Lovely. She has just started taking ballet classes and she wrote a post about how mentally challenging ballet is. She is absolutely right! Ballet requires not only coordination and physical exertion but absolute concentration as well, otherwise you will be pirouetting when you should be plieing or glisseing when you should be sauteing. It dawned on me that my ballet class is one of the few times each week when I am absolutely in the moment. I'm not thinking about what's for dinner or which colour to paint my bedroom or how much work I have to do. I'm just there in the moment, dancing, which is pure joy.

2. Go to some blogging or design conferences.

This is something I'd still like to achieve this year. Unfortunately, I signed up too late for Blogfest 2011 which is taking place in May in New York City. I'm on the waiting list but I'm really not very hopeful. My good friend Liz however just brought to my attention another blogging conference happening in August in San Francisco called the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs. It has a great lineup of speakers plus it is in California. Something's telling me I can't go wrong!

3. Appreciate what I already have.

Since starting my year long project, 52 Objects, I'm starting to get a better idea of what it is I already have and what it is I appreciate. I have to admit that sometimes when I'm looking around my house for things to add to this list I forget about the initial reason I started this project. I think a lot of it comes back to this idea of consumption. Why do we buy the things we do and where does it all end up? I'm trying to be more mindful of the new things I bring into my house in the hopes that the pieces I choose will be things I have for a long time. Often that comes down to buying quality and handmade over mass produced.

4. Decorate the front hallway.

Done and done! And I have to say that I'm rather proud of myself for following my above intentions. Both the console table and mirror are reclaimed, one of a kind pieces that I am happy to have in my home.

5. Take the time to do a family activity each weekend.

We're not doing badly on this one considering how incredibly busy we've been. Sometimes, the activities are kind of banal like cleaning the car (which we did on the weekend) but I think it is all in how you approach the activity. Henry couldn't have been more delighted with the big, powerful vacuum at the do-it-yourself cleaning garage and he could hardly contain himself when it came to actually washing the car. Seeing the smiles on his face and watching him get pleasure out of such a simple activity was more than enough to make me happy. (Plus we have a clean car!)

6. Start eating some protein for breakfast.

Fail, fail, fail, miserable fail. Whenever I get busy the first thing that goes for me is taking the time to eat breakfast. I'd much rather steal another 15 minutes in bed than take the time to make myself a decent meal. Inevitably, I end up having a coffee and a muffin later in the morning. I definitely need help in committing to this resolution.

7. Drink more green tea.

See above.

8. Get to work on our front garden

The season is fast approaching when this could become a reality. I just don't know how much steam I will have left when I finish our bedroom.

9. Get to know and use twitter more.

I've been trying and I think I made a really concerted effort in January. Once again, whenever I get busy this tends to slide which I think is OK. Networking is hard work and I really admire those people who make it look so effortless.

10. Take some fashion risks.

I've picked up a few things for spring that I can't wait to wear including this dress and this top. I also acquired this vintage Comme des Garcon dress which will take some guts to wear. It's a deconstructed, long black voluminous dress with a tightly-fitted ruched bodice. The most unusual things about it is that the dress is sewn together at the bottom with only two small holes cut out for my legs. In other words, it's sort of like putting your legs through an armless sweater. It looks pretty cool on but I will definitely have to wear it with confidence. It's not for the fashion faint of heart!

There we have it. Definitely, still a few things I need to work on and maybe it's even time to add a few new things on to the list. How are your resolutions coming along?

Image Credits:

1) Twig Hutchinson
2) San Francisco Historical Map 1915
3) The Marion House Book
4) Leela Cyd
5) Janis Nicolay
6) The Marion House Book



it's a new year

Happy New Year! It's nice to be back here after a little winter break. I'm looking forward to 2011 and all it has to offer. I've spent the last few days going through my house cleaning out clothes closets, kitchen cupboards, toy boxes, and the fridge to make room for a new year. I've come to really appreciate this transitional time to think about the year that has past and the year that lies ahead. I like to think that we start with a clean slate on January 1st and that anything is possible.

Did you make a list of any resolutions or goals for 2011? I'll admit in recent years that I have taken my goal writing a little more seriously. I write out a long list on December 30th and then check it every three months. (I schedule it on my calendar). I find I get more things accomplished this way although there are inevitably some that never get done (hello, flossing daily and drinking more green tea, why are you so hard to do!). Below is a sampling of some of the goals I have set for myself in 2011.

1. Continue taking my adult ballet classes. I started doing these a few years ago with a couple friends of mine and it has been amazing to start dancing again. While I'll never be quite as flexible as the lovely dancer above it's nice to return to a love I had as a little girl plus it's an amazing workout.

2.Go to some blogging or design conferences. I'd love to attend the Alt. Design Summit happening in a few weeks in Salt Lake City. Have you seen their line up of amazing speakers? Unfortunately, I think this year might be a bit too hard to schedule but I'm definitely pencilling it in for next year. I AM thinking about going to ICFF in NYC in May though...

3. Appreciate what I already have. It's so easy in this world to want more, more, more but I'm hoping this year to take a closer look at all of the things I already have and love. I'm going to start a little project on it later this week that is going to last all year . Stay tuned for more details.

4. Decorate the front hallway. Alright, I know I just said I was going to appreciate what I already have but I really want to get some furniture in the front hallway this year. A nice console table or a bench, maybe a lamp or two and some art would really finish it off.

5. Take the time to do a family activity each weekend. Whether it's super simple like going to the park or the museum or more involved like packing everything up and going on a road trip I want to get away from my computer and out into the world.

6. Start eating some protein like eggs for breakfast. Too often, I just grab a piece of toast and a cup of coffee and then wonder why I'm starving at 10 am. I think eating a little better in the morning would help.

7. And yes, I'll try once again to drink more green tea instead of coffee.

8. Get to work on our front garden. It's a total mess and in need of some serious mucking about. If only I could settle on a design we could get started.

9. Get to know and use twitter more. I admit I'm still a total dunce when it comes to twitter but I'm trying. If you'd like to check out some of my tweets you can follow me here.

10. Break out of my basic black and take some fashion risks. Life's too short to always be predictable.

Image Credits:
1- my own. Tea towel by Avril Loreti
2 - a,b) Arthur Elgort
3 - my own
4 - a) via b) remodelista
5 - Richard Foulser
6 - a) Sarah Maingot b) Douglas Friedman
7 - a,b) Maria Robledo
8 - a) Michael Baumgarten b) Francois Halard
9 - Birds by Rob Bailey
10 - Stockholm Street Style