the year ahead

I love and loathe this time of year. There's no denying that the start of a new year comes fresh with promise and anticipation for what is to become but it can also be a little overwhelming and intimidating. I've spent the last week reading resolutions that many other people have made. Each time I've mentally noted what thoughtful and great ideas these people have and thought to myself, "oh, yes I'll do that too!" Let's face it we all want to be happier, healthier, more cultured, caring and creative individuals. Unfortunately, I've noticed for me at least that once the year progresses into February and March the best intentions are at best a distant memory and by July well...I've pretty much forgotten everything I've set out to do. p&c2

Calendar designed in 1943/44 by Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman from Present & Correct

So I'm going to try something different this year both in my personal life and here on the blog. My idea is simply to tackle each month on its own.  At the start of each month I will set out with an intention or goal and then give myself the next 30 days or so to practice or achieve it. I'm not completely sure how this will manifest itself here on the blog but let's give it a go. Your welcome to join me.

In addition, 2013 will mark:

- our 10 year anniversary of living in our neighbourhood of Parkdale

- our 5 year anniversary of living in our house

- my 3 year anniversary of writing this blog

I'm sure many of you approach your home renovation plans with 5, 10 and even 20 year goals. As we round the corner on 5 years I thought it would be a good idea to take stock of where we are and where we would like to go. When you first move into a home you are flush with ideas of how you would like to make it your own. As time goes by and your life circumstances change (like adding two kids into the mix and turning 40!) your needs and wants also shift. This year I'm going to spend some time evaluating where we are at. That means looking for new inspiration and thinking about those things we've always wanted to do in our house like adding bookshelves and having a working wood fireplace.

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Manolo Blahnik's Living Room - photo: Ivan Terestchenko

Of course, there will still be Hello! Neighbor tours, some food stories, moodboards and the occasional foray into fashion and travel. (We have one big trip planned for this year with 2 children in tow - we'll see how that goes!) As always I welcome your comments, your tips and your stories.

Lets go 2013!