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.


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.


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!

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  1. Jenny Rose
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Happy New Year, Emma!
    I began writing monthly aspirations this past summer. I find it works really well. I only have a few that are varied so that the list is achievable and meaningful. If, at the end of the month, something has not been accomplished, I either determine whether it is worthy of being re added to the list. If not, I simply resign myself to the fact that it wasn’t the right goal or the right time for that goal and I let it go without guilt (key!). So my new years resolution for 2013 is to keepwriting my monthly goals. Simple. I also like to come up with words for the year. Last year my word was “choose”. I actually haven’t decided on my 2013 word.

  2. Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    @ Jenny Rose – So happy to hear that the monthly goal writing is working for you. I’m excited to give it a try!

  3. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    I am also setting month to month goals because it is more effective for me to remember and achieve them. I highly recommend this book titled “The Happiness Project” written by Gretchen Rubin. She set her different goals on a monthly basis and measured them accordingly. Good luck!

  4. Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM | Permalink

    Happy New Year Emma! I didn’t even think of resolutions this year, but it is always interesting to hear about others’. Good luck with your monthly intentions.

  5. Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    @Pamela – I’ve seen that book around but didn’t realize that was what it was about. I’m going to order it today.

  6. Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

    happy new year..

    I love the idea of doing month to month goals.
    Great idea.
    and no, I have never gone without sugar, but I totally need to as well.
    good luck!

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