Beach House Reflections

Mumbles and his business partners rented a gorgeous beach house in Newport Beach for the week leading up to New Year’s as a way to celebrate their 5 year business anniversary. It’s been a pretty amazing place to end to 2013, reflect upon these last few years both personally and professionally, and get excited about what’s in store for our future. It will be a hard year to top; I started a new job, we celebrated three years of marriage, vacationed in Grand Cayman for a childhood friend’s wedding, bought a new home and fully renovated it (while 9 months pregnant), and welcomed our first child.

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Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014 full of wonder and excitement. Cheers!

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Resolutions

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How are you doing with the resolutions and goals you set for yourself this year? I find that doing small things on a regular basis gets me closer to accomplishing the bigger goals I have. How about breaking up a big goal into something you can do each month to get there?

This year I set out to become a better blogger and so far I purchased a new MacBook, completed a two-day photoshop course, and signed up for two more online classes. I plan to continue learning and expanding my skills with new courses, workshops, tutorials, and classes each month.

I’d love to know what fun, bold, big and small things you’ve been lining up for a tremendous 2013…please share!

2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.  It was awfully nice of them.

Here’s a fun excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

I wrote 98 new posts last year, which more than doubled the content on my blog.  I am so excited to see where this takes me in 2013 and I can’t thank you enough for reading, commenting, sharing, and inspiring me.  The Bachelor is back next week so that will continue to be an entertaining writing exercise as I recap each episode (and a great excuse to get together with girlfriends every Monday night!).

Cheers to more!
P.S. If you have suggestions for what you’d like to see more of this year, please leave me a comment or send me an email (just click on the little orange envelope in the sidebar).  Thanks!

 

Here’s to more…

I was so proud of myself in November and December because I had all of my posts scheduled and drafted — I even had enough ready to go that I didn’t have to lift a finger while on vacation (bet you didn’t even realize I’d gone!).  But now, just when we’re all supposed to be kicking it into high gear, getting pumped up, resolving to do better in the New Year, I find myself slacking in the writing department.  While it’s nice to take a break every now and then, I made the choice to use this blog as an expressive outlet and writing tool for myself. As a way to fuel creativity, inspire, share and connect.  And I love it. So I need to keep writing.

And that’s where this comes in…

642 Things to Write About

I received this awesome book “642 Things to Write About” as a birthday gift and it’s full of fantastic prompts and blank spaces to write in your answers.  What a fun way to spark up ideas!

I know that 2013 has great things in store for me and you.  May you work toward what you want a little more each day in this New Year — toward happiness, love, laughter, and fun.  Here’s to more!

Write this down

It’s February already, my gosh, and by all accounts most people have given up on New Year’s resolutions and are surprised to see themselves swirled away by the busyness of 2012.  It’s a good thing to be busy, to be swept away, so caught up in doing things that we feel time has flown by.  But not noticing time has flown by also usually means that we’ve lost track of what is most important in our lives, so I’d say it’s also a great thing to make time for yourself and to commit to plans that get you to accomplishing the goals you have.  No one sets about making resolutions at the beginning of the year because they don’t want those things for themselves – they do want them! – it’s just that we are all guilty of getting caught up in the day-to-day ongoings of our lives that we sometimes neglect the big stuff for which we had the highest intentions and hopes. 

So, month two of 2012: Hi. Let’s get back on track with what we want for ourselves this year.  Here’s a quick little exercise to get your brain back in the mood:

My definition of happiness is _________________________. 

A checklist for achieving this happiness will include:
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I will encourage myself with confidence, bravery, recognition, and rewards by ______________________ when I ___________________________.

In my daily pursuit of happiness/health/success/wealth/love, I will commit to ________________________.

Maybe we also need to talk about what we’re not going to do?  Sometimes it’s positive to be negative.  Here’s some inspiration:

I will not sit back and “wait to see what happens.”
I will not put a to do list together without crossing at least one thing off of it, even if that one thing is “make a to do list.”
My happiness doesn’t look like anyone else’s so I refuse to rely on others to bring me success and happiness.

If you followed through on everything above to manifest happiness in your life would you be better for it?  The answer to that is probably a resounding yes.  It might even be a “hell, yeah!” or “you betcha” if that’s more your style.

People often say it’s the simple things in life that mean the most. Very simply, what means the most to you?  What brings you joy?  Find ways to concentrate on that joy and work towards increasing it every day. 

Wishing you happiness today and every day.

Welcome, 2012

Well, welcome to 2012.  

I want to start by saying that I’m glad you’re here.  Whether we’re friends or strangers, whether you enjoy my writing or you’re here as an avid Bachelor recap reader or even if you found this blog by random Google search, I’m glad you’ve made your way here and want you to know how that I appreciate your contributions, your support, your banter, your wit, the challenges and the compliments.  In that spirit, I’d like to ask that you continue to not only read but also share – I love what you bring to this special place and value your opinions, thoughts, comments, and stories, and welcome them all.  

Today is Monday – the first workday of the year and based on the morning news, Facebook, Twitter, and the many blogs that I’ve read thus far today, it’s clear that everyone is optimistic, hopeful and eager to welcome all that this year will bring.  I’ve also noticed that right now much of the world is focused on resolutions and making goals for the year – most all of which are centered on living healthy and being happy…and isn’t that really what it’s all about? 

In thinking about the New Year, new starts, and new goals, I am reminded of this article in USA Today which discusses the difference between resolutions and intentions: “An intention is a direction – a course you set for yourself.  You can’t fail at an intention; sometimes you can just get off course.  And intentions are positive. Studies show that you’re more likely to succeed at goals that you feel positively about – getting healthy – than at those that are seen as negative, like going on a diet.”

So, this year, why not actually succeed at what you hope for?  Try establishing a set of intentions, and see to it that the things you do in your life this year help you get there.  Or, try this approach: blogger Tim Walker tried out a method used by social media guru Chris Brogan, who at the beginning of each year decides upon three words that will be his focused themes or mantras.  In Tim’s words, “There’s something to be said for this approach, as opposed to setting resolutions. Among other things, it helps you to think thematically about things that are important to you — a positive attitude, for example — rather than getting stuck in the technicalities (and attendant frustrations) of a particular goal, such as losing 30 pounds.” In 2011, Tim chose Calm. Clean. Bodacious. as his three words. Click here to see why he chose those three words and leave a comment below if you’re willing to share what your three words will be for 2012. 

One of my intention words for the year will definitely be Happy.  I like the idea of the word Bold too.  I haven’t quite nailed down a third but I know it will present itself. Probably in some version or form of Create or Share.

Again borrowing from Chris Brogan, I wanted to inspire you to think about your three words with this post about Paying Yourself First (or the idea of Filling Your Own Cup, which I wrote about here), the philosophy in which you give yourself the permission, time and space to do what serves you best so that you can restfully, happily, creatively, and usefully serve others.  It’s my wish for you, and for me too. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2012!

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