Posted on January 6th, 2013
Of course I say this every year but seriously, where did 2012 go? It feels like just yesterday I was writing an exhaustive list of resolutions for the long year ahead and here we are. In a couple blinks of my eyes, the year 2012 has come and gone. In all honesty, last year’s goals were lofty and most received little to no attention. I am proud to say a few persevered (a new job, discovered a great church, lots of travel, made it to Coachella (queen of American music festivals), nurtured friendships and such) and I am content with the fruits of that labor. Still at the risk of sounding cliché yet again, I’ll shout at the mountaintop, “This is my year!” It is at least markedly different than the last handful in a major way.
In 2013, I’ll focus on actionable goals to steer myself along a more deliberate and purposeful path in life.
If you follow me on Instagram and on Twitter you’ll see that there is no shortage of unforgettable moments. I lead a life full to the brim with laughter, love, a few shenanigans and serious wanderlust. I am passionate about people. I value my close friendships and family and I adore entertaining. In another life I’m pretty sure I was a Southern housewife and hostess whose front door was always open. I am also obsessed with travel; as curious about the local scene in Portland as I am about the wonders of the world, landmarks from D.C. to Paris. Here’s to taking risks and pushing the ol’ comfort zone more this year. The plan is to focus my efforts and seek out opportunities that excite me and pay off my interests in real ways. Just as much dreaming but a lot more doing.
The most exciting part is that I’ll spend a greater amount of time addressing what was the foundation and purpose of starting this blog — uncovering beautiful things, translating life’s richness and lessons to all yes everything. That means remaining faithful and confident about life, my decisions and abilities, my style and point of view and being a tried and true explorer. I will savor opportunity and experiences, that’s where the real art of living is. I’ll use this space as an outlet to document the pursuit of happiness mostly for myself and also for whoever’s paying attention
Expect to read about my journey towards career clarity, my love of food, baking and cleaner, healthier eating. I’m also defining my personal style: plotting a wardrobe intervention, preparing to decorate a new apartment and immersing myself in artsy things (jewelry-making, a little graphic design and floristry on the side). Let’s go back to entertaining. My fascination is likely my mother’s fault because when she invites anyone into her home, everything has to be perfect. So much love, thought and care goes into the experience of “the guest”. Composing magical moments for others, full of authenticity and heartfelt detail is the kind of thing that makes me melt like butter. I have a good feeling about 2013. Yes, yes, y’all. Here we go.