We love the clean-slate feeling of a new year — that peaceful post-holiday calm that allows us to reflect inward on our own private goals. Personally, I’m a big resolution-maker. I believe that the simple act of writing something down makes it more likely to happen. As we prepared for this post, it was fun to see what everyone on our team is thinking about right now and take inspiration from their diverse resolutions. We’d love to hear from you as well. What are your goals for 2014?


Camille Styles:
I want to become a better listener. To really engage with my friends and family, put away my cell phone and any other means of multitasking. To go beyond just hearing them to actively focus on what they’re saying (not what I’m going to say next.)

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Cara Greenstein:
I’d like to create an evening ritual of reading a book. Instead of dozing off to a glaring laptop screen in bed, I would rather fall asleep to a new favorite novel.

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Carrie Ryan:
I’d like to practice sewing more this year.  My grandmother’s old Bernina has been calling my name and I think  its a disservice for her to sit in the closet.

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Chanel Dror:
I’ve vowed to be super fit this year, and yoga is my regimen of choice. Starting January 1st, I’ll be upping the anti from two classes a week, to four or five… who’s with me?!

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Chelsea Fullerton:
I’m taking a trip to Mexico with my fiance this spring and am determined to learn basic Spanish before we go. I’d love to be able to speak to shop owners and townspeople!

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Claire Zinnecker:
I want to take more road trips, the best way for me to take a break from work.

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Cristina Cleveland:
In 2014 I want to try my hand at the 5 Piece French Wardrobe. If you haven’t heard of it before, the idea is to only buy 5 new pieces each season (with there being two fashion seasons per year). With a bit of planning, I’ll hopefully end up buying 5 pieces that I really love and will get a lot of use out of instead of impulse purchasing pieces that I may or may not wear.

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Elizabeth Winslow:
This year, I will finally master bread baking, using a natural starter. Loving the alternative flours and whole grain loaves in Tartine’s Book No 3!

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Jennifer Rose Smith:
I want to learn and practice calligraphy this year, so that by next Christmas I’ll be able to address my holiday cards in style. Chanel and I are signed up for a class with Antiquaria in February and I’m really excited about learning the basics of hand-lettering.

image via lisa holtzman calligraphy


Kate Stafford:
I’d like to get back to making art for the sake of art instead of just being creative for work. I’m thinking of taking a ceramics class or perhaps picking up watercolors again!

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Martha Lynn Kale:
I want to learn to finally put my nice camera to use!  It’s time to upgrade my photo skills beyond the iPhone and a filter!

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Mary Costa:
I’m making a vow to go to more concerts in 2014. I love the energy of live music, and Los Angeles has so many great venues to explore!

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Sarah Yates:
I plan on really buckling down with my commitment to good health and re-incorporating this green juice into my every day routine!

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23 comments
  1. 1
    Tiffany R. | January 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I recently started brushing up on my Spanish and have found a wonderful free website. Duolingo.com is a great, and I especially love their slogan “Free language education for the world”. Chelsea Fullerton should check this out!

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | January 3, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Wow! A lot of these are so unique. Camille, please share tips. The multitasking/phone thing is a huge problem of mine. Though one of my favorite resolutions is the 5-piece French wardrobe! I must try that, I think it will help me invest in timeless pieces.

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | January 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    i love the idea of the five piece french wardrobe!
    definitely going to give that a shot cristina 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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    TÉLIO TEXTURES | January 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is great! We are inspired by this post and will be getting our team to come up with their own! Thanks for the inspiration, great resolutions!

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    Lisa | January 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Honestly, anytime y’all post personal things, I want to jump on a plane to Austin for a visit–I miss y’all! Love all of these resolutions, and am definitely with Chanel on working out and Cristina on the five-piece wardrobe!

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    Hannah B. | January 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    All of these ideas are so lovely. I would definitely encourage the ceramics class (Kate). I did that this past year, and having a creative outlet that was new and so different from work was such a blessing!

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    diane smith | January 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    What an inspiring post! I love the idea of the 5-piece French wardrobe…better get busy
    cleaning out my closets, first!

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    Anu | January 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

    5 piece french wardrobe… I love that one.

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    Ashley | January 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Do you mean like by The Daily Connoisseur’s ten piece wardrobe, from her book Lesson by Madame chic?

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    Karina | January 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I’m with Chanel! I have been really lazy with my yoga routine. Now I got back to one class a week, but I’m aiming at two or three plus maybe pilates or swimming.

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