Alright, my dears…I’ve put it off long enough. I’ve been mulling over various New Year’s resolutions for the past few days, and after being thoroughly inspired by Grace’s, Erin’s, Crystal’s, & Anne’s, I decided I was ready to put them into words. But it wasn’t until I came across Tolly’s post on creating a New Year’s word that all my thoughts started to become themes, and I was able to hone in on what my real focus is for the coming year. So, without further ado, my words for 2011…

1. Give. I’ve learned from experience that by far the most satisfying moments in life are those when I lose myself in the joy of giving to another person. Whether it’s a heartfelt letter to a friend, a warm batch of brownies to our next-door-neighbor, or simply letting someone go ahead of me in line… it’s those little things that I want to be way more intentional about in the new year, and not let the busy-ness of life stop me from approaching each day with a generous spirit.

2. Savor. This is a big one for me. I’ve always been an extremely goal-oriented person, and while it’s a trait that’s served me well in terms of achievement, I’ve noticed lately that sometimes my eye is so set on the goal that I miss out on the enjoyment of getting there. I’m incredibly lucky to have a job where I get to pursue so many of my passions, and I’m determined to be more mindful of taking time to savor the little moments each day: the creativity that comes from crafting a client’s party, arranging flowers for my office, and turning off the computer once in a while to take a walk or sip a cappuccino!

3. Risk. Okay, this one started with thoughts about lipstick. I’ve always been a neutral gloss kind of girl, but during the last couple of weeks, I’ve started swiping on a dramatic shade of crimson. I’ve suddenly realized how much fun it is to wear something that really pushes me out of my comfort zone, and its encouraged me to take more fashion risks over the next year. Life’s too short to play it safe all the time, right?!

4. Grow. Although I’m determined to slow down and savor… I also want to keep growing, be creative every day, listen to others’ ideas and be unafraid to try something new. I’m eternally grateful to all of you who read every day, and my goal for this blog is to reach new heights of creativity and style during 2011. Cheers to living each day of the year intentionally!

*images: gifts, balloons, hat, plants.

11 comments
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    Quality Parenting | January 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Ahh! I LOVE your words, Camille. Especially since they are so heartfelt! I know what you mean about “grow” — I’ve been feeling kinda meh about my blog lately, and would love a buddy to sit down with and trade inspirations. Wanna make that a coffee date sometime soon?

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    Tanya | January 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    These together are a recipe for an amazing year. Can’t wait to see/here all about it. Happy New Year!

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    Beth S | January 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Love these, Camille! Great words to live by. πŸ™‚

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    Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely | January 7, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I love this idea! Great choice of words – it will be a rewarding year for you with these words as your guiding light x

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    Christina | January 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Camille — These photos are so perfectly matched with your words for 2011! It was so great to hear you speak at the Lavish conference in Atlanta.. I’m excited to follow you into the New Year and see all of your beautiful work πŸ™‚

    http://www.ChristinaLeeDesign.com

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    Camille Styles | January 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks to all for your kind words on my 2011 words! It really does mean the world to me, and I’m so lucky to have such an amazing group of supportive readers. Now y’all have to hold me to my ‘resolutions’…you better call me out if you see me breaking any of them! πŸ˜‰

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