*This is the first in a 3-part series on my defining “words” for 2012. Here’s a little about my annual ritual. I wrote this on New Year’s Eve at a spa resort in Arizona, surrounded by the most beautiful nature (some of my photos are above.) Talk about inspiration! Stay tuned for my other two New Year’s words later in the week.
As I read the latest issue of Whole Living this morning, I came across this thought: The new year isn’t a do-over; it’s an opportunity to take your next big step. It got me thinking about how I want to take all the accomplishments and growth of 2011 and continue building on them to create something entirely new in the coming year. As a blogger, it can be challenging to balance the demands of immediacy (posting every morning and every afternoon) with the need to stay constantly innovative. During especially busy periods, it can be all too tempting to fall into the trap of doing what’s proven and safe – covering the topics that have worked for me in the past.
But the danger in that lies in the loss of creative thinking (which is where the most inspiring ideas are born!) So, my first word for 2012 is expand, in an effort to keep pushing myself and my team to new heights of creativity in the parties we design, the DIY’s we conceive, the recipes we photograph and the words we write. Excellence is the goal, but if we don’t always achieve it, that’s okay as long as we take a leap and aim to do something a little different and better than what’s been done before. So readers, it’s up to you to keep me accountable with your feedback this year. Tell me what you love, what you don’t and what could be better so I can keep going a little farther every day in my journey of making this blog a place of beauty and inspiration.