This is the 4th year I have publicly listed my goals on my blog and it’s really interesting to look back and see how the year went every time I write this post. So here is the review from last year, lets see how I did:
1. The top of my list this year is a complete revamp of my blog and website. I’m switching to WordPress so that my blog, website, twitter and facebook fan page are all together in one place.
I had to find a big checkmark for this goal because it most certainly happened and let me tell you, it was a lot of work! And you are looking at my new site right now, here was the header from the old one:
There was big debate in our camp on whether I should keep the illustration. In the end what killed it was a reader who emailed me a photograph of the almost identical drawing on a jewelry box taken in a gift shop somewhere. Clearly, it was not an original drawing so out it went!
2. Become a homeowner. My plan is to buy a house sometime before December 2012. By the way, just so you know, living in this town is like New York. The average price of a house here is a million dollars. And I want to live in Vancouver. Living in the burbs with a life designed around driving is just not an option for me.
I’ve started a ‘Dream House’ board on Pinterest. I loved how Holly at Things that Inspire wrote a post every year since the start of her blog on ‘her virtual dream house’ and she recently moved into it, designed by Suzanne Kasler. Dreamy or what!
Well this is my plan now too! This goal is still current as I said by December 2012.
3. I’m writing an eBook (according to all kinds of people I need to write several actually) and I’m giving myself a June deadline but really the sooner the better. How about my Birthday, that’s a good date. If I’m ever going to own a house I need to make money while I’m sleeping. By the way the name of it is a secret, if I told you I’d have to hunt you down and. . . well you know.
As you know, I completely missed the June deadline of getting my eBook out but the interesting piece of this goal is that I met Irene in my June True Colour Expert workshop here in Vancouver. If I had not had the foresight to hire her to help me write and edit this book I’d still be talking about it.
Probably about a year ago I read a post “Biggest Mistakes Bloggers Make” (I can’t remember who wrote it now) and one of them was, “They keep pumping out free content instead of taking the time to write a book”. . . “That’s me,” I inwardly wailed.
It’s exciting to finally have “my system” in an eBook which clearly illustrates and explains “How to distinguish undertones” like nothing else you’ll find out there.
If you are a designer, decorator or colour enthusiast, this book will round out the colour knowledge you’ve already been collecting.
4. So not only am I going to write an eBook, but I plan to create a webinar, maybe some DVDs I haven’t worked it all out yet.
My webinars are on the list for this year to launch. I realized that without the foundation of my eBook which will be required reading, it would be hard to run a webinar.
5. Getting really, really fit. Okay, I posted this photo of the stomach I want in 2009. This year I’ve decided to get serious about it. I have a new friend that goes to a boot camp five minutes from where I live. So, at 6 am, three times a week I am joining up and going. Until now I share a trainer on Friday mornings with my friend Virginia and then go to the gym on my own once or twice during the week but it’s just not enough. So that’s it, come January 2012 I’m going to post a picture of my stomach right next to this one. That should keep me motivated!
Okay, so I’m actually not going to post a picture of my tummy because I did not get here this year. When I gain weight it goes directly to my stomach so I’d need to be model thin to be able to post this kind of picture. Sigh. What I did accomplish though is staying five pounds lighter than normal. I usually fluctuate between a size 6-8, this year I did that way less.
I need to run a marathon or something but I think I’m not a runner. Should I change that from an I can’t to I can? Probably.
So those were the big goals I had and looking back at this list, I think I need to scare myself more and write some bigger ones. Our dream trip to Italy got put on the back burner this year due to the re-launch of my website, switching from blogger to WordPress was a big deal! As well as my eBook.
So here’s my list for this 2012:
1. Get published in a national magazine.
2. Book three or more speaking engagements on blogging and/or colour.
3. Write about colour for a magazine or newspaper.
4. Publish the next three eBooks that are on my list to write.
5. Hire a new business coach (had one for a while–didn’t work out)
6. Do more video blogging
7. Run some kind of marathon.
8. Work somewhere hot for the month of January (every year).
9. Become an even better decorator.
10. It’s my year of Grace. That’s what I want to be everywhere, more graciousness.
Interior by Jeffrey Bilhuber
I recently bought Jeffrey Bilhubers new book The Way Home and I was totally inspired by his colourful yet uncontrived interiors.
I also love the way he “styles” his interiors, this dining room I decorated (below) was inspired by this image (above) when the day came to photograph the room. I originally wasn’t going to photograph it because I had not chosen the dining room table and chairs which were existing but the styling turned out so great, so it made the cut!
Decorated by Maria Killam
So there they are, I will add more if I think of any!
Bring on 2012! And let’s just get through January quick!
Download my eBook, It’s All in the Undertones. If you have a computer, you can download my book!
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!
If you would like to learn to how choose the right colours for your home or for your clients, become a True Colour Expert.