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Welcome to 2010 everyone! The past year has been an incredible adventure for me both personally and professionally and as I wake up to a new year I am filled with excitement, hope and yes, a bit of anxiety about whats to come.  There are so many changes on the horizon and while I historically have found that to be really scary, I am choosing to try to remain in the moment and trust that everything is happening for a reason!

In looking back at my 2009 resolutions I accomplished a few of them- establishing a consistent yoga practice, working hard, writing more and going to Paris. I did not simplify my life (in fact I think I made it more complicated), get myself organized (made more of a mess) and I still worry WAY too much, but those are resolutions that will probably be roll overs every year for some time! This year I want to continue to work on those things consistently, but mostly I want to focus on using my energy on enjoying the good things in my life- work, the people I care about, my creative ventures and good health.  No resolutions to become a vegetarian, drink more water, learn to speak French, write a novel or get ripped abs. It’s my first attempt to simplify my life- deleting the 32 somewhat petty resolutions I wrote last week and edit my goals down to a quality few things.  I’d love to hear what you have decided to work on this year…?

The wonderful feeling of getting to start anew today gives me free reign to imbibe in my never ending obsession with inspirational quotes. I absolutely love Quotables cards and so I pulled some of my favorites to hopefully inspire you a smidge today (unless you are really hungover and cursing the world right now. In that case the only thing that can inspire you is probably a bacon egg and cheese sandwich and some Pepto)

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I hope you all had a wonderful night and wish you only the best of everything in the new year.  Having you all here reading everyday is the happiest part of what I do. Thank you so much, I am so grateful to get to have this be my “job”!




  1. Such a pleasure to read your magnificent blog this past year Erin. Wishing you “worry – less” days and nights and massive amounts of marvelous memories in this New Year. Happy 2010 ~ deb

  2. I love that first quote – I just sent it to my brother who departed for South Korea for a year this morning to teach English after 11 months of unemployment in the US. I hope it’s inspiration to him. My resolution: Write daily in the new 5 year diary I purchased last week. Lots of exciting things happening – I don’t want to forget them!

  3. I arose to a cold, windy, bluegray New Year’s Day here in NC. Not real stimulating for making personal resolutions for a new year much less just for the day! But as I sat by the fire with my big, furry throw and a very, LARGE latte, and pondered my list of resolutions, it occurred to me what was really missing. “Time”! Time itself! Time to realize my passions, time well spent, time with friends, time to cook, time to go riding, time to garden, time not to have to hurry,or time to just be me. Time is that ellusive resource that can not be bottled, captured, sold, rented, or saved for a later date. How I use my time will determine what I can accomplish for this new year’s resolution or one that has been collecting dust for many years. I believe my answer lies in my abiltiity to edit my home, my habits, and my life style so I can live my life this year doing the things I really want to do. So I say”edit, edit, edit”!!! As a much loved person once told me “it is the journey in life that makes life worth living, not just getting to the end”! Make it a great ride this year! Tonya

  4. Dear Erin,
    Happy New Year! I started my blog Hampton Hostess about 5 months ago and have found so much inspiration from you and your blog-I wish you a wonderful 2010 with a little bit of time just for you! All the best, Barbara

  5. Oh how lovely! I need to print those out and look at one each day. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Very much enjoying the Marden quote. :) Personally, I love just about any quote from Anthony Robbins. A few that are speaking to me right now:

    “I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”

    “The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.”

    “Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.”

    For me, this year is about making conscious and powerful decisions.

  7. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year. In looking back at this past year, my life has been a roller coaster filled with incredible highs and scary lows, business in upheaval, family health issues…but no regrets…I have tried new things which failed, visited wonderful new places, survived the business… I tried to spell my New Year resolutions to the blog world and in fact, in searching deep I realized that i have no specific resolutions buy to embrace each day as it comes, enjoy the moment, deal with the fear and the pain as life is truly a magnificent gift that deserves to be treasured and lived.

  8. I like that Buddha quote a lot. It should probably be my wallpaper on my computer for a while.
    This year, I resolved to make my New Year’s resolutions all things I think I might enjoy or things I’d like to try.
    I resolve not to resolve to lose ten pounds this year.

    Happy 2010.

    I like your blog a lot. I haven’t followed it long but I went through a lot of it in one sitting because I liked it so much and it was so entertaining. What a cool life you have. Plus I like that you’re so real AND cool at the same time ….like…. liking Twilight and admitting when you feel insecure about something.

    Okay, there’s another one. I resolve to give genuine compliments to people whenever they cross my mind.

  9. Hi Erin! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now, but don’t think I’ve made a comment so far. I’m very into new years intentions, so reading yours were really interesting. Since you mentioned simplifying your life, I would love for you to check out my blog, MakeunderMyLife.com and see if any of my ideas are helpful for you. Every Friday for example, I exfoliate an item in my life that I don’t need, use, or love. You are welcome to snap photos of your own exfoliations and send them to me. I would also love to invite you to participate in my Thursday series, “DESIGN YOUR LIFE” where I interview people about their intentions and how they “design their life” around those intentions. I think my readers (and I) would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

  10. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know that I’m loving your blog and especially this recent post. After one of the most difficult years of my life, I’ve been thinking SO much about resolutions. (Don’t get me wrong, there have been many blessings, but it’s definitely been challenging.) Though all the cards you’ve chosen speak to me in one way or another, one line really resonates: “Just let go, just let be.” I can’t even tell you how poignant this is in my world and that of my family. I’m learning that I may gain the most simply by letting go, and while it’s a tough pill to swallow, I have faith that there are amazing moments ahead!

    Here’s to a great 2010 and continuously being inspired by people like you!

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