Grace’s 2013 Resolution
I haven’t been this excited to start a year of blogging since the first day I nervously typed the words “Design*Sponge” into a polka-dotted Blogspot template. Nine years later, I’m still thankful and excited to take on all the challenges and opportunities ahead of us with everything I have and to try to make this year the best yet. Reading all of the beautiful hand-written resolutions from the design community inspired us to share some of our own, as well as the beautiful resolutions YOU shared with us on Instagram over the holiday break. From commitments to healthier living and balanced lives to vows of mental clarity and world travel, you guys have some amazing (and inspiring) ideas that I think everyone will enjoy. Thanks so much to everyone who shared their personal goals. We promise to stick to our team resolution of providing the best posts, ideas and inspiration we can every day, all day. Thanks for reading, and we can’t wait to see you again on Monday. xo, grace
Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions
- Keep it simple and realistic. Don’t set goals that involve big purchases or a total change in your daily routine. Small changes are easiest to keep.
- Write them down and display them somewhere you’ll see them every day. The fridge door, the back of your front door or taped to the top of your laptop work well.
- Make it public! Sometimes, if you let people know about your goals, it’s the extra push you need to get them done. Try posting your resolutions on Facebook, Twitter or your blog or sending them in an e-mail to close friends.
- Make seasonal resolutions: Let yourself dream big and put things on the list that you might not get done over the winter but that will be enough to get you moving in the right direction. Then adjust and add more as the year progresses.
- Build a support group. If your friends and family know what your goals are, they’ll be better able to keep you on track.
- Reward yourself! Set small goals for yourself and enjoy a small reward when you meet goal points along the way.
- Allow yourself a slip up or two. A few small mistakes or setbacks are only natural. Don’t let them derail the long-term goal. Shrug them off and try again the next day.
- Helpful Apps: Mint (finance), Fantastical (calendar), 30/30 (awesome timed task app), Sleep Cycle (sleep better), Fooducate (know what you’re eating), Mindful Eating, Buddhify (mindful meditation)
Amy’s Resolution: I’m entitled to Italian citizenship through my great-grandfather. It’s just a matter of filling out mounds of paperwork. I’m determined to do it this year.
20 more fantastic resolutions from Design*Sponge readers (plus this week’s Weekly Wrap Up) continue after the jump . . .
Design*Sponge Weekly Wrap Up
- Must-Read: Editor’s Letter: January 2013, New Year’s Resolutions from the Design Community
- In the Kitchen With: Elana Iaciofano’s Roasted Chestnut Honey and Cheese Pizza
- Behind the Bar: Pauline Boldt’s Holiday Gin and Tonics
- Living In: Coffee & Cigarettes
- Before & After: New Year, New Beginnings
- Make It Yours: Naomi Stein
- DIY Project: iPhone Cases: Repurposing Holiday Glitz
- Needed: Laundry Bag
- Animal Love: Raccoon
- Gathering Inspiration: Outdoors
- Obsessions: Erica Weiner
- Misc.: 3 Desk Setups for the New Year, The Open House Project, 2013 Calendars, Stay Home Club
D*S Reader 2013 Resolutions!