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2013 // 2014

December 31st, 2013

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(calendar via Note to Self)

2013 was an incredible year for me. Not only did I produce and write a book ( a f@#king book, you guys! A real one!) I also saw my little company grow by leaps and bounds, bought and renovated a house of my very own and got to meet Oprah and shake her hand. OPRAH.  It was a year of milestones. One for the books, if you will.  But I have found that the more success I achieve, the harder I am on myself to do MORE. Reaching goals once thought unattainable fuel the fire of my imagination and confidence, leaving me overwhelmed with ideas about what else I might be able to do if I work hard enough.  Because it’s all possible with hard work and a little luck. ALL OF IT.  Andrew is probably rolling his eyes at this rarely heard positivity from me, but it’s true. I never in a million years thought any of the above was possible. And look what happened.  So I have some goals for 2014 that are a little less on the “bucket list” side and a more on the “tweaking my life to make it more enjoyable” side.

1. A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO THIS BLOG

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I’ve been committed for sure, taking a few days off for the holidays nearly killed me with anxiety and guilt. But I want to bring fresher, exciting , unique content to this site in 2014.  It’s given me everything I have (business-wise) so I want to respect that and never phone it in.  But one person can only do so much- I toy with bringing on a person or two to post also…. what are your thoughts on that?  What else might you want to see?

2. SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE

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I love being outside, but I don’t try hard enough to spend quality, active time outside. Sitting on the patio drinking wine does not make me “outdoorsy”. I want to hike more. Investigate this amazing part of the country I live in.  And other parts too- I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon for example! I want to go! I want to ride horses in Montana on a dude ranch!  I want to see New Orleans! Ok, maybe I’ll start with a simple hike….

3. GET BACK INTO YOGA (AND FINALLY START TAKING BARRE CLASSES!)

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I used to be a die hard yogi. As I got busier I let my commitment slip. I have taken to half-assed treadmill and weight workouts at the gym instead.  But I never feel better then when I get to a couple yoga classes a week and really wring all my tension out.  I need to get back into that (especially since Andrew got me that coveted yoga mat for Xmas!)  I also want to start taking barre classes, I have a great studio LITERALLY two blocks from my house and a 10 pack of classes waiting for me. JUST GO ERIN! I fear people will laugh me out of the studio, and I need to get over that. I’ll just be all “Go ahead and laugh at my tuck, I’ve met Oprah”.

4. BE MORE CREATIVE FOR CREATIVITY’S SAKE

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I love to paint. I’ve painted a few things for my own home that people have asked to buy. I want to make time to paint more. It’s so relaxing (unless I’m hating how it’s coming out and then it’s all curse words and ferocious brush swatting). I want to take my time and work on things slowly. And maybe sell them. But mostly do it for myself. I did get a bachelors degree in it, after all.

5. SPEND MORE TIME BY THE OCEAN

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This one should be easy-peasy with the new beach house my parents built this year!  But beyond that, I happen to live on the coast of an awesome part of America. I want to drive up to Maine and walk the beach, or just to Rockport and have lunch on the water. It’s rejuvenating and healing and I can think of no place I am happier than by the water. Ok, maybe cuddling in Ryan Goslings arms as we watch The Notebook. Just kidding honey. (Not really).

6. NURTURE MYSELF MORE

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When your super, duper busy as I was this year taking care of yourself seems to fall by the wayside. I’ve been drinking too much wine. And not eating the best food I can (I was introduced to the McDonald’s Snack Wrap this year and HOT DAMN.) I can feel knots in my shoulders and my skin looks sallow. No matter how busy 2014 is I want to take better care of myself. Cook better food, take the time to pamper myself a little, and drink less wine ( but French women drinks lots of wine and they look good so do I really have to?)

7. GO TO ITALY WITH ANDREW

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We’ve been talking about this for months, and I want to just BOOK a trip to Italy with Andrew for the spring. We deserve it. He is so awesome to travel with (me- not so much- I pretty much turn into Linda Blair if faced with a plane delay). I have amassed a ton of Amex points and we just need to DO IT.  The last time I was in Italy I was 16 with my all girls boarding school peers and it was the most magical trip ever- I can’t imagine how fabulous it would be now! The question is- Rome and Florence? Florance and Tuscany? Rome and Poisitano?

8. INVEST MORE IN MY BUSINESS

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I may talk the talk, but I’m not walking the walk as fully as I could be. I’m financially really conservative most of the time and spending money scares me.  But I need to BELIEVE in what I’m doing and INVEST in it. This year might be tough as I also plan on investing in my house and starting that addition renovation we so desperately need (one full bathroom is not working), but I can do more for my business and NEED to.  Investing in myself and my business is a vote of confidence in myself I need to cast.

Thank you all for such an amazing year, all your support, comments, letters and hellos when we cross paths out in the world. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

House Hunters

December 30th, 2013

One of my favorite things to do when vegging out on the weekend is to watch House Hunters on HGTV for hours.  Not because I love seeing the houses, but rather yelling at the TV over the ridiculous things the couples on the show say and do.  I mean, you’re not going to pick this perfect-for-you house because you don’t like the paint color? And you DO pick the house that’s oh, say, rotten with termites but has granite counter tops??? REALLY? It makes me NUTS and I love it. Andrew and I can be found many a Sunday yelling at or TV “Wrong house, you idiots!!!!” or “Your husband is a jerk, lady! Run!”.  Of course, as many have found out, the show is rigged. They choose couples who are already in escrow on a house and stage two others to “choose from”. So now when I watch I try to figure out which house they already bought and when they are faking it. Regardless, it’s great fun. And I know I’m not alone in my love/hate relationship with the show. This student artist did a HILARIOUS installation of House Hunters quotes painted over old cheesy landscapes. SO TRUE!

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Fashion Friday: New Years Eve

December 27th, 2013

New Years Eve tends to fall flat for me- expectations and reality never quite mesh up.  This year we will be staying in and laying low. But you may be planning a fancy night on the town. So here are two get ups for both kinds of plans!

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dress // earrings // shoes // clutch // jacket

pajamas // eye mask // face mask // thank you notes

The Best Christmas Gift.

December 26th, 2013

Christmas was lovely, but the most exciting gift? Plans my dad did for our new addition and exterior renovation!  Not sure when this will get underway, but it’s so awesome to get to visualize what we can do! A master suite, laundry room, pantry, mudroom and expanded entry! YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!  Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!!!!

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Winter Vacation Essentials

December 19th, 2013

I hope all of you are getting prepared to take some time off for the holidays. I sure am. I’m going to take a little hiatus until December 26th. This is the first time in seven years I have ever done this, but I hope you understand and will check back in before the new year! Until then, here are some essentials to pack up for your time away (or home!)

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blush // luminizer // pajamas // slippers //  chargers // wine // hot chocolate // suitcase // scarf // gloves // books: Me Before You : The Good House : The Signature of All Things // cookie recipe