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It’s Okay

It's Ok |

“When you get the inside right, the outside falls into place.”
(Eckhart Tolle)

I was feeling down and disconnected, hungry and tired. Wanting motivation, but unwilling to search for it. I told myself it’s okay to be lonely even though my days are spent with a sweet baby on my hip. It’s okay to question my place in the world. It’s okay to feel like I’m making things up as I go.

I let myself be. Granted permission to sulk, snooze, simmer. Blamed my hormones and the past 11 months of sleep deprivation. Life is full of seasons and cycles, and maybe I’m just caught in a summer storm.

When I’m busy with the baby, my mind clicks and clatters with things to do and remember. When I put him down, all I want to do is collapse onto the couch and let the cushions cradle me to sleep.

The more I mother, the more I realize that taking care of myself is as important as taking care of my child. I instinctively listen for his every breath, cry, squeal, and giggle. And yet, I can barely hear myself think. This might be the way nature intended, but I need to start doing more to nurture my soul.

I wrote out daily mantras as a gentle reminder that self care begins with self talk. It’s impossible to monitor or manage the millions of thoughts that whirl and whiz through my mind each day, but I can look in the mirror every morning and say seven kind, affirming things to myself.

I revisited my goals with an almost-mid-year check-in. I dropped a few that weren’t serving me, crossed off the one I completed, and refocused what was left. I used a strip of my favorite washi tape, the one with gold polka dots, to post them up in my closet where I see them at least twice a day.

I committed to “daily-ish” writing, movement & meditation. These are not easy things to find time for in days filled with playdates and Target runs, laundry and nap schedules. But they are vital to my mental, physical, and spiritual health. They are at the core of who I am and who I aim to be.

So yes, it’s okay to feel the feelings. And then it’s okay to do all the things to get back on track.

If I sound like a broken record — like every thought I share and every post I write is a version of the one before — it’s because I am. Screeching, cracking, breaking with every repetition.

It’s okay.
You deserve this.
You need this.
You matter.

At the end of the day, when the laundry is folded and the baby is sleeping, whatever’s left of me needs gentle reassurance and calm support. My shreds of patience need time to heal, my frayed nerves need mending. My mama self needs someone to take her by the hand and tuck her into bed earlier than she wants to go.

And every time I question an act of self care, wonder if there’s time or space or money to do something for myself, I have to pull out my broken record and hit play once more. It’s okay.



2017 Goals: January Reviewed

Magic Afternoon Light |

“As time ticked by and an impassioned idea still had not ignited me, I didn’t panic. Instead, I did what I have done so many times before. I turned my attention away from passion and toward curiosity.”
(Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic)

2016 was all about pregnancy and baby. I am dedicating this year to the pursuit of simple joys. In January, I did this by lighting candles, savoring my favorite tea, and watching The Bachelor.

One of my goals is to get rid of things I no longer want, use or need. This month I tackled my closet, packing up maternity clothes and donating/thredUP-ing a big pile of things I wouldn’t buy if I tried them on in a store. Dressing a postpartum body feels a lot like trying to hit a moving target and I’m still breastfeeding, so I’ve been learning what works as I go.

I started the year off strong with a mini Whole30 and a handful of workouts. When it comes to my physical body, the aim is to cultivate habits that make me feel nourished and to occasionally indulge with purpose. We traveled and I got sick this month, but that’s ok. I am learning to work on these things even when the conditions aren’t perfect.

Creatively, I am content. And excited. (AND HERE. BLOGGING AGAIN. WHAAAT!?) I joined The Year of Creativity (a 12-month, self-paced course on creativity) and have been thrilled with the experience so far. The focus of January was “Inspiration” and it was just what I needed to get started. I read Big Magic, snuck away to a coffee shop to write, and submitted my first essay for peer feedback. It was more creative work than I’ve done in over a year… and the surface is just getting scratched.

My mister and I set a goal of hiring a sitter once a month for date nights. We interviewed someone for semi-regular childcare, but I realized that maybe I’m not quite ready for that step. So, we have another recommended sitter coming by on Friday for a meet & greet. Here’s hoping we can achieve our date night goals in February.

Documenting the daily life of our little, growing family is another focus for 2017. Taking videos for our 1 Second Everyday project and snapping pictures of Baby O to text to family are things I’ve been good about doing. Digitally speaking, I have memory keeping on lock. But I haven’t ordered prints of our professional photos or done much in O’s baby book since he was a month old. When things have been on your to-do list for 6 months, it’s time to take action. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

My word of the year is SIMPLE and as I shared on Instagram,

Last year my husband & I bought a new car and moved into a new home, I quit my full time job and became a mother. My whole world & identity shifted through these changes… and as I continue to define who I am in this new existence, I am dedicating 2017 to the pursuit of simple joys. SIMPLE is gentle, but firm. SIMPLE is straightforward & uncomplicated. SIMPLE is intentional action. I know raising a little babe will bring plenty of messy, unsure, and crazy moments, but even in those times I hope to remember the power of taking a SIMPLE pause to breathe.

One of my goals for January was to think about creating a daily routine for me and Baby O. Now on February 1st, I think that’s one of my bigger accomplishments for the past month. We do not follow a strict schedule or do the same thing every day, but our days have settled, shifted, sunk into a very nice rhythm. We take walks, we play and read, we meet up with other mamas and babies, we enjoy mealtime and bath time, and we share lots of cuddles. Our days are simple, but full. January has been a wonderful start to 2017 and I’m looking forward to what this next month has in store.


September Recap + October Intentions

September Recap + October Intentions | - image via Death to the Stock Photo

You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.
(Elizabeth Gilbert)

Hello, friends. I hope you are having a very happy start to October. It really does not feel like a new month since I’m in a travel time warp. We’re traveling from Paris to Edinburgh today, then home to Austin on Sunday. When we step back into our apartment, things will start feeling a bit more real.

Similar to how the start of October has been eclipsed by our travels, September was magical, strange, disorganized, and amazing. Everything considered, I am quite pleased with how my intentions for the month turned out.

To review, my intentions for September:

  • Make two playlists – Easy, fun, and done! I put together this playlist for my 10K and another for our travels (that I’ll share in an upcoming post).
  • Run in my first race since back surgery two years ago – Yes! I ran faster than planned and had a blast with my Mister.
  • Buy some new art and finishing touches for our bathroom – No progress. Preparing for our travels took priority, so I’m planning to revisit this in October.
  • Read one fiction book – I went on a bit of a fiction binge this month, reading: Big Little LiesThe Husband’s Secret, and Me Before You. All three were great.
  • Read one non-fiction book – I am still working on Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism
  • Finish my Whole30 with total commitment – Done! I am really happy with how this went and I’m planning to start another Whole30 when we get back from our trip.
  • Go on our 21-day trip with 2 pieces of luggage + 2 carry-ons – Did it! Here’s how.
  • Write & pre-schedule some blog posts to go live during our travels – Sorta, not really.
  • Take at least one solo-trip during our Europe adventure – Nope. Our travels have been busy and I’ve dedicated my solo time to working, resting, exercising, and reading.

Since it feels like the stakes are high, I am trying to keep my October intentions realistic. I want to use the next few weeks to become reacquainted with our normal, non-travel routine. I want to do what I can to be proactive and strategic with my time.

Here are my October intentions — what are yours?

decorate the “empty corners” of the apartment
eat clean and exercise often because there’s just 7 weeks until the wedding now!
put together weekly meal plans + make some freezer meals
work on our wedding to-do list: vows, songs, gifts, seating arrangements, etc.
post the remaining Europe trip recaps (like these highlights from London)
order photo books from our last 2 international trips
finish Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism and Daring Greatly before starting another book
share a thirty before thirty check-in

Image via Death to the Stock Photo

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August Recap + September Intentions

August Recap + September Intentions | - image via Unsplash

One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.
(Robert Holden)

Another month down, another fresh page on the calendar. August came in like a drippy popsicle, then washed away like a quick summer rain. Our wedding is in less than 3 months, and I’m trying not to wish the days away. I want to savor these moments. The final weeks of our engagement, the wedding planning, the last days of summer, and the first hints of fall.

I was thinking that my goals for August were a complete disaster. In my mind, I failed at every last one of them. This is definitely not the case, and I’m grateful to have these monthly posts to remind me that I’m doing just fine.

To review, my intentions for August:

  • Go on a date night with my Mister – Complete! I surprised him with dinner & a movie.
  • Exercise daily (even if just for a short while) – Not even close. I’m starting to think that I should do away with “daily” goals for now. It seems like those are too far out of reach.
  • Plan out editorial calendars for the rest of 2014 – Nope, but I have been thinking about this. I want to get on it because these next few months are going to fly by.
  • Make a dent in our wedding plans – 100% yes. Our wedding planners have everything on track and we’re thrilled with how it’s turning out.
  • Finish reading one fiction book – Yep! I finished The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was the first fiction book I’ve read in awhile… my last one was Twilight or Fifty Shades (same thing, right?). More thoughts to come in a book review.
  • Read one non-fiction book – Yep! I finished It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig yesterday, but since it was a holiday I’m counting this for August.
  • Start my Whole 30 on Sunday, August 17th – Yes… today is day #17 and I’m feeling good! Read my recap of the first 12 days here.
  • Hang our engagement pictures over the bed – Yep! Here’s a picture of how they turned out. Our photographer, Taylor Lord, is super talented. We know she’s going to do such an amazing job documenting our wedding day!
  • Make time to do absolutely nothing – I did not do this as intentionally as I would have liked to, but our trip to North Carolina had some lake-side “nothing” moments.
  • Ask my two little sisters if they will be my flower girls / junior bridesmaids – Yes! I went with a ring pop proposal and we spent the day shopping for their dresses.
  • Celebrate my Mister’s 30th birthday with friends – Done! He has some amazing college buddies in Charlotte who hosted us for a special two-part celebration. On the first night we hung out, ate ice-cream cake, and played Cards Against Humanity. On the second night we enjoyed a fancy dinner at 5Church (I really wanted to go after reading this review on Peanut Butter Fingers). We finished the night at a 90s dance club. Yes, there is such a thing. Yes, it was amazing and it made us feel old.

September is sure to be a full month. I have a few thirty before thirty things planned, my first dress fitting, and my Mister and I will be in Europe for the last 2 weeks. He’s going for work, and I’m tagging along. We are so excited about the adventures ahead, but we also have to be super productive before we take off.

Here are my September intentions — what are yours?

make two playlists: one for running & one for travel
run in my first race since back surgery two years ago
buy some new art and finishing touches for our bathroom
read one fiction book – title TBD
read one non-fiction book – Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism
finish my Whole30 with total commitment
go on our 21-day trip with just these 2 pieces of luggage + 2 carry-ons
write & pre-schedule some blog posts to go live during our travels
take at least one solo-trip during our Europe adventure

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July Recap + August Intentions

July Recap + August Intentions  - image via Unsplash |

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
(Sam Keen)

The final day of July is here, yet it feels as though the month just arrived. Our July began and ended with weekends full of friends, great food, and a few too many drinks! Last week, we went on a quick trip to NYC + Philadelphia for my Mister’s work and to visit friends. We had the most delightful time in both cities.

My intentions for July were motivating, but perhaps a bit too ambitious:

  • Have a fun + relaxing 4th of July – Complete! The weather and water were perfect. We had an amazing time with great friends.
  • Go to 15 yoga classes – Complete! After being in a yoga funk for years, I’m finding my groove.
  • Try 3 more Barre3 classes – Just one, but I purchased a 3-class pack so I’ll try again in August.
  • Make 4 new recipes – Just two. These fish tacos + this Mexican zucchini dish are both weeknight winners.
  • Meditate daily – not a daily habit yet, but I am still loving LucentApp.
  • Journal often – more often than never, but I would like to keep working on this.
  • Finish The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Complete! Highly recommend giving it a try. I’m planning to share a book report next month.
  • Run/walk a total of 50 miles – Complete! My Fitbit motivated me to pick walking over riding in cabs while in NYC and Philly. Plus, we got to run up the “Rocky steps” which was really awesome.
  • Give #30EarlyMornings an honest try – Not even close. Attempting this did help me realize I’m much better at life when I get an early start.
  • Spend time by water – Complete! Our 4th of July was spent on Lake Austin + I went paddle boarding with my friend Jen on Ladybird Lake.

Our plans for this month include a lot more summer fun. My Mister and I are heading to North Carolina next week for 11 days to work and play, to visit friends and family.

Here are my August intentions — what are yours?

go on a date night with my Mister
exercise daily (even if just for a short while)
plan out editorial calendars for the rest of 2014
make a dent in our wedding plans
finish reading one fiction book – The Signature of All Things
read one non-fiction book – It Starts With Food
start my Whole 30 on Sunday, August 17th
hang our engagement pictures over the bed
make time to do absolutely nothing
ask my two little sisters if they will be my flower girls / junior bridesmaids
celebrate my Mister’s 30th birthday with friends

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June Recap + July Intentions

July Intentions - Sunset in Austin, TX |

Life is available only in the present moment.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

Hello, lovelies. I hope you are well and enjoying a great start to July! The turning of a new month always delights me. A fresh page on the calendar, the completion of 4 weeks, and the beginning of something new.

But first, I have to say that June was a total blast! My blogging bestie visited and we finally shared stories face-to-face. The next weekend, we drove up to Dallas to see some friends and I ate my bodyweight in queso. Perhaps as a reaction to over-eating chips, My Mister and I started going on long Saturday morning runs.

We went tux shopping and found a band that matches my engagement ring! I started wearing a Fitbit, took my first Barre3 class, and went to rooftop yoga. We enjoyed happy hours, brunches, dinners, and soccer games with friends… and we even went tubing down a river one Saturday.

June was also my “testing ground” to decide if I wanted to start blogging again. I posted every Thursday for 5 weeks, and really loved it. Thanks to all of you who shared support in the comments, on Twitter, and by email. Posting my 30 before 30 list gave me a fresh feeling of commitment and excitement about blogging, which is all I can ask for!

In July, I am looking forward to staying put. We don’t have any travel on the calendar (at the moment) and I have my sights on enjoying weekends around town. Austin is such a fun and active city. There are tons of sporty things to do, and just as many delicious restaurants to try. And staying in is fun too. This past weekend confirmed that my Mister & I are very content on our balcony with some margaritas, chips, and salsa. Yum!

This month I want to continue focusing on gratitude and the things that make me happy. I have been eating healthier, working out more often, and (trying) to sleep more. Ultimately, my goal is to have fun this summer while still pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle.

Here are my July intentions — what are yours?

Have a fun + relaxing 4th of July
Go to 15 yoga classes
Try 3 more Barre3 classes
Make 4 new recipes
Meditate daily
Journal often
Finish The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Run/walk a total of 50 miles this month
Give #30EarlyMornings an honest try
Spend time by water

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Two Words for 2012 – Comfortable Boldness

image :: Open your heart.

My whole life, I’ve wanted to feel comfortable in my skin.
It’s the most liberating thing in the world.
(Drew Barrymore)

Image :: Day 78 / Ready for take-off

Fortune befriends the bold.
(Emily Dickinson)

image :: 200.365

Comfortable: relaxed, secure, and in content…
It’s funny how even the word brings some comfort.
We’ve all experienced it.
It’s a safe feeling, pure happiness, or emptiness.
It’s hard to find the right medium & how long you can sustain
being uncomfortable. I am a firm believer though that
until you let yourself be truly uncomfortable,
you can’t reap the joys of being truly comfortable.
(Shayna Sandlan)

image :: laughing

Laugh at yourself,
but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself.
Be bold.
When you embark for strange places,
don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore.
Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.
(Alan Alda )

image :: westelm.capiz

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness.
It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
(Sydney Smith)

There are many bloggers who name a word for their year. When I created my 12 Intentions for 2012, I was seeking something similar — a focus, a thread, a theme, to weave in and out and through my year.

In 2010, my word was nurture. It was serendipity in 2011. I found the words uplifting, but the overall idea didn’t stick. Maybe that’s why I struggled to find my word for 2012? As the new year approached, my mind went blank and I almost gave up on the idea altogether.

Then I started reading Style Statement by  Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte. As I worked through the stories and prompts, I came upon two words: my foundation and my creative edge. As the book explains, “Your foundation word represents your being. Your creative edge is how you express and distinguish your being.”

Determining my style statement was like recognizing an old friend. I began to see myself in a new light. Asking myself questions like, “does this represent comfortable? Am I embodying boldness?” helped reveal inner motivations and  began to shed light on why I do what I do.

My words are Comfortable Boldness, for this year and beyond. Using these words as my touchstone, I hope to make decisions and attract opportunities that align with my style statement —with my foundation and creative edge.

Style Statement defines Comfortable Boldness:

Comfortable is the consummate pleasure seeker… In their best form, Comfortable is easygoing, sincerely cheerful, and free from doubt. They can be highly sensitive, and when they feel something in their bones, they will operate with steady determination… Comfortable is body centered, so the priority with fashion and furnishing is comfort.

Boldness has a strong warrior spirit that can translate into risk-taking, maverick ideas, and lively adventures… Do it right, or don’t do it at all… They are quite comfortable with uncertainty because they know they can draw on their own daring and multiple resources to fully embrace any situation… They focus forward.

What Comfortable Boldness means to me:

Comfortable is the space between smooth sailing and working to my edge. Comfortable is leaning into my dreams while maintaining a sense of groundedness. Comfortable is carefree and cozy. Boldness is passionate, spicy. Boldness has the guts to follow through. Firm, steady and strong, Boldness leaps fearlessly and loves deeply.

My recommendation on Style Statement:

Read the book from cover to cover, or skip ahead to the exercises in the back. The stories and photos read like a magazine with journal prompts and excises mixed in throughout. This book is most enjoyable when read with a big mug of tea, cozy blankets and the Amelie soundtrack playing in the background.

Image Credits:
Open your heart. via lululemon athletica
Day 78 / Ready for take-off via Noukka Signe
200.365 – City Love via Jos Liba
laughing via lululemon athletica
westelm.capiz via coco+kelly

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February Intentions

Image :: 15/365 - Hold My Heart

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.
Don’t make money your goal.
Instead, pursue the things you love doing,
and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
(Maya Angelou)

Happy February to you, my lovelies! I am so thrilled to begin a fresh month, especially since we get a bonus day on the 29th. How did your January shape up?

I completed the Whole Living Action Plan as I intended. Giving up processed foods, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol for four weeks seemed daunting at first, but I’m so glad I went for it. I also finished reading Style Statement. I’ll share my reactions and reveal my statement soon!

REVIEW :: January Intentions.

  • Drink 10 glasses of water daily. I got to 10 glasses daily by the 3rd week. One helpful trick—I keep a full glass on my nightstand & drink it up first thing in the morning.
  • Get to bed by 10pm & wake up by 5am. Progress! I’ve started to wake up around 4:55 without an alarm. I love rising just before my phone starts buzzing.
  • Eat clean, work out, smile. I took the first week easy to give my body time to acclimate to the cleanse, but I worked out 5 days each week for the rest of January!
  • Blog to schedule – 12 posts. Nearly got it. I ended up reading Style Statement slower than planned, so I only posted 11 times. Keeping to my content map has helped immensely and I’m determined to hit my posting goal this month.
  • Sign up for 1/2 marathon. I’m registered for the RunRaleigh Half Marathon on April 15. Total miles on my training schedule? 205. Time to make a new playlist!

SET :: February Intentions.

Thanks to those of you who shared your enthusiasm for the iPhone wallpaper I created with my January goals. I loved it so much that I plan to make a new one for each month. Check out my goals for February below.

image :: Kaileen Elise's February Intentions

CELEBRATE :: I’m Looking Forward to…

  • #febphotoaday. I joined Fat Mum Slim’s #janphotoaday late in the game and never got into a good photo-taking rhythm. I’m looking forward to giving February a serious try. Come say “hi” on Instagram, I’m @kaileenelise.
  • A date a week. Taking a social sabbatical in January was great, but I’m ready to see my friends again! I have something fun on the calendar for each week: a night at the theater, Valentine’s Day with my Mister, 1/2-off sushi dinner with my girlfriends … and I’m hosting Bunco Night for a group of my 12 closest Chapel Hill friends.
  • Visiting Yoga G33k. When Courtney and I met last year, I knew we would see each other again soon. I’m thrilled to go see her for a weekend of fun, yoga, and girl talk.

What are your goals or intentions this month? My word for February is Heart (my originality is scary) so through the month, I’ll be striving to infuse love and heart in everything I do.

Image Credits:
15/365 – Hold My Heart via Helga Weber
Weekend Love via Always Bë Cool


Shimmering Possibility

image :: Ambassador Summit 2011

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

I recently attended a goal setting session at my local lululemon. I went with my friend and an open mind, hoping to learn something new. The event began with introductions, then a brief visualization of where we hope to find ourselves 10 years from now…

What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail?
Describe what you see, hear, and feel in your ideal life.
Who is there? How do you spend your time?
Where do you spend your time?

My vision?

A chic and cozy apartment in a big city with my Mister and our two little ones. He’s off to work while I stay home to watch after the babies and manage my successful healthy & creative living empire. I write (articles, books, and my blog), teach yoga, eat all organic, and live my life with abundant love. I’m a leader within my community, make self-care a priority, and have plenty of time to enjoy my family.

I’m trying not to judge myself too harshly, but it kinda seems like I want it all.

After the visualization, the leaders provided instructions on creating S.M.A.R.T goals and gave us some time to brainstorm our visions, 10-year, 5-year and 1-year goals.

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals, you ask? There are variations, but this combo works for me:


Next, they opened the floor for participants to share. I immediately froze, looking intently at a spot on the wall, the back of my hand, and straight through the yoga mat under me. Anything to avoid getting called on! While I’m usually outgoing, I get shy about my goals.

My intentions and dreams have shifted a lot in the past few years. Time and experience will do that to a person. The good news is, our goals are in constant evolution — and it’s ok to change your mind.

I’ve been playing with this visioning concept since the event. Along with reading Style Statement, I find that I’m asking myself these questions:

Do I really want that? Why?
What would achieving that mean to me?
What would I do once I got there?

Dreaming big is scary — especially when we can’t see a path from where we are and where we hope to go. But that’s where the magic lies. In the shimmering possibility of dreams. There’s something delightful about not knowing.

For now, I’m focused on exploring my dreams and examining my hopes. I plan to use this worksheet to get specific about vision, 10-year, 5-year, and 1-year goals and will share more about the process when I do. Please share your thoughts on goal setting and dreaming big in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

Image Credit: Ambassador Summit 2011 via lululemon athletica


12 Intentions for 2012

image :: my work desk

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while, waiting for you,
and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and
doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
(Joseph Campbell)

This fall, I will be celebrating my blog’s 3-year anniversary. Three years of showing up, sharing inspiration and connecting with more creative souls than I ever imagined possible.

The keys to a happy blogger? Make a plan, set realistic expectations, write as often as you can, and believe in a little magic. Then wait to see what happens next.

My intentions for this year and are one in the same. I plan to focus my energy on living a healthy, active life. I want to blog regularly, but without the pressure and pace of posting daily. I have a content map, plus a long-term strategy and short-term goals. I’m giddy about what’s next—eager to curate links, quotes and images that will inspire you.

I’m quite fond of outlines, lists and game plans. Knowing this, I identified 12 intentions for 2012. Guideposts for this journey, touchstones threaded through each month. Overall, this year is about focus and heart…with a touch of sparkle!

image :: 12 Intentions for 2012 - Kaileen Elise

Hat tip to Lifestylista Monica McCarthy for the wonderful idea of compiling a vision board of sorts for 2012 intentions. I love how mine turned out. It’s going straight to my desktop—and I plan to create mini versions for my iPhone each month.

Have you done something like this for your blog? I’ve never sat down and thought an entire year through like this, so I’d love to know more about your experience!

Image Credits: My Work Desk via DeaPeaJay
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