Happy New Year friends! I’m not one for resolutions per say, but my yearly tradition seems to center around the notion of a mantra for each new year. I love to pause, reflect and reset for the new year ahead. My mantra serves as a guiding principle towards which I steer my energies for the year. If you practice yoga or meditation, you might be familiar with the concept of a mantra, often mentioned at the beginning of yoga class (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) it means a word or sound repeated to aid concentration. It is similar to the idea of holding an intention, but for some reason, a short mantra really sticks with me better.
My big secret is that every year I change my email password to my mantra. There is nothing I type more through out the year than my password, and it serves as a great reminder almost daily. As a details person, it’s often hard for me to see the big picture and my mantra is BIG PICTURE and SIMPLE. My mantra for 2016 was, “MAKE IT WORK.” 2016 was really my first “official” full year in business as Centered by Design, and there was a lot of putting my head down and working, period, working all the time. MAKE IT WORK, was my big picture reminder. Yes, I did steal this phrase from my favorite, Tim Gunn, on Project Runway. In summary, I think 2016 was basically one long “make it work” moment.
I’m happy to report that I think I did pretty darn well at making it work!!! My top nine Instagram photos are representative of two big highlights:
Some of my most read blog post included:
I have decide my mantra for 2017 is BEING FEARLESS. Running a business can be scary, especially when you’re new at it, and perfection also holds me back from living fully and authentically at times. This year, I’m ready to live from the heart, without fear, and ask myself “do I really want to do this.” If the answer is yes, then I’m going to make it happen. And, I’m starting with two big leaps:
The big question is, what will be your mantra in 2017??? If you close your eyes, and take 10 slow deep breaths does anything come up for you? If there was one thing you could do to be closer to your authentic self, what would it be? Take an art class, quit your day job, spend more time with friends, go to more raves? : )
Whatever you’re seeking this year, I truly hope you find it! I’ll keep dishing out design and I’d love to hear from you below. What do you like to read on the blog? More DIY? More interior design / styling advice? More interviews? More renovations / before + afters? I want to write content that actually helps and inspires you, so tell me what you need! I’d love to know : )
XOXO – HAPPY NEW YEAR – XOXO
Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!