Thursday, December 29, 2011

A time for reflection and pause

 As 2011 comes to an end, it's time for me to take stock,  reflect on the past year and look ahead. What accomplishments am I most proud of, what would I like to change and where can I improve.

Resolutions are very personal, and each of us can look within to find where we'd like to make some tiny tweaks or major changes.

I've been thinking about it for a few days now and this is what I've come up with:

As a writer,  I'd like to become more efficient with my time which means cutting back on time wasters and procrastination enablers, which include mindless surfing on the web,  social media addiction and fighting an inability to say no to many demands on my time.

I also want to cut back on mindless spending. I've decided to try to invest in quality pieces instead of throwing good money on an array of mediocre goods. Instead of buying ten "okay" sweaters, I want to buy that gorgeous one that will make me feel super special, and that will last for years to come. This will be a tough habit to break as I love shopping in places such H& M and Forever 21, but often times such purchases end up making me feel empty and unsatisfied. And it looks like I'm not the only one feeling this way.

And finally, a list resolutions would be incomplete without wanting to take better care of yourself. In my case, it will involve cutting back on coffee, soda and candy ( things I guzzle mindlessly while writing). I want replace such unhealthy things with nutritious fresh carrot juice, green tea and almonds.

With respect to some accomplishments of the past year, I'm delighted to announce that with the precious help of my new literary agent, I've signed my publishing contract for J'Adore Paris. I am now busy working on editing the manuscript with my editor and will share news about its release as it becomes available.

I'd like to wish each and every one of you a fantastic 2012 and look forward to sharing with you in the new year. Thank you again for taking the time to read my blog.  Most of all, I wish you health, creativity, prosperity and happiness.

I'll be taking a small break from the blog, and heading to a special jewel of a place deep in the woods for some snow shoeing, hiking and enjoying red wine by a roaring fire. Peace and love to you.

Isabelle xo

(images French Frosting, Winter)


Jackie {York Avenue} said...

Ooh, wherever you're going sounds like it's going to make for a wonderful new years! Great resolutions. I love to hear what others have as goalsfor themselves, it helps inspire me to make some resolutions of my if only I knew how to actually stick to them :) Have a great new year and congrats on the book!

Famille Gerdel said...

J'ai hâte de lire ton prochain livre, pour d'autres bons moments de détente.

Ciao bella!à