“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are
making new things, trying new things, learning, living,
pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.
You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more
importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself.
Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes.
Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.
Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough,
or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is:
art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever”
Hello and welcome to The Beautiful Lens in 2016! Did you get to take a proper break? I took three full weeks off over Christmas and it felt so good – and healthy – to disconnect for a little while and refill / refuel my body, mind, spirit reserves. I had been so busy tying up 2015 before we left (think: four hour’s of sleep a night) and felt completely slammed by the time we drove out of town and headed south on the highway, but twenty-four hours later I was starting to feel like a real person again. Sweet bliss!
I did take my laptop and camera but only brought them out once or twice – which was the best gift I could have given myself. Instead, I swam. I laughed. I took silly videos on my phone. I ate too much food. I read. I lost track of not only the date but what day of the week it was. I danced, and sat in the sunshine and drank wine every afternoon. And spent precious time with friends and family who I could never get enough of in a lifetime. I packed lots of shoes but ended up wearing my sneakers every single day aside from two brief ‘heel occasions’.
Of course, I also struggled through a few bad days, worked on my ugly cry a couple of times, and got car sick wayyyy too much, but, hey – that is life – and I’m not really one to dwell. I feel so grateful to be here, in 2016, healthy and happy and ready for the possibilities that a new year holds. Which brings me to New Year Resolutions.
I am not a resolution purist. I don’t write them every year and I don’t hold myself to them blindly. But if I find the time, I will hole up somewhere that serves good coffee and scribble a few down. Do you? Here are my resolutions for 2016:
1. Make Mistakes
Neil Gaiman is one of the wise one: “Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or life.”
A big YES. Forever.
2. Follow My Bliss
Professionally, in 2016, this means that The Beautiful Lens is going to be more directly style focused. What started as a ‘lifestyle’ blog ten months ago really reignited my passion for fashion and right now it feels more like a life X style blog. Maybe no one but me gets the semantic difference, it’s subtle SURE, lol, but it feels really different to me. Lifestyle verses life. style. Expect more fashion coverage and collaborations.
Personally, it means being more protective of family time. Getting more sleep. Nurturing and celebrating our private spaces, focusing on a happy, healthy home. And, always, prioritising love.
3. Embrace Creative Inspiration
I was going to call this one: Never Stop Learning, but maybe that feels a bit too studious? I think they are one and the same in many ways but this intention is very organic at its core: embracing creative inspiration is about soaking up and soaking in new ideas. It’s about reading and writing and experiencing art and travel and culture.
I’m going to start journaling more actively again, writing free-flowing ‘morning pages’ and diving into story, both visually – with my photography – and in books. I have actually struggled with reading over the past few years. I read a LOT of little bits and pieces every day (think: the internet) *insert shame face emoji* but this year I want to rediscover that unique feeling of being deeply lost in a someone else story.
4. Be Organised
Finally, in an attempt to hold this life together amidst all of the mistakes I’m planning to make, and the time spent soaking in creative inspiration and following my bliss I resolve to be organised.
I’m not sure exactly what the details entail exactly (a combination of beautiful stationery and powerhouse apps I hope! Hahaha, anyone got any good suggestions for me?) but I know that this resolution encompasses my client work, my home, my financials, my blog schedule and my behind-the-scenes planning. It’s about setting goals and making educated decisions, and then taking the time to observe and analyse the results. Wish me luck here :)
Phew! So, there we are people. I didn’t get to the bit where I wanted to spend more lazy Sunday’s eating macarons in bed but I think that’s a given don’t you? But now that you have spent so much time in MY head I want to know what you are thinking of / dreaming of / resolving right now. Let’s talk in the comments below.