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December 31, 2009

Venti Challenge: Change Your Life in 2010. Win a Prize.

UPDATE: Winner announced! Congrats to Alana of Le Bleu Brilliant. In 2010 she will be less talk, more action. Be sure to visit her blog where she's positively adorable. I expect we will see great things from her this year and in the future. Congrats, Alana!

Calendar I've decided to offer up something personal to motivate you to make a bold change in your life this coming year. You have until Sunday night to drop a comment here and tell me what dramatic change you will absolutely make in your life in 2010. In addition to improving yourself and your life, I'll throw in another incentive - this fetching little Kate Spade 2010 spiral bound calendar (which is sold out online). Yes.... my own! (Fear not, I'll go buy myself another one as I adore it so!) So tell me... what massive change will you see through in your life this year? Ready.... set.... GO!

What the beautiful people are saying...

The change in my life that I am making this year is patience (to have more of it, that is). Patience in my work, patience with my family, patience with strangers, and friends, my business, and myself.

"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."
– quote by Brian Adams, author

Happy New Year everyone!!

Good one, Katie! I like it. The quote is exceptional. You should frame that and keep it where youll see it each day. :)

I'm giving up on letting work stress me out. Seriously. If people want to be stupid and make fools of themselves, they can go right ahead. I'll keep on doing the right thing and offering my best advice, but if they don't want to take it, their loss.

Oh yes... coworkers must be ignored or at least forgiven/forgotten on the spot. Ive been guilty in the past of spending too much time worrying about them. You really do have to let it go and rise above. You can do it, LK!

OMG. What a great giveaway! I have not been able to go out and get one for myself.
I have in general resolved to do fabulous things this year. The big ones being doing yoga and meditation every day. A 15 minute meditation sesh brings me untold amounts of peace and clarity of thoughts. I just don't understand why I have not been doing it regularly. Gotta go do some yoga!

Oh, PG... I ADORE my yoga practice! I highly recommend Bryan Kests Power Yoga - itll kick your booty and do wonders for your chakras ;)

Ive tried any times to find a class to attend, but have not found an Ashtanga class anywhere offering the flow series I enjoy. I need my soul centering and my sweating via the same workout - so his DVDs get two thumbs up from me.

Namaste :)

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Because life is too short to think small.

New job! I have been looking for nearly 1 and 1/2 years... it's time. I am not happy at my job currently and I should be at a job I am happy at. Here's to 2010 being better for me, professionally!

Practically, I hope to finally find a house in 2010. We have been searching for the perfect one for awhile and that's top on my to do list.

In a more general lifestyle sense I posted a quote on my blog which pretty much says it all for me: http://sognisorrisi.blogspot.com/2009/12/happy-new-year.html

Hope you have a wonderful 2010!

This year my goal is to reenter the workforce after a 2 1/2 year absence (due in part to a move, baby and the economy). Unfortunately, my industry has all but gone away (textiles) so I will have to adapt and/or change directions. It's going to be scary but worth it!

Hope you have a wonderful 2010

I quit my cushy, lucrative job at Google to start a startup...something I thought I'd never let myself do. I'm excited, scared, stressed, impassioned, and thrilled all at the same time. My plan for the new year is to kick some serious ass and learn a ton along the way. Wish me luck!

Oh I wish you had done this last year, I would totally have taken the prize. Still there's always more progress to be made. My resolution, Be fearless. Totally fearless. Oh and travel, a lot! Happy New Year Franki!

2010 is the year that I launch my business. As a mother of a 3 year old, I crave the ability to have a flexible schedule in order to raise my son in that manner that I deam appropriate. And as a 3 time survivor of company downsizing, I am taking total control of my own destiny.

Big things in store for 2010! I have a "patent pending," and will hopefully have my own software in the fall. AND, I make my first webisodes in February (on veg-based cooking), and I have accepted a co-chair position at a South-side food pantry. All great stuff. My cup runneth over.Happy 2010 everyone!

2010 is the year I stop worrying about what other people think of me and my life and live the life I want to live. My goal is to be deliriously happy! I plan to serve my God and do the best I can to help people and catch a few moments of bliss. Period.

My goal for 2010 is to create more. Sounds simple but encompasses so much. I like to have my fingers in different pots and I want all of them spinning at the same time. That planner could help me find the time to do all the special projects I have planning.
Draw and paint more. Fill an entire 2010 stechbook.
Take sewing class at Stich Lab to improve my skills so I can create some of the designs I have in my head. Sew my own dress.
Start an Etsy account filled with the wide variety of things I make/create. Get all the ideas I have out of my head and into the world!

PS. I did a post lusting over this planner the other day. Great choice.

Penney, I love your 2010 goal! Yes, it does sound shockingly simple yet implies so much. I, too, have been feeling the need to pull out the easel and get back to my drawing. Imexcellentwith charcoal and a big blacksheetof paper... time to put those skills to good use! Heres to 2010 and your new Etsy shop!!!!

My goal for 2010 is to cook more, eat out less. In the busyness of life, I forgot how much I love cooking and being in my kitchen. Cooking is meditative, centering, and relaxing--I need that in my life.

To finally take that intro to Oil Painting class, to work out consistently (I need this for my mood and my mind, as much as my waistline), to live in the moment more, and to get my new(ish) blog up and really running into something I am proud of! Thanks!

I plan to smile more. I need to work on optimism and I believe that smiling would help a whole lot. No matter how life may appear cynical, it doesn't mean that I have to be.

My biggest goal for this year is something that I've always struggled with, but never really noticed I had until I started making my list of resolutions. I'm all talk and no action. I'm making a promise to myself, and I am incredibly inspired to do so, to achieve all that I say and think I will. I'm giddy with excitement to reach for the things that I've always let pass by after I've used all my excuses until the chances are gone. I can't wait to put all my heart into working hard to save up money, and apply for tons of scholarships in order to go to a study abroad program in Paris this summer for fashion journalism and photography: my dream.
I've also taken some inspiration from the movie Julie and Julia, in which I've decided to blog at a regular rate. Once a day might seem a little unrealistic in the crazy college world I live in, but I'm aiming for at least twice a week now.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get these thoughts out. I pray that now that I've written them down, I may actually achieve them.

I am starting a custom invitation company. I know there are a plethora of amazing invitation companies out in the world, but I what is one more - right?.

I am an artist and will be turning my chic little illustrations into invitations for showers, weddings, baby announcements, etc.

Good old fashion insecurity grabs a hold of me every once in a while ~ but I am going to do it!

Wish me luck!

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