Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Looking forward...and back

I was just reading some of my posts from last year, especially the one from December 28th, when I made my resolutions for 2011. I can't believe that the year flew by so quickly, and that I actually fulfilled my goals. I am really happy about this past year. I blogged five times a week, got new clients (including my biggest project to date), finished my MA degree, and saw my family as much as possible. I also lost 30 pounds and got into the best shape I have been in for a decade!

I am realizing that on January 9th it will be two years that I have been blogging and it is certainly difficult to come up with new posts all the time. It is hard to stay motivated when you have only a few constant readers, but because of this blog I feel like I have gained some really good friends and also stayed in touch with all of the latest and greatest in design. In 2012 I hope to keep blogging and gaining more readers, but I will not be focusing to produce new blogs five times a week.

My focus for 2012 will be on my own personal life. I am 35 and I am certainly happy with all that I have accomplished, but I would like to make a difference in a child's life and get some personal fulfillment as well. My goals for the new year will be to prepare my life for an adoption. There are so many kids in the foster system who are needing families. If you have ever considered adoption, I beg you not to go out of the country, but to take in a child from your state who has been put into the system.

With that eventual goal in mind, I will be looking for a home to buy or a bigger place to rent, getting my health coverage in order, and deciding whether or not to start law school in the fall. I will always continue with my design work, as it is my passion and my joy. I hope that even if I am pursuing another career that I will always have one or two design clients. And of course I will always be renovating or decorating my own place and showing it on the blog and on my website. I guess that means that I will be staying in New Orleans for a while, as it is a wonderful place to live and I have a steady job here.

I hope that you all have accomplished your goals for 2011 and are as excited about the future and 2012 as I am! Happy Holidays to you and your family - see you next week!


heather (love your space) said...

I love reading this right now. I was just moments ago having one of those "do I keep blogging for such a small audience" moments, and I like this perepective: there is much more to life. I need my 2012 to look a bit like your 2011!

Happy holidays, and here's to big life decisions and meeting goals.


Tracy said...

I live in New Orleans and I look for your blog everyday so I will be disappointed by your cutting back, but I understand that you need to focus on other things. A friend of mine adopted from the foster care system so I really admire you for wanting to help a child. Good luck with all of your goals!

Elizabeth said...

So nice to hear, ladies! Knowing me I will still be posting constantly - so stay with me!
xoxoxo E

Erika [small shop] said...

Wow Elizabeth this is wonderful! You are a huge influence and inspiration for me, both style-wise and personally. Love that you set your goals (you aim high!) and work so hard to obtain them. You Virgo, you, xoxo

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

What a sweet post about yourself. This should be shown to every young girl out there. They think they have to run and get married right out of college for their life to start and be happy. Happiness, confidence and strength is found with in. You are a great role model and seem to have alot to give. All the best to you and I look forward to your posts. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and all the best in 2012!
p.s. fyi..I'm the one that sent the chair makeover pics with the charcoal paint issue. Enjoy your day

Elizabeth said...

Thanks! I will definitely still be posting and I have never been a girl to dream about a wedding or marriage. I believe in making your own happiness, for sure.
And Erika - I am a very proud Leo!

Boo Hazard said...

I love that you're looking into fostering a child - I think that's a wonderful thing. I too have been seriously considering doing that if I'm not able to get preggers! It's just so sad how many children are out there in need of a loving home! And I love reading your blog girl! AND seeing your skinny minny transformation! :) -BOO

Lonely Wife Project said...

You are one of the most accomplished woman I know! Adoption...Wow! You make me a proud blogger friend.