January 3, 2011

OUR DEEPEST FEAR

One of my favorite quotes begins like this: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." While I ended 2010 with my non-goals, I'd like to start 2011 with my intentions for the new year, all of which I hope will focus me on the continued quest to embrace my "light."

*open up to others more often: though I'm a rather private and protective person by nature, I'd like to try talking to strangers more often and letting down my guard a little more this year. I bet I'll discover there's much to be gained from opening up more than I'm used to.

*embrace the process, don't hurry to the end: this year is going to be one filled with challenges and change. I'm moving to a new city, I'm growing a start-up, and I'm stepping into new levels of responsibility. I hope I remember that this time of personal growth and challenge is all part of a beautiful process and bigger picture. I'd like to enjoy the ride more often and stress about the end a bit less.

*launch a new personal site: I think 2011 calls for a little update to the ol' blog. I'd love to create a personal site that more accurately reflects who I am, and include things like an "about me" section, my design portfolio, and more. It's time to take things to the next level.

*prioritize my workouts: I'm a bit of a workaholic so I'm pretty much on my laptop working from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed. I have the tendency to push my trips to the gym off in the urgency of getting "just a few more emails" out the door until it's too late to go at all. An hour at the gym to clear my mind and move my body is more important than any email, and I need to remember that. Health comes first.

*do something unrelated to design: Design is my passion so I am grateful that I get eat, breath, and live it every day as I've built my career and hobbies around it. But I'd like to be a more well-rounded person and build friendships in new circles and stretch myself to go outside my comfort level.

Here's to having an intentional new year! I hope your 2011 is off to a great start!

28 comments:

Francine Gardner said...

Lovely post. Congratulations in starting your own business..it can be a tough road at time but it is your road, so exhilarating, challenging but thrilling. Your vision and talent will shine!
Francine

MollyMarler said...

KUDOS. I need to do this as well. Inspiring goals, for sure. You've accomplished so much last year, I'm sure this year will be E-P-I-C. And speaking of getting to know new friends... lets get on it, shall we? :)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wonderful post and all the best with embracing it all in 2011!
Janell

{THE HIGH-HEELED MOMMA} said...

These sound like some great intentions! All the best!!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Verry do-able goals & great quote to remember!! I think I'm going to write that one down! Best wishes with the new site! Happy New years!!

Melanie's Randomness

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Sounds like a good plan!x

Amanda said...

So refreshing! I might just have to do the same :)

Rebecca @ Bee of Design said...

These are some great goals for the New Year! Moving to a new city can always be challenging but I love the adventure that it brings!

Cheers!

Gina@ Temporary Nest said...

I have a feeling your 2011will be spectacular! Ive been putting off setting true goals for myself but with that quote ... I might need to sit down and do some reflecting. Thanks for the inspiration as usual!

Gina@ Temporary Nest said...

I have a feeling your 2011will be spectacular! Ive been putting off setting true goals for myself but with that quote ... I might need to sit down and do some reflecting. Thanks for the inspiration as usual!

Ashley said...

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Flooring Pro said...

Those are great ways to embrace your light. Very inspirational intentions. Also love the photo of that studio, all the little pops of color with tons of light - perfect for this post. Thanks for sharing and may 2011 bring you closer to your light :)

Miz.November said...

Crystal, I just want to say thank you for sharing so much with us here lately. Your dreams and goals are so well thought out. They are destined to be well lived, too.
We are all cheering for you.

alissa said...

what a great quote! keeping that one in my back pocket

franki durbin said...

Interestingly, your top three items are my top three items this year. Must be something in the air. I tend to be a bit too private online as well. Time to start eagerly uploading photos of my home, projects and things I love.

*sigh* if there was a way to get a workout while on our laptops - most of us would be fitness models! :)

Let's tackle our goals!

HilaryInspired said...

Great goals, Crystal! I am definitely in need of some more physical activity in my daily routine...seeing the affects of the holidays more than usual has gotten me a bit worried. Gonna kick my butt into gear by getting back into dance. That brings up my next point...I totally agree with broadening horizons and opening yourself to become a well-rounded person. I think involving oneself in fields beyond the one you work in (especially for creative folks) actually better informs the work you do. Keep it up! :-)

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Lovely post Crystal. I have had your first 2 resolutions as thoughts running around in my head for the past couple of days, but seeing your post has inspired me to make it real and forced me to put them down on paper so I can make sure I achieve these this year!

Your Southern Peach said...

These are so lovely and achievable! I really enjoyed hearing your speak at Lavish! and look forward to seeing you achieve your goals in 2011, both for RUE and your blog. Happy New Year!

mydesignchic said...

What a great list...wishing you a fabulous 2011!!

MEG MITCHELL said...

Great post. We are both going through similar changes in our life and our goals are quite similar.
Enjoy your "trip."
Meg

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Some of your goals sounds similar to mine. I am always caught up in my work and heading to the gym. I look forward to seeing what transpires on your end this year, I know it will be great.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Great intentions, Crystal. In one way or another, I've embraced similar ones. At the top of my list is to be happy every day. I blogged about that yesterday in fact! Wishing you amazing success!

lorianderic said...

I love that quote as well. It is so very true. I wish much luck in your goals for 2011.

My goal is to not be fearful of success. I actually have this quote posted on my computer monitor.

Have a great day!

Lori (We met at Lavish.)
Lori May Interiors

Brittany said...

great post. i think it is a time for greatness and it is a feeling that is definitely in the air! it resonates with me at least! rather than making a list i chose to do a mantra and it's "be fearless." it seems that when you put yourself out there for good things to happen, then they will! here's to a fabulous year!

elizabeth at the littlest said...

the light in me honors the light in you. great intentions crystal. looking forward to the road ahead!!

elizabeth

Big Red said...

Great intentions! And I like that word as opposed to resolutions. Happy 2011!

Jen Rea said...

Very profound and positive resolutions. Thank you so much for sharing these with all of us. I'm leaving inspired!

Stephanie Joy said...

One thing I try to do is to get some of my work done on my smartphone while on the treadmill or walking (when the weather is nice it really is worth it to get out of doors).

Another way to conquer two birds with one stone: when I joined a yoga class, I began to know people outside of work.

Resolutions are hard to keep. I like the use of intentions. It makes it more personal, about something within you. Resolutions just seem to be things you tell people then go against. I'm sure that you'll progress well!

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