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Putting New Year’s Resolutions on (Pretty) Paper

December 31, 2012

Do y’all have a certain way of setting or documenting your New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear your ideas if so. My friend Katie asked me about this the other day. I didn’t have a special personal tradition to share with her, but our conversation got me thinking about starting one.

To be completely honest, I’ve never been big on formally choosing resolutions every January. I guess my personality lends itself more to fluid and revolving aspirations throughout the entire year? I do like the idea of a cute, tangible way to record goals and keep them at the front of my mind, though. Especially if the list could be aesthetically pleasing, and flexible enough to change as I clarify and reshape my ambitions.

A search on Pinterest turned up this crafty little pack of decorated cards by Einat Kessler, made from an empty gum box, scrapbook paper, and embellishments like buttons and beads. I like the idea of making something pretty and creative to mark each year, and that this could be on ongoing project, not something that would have to be 100% set and complete on January 1st.

I also like that it is small enough to keep in your desk drawer or another place you see every day, and that you are free to add, subtract, or revisit cards as time goes on. I can imagine that looking back through past years’ boxes might be a neat experience too. Maybe I will pull some scrapbook paper, ribbon, washi tape, and cardstock out while we’re watching football tomorrow…

Again, I’d love to hear about any special ways you’ve found to honor the new year and set resolutions! Please don’t hesitate to share your ideas in the comments section of this post, by email, or via Twitter.

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2013 being full of adventures and blessings for you and yours.

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