Ringing in The New

This is a scratch-off calendar! So cool.
{By Dennis de Vries via Behance
Yesterday my friend Melanie made the comment that the day felt like the 'real' start of 2013 and I had to agree. It also reminded me that I hadn't decided what I wanted to do about a 'new year' post. If you read any number of blogs you've no doubt seen a whole bunch of posts about resolutions, anti-resolutions, intentions, goal setting, etc. It's that time of the year after all, right? I wasn't certain I wanted to join the party, especially since I rarely follow through with the resolutions I make (sigh), but I also love the possibility the start of a new year brings, so I've decided to join in on the fun.

Be Brave print (which I just ordered)
{from Sophie Blackhall-Cain}
I'm not sure if I want to call this a resolution, but I do want this to be a guiding principle for the year. It's time to be brave. Time to stop obsessing about what people will think, and being overly fearful of being an inconvenience to others. Time to do things that scare me, like failing in order to learn new things. Time to figure out how to do what I love, even though the timing isn't perfect and I'll still probably have to so something I don't love for a while (ya know, to pay the bills and all). Time to take courage, and be strong enough to wait if needed.

Arrow calendar (I'm a sucker for arrows you know).
{From Yaroslav Turchaninov via Behance}
Beyond the big one- there are a few small things I plan to tackle this year, many of which you will get to be a part of...

{Via Nutmegaroo}
Stop writing in all lowercase. I know, I know, so silly, but this is going to be tough for me. I've been using all lowercase (except when not appropriate like school and paperwork) since reading E.E. Cummings in junior high. I've long preferred the fluidity of lowercase letters, but I've realized that it's time to move on. I'll probably still sign my name in lowercase, but I'm determined to bring proper capitalization back to into my everyday writing (I was an English major after all).

{Via Goodmerchant}
Redesign the Gather & Hunt site. Nothing too crazy, but I've had some changes in mind for almost a year and it's time to make them real.

{Via Vintage Marquee Lights}
Move the Gather & Hunt site from Blogger to a real website platform. Along with the redesign, I'm changing where I host this site. Blogger has been great, but I want to be able to do more here and I have to move in order to do that.

{Via 5 and 10 Vintage}
Collaborate more. Later this month I'm attending Alt Summit again and I'm so excited to meet new blogger friends and catch up with old ones. I really want to have more guest posts from other bloggers this year, along with achieving the goal I've had since starting G&H of featuring your homes, collections, and finds weekly.

{Via Ryan's Nanapie}
Add styling services to the G&H lineup. Though I'm not sure exactly what this will look like, I'm planning to start small, working with local photographers, and building my portfolio. (Psst- there may be a giveaway related to this in the near future).

{Via space24retro}
Be hopeful and happy. Something the mister said to me last week made me realize that I've let hopelessness become too comfortable around here. That's not okay with me. Life can be a challenge, but without hope, what do we have? It may not always be easy, but happiness needn't be tied to circumstances, so I'm going to try and choose to be happy, even if just a little, every day.

Now it's your turn- what are your resolutions, goals, plans, etc for the coming year? I'd love to hear them!