Happy New Year everyone! The entire Hello Creative Family team hopes that you have had the happiest, healthiest, most creative, winter break ever! I’m so excited for 2016 and want to thank each and every one of you for joining us on this wonderful ride and for being such a huge part of our past year! Thank you for everything that you’ve done to make the transition from Sew Creative to Hello Creative Family such a huge success.
Today we’re looking forward to everything that 2016 is going to bring our way. We’re sending those positive vibes out into the universe and we can’t wait to see what they bring our way!
A few years ago I heard of this crazy fad of setting “New Year’s Intentions”. I’d long since given up the idea of setting New Year’s resolutions… don’t most people usually drop their resolution within a month or so anyways? But I loved the idea of putting a word out their into the universe that I was going to live my life by for the following year. I decided to go for it, set an intention, and I shared it on what was then Sew Creative.
My intention the first year was “Do It!” At the time, I was letting fear stop me, and I decided that I was going to cast my fears aside and let nothing hold me back. I had no idea how much those two little words were going to change my life. That year I quit my job of 8 years, opened my own social media company, and stepped outside of my comfort zone as I attended a variety of blog conferences.
My intention in 2014 worked so well, that I decided to do it again in 2015 and set another intention for myself. My word for 2015 was “Quality“. In 2014 I volunteered a ton in my daughter’s classroom. I knew her teachers well, all of her classmates knew me by name, and it had a huge impact on my daughter’s quality of life at school. I also came to the realization that no one woman can do it all herself, and so I decided to take Sew Creative in a new direction, bringing on a business partner (the multi-talented, Karen Bannister), rebranding as Hello Creative Family and bringing on a team of incredible writers to join the Hello Creative Family family.
And now it’s time to set my intention for 2016… I do social media management for a variety of health and wellness experts an I finding myself sharing articles about happiness often. If you could be one thing in life, what would it be? For me, it’s happy! They say that people who are happy live longer and healthier lives. Happiness has a huge impact on the quality of your life… and having a big smile on your face makes you look 10 years younger. ;)
So this year I chose to be happy and have happiness front and center in my mind for every decision that I make. If a decision is going to make me miserable, it’s not a decision that I should make, because that’s not good for my health, or the well being of my family. You know what they say… Happy wife, happy life. ;)
My family and I have also decided to set a family intention for the year, and we have chosen Gratitude. This year more than ever, we are going to take time to recognize all of the ways, big and little, that we are blessed. Each night before dinner we’re each going to share one thing that we are grateful for.
I asked Karen and our Hello Creative Family contributors to share their intentions for 2016. Here are their responses.