Reflection {2010}

Hello everyone! I took a bit of a hiatus for 2 weeks during the holidays. Mostly because of trying to keep my sanity during such a hectic time of year. And also because I felt slightly lazy after working on our living room for so long. Now that it’s done, I am honestly just looking forward to taking down all the holiday décor and having a very clean, monochromatic color scheme. Until spring. Then bring on the turquoise & orange color combo I love so dearly.

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday, and has very safe New Year’s Eve tonight. Don’t drink and drive. Seriously, please don’t.

I wanted to use this post as a way to reflect on 2010 and reflect on what I hope 2011 will be like.

2010 was a bit like a slice of cherry pie. It’s sweet, but awfully tart during some bites. You can’t stop eating it because you know it CAN taste good. That’s 2010 for me.

I got moved to a new position at work, which has been probably been the greatest thing EVER. Next to buying a house. And celebrating one year of marriage. And being on HGTV.

But there were some rough spots like gaining another 20 pounds or so. Unsuccessfully trying to lose the 20 pounds I gained in 2009. Losing some friends for no apparent reason. Feeling my absolute lowest ever.

Now, I am looking back at the past 364 days and I realize those moments- the good and the bad ones- have made me who I am today. Yup, this girl typing here to you all. I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for all that has happened to me. And I realize, it’s simply time to look forward. Plan, hope and pray for better things to come for myself and everyone.

Every year I say something like this, “This year will be the year I achieve my goal weight. I will get healthy. I will love exercise.”

And it never happens. Therefore, I am NOT going to say 2011 will be the year I do all of the above. I am simply not jumping on that bandwagon anymore. 2011 to me is going to be a year of beauty. Inside and out.


I resolve to feel more beautiful about myself and the world in small ways everyday.

This might mean being more charitable. More active. More in tune with fashion. More willing to help others. More positive.

In 2011, I just hope to be more than I was in 2010. Not in weight though. HELL NO.

I also took sometime to update my 30 under 30 list. I am removing the following goals and replacing them with new ones. I’ve also italicized those I have accomplished in the original post.

10.) Move back to San Antonio!- Not going to happen anytime soon. Instead, I plan to embrace where I live right now.

22.) See Oprah’s show in Chicago. I don’t think I have much time for this one.- Oprah show tickets are impossible to snag, so it’s now off the list.

23.) Have a successful event planning business in San Antonio with a cool home office. – I do not have any aspirations whatsoever of doing this anymore. Zilch. Nada.

26.) Run a marathon. Yes, a full, 26.2 miles of hell on earth marathon. – I’ve decided a half-marathon is just as good.

With all that being said, I am looking forward to 2011. A new year always feels like a clean slate to make yourself into anything you want to be.

What do you resolve to do in 2011 to make it the best year it can be? Leave me a comment below with your answer (and a way to contact you) and you’ll be entered to win a set of 4 wine labels that were featured on HGTV. They’ll be customized with any names/details you’d like. It’s my way of saying, “Cheers!” as we toast our way into a new year. I’ll be giving away 3 sets, so that’s THREE winners. Yay. Contest closes Tuesday, January 4th at 10 pm CST. 1 entry per person!


I’ll be back tomorrow with 2 new Silhouette SD projects I worked on over the holidays. I can’t wait to show you all.



  1. Celeste
    December 31, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Im really hoping to try new things and to go new places in 2011. 2010 was spent trying to find my feet after the worst job of my life and having to face myself in the mirror everyday. It was just a stank year, all there is to it. Im going into 2011 giving 2010 the stink eye. Im happy to be home but I miss my work spouse Monica! So that being said, I dont want to say I have resolutions because I always break them but I have some goals in mind to make baby steps towards being the best version of Celeste I can be (including but not limited to: living healthier, losing weight, being nicer etc.)in order to enjoy my life to the best of my ability. Happy New You!

  2. Bella Mia Bows & Things
    December 31, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    i just wanted to say i love this post…and i miss you and wish you the very best in 2011…lots of happiness and success (both personal and professional!). as far as my resolutions….of course, i want to be a healthier and slimmer me for both myself and my daughter =) and i would love to be able to find some kind of balance between being a mommy, being me, keeping up w/ the etsy store, and being creative — all while keeping my sanity =) happy new year, mon!

  3. Bari
    January 1, 2011 / 3:52 am

    Beautiful post Monica! I hope to continue my journey to health & have some fun along the way. I'm planning to run a 25k in May & then meet a bunch of my fav bloggers at Fitbloggin11 !!!!

  4. Rita
    January 1, 2011 / 6:45 pm

    Hi Monica,I think you are so awesome. I always read your post and think "man we could so be friends". I totally GET you!That being said my resolution for the year is simple since my "lists" have never really panned out. I'd like to work more on me. Day by day whether it's five minutes to get my sanity, a walk around the block, a self help book or a trip to the doctor that I've been meaning to make. I just know I won't let myself get lost in the shuffle this year, nor feel bad for not being able to scratch something off my LIST I created months back. Even if I have to get up an extra 10 minutes early to pray for myself. I'm putting me first this year.Thanks for all the inspirational posts~

  5. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    January 3, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    So glad to have "met" you in 2010! I resolve for 2011 to be better than this last year and for me to be a better me! I'm working on my 30 before 30 list and hope to have it posted soon! Hopefully we can share some encouragement this coming year! Happy 2011 to you and yours!!!

  6. Carolyn
    January 3, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    I always find it really interesting that the goals we set for ourselves at one point don't really make it on the list the next time. Funny how life gets in the way and changes your perception of what you want. I've also lost some friends this past year… but really, if they were lost then they weren't needed anymore were they? When I think about all the new friends I've made, I smile. I think it feels better to make new friends then to lose old friends.For 2011 my commitment is to myself. I've spent so many years taking care of my children that I really have neglected the things I want to do. By the end of the year, I want to be a success. I want to feel better, look better and act better. I want to build up my blogging career and work on a book. I think being happy is the best gift you can give yourself.

  7. January 4, 2011 / 4:16 am

    My baby chick is growing up, I think that I am going to cry. You have had a great year, so much growth and so many challenges beaten. Cheers!I can't wait to see you in SD! You won't believe what I did…I saw how much cheaper it was to register for the conference as a student, so I decided to enroll in school. This conference is totally going to change my life. Freaky!Oh, and Beauty isn't a number, you got that right.