01 January 2010

Happy 2010! "My Frends Have"

Consider this my once-yearly sap-filled post. You've now been warned!

This time of year we see many bloggers as well as traditional media come out with their "best of" lists. We're also inundated with New Years Resolution lists. I have no problem with those types of lists; its a simple case of the fact that I'm not very good with them and they don't seem to do much to help me (especially organizationally) so generally I eschew them as useless for myself.

I've always skipped the resolution lists; my style has always been to fill various notebooks with lists of a different ilk. I enjoy writing down ideas, everything from travel dreams and personal goals; to ideas for fun things I'd like to do with the Punk Glam Princess; to planning a special night out with my husband; along with renovation and redecorating projects. You'd be amazed at how goals -- even silly ones -- manifest quickly after making lists like this. The PG Princess and I started an idea book filled with fashion, sewing, needlework, and DIY projects. When she gets the urge to do something creative, I try to have her flip through that first, then vintage fashion and craft books so she can get her creative juices flowing. (The PGP has become quite good at using the sewing machine solo and most recently figured out on her own how to use my serger!)

Instead of "best of" or resolution lists at this time of year I muse on my loved ones, and friends both old and new. I've been fortunate in '09 to make some extraordinary new friends and been lucky to keep up the my older important (to me) friendships. I've pondered the ways they've elevated my life, and how I want to spend more time with them. I hope I've brought as much joy and love to them as they've lavished on me. I also use this time to release the toxic people from my life that keep me from loved ones I very much want to see and spend more time with.

This song "My Friends Have" by Marianne Faithfull -- I believe written by PJ Harvey and produced by Nick Cave -- always reminded me of family and friends, both new and old and rather than make a list, I think those of you reading this will know that I mean you.



So here's to a brand new year filled with potential, and hope! May the world be a better place for all its inhabitants!

Cheers!

8 comments:

  1. Well you have certianly been an awesome friend to me and I look forward to the day we finally meet. Thank you for all your support xx

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  2. It was so good to meet you in 2009! Looking forward to spending more time together this year.

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  3. Cheers! I love your idea of writing down your overflowing thoughts and ideas. I think it is refreshing to do something other than listing and reminiscing on 2009. I did blog about resolutions earlier, but I decided to usher in the new year with a series of photoshoots instead!

    Anyway, Happy New Year! I just found your blog and I think it's fabulous :)

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  4. Queen Michelle: You've been a great friend to me too! When we finally do meet it'll be like coming home to a kindred soul!

    XXX
    Suzanne

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  5. Wendy B: I'm so happy we met too, and hope we get to see loads more of each other this year too -- we need to have a load more of fun adventures!

    XXX
    Suzanne

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  6. Tee: I'm glad you find my method useful and that it inspired you to do something a little different on your blog -- I love what you did! And thank you for the compliments, do stop by again!

    XXX
    Suzanne

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  7. Such a lovely and uplifting post! I love how much gratitude this post exudes, it was really a pleasure to read, and so inspiring!! Can't wait to start making lists again and getting stuff DONE! I use to write lists compulsively before I finished my study a couple of months ago... you've inspired me to go back to a more organized and goal-filled life :)

    So glad I found your blog last year! You're just fab :) Wish you all the best and more for 2010! I really believe it will be a GREAT new year!

    Nadia x
    ps: did you end up doing the green again? Do you use manic panic?

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  8. Hi Nadia!
    I'm glad the gratitude came through, and you found it uplifting.

    Ditto - I'm glad I found your blog and think you're fab too! Get those lists going, you are so talented and I expect even more amazing things from you! I love lists, they're so much fun!

    I wound up getting a green clip in streak (and a few other colours.) We had a fun day at MP HQ, and I'm going to try and get a post together soon with all the pics!

    XXX
    Suzanne

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