Before the ball drops….

and you are heavily considering what your New Year’s resolution may be, think about the purpose of this resolution.  Most likely it is to make yourself feel happier.  And just when you think you have some control over this, and you do to some extend, however, a large chunk of you has a predisposition to your level of happiness.  I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and she writes, “According to current research, in the determination of a person’s level of happiness, genetics accounts for about 50 percent; life circumstances, such as age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, income, health, occupation, and religious affiliation, account for about 10 to 20 percent; and the remainder is a product of how a person thinks and acts.”  50 percent?  That’s a lot.  Pretty freaking scary right?  The good news is: that small little things can make you feel happier.  Some of those things are: exercise (even just taking a walk outside), being organized (getting rid of clutter clears the mind and brings more happiness), smiling more (tricking yourself to be happy even makes you feel happy), and generally just  being yourself (and love who you are).  I like Gretchen’s list of Secrets of Adulthood in her book, so I will list them:

People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think.

It’s okay to ask for help.

Most decisions don’t require extensive research.

It’s important to be nice to everyone.

Bring a sweater.

By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.

Soap and water removes most stains.

Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.

If you can’t find something, clean up.

You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.

Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.

You don’t have to be good at everything.

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.

Over-the-counter medicines are very effective.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you-and vice versa.

People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.

You can’t profoundly change your children’s natures by nagging them or signing them up for classes.

No deposit, no return.

On that note here’s what I’ve been working on:

Car dogs

pieces of cake bunting

pieces of cake


I’m looking at working with an agency to have my designs licensed and used commercially.  I’ll know in the middle of January who I’ll be working with.  Fingers crossed for a fulfilling new year in art and design that can put a little bit of change in my pocket.

My shout outs:

If you have children, you won’t be able to read a Nancy Tillman book without crying.  I highly recommend them, even if they are a bit cheesy, they are super lovely to read to your children at any age.  I really like On the Night You Were Born and Wherever You Are.

This diagram on Etsy is great for all those Shakespeare lovers.×70

And lastly, a great great song.  (kinda one hit wonders, but some other songs are growing on me)

Happy Holidays, and before you make those resolutions of what you want, make sure to be grateful for what you already have.  A very happy 2011!