Let’s do this 2013.

4 Jan


This is the kinda post that will make some of you think I am insane, but I’m ok with it. Here goes…I am a firm believer in the power of vision boards! I’ve been making them for the past few years and I swear they are life changing. There’s something very powerful about setting clear intentions and seeing the images and words that correspond with them every day. It keeps you focused. It keeps you challenged. It also keeps the universe aware of what you are wanting to co-create.

Last year, Brian and I spent New Year’s Day watching movies, vision boarding and drinking champagne. It was pure bliss. We loved it so much, in fact, that we decided to do it again this year. After sleeping in until 10 am, we moved to the living room to do just that all day. Minus the hour walk we took on the beach. It was a perfect way to reboot for the New Year.


I thought I would take a few moments to share some of my resolutions with you. The new year always feels like a fresh start and a new beginning and always puts me in a positive, excited head space.

I really want to get back into cooking and baking this year, especially with the new fabulous kitchen we will have in our new fabulous home. It would be a travesty if I didn’t, actually. I learned during the 365 til 30 project that being in the kitchen calms me. It’s also one of my favorite activities to do with Brian. One of them…

I want to start volunteering again. I didn’t realize how much volunteering affected my life for the better until I stopped doing it. I now know that when I am not giving back in some way, I find myself not as connected to the bigger picture and overly obsessing about my own life. I put volunteer as a big sister on my goal list for this year for the year when I turned 30 but haven’t gotten the ball rolling on it yet. It’s been six months. I have no excuse.

Have a fabulous happy wedding. I’m three months into this whole wedding planning thing and I can already see how it can become overwhelming and exhausting. I keep hearing horror stories from other couples about how you end up fighting all the time during the planning process and I do not want that to be our reality for the next ten months. I told Brian on our beach walk that I want not only to enjoy every single millisecond of our big day but I want to enjoy all the moments leading up to it.

Live a more healthy and balanced life. Lately, I have been feeling like I haven’t been making the best decisions for my health. Not just physical health but mental health. I haven’t been making time for yoga. I haven’t been meditating regularly. I haven’t been eating as cleanly as I could, and, with the holidays and vacationing I have been eating more sugar and imbibing more alcohol. So, as cliché as this sounds coming out of my mouth early January, I have decided to take a month-long break from sugar, gluten, alcohol and maybe caffeine, although I truly can’t imagine giving that one up…how would I get out of bed in the morning??? Lastly I am committing to myself that I will get to yoga three times a week and make time for meditation each day.

writing…writing…writing. Simply put, I plan on doing LOTS more of it this year. I want to finish my book and I want to get it published. I would love to have a few of my articles published in magazines. Oh, and I would die for a regular column. But most importantly I want to write every day. Even if it’s just in my journal.

Side note…did you notice the new heading on the blog just reads 365 til…?! I dropped the 30! Partly because I am already 30 and partly because the blog is so much more than that now. It’s 365 til everything in my life.

These are just a few of the things on my list (Frank) What are some of your resolutions?! Let’s keep each other motivated this year!


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29 Responses to “Let’s do this 2013.”

  1. thedigitalbird January 4, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Now I want to make a vision board! Here is to a fantastical 2013 to you Kate! Have a super weekend!

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      You must make one!! And when you do I want to see pictures:) happy new year!

  2. the usual bliss January 4, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Love your goals! I have many similar ones.
    FYI I tried to give up the Big Five for a month: alcohol, meat, gluten, coffee, and dairy. KILL ME. I actually narrowed it down to alcohol and meat for two weeks and it was hard… After my week, I might need to do that again. Hmmmm.

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      So did you make it through the month?!?! Did you feel a difference?!?! I’m three days in and slightly scared. Ha. Happy new year by the way! Hope you had a great trip and birthday!!

      • the usual bliss January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

        I did not make it through the month- or even a day! We decided to try the more manageable meat/alcohol ban for the more manageable two weeks… Stay strong!! I need to do it again because honestly, two weeks wasn’t enough to feel a huge difference.

  3. Loni Found Herself January 4, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    You and Brian are the best! I love the idea of spending New Year’s Day together, imagining your coming year and setting your intentions. We should get together soon! xoxo

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks Loni! I would love to see you guys soon!! I actually had the funniest dream last night that you and I went on a trip to New York without the guys. It was so fun. Only problem was I was barefoot through most of it and couldn’t figure out why?? Happy new year! xx

  4. letterfrombritain January 4, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Have a wonderful year. And good luck with all that wedding planning!

  5. Katie D January 4, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    ok, you have officially inspired me to do this over the weekend. AND i’m excited about it. we can compare notes next week. i love all of your resolutions…may have to steal a few! xx

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      I can’t wait to hear about the board you make over the weekend!!! So fun. I’m so looking forward to next week. Sadly with my month long health kick ill be drinking sparkling water while you ladies drink wine. Sigh.

      • Katie D January 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

        OMG I’m drinking water too. Trying to make it to my birthday at the end of the month. Or at least my next trip 🙂

  6. SewHaute January 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Love it!!!

  7. i mayfly January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    “Keeping the universe aware of what you are wanting to co-create.” I truly love this concept. Thank you for sharing this wisdom. -Nikki

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      Nikki, I’m so happy you liked it!! Wishing you a happy new year:)

  8. Wendell A. Brown January 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    When you write and share it is always lifting and so illuminating! You are always one to achieve your visions with a pure lust for living life! That makes your posts always a real delight to read! I look forward to sharing your heart and spirit’s happiness each day. Go for it and go hard…all the way! Much love to you always my sister! God bless!

  9. Rachel Pastiloff January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I love this. I love 365 til everything! You inspire!

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      You inspire! I hope you are feeling better- sending you lots of love:)

  10. Rebecca Koo January 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Big fan of vision boards here so way to go. And on the wedding planning/fighting issue, my two cents would be that there are just a LOT of decisions to be made in wedding planning…..together. And let’s face it, don’t we all like to have things go our way? So my advice (all be it unsolicited) would be to look at wedding planning as good practice in doing something you will do for the rest of your lives – making choices together, communicating, and listening. If you look at it as practice then it might not seem so loaded and stressful. And to give you hope, I don’t remember fighting a lot while wedding planning. What I DO remember is LOVING every moment of our wedding day. By then, if we had missed something or if something went wrong it didn’t really matter – we were getting married! 🙂

    As for looking to the new year, I definitely want to write more and read more. And your blog/writing is definitely one of my favs, so this should work well….. 🙂

    P.S. I know this is a long reply but one last thing – I know you have a great book in you (I’m sure more than that to be quite frank). You have so much heart and soul, I can’t wait to read it!

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      From the bottom of my heart- thank you for such a thoughtful comment. So much about it touched my heart. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You really put a smile on my face. I appreciate you.

      I can totally see your point that wedding planning is great practice in working together. Such great advice. Oh and I always want your unsolicited advice:)


      • Rebecca Koo January 5, 2013 at 10:35 am #

        🙂 Thanks Kate. You make me smile! Oh, and one thing I forgot to say (really, all that and I still forgot something???)….since you mentioned baking…I don’t do fancy baking, but I do make arguably the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet, so if you or you and Bri ever want to brave your way down to SD and spend some time with a crazy house-full of boys, I would love to pass that recipe along to you. (Also, my hubby makes some pretty mean dishes from Burma and the best pot stickers ever. We could make a day of it. Lots of cooking, baking and eating. 🙂 ) Message me on FB if you guys are interested. No offense if not. Again, thanks for the sweet reply! You are loved!

  11. amelie88 January 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Is this the year you will finally buy your beloved future Frank? If it is, I can’t wait to be inundated with pictures of your future doggie! I already know I will be owning a bichon frise named Asterix once I move out of the house for good. 😀

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I think it may be the year I finally buy Frank. Mostly because we are finally moving to a home that allows dogs! I love love love your future pups name:) happy new year!!!

  12. barbarapotter January 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Enjoying reading you again. Missed you. Like one of my kids. My first goal this year is to get Rachel healthy again and making sure she gets to Italy to Manifest. I can’t think past that but nothing else seems to be as important. Oh, and to get home to see my husband again step 2. It will be a perfect 2013. Love you.

    • katemcclafferty January 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      What a lovely, kind and heartfelt note. Thank you:) I’ve been sending you and Rachel lots of good vibes the past few days. I hope everything went well at the Dr. Hope you get home to your sweet husband soon too! Love you

  13. Subhan Zein January 5, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Ah, 3 months before the Happy Day, yes, every milisecond to that day, will be happy day.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  14. maternalmedia January 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm #


    • katemcclafferty January 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      You are INSANELY kind:) so grateful for your support!!


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