Hello 2012

I went to bed last night with a knot of excitement in my stomach. I’d had one of the most mindful New Year’s Eves in recent memory — after a decade of partying with a boyfriend who liked to do something major on NYE, I’ve come to appreciate the quieter celebrations of a decadent home-cooked dinner, a candle-lit bath to wash the old year away and freshly-laundered sheets on the bed. Candles were lit and intentions were journalled and then read aloud at midnight. It was pretty powerful stuff. So I guess it was inevitable I’d wake up with an expectation hangover — waking to a grey rainy morning after some surprisingly bad dreams.

But then I met Noah and his parents for our now customary New Year lunch in town, and returned home with a smile on my face, my perspective restored. After talking through some of my plans with my sister I remembered I’m playing the long game this year. I want to cultivate patience and take things at a steady pace rather than my usual race-panic-disappointment. So this evening, as I fill out the last pages of my workbook, I’m viewing the new year as a blank canvas, one that’s ready to be filled with the shapes and colours of my choosing.

Because I really do believe that everything is possible this year.

So with that in mind I’ve made some new desktop wallpaper* for my laptop — I thought you might like it too…

Small: 1024×768
Medium: 1280×1024
Large: 1600×1200
Extra wide: 1920×1200

* The images are for your personal use only and I retain the copyright, etc etc :)

Something for the (Christmas!) weekend

The Ultimate song map

[video] Loved hearing more about Lisa Congdon’s life & work

Some of these are amazing: 50 best photos from the natural world (also this sculpture)

1000 lives in 100 words

Magical Hiro’s Deva Cards

[videos] Susan alternative to New Year’s resolutions: part one :: part two

Suddenly i find myself wanting to work for Google

Plot your Life Balance compass for 2012

[meditations] a winter meditation from Jamie

How to make pretty bokeh in your photos

Holiday bingo from Rachel

Have it be easy

7 questions to ask when you’re not sure who you’re becoming

[video] fascinating stuff: Networked society ‘on the brink’

[podcasts] How she really does it with Pam Slim :: Brene Brown :: Fabeku

Elsie has the best closet EVER

Loving Gwyneth’s City Guides app (London coming soon!)

And finally, I wish you all a sparkling merry Christmas and a weekend full of delights! I’ll be back here next week with evidence of my nephew’s costume… IF we can get it on him :) Lots of love to you all! xxxx

Something for the weekend

My book is being sent to the printers today. IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! I still can’t believe it :)

Project for a rainy day: Making a DIY View master reel

Why I don’t worry about running out of ideas… ever

Can’t wait to go see this: Illuminated bulb garden in Bath

Getting ready for the new year with the Mother of All Releasing Ceremonies

Thinking party food: here :: here :: here

30 things to stop doing to yourself

The week of inward looking

Alternative Xmas decorations: one :: two :: three :: four :: five

Inspiring wallpapers for your iPhone (via Andrea) and these cases

Loving everything in this store

The news in Lego 2011

Loving Irene’s (free!) Paris Polaroids calender

And finally, the beautiful new-look Squam website launched yesterday and i’m excited to reveal that I’ll be teaching at Squam by the Sea next October!

Something for the weekend

Don’t confuse being busy with being productive

Some people are so crazy talented, it blows my mind (see also this and this)

Cool quotes by badass women

Knitted advent calender

I’ve read an advance copy of Sarah Salway’s new collection of poems and ohmygoodness you should pre-order this slice of gold

Can’t wait to try this recipe for brussels sprouts

Mr Guillebeau has a new (free) manifesto out that’s worth a peek

How fun is this iPhone case, eh? (and love this concept)

i was so sad to hear of Morran’s passing — Camilla and friends have created a beautiful book in tribute to her

“a smartphone on wheels”

This is so pretty

How to pose in your wedding photos (or any photos, for that matter!)

Intrigued by these photos of Picasso

I want to live here.

Volume 2 of Kinfolk comes out on Monday!

Love this idea for a handmade gift (see also: 10 holiday gifts for photographers)

I think we should build this for my nephew

And finally, the January Photo Meditations class has now sold out but there are a few spots left in the Unravelling class, so if you’d like to start the new year with me and a community of like-minded women, come join us! :)