Gratitude for 2017 // Intentions for 2018

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2017, you were a beast. This was a hard year for the world in a lot of ways - with the highs came a lot of lows. But in my tiny world, even the lows were not so low, which makes me incredibly grateful.

Here are a few of my favorites from 2017.

Favorite Projects

MCL Coordination Brand Design and Implementation. Getting to work with Cristy on her brand design was ahhhhmazing. She brought her timeless yet trendy taste to the table, and it was so exciting to work with her as she launched this new venture. From oranges and Monstera leaves to our Cuban-inspired tile design, I felt like I was being transported from NYC to Miami every time I sat down to work on this.

Emily Costopoulos Brand Design and Website Design. Before transitioning her business name to her married name, Emily launched D.D.E. Aesthetics, and I was so grateful to be part of her journey. Emily has an outrageously gorgeous photography and stationery design portfolio, which made creating a beautiful site so easy. Her deep and dreamy website was so much fun to bring to life.

This new website! I've reworked my own portfolio and website here to reflect the work I'm most passionate about. It's a work in progress, but it was a big accomplishment this year. Let me know what you think! :)

Deciding to no longer offer stationery and addressing. I still take on select stationery projects, but I no longer print large jobs in house, because printing and packaging was more trouble than it was worth. The Grand Print Co. shop grew into Haley Grand, because what kind of lady would I be if I didn't take the last name of my stationery business?

As far as addressing goes, I basically hit my high point when I addressed an invite to Leonardo DiCaprio and there was no going up from there. I also hated it 50% of the time, and nothing you hate doing 50% of the time is worth doing if you have the choice.

Favorite Things

Unplugging. I check Facebook once every two weeks or so with the news feed hidden, and I've made it a habit to not be glued to my phone. I've minimized a lot of distractions by doing so and I'm trying my best to be present wherever I am.

Being a bookworm again. I started reading before bed a lot this year, which I love! I think I read nearly 20 books. There have definitely been times where I was so into my book, I stayed up until 4 a.m. reading and felt like a little kid again. My body was like, NOT COOL, you're actually 26, and it took me maybe 5 days to get on a normal sleep schedule again...but it was worth it.

Moving to Brooklyn. Guys. I can actually see most of the sunrise in the morning, and the sky looks like cotton candy. I am obsessed with our new home. We spent a lot of time, money, emotion and energy on this move, and it meant sacrificing a lot of space I had put aside for creative projects. (Extra gratitude for all the friends and family who met our craziness with love during our moving process.) There were goals I didn't meet, trips we didn't take and probably an all-around excess of wine drinking, but it all worked out in the end. We finally feel settled in a place we love.

Following a values-based routine. I'm feeling for the first time like I maybe am starting to have some of my shit together, at least, much more than in the past. One of my favorite things I did this year was take Tiffany Han's 31 Days to Flow class, which taught me to identify my core values and incorporate them non-negotiably into my daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly routines. This has allowed me to feel a lot more creative energy and a lot less stress/burnout.

Seeing Regina Spektor live in Central Park on my birthday. The Women's March on NYC. This movie. Shout out to these jeans that I wore almost every day. Creating a nearly-capsule wardrobe.

Spending every day with three boys that make me the happiest girl in the world. The most loving, supportive friends and family you could imagine. Work that never makes me sad it's Monday. Good health and a roof over our heads. Laughter every day.

Intentions for 2018

I don't exactly believe that the change of the year has anything to do with turning a new leaf, but it's a benchmark nonetheless. Looking forward to the year ahead, these are my biggest intentions.

Get moving. My knees were out of commission for most of this past year, and I'm not really sure if they're at 100% or ever will be. I really neglected my strength and flexibility for the past 18 months or so, and I'm trying to get back in the habit of doing yoga a few times each week. (I can finally lay down a yoga mat in our apartment without having to move every single piece of furniture to make it fit...so I have no excuse.)

Explore the world and sit on beaches. I just booked a flight to Paris (!!!) which kicks off my first trip to Europe. We're going to Bath and London as well, and on top of that, we're going to the beach in Florida for a WEEK. Life is fabulous.

Never stop learning. I'm a lady who likes staying in on a Saturday night and taking a watercolor course. Beyond all the artsy or skill-based stuff, I want to read more non-fiction, watch more documentaries and expose myself to more ideas, cultures and realities I'm not familiar with.

Make space for creativity. For me, this is about sticking to my values-based routine and allowing creativity to flow naturally in everyday life. I also want to spend more time cooking, singing, journaling and taking real photos as opposed to selfies on my phone of me and the cats. (I will still take those. But not only those.)

Do good. To be honest, I was a little too wrapped up in my own shit this past year to do much to give back to others - that needs to change. Ordering things on Amazon Smile is cool and all, but it's not enough. Also not enough: losing your Metrocard and accidentally paying for someone else to ride the subway for a few months before realizing it was stolen. I also feel strongly about a lot of injustices present in the world right now, but I haven't done my part to fight against them.

So, yes! I'm really excited for this year.

I hope you took time to celebrate all of your accomplishments last year, as well! What were some of your 2017 favorites? What are some of your intentions for 2018? Would love to chat with you below. :)

Cheers to a new year! xo

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