Remember: to live fabulously, you not only have to live in a space that lives and looks fabulous to you, but you also need to feel fabulous as well.
I have always believed in writing out my intentions, every day, every month and every year. If you can envision it, you will make it happen.
Having said that, it's time to start visualizing the changes we desire to make the New Year even better than this one.
Our mantra is 'fabulous living for all.' To live fabulously, you not only have to live in a space that lives and looks fabulous to you, but you also need to feel fabulous as well. So my intentions are always full circle with respect to lifestyle, a little design, lots of creative releases and always improved health and vitality. Here are a list of possible 'designer intentions' that you may wish to add to your own list.
â€¢Â Resolve to write down your intentions every day. As you achieve them, cross them off and continually update your list. By writing them down and seeing them complete, you will naturally bring them about.
â€¢Â Burn more candles. They smell great and add to the whole ambience of your space and they also help you relax. Don't just save them for special occasions. Burn them for yourself, even on a Monday night while watching a football game or your favourite soap.
â€¢ Buy more organic. Switch one regular grocery item every month to an organic item. Start with staples like milk and move forward from there. We are what we eat and I never scrimp on groceries. If you think buying organic food is expensive, wait until the medical bills come in if you get sick.
â€¢Â Homes are about life and love. Show yours more by bringing in fabulous potted plants and fresh flowers into your spaces. When we design a room, we consider the green element as we would a great piece of art. We choose the leaf colour, texture and shape to work with all other elements in the room, and, of course, the pot is perfectly proportioned and styled for the space. Plants will also keep the air in your home clean and fresh and show your commitment to keeping something alive other than yourself if you are a seeking bachelor or bachelorette.
â€¢Â If you have a little more room for love in your life, consider adopting a dog or a cat. These adorable creatures will complete your home, always delivering countless hours of entertainment and always offering you unconditional love. Nothing beats a puppy hug.
â€¢ Colour makes a bold statement. This year, resolve to bring colour into your room and your wardrobe. Even if black is your go-to colour choice, brighten it up with a turquoise scarf or add punches of raspberry to your gray room.
â€¢ Get creative. All of us need to enjoy a creative release. Pick up a paint brush or enroll in a singing or cooking class with your best girlfriend, tackle a sewing project, take up knitting or plant some bulbs. Creativity is not about having natural artistic talents - it's about being hands on and trying something new. Even learning a second language is creative - so go for it.
Make this year your most fabulous ever - Happy New Year everyone!
Cheryll Gillespie is a syndicated home advice columnist and Kelowna resident. Her column appears each Friday in The Daily Courier.