In 2012...

In 2012 I hope you find the strength to let go of those people and things that are keeping you down. Let go of lost loves, bad habits, and negativity. Shine a little brighter, walk with your head higher, and smile at everyone you meet. Shake hands with a firm grip, indulge in chocolate when you crave it, and try to incorporate a little bit of glitter into every outfit. Spend a little too much on your favorite lipgloss, and pinch pennies otherwise. Make it a rule to say "I love you" to at least one person every single day, even if it's to yourself (You deserve it!). Write a list of your hopes and dreams, and sleep with them under your pillow each night. Thank those who inspire you, and aim to inspire others. Wear your fanciest dress to do the laundry, and don't forget to say "Please" and "Thank you". Be a woman of morals, grace, and gratitude. Promise yourself that you will give 2012 your absolute best and don't settle for anything less from others. This is your year. This is the year you were born to shine. It's going to be the best one yet! Can you tell I'm excited?!


  1. This made me really excited and hopeful to read - uch a cute inspiring post!
    Happy New Year, and best wishes!


  2. This is being printed out and stuck on my wall, pronto. It's so poignant and true, and I really hope I can live up to it. I think your part about letting go of lost loves has really given me a much-needed kick up the backside to do so. Thank you. :) ♥

    Sarah ^.^

  3. Sweet words from a sweet lady. I'm going to work on it and get the courage to do a lot of things that would normally scare me off.

    Happy New Year, and I'm crossing my fingers for your dreamwedding :) So exciting!!

  4. i agree with sara, this going next to my bathroom mirror. thank you kaelah! for being such an inspiring person and for sharing bit of yourself and your life! i'm so excited to see what this next year brings!!
    much love,

  5. Love, love, love this post!
    Happy New Year Kaelah!

    xo -S

  6. Your card is adorable!! Warmest wishes for the New Year!

  7. Such a beautifully written post! Being a woman of grace, morals and gratitude is such a good approach to life - definitely printing this out!

  8. This just made me really happy. Such awesome advice. I feel like I should print it out and give it to the world!

    Here's so a fabulous new year, full of sparkle, love, and all things happy!

    Happy New Year!

    Along Abbey Road
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  9. What a great post! I am so excited to see what 2012 brings for you! I am excited to see what 2012 brings for me! With this positive attitude it can be nothing less than amazing! Lovely post!

  10. I'm printing this out. Such a lovely inspirational post - feeling a lot more excited for the new year now! x

  11. looove the alphabet quote!

    and i just have to say - you are such an inspiration! :-)


  12. what a beautiful, inspiring post. last year was horrible for me, so i'm hoping 2012 brings something better. your words made me smile. thank you. :)

  13. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. I'm really not very eloquent with these comments, but just know that you're a little light for me today! <3

  14. printing this off and putting it on the wall is such a great idea!
    2011 started out as a great year for me, and by the end of it, I'd crashed my car, the man I loved had broken up with me and just before Christmas my Grandad died.
    I really hope in 2012 to take your advice and let go of lost loves (I was crying over him again this morning!) and try to move on with my life. This IS my year. The year I graduate from University and try to make a new life for myself.
    Thank you for always being inspiring, Kaelah.

    Charlotte x

  15. What wise words, Kaelah! Will definitely be finding someone to say "I Love You" to everyday, even if it is that girl in the mirror ...

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  16. Love everything about this post. I'm excited, too!!! :)

  17. This is such awesome advice. Best wishes for the new year!

  18. "Be a woman of morals, grace, and gratitude."

    Beautiful, Kaelah!

  19. Beautiful and inspiring!! Thanks for that.

    Blessings in the new year.


  20. Love this post - so inspiring! I hope 2012 brings nothing but excellence for you!

  21. Such good advice, happy new year :)

  22. Happy 2012! I hope you will be satisfied with completing your resolutions this year!


    P.S. Um, did I miss you announcing the iPad 2 winner? Who won?

  23. I think this is the most beautiful post i've ever read from you! This makes me so motivated to change for the better this year! :D

    Hope you had an amazing New Year!

    Marja <3

  24. This post is absolutely lovely, Kaelah. I'm going to write this down so I can have it to look at all year long.

    And I especially love the 2nd photo... Being too afraid to try is something that I fall victim to more often than I would like to admit... Here's to being fearless in 2012!

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Happy New Year, Kaelah!
    xoxo, Allie.

  25. hey lady! Love this post- especially the second photo. I'm excited to see what 2012 brings for you. xo

    ps. thanks for the positive interest in Fernweh! ;)

  26. Thank you for saying it better than I could say myself! :) And thanks for making me smile!!!!

  27. spoken straight from your heart to ours, thank you for positing things, 2012 is going to be the year of healed and forgiven hearts and the year we are able to love our selves in spite of what others may think of us.
    happy new year

  28. I really, really love this. One of my main goals this year is to spread positivity and not feed in to negativity. Even things as simple as having a smile for everyone I see ... it makes a difference. I have high hopes for 2012 too. Best wishes!
    - Mandi @

  29. this going next to my toilet reflection. thank you kaelah! for being such an impressive individual and for discussing bit of yourself and your life!

  30. I really loved this post...
    I gotta admit that i was feeling a bit down, but after i read it i was instantly filled with hope! Hope, that this will definitely be my year! The year where some o my hopes and dreams are fulfilled, the year in witch i finally fall in love, kiss a boy, and the year when i will be blessed with indisputable happiness.
    I'm, finally, going to take over my life and make it my own!
    I hope this year is everything you hope for, and more!
    A warm hug and kiss from Portugal!
    Have a beautiful year everyone!

  31. I love this! This is likely going up on my wall ASAP. Happy New Year! Here's to an amazing 2012!

  32. I love the plan A quote. I think I may have went all the way to plan Z on some things. Nothing wrong with that. And yes, more please and thank you's would be an amazing thing for this failing society!! <3

  33. You have no idea how badly I needed to read this post. Thank you for being you mamabee. xo


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