Sunday, 5 January 2014

Inspiration for Getting Things Done in the New Year!

2014 in Cats - hand drawn illustration by fathima at Happiness is...
Here's an official welcome back to the blog for 2014! Hope you've all had a great start to the year and have some plans to make things happen. After a good break, I'm feeling super amped to get back into work and my normal routine, and make some positive changes.
I'd like to share some articles and art prints to help inspire and motivate us to achieve our goals. I really love this Declaration of Intention by Emily McDowell, and although it's not new I think it's always relevant. 
Happiness is... Declaration of Intention print by Emily Mcdowell
These two are also great bits of inspiration and reinforcement from Emily...
Happiness is... inspirational prints by Emily Mcdowell
If you're trying to make some changes in your life, like I am, you may find these articles useful in helping to make habits last:
The 99U Guide to Habits - How to make new behaviours last for good

This post on Mondays is really great, and although she talks about a specific decision that she's made for her Mondays, it's a great reminder to change our "Monday" mindset and make it work for us:
Monday = MY Day

This is something I keep trying to implement but always end up forgetting to keep up with, but I'm determined to actually make it work this year coz I really believe it can be super effective:
Something small every day

Some general tips on productivity that I think are great:
11 Expert Productivity Tips

And two links for you fellow small business owners who are looking for ways to improve this year:
The Foolproof Formula to Manifest your Creative Business Vision in 2014
Social Marketing New Year Checklist

I really hope you find these useful!
Here's more graphic inspiration from The Everygirl's Instagram feed and Uppercase Magazine...
Happiness is... inspiration from The Everygirl - "Stop making excuses. Just do things"
Happiness is... the UPPERCASE Creative Manifesto for 2014 maker's inspiration
Another great way to start the year is with the #100HappyDays project. Basically you post a picture for 100 days of something that makes you happy each day. It's a really great way to get you to slow down and pay attention to those special moments :)
Happiness is... 100 Happy Days Project #100HappyDays
Don't forget to get your free January calendar planner if you haven't already, and share it with your friends if you like it! :)
If you need any design or illustration work done and would like to chat about it , do drop me a line. 


  1. What an awesome post! I love it!!!

  2. Thanks, Gaelyn! So glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. Love the declaration in intent - what a great way to start the new year!

  4. I love Beautiful things and this post is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. Such an awesome post - except that I was about to do some work but now I'm clicking on cool links instead ;P

  6. I love it too! And it looks nice enough to stick up on the wall to remind you everyday :)

  7. Thanks for your comment, Ashley! Glad you liked it :)

  8. Haha... semi-productive inspiration, so it's not all bad! ;)

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