Tuesday Talk Back: New Year’s Resolutions- Yes or No?


Did you know that ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the beginning of each new year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts?

Tell us your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions. Do you make them? Typically keep them? This time each year, I make what I call a Manifestation List. On this list, I include a variety of situations I wish to manifest- from the kind of person I want to be, (compassionate, mindful, disciplined) to more goal specific desires. (Write successful grant proposals, attend more online classes.) 

According to a study by the University of Scranton/Journal of Clinical Psychology, the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 were:

1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

According to their study, the percentage of resolutions able to be maintained through the first week of the year was 75%. Past two weeks 71%, past one month 64% and past six months 46%.

In a 2007 study from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends. (from Wiki)

5 businesses that profit from New Year’s resolutions at Market Watch

49 New Year’s Resolutions Twentysomethings Should Consider at BuzzFeed

Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions at Health.com

Final Link Share of 2013


Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.

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Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched

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Creating a Manifestation List for 2014


The definition of resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

The definition of manifestation is “an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, esp. a theory or an abstract idea.”

Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I make a manifestation list. I put things on the list that embody not only who I want to be (compassionate, full of energy) but also things what I want to do, like visiting the museums in NYC or taking a personal retreat. The key is to word each item on your list in a way where you are allowing yourself to think and act “as if” the thing you want already exists or has already happened. I like to start the list with something along the lines of “In 2014 I have…” or “In 2014 I…” even “In 2014 I am…”

You want to avoid using word like “want” because according to the law of attraction, (like attracting like) to declare that you “want” something keeps you “wanting” it. If I want to take a retreat in the new year, I might add it to my list as “feel great after a week in upstate New York at the retreat center.” or “attend a relaxing retreat.” Want a new job? Imagine cashing your paycheck with an air of renewed self confidence. Think about what you will pack for your daily lunch. What color sweater you will be wearing on your first day. The more real you can make it in your mind, the more likely it is to happen.

Make sense? Have you ever used creative visualization techniques such as this one?

Positive Inspiration For a Brand New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! If you like, try starting 2013 with a bit of positive inspiration in your art/journal notebook like the one above – a gentle reminder to “Believe In Yourself.”

Need some additional inspiration? How about:

  • Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. – Zig Ziglar
  • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. – Francis Bacon
  • Try and fail, but don’t fail to try – Stephen Kaggwa

Need even more? After you check out all of the inspirational sayings on this Pinterest board, I challenge you to pick a favorite- then with your favorite pen and paper in hand, write it out. (Maybe even more than once!) Then grab the Scotch tape and hang it it where it can continue to inspire you each and every day of this new year.

Which saying did you choose?

Image courtesy of Ben Brown – follow ben_brownie on Instagram.

My New Year’s Eve Challenge to You

My birthday is today, December 31st and to have a birthday that pretty much aligns with an actual calendar year is interesting in many ways. One thing I can never seem to escape is using the end of the year to reflect on what I accomplished in that year and what I wish to accomplish in the new year. With this tradition comes another one- the changing of the journal. For the last few years I have raced to finish whatever journal I had been working in for the later part of that year whether with words, art, or ephemera, I always get it done so I can begin anew.

So with the clock counting down, I offer you the challenge to do the same. To finish whatever journal/notebook you’ve been working in and break out a nice new one for tomorrow.

Are you with me?

Image courtesy of Christian Manzella – cmanzella on Instagram

Settling in to the New Year

Though I don’t celebrate the holidays, I observe a magnificent energetic surge from the day following Thanksgiving to Christmas day and then another from Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

I’m assuming that by now, the holiday leftovers have been cleaned out of the fridge. That many of you have put away the presents and taken down your holiday decorations and that maybe the batteries have already died in some of the new toys you bought for your children.

Now that it’s a whole new year, what does that mean for you? What if anything, is different or what do you wish to change?


Out with the old, in with the new

Having a birthday on the last day of the year gives me a slightly different outlook than most people because when the clock strikes 12:01 on January 1st, I will literally be a year older in a whole new year.

With this comes certain rituals. I am mere pages away from finishing a journal and will begin anew on the 1st. I will continue to work on my “Manifestation” list for 2012 – a bucket list of sorts which isn’t only about what I want to accomplish in the new year, but also who I wish to be. It is also a time when I like to select a single word to set a specific for the new year, words like: Positive, Abundance, Focus, Clarity, Presence, and Joy all come to mind. I will also “look back down the mountain” to remember my experiences from 2011.

A trip to the river, a last mandala, a smile as I turn forward and continue looking ahead.

Happy New Year everyone! See you next year!

Happy New Year! Rhodia Drive in 2011

I’d like to first say “Thank You!” to all of you that continue to follow, comment and share this blog with your friends. While the names Rhodia/Clairefontaine are widely known in Europe, we are still working hard in the United States to spread the word. Every single bit of your social interaction helps to increase our visibility in the marketplace. What this means for you, is product availability. Whether from your favorite local stationery store, book store, online retailer, or department store, the Rhodia name is gaining recognition and we appreciate your help!

We’d also like to thank you for your comments, feedback and suggestions to improve our products. This input has been crucial in helping to create the products that you want to use.

2011 will bring new products like the dotWebbie and leather Rhodia pencil cases to the lineup, with a few more surprises to follow. On Rhodia Drive, we will soon be hosting the much anticipated Rhodia Video Rodeo, adding user created content by way of photo pages, selecting bloggers to review Exaclair product and giving away lots & lots of product.

Wishing you and those you love a spectacular New Year!

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