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Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New

Being Jewish, I celebrate two new years. I use the Jewish New Year to resolve to be a better person -- to work on things that build character and relate to my interactions with others. And I use the secular new year to resolve to achieve things in my workaday life. You could say that with two new years, I'm setting myself up for failure twice. But I never think of it that way.

Looking back at 2013 -- in a secular way -- I'm grateful for these great things that happened in my Laurie Gorelick Interiors world:

In January, I wrote for the New England Home Magazine blog.

March brought me to my second Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles and to Hickory Chair Company University.

In May, I was back at Blogfest. And one of my favorite textile designers, Seema Krish, included me in her blog series, "A Talk With Our Favorite Designers." In May, Laurie Gorelick Interior's first ad ran in New England Home Magazine.

Nuance, Benjamin Moore's online magazine, published an article about me in June. Laurie Gorelick Interiors also went national in June, starting its first project in a completely different region in the U.S. -- in Alabama.

July brought me to Memphis for the Brizo Blogger 19 reunion.

In September, Kravet asked me to preview Project Design 2013, a renovation of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island initiated by Kravet and acclaimed designer Anthony Baratta with the participation of 27 of New York's top designers. I was also featured on the Dot & Bo website as one of the Top 50 Influencers in Home Design. Veronika Miller, the brains behind Modenus, asked me to attend Blogtour in London. (But I couldn't make it because it coincided with my nephew's wedding. Veronika, if you're reading, see my goals below.)

Over the course of the year, I was privileged to meet some of my all-time design idols -- Barbara Barry, Thom Felicia, Alexa Hampton, Amanda Nisbet, Matthew Patrick Smyth and Mick DeGiulio.

In addition to gaining a project outside my familiar territory, I've been lucky to get some other exciting projects to work on this year including a rambling farmhouse in Sherborn, MA  that my clients have completely renovated and to which I'm adding the finishing touches; a gut renovation of a three-bedroom condominium for a pair of empty-nesters; and the transformation of a bland suburban basement into a recreational paradise.

I've never been good at goal setting. I know I'm supposed to do it. And I do. I just keep them to myself, in a vague, non-descript way. That way, I feel better when I accomplish something and not as bad when I don't.

To mark the new year, I'm going to put myself out there. I'm going to declare here on the blog my business goals for 2014. They are:

  • to (at least) triple LGI's gross for 2013
  • to have a project published in a regional or national shelter magazine
  • to acquire a project to design a second home (vacation home, preferably)
  • to be invited to attend Blogtour Milan or Paris (hi Veronika)
  • to achieve recognition by a publication or in online media for LGI's social media content

Despite my resistance to goal setting, I've always believed that when you want something badly enough, you can make it happen. I love this saying by Randy Pausch:

"Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won’t have to chase your dreams; they will come to you."

Here's to 2014. May all our dreams come true.

Namaste.