let me be honest with you today. i don’t feel the best. somehow the new year didn’t start off quite right for me. instead of feeling inspired and motivated, i have felt a lot of pressure and a little numb. i didn’t receive a package of good ideas on my doorstep on january 1st. (and how unrealistic to think i would?) the truth is, i need a little time. time to sleep in my own bed. time to feel creative. time with my friends to come up with ideas after a morning mimosa session. i think i might be having an emo moment because yesterday i even said out loud “what am i doing with my life?” i might as well put back on my black plastic bracelets from high school and start listening to death cab for cutie again.

arian went out of town for a day, so i am just here with my own thoughts and i already feel better. not that i love having him away, because i surely don’t. but it’s nice to just sit and think about why i’ve been feeling this way. (read this article about disconnecting that a friend sent me) i guess i just need to come to the realization that the new year actually means nothing if you don’t want it to. it’s not a timer that says you have to do better at midnight. you don’t have to start eating your broccoli and be mad at yourself if you haven’t started that yet (guilty)…and maybe you haven’t even thought about your goals this year and have been doing all the same bad habits as last year. (guilty) i think that’s just fine. we can be rebels together.

for those of you that can be like me, and have set totally ridiculous expectations for yourself…let’s just chill out a little bit. take a nap. take a walk. breathe a little. and let 2013 happen naturally.

PS. an adorable DLF reader just sent these two desktop downloads (from the philippines!) for you to dress your tech with. pick which 2013 version you’d like…

DOWNLOAD THE black & white confetti version HERE (1914)

click to DOWNLOAD the colorful 2013 version HERE! (1961)

(for those who would like to know, that sparkly dress is from free people)



Add your own

  • 1. Mengly  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Sending you glitter hugs!!!! We all need down time! Thanks for inspiring!

  • 2. Colleen  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I have been like this recently. Lots of exciting things happening and then I get suddenly depressed for literally no reason. Just think about how much you have to be thankful for and you will feel better. For me, it has been trying to come to grips with who I am instead of some idea of who I should be. And just being content with that.

  • 3. Sara  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I think I ask myself, “What am I doing with my life?” at least twice a month. We all need down days (and mimosas)! Your blog is a great source of inspiration for me – you’re sparkly even when you don’t feel like it.

  • 4. Alex  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    very refreshing to hear this from you – I’ve been feeling the same way lately and reading everyone’s new year’s resolutions isn’t helping!

  • 5. Vanessa  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    these are the exact same feelings that came for me with the new year. we need a vacation!

  • 6. christin  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Bri, this post is why I love you. I feel like this a lot, not just in the New Year and it’s totally because I put an extreme amount of pressure on myself, much like you do. You’re going to do awesome things in 2013 because you are SO incredibly talented and I cannot wait to see you grow! xo

  • 7. Drea  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I feel exactly the same! I have a goal to set goals… when I’m ready. I just posted this same thing yesterday. Thank you for understanding. It’s always nice to read something that echoes your feelings.

  • 8. Jayme  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    truth. i’ve been cringing every time i hear someone ask me what my resolutions are. as if i’m required to have them. i’d rather set goals i’ve thought about thoroughly than just the routine half-played “resolutions” that i normally set. it’s the new year. not a new life entirely.

  • 9. Stephanie T.  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Here here! There ain’t no rush to start anything. I prescribe a Golden Girls marathon and a glass of Malbec for you this evening! Does wonders to the creative flow of ideas :)

  • 10. bobbi  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I started the year out with SUCH bang and spark in me and went went went, pushed pushed pushed. I know it’s only been 8 days, but it hit me today that it was too much and that I wasn’t allowing myself those down moments to actually rest and feel creative. That’s when we get our best ideas, right?

    Thank you for this! Just what I needed to read today!

  • 11. becky  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Ohhhh, this is refreshing to read. I feel the same. Actually, this is the most stressed I’ve been. I need to enter into chill mode too. Cheers to a less stressful year.
    The Pumpkin Spot

  • 12. Kory  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Honestly, I think this is a feeling that everyone knows at least a few times in their life. I have been feeling a little down at times since the new year as well. I think the best way to deal with it is to simply work through your frustrations. I’ve found that I feel much better when I’m working on a design project or watching my favorite tv show.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • 13. Ashleigh | Love Stoned  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    January 1st doesn’t have to mean a single thing if you don’t want (or need!) it to. You are one of the busiest and most talented gals around and you have nothing to feel guilty about! Take your time, girl! Relax :)

    xx Ashleigh

  • 14. evdokia t.  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    your thoughts are so true : )
    good to know i am not the only one
    with this feelings…
    & i am happy to find your colorful blog!

  • 15. Susanne  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Buck up Kiddo! You are right…we are allowed to take a break every now and then and not feel bad about it. You don’t need to have everything figured out today, tomorrow, or the next 5 years, but enjoy what is happening right now in your life and look at how far you’ve come. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is to be gentle and kind to yourself.

  • 16. Tiffany Reed  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I definitely know how you feel. I’m going through the same thing right now. The thing is I know I need to relax, but I feel guilty if I take a nap or have down time. It’s weird, I know. But, hopefully all of us will learn to chill and to not put such unrealistic expectations on ourselves.

    Great post, Bri:)

  • 17. Stephanie  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Girl, I’ve been feeling the same way recently. And I’m almost 31 so that makes it even more traumatic.

  • 18. saudia  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I feel the exact same way, maybe it’s some weird thing with the planets and the horoscope haha. But yes I don’t feel as driven and as motivated as I did last year, frankly I feel super burnt out and want to take some time to figure out what the next step is. I worked on a ton of projects last year and I guess it took a toll. January seems to be going so slow and I feel weird and lazy that I haven’t been super productive yet. It’s very odd.
    But yea, sometimes it’s hard to give yourself permission to just chill and not do anything.

  • 19. Jamy  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    you are wonderful bri. i love your honesty. absolutely love it. i think you spoke for quite a few people out there today. xo.

  • 20. Rachel  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I got sick right after 2013 started, and I’ve spent the past two days in bed, in a nest of Kleenex, so it’s been a great time to sit and think a lot about life and what the heck it all means. It’s good to know that super inspiring and productive people like you also get into ruts like this – it’s a good reminder that we’re all human, and we’re all in this together!

  • 21. VintageVixenlgs  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Know you are not alone in feeling this way and that another year is just another year and is only what we make it so hopefully the numbness will subside and we will both make 2013 our year!

  • 22. Sarah  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    You didn’t receive your package either?!? Glad I’m not the only one! I suppose it would be a little cliche to answer your “what am I doing with my life?” question with, “Your doing great things with your life!” I mean obviously right? I feel you though. Sometimes I feel like I need to have a plan to surpass my greatest accomplishments to find meaning or motivation for the future. And of course the new year brings on the pressure to do just that. I have to remind myself though that although I’m about to be 30, have basically started my professional life over, haven’t made my career breakthrough, and am never in more than one place to do so, I have a beautiful home which is wherever I make it, I’m a kick-ass mother to two crazy kids that keep me in a perpetual state of both challenge and awe, a kick-ass wife to my best friend that completely gets me and nurtures all my eccentricities and complexities.

    My point, right… I suppose I meant to write this to you to give you a pick-me-up considering thats what you give me on a weekly basis. Instead I’ve given myself a pick-me up. So, thank you! Your right you know. The new year is not a timer. Setting totally ridiculous expectations though is something I LOVE doing at the beginning of every new year. BUT I refuse to dwell on what I haven’t or won’t accomplish from that list. I just revel in the things I did rock the hell out of that I never thought would be on the list.

  • 23. molly alone  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I was in the exact same “numb” period for a longer span of time that I was comfortable with. I read this article and it completely changed my perspective (http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/). It’s about being an artist, having the creative itch that you have no choice but to scratch, to the point that we end up overworking ourselves to try to reach a perfection that never really meets our standards.

    The article forced me to return to the way of thinking that art is supposed to be enjoyable, an escape, a way to express myself. We all started painting, drawing, designing as children because we had no choice. This is how we relaxed, this how we played – turning that “relaxation” and “play” into a job is a hard transition! And takes work dealing with! Hope you find this helpful :)

  • 24. Ashley  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Girl, if you feel this way then there’s no hope for the rest of us. Look at all of the amazing things you do! Look at how many people you inspire and make happy by teaching and putting pretty things out into the world! When I ask myself “what am I doing with my life?” I’m sometimes thinking of you and all of the cool things you had already done by the time you were my age. We all need time away from creative pursuits… it’s an essential part of the process. Even God took a day off after making the world ;)

  • 25. HANNAHLUXDAVIS  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I wanted to read through everyone’s comments because I find this subject interesting, but my ADD got the best of me (I read most of them). Girrrrl I agree with many of your followers when I say.. as much as it sucks to feel like you may not be doing the right thing with your life..or ENOUGH rather, it is refreshing hearing someone like you say that – BECAUSE WE ALL THINK IT. Women especially. We are all crazy, all neurotic, all perfections, and all very damn sensitive, haha. Your persona on the internet is pretty perfect – and you have cats – so jealous!!! Haha. Even then, it’s hard to sit and think about the things we should be thankful for because…. the grass really is greener on the other side. And from what you post it seems like you surround yourself with constant perfection 24/7. The perfect winter jackets, the perfect winter accessories, the perfect flower arrangement for the perfect artist loft. I mean…. it’s exhausting, I’m sure!! Just know that this perfect world does not exists and YOU, Bri Emery, are such a great escape from our imperfect lives! Keep rockin n rolling, because you inspire me… every day. (Weird, right?) xxoo

  • 26. HANNAHLUXDAVIS  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    *perfectionists (SEE!!!!!!! hahaha)

  • 27. Michaela  |  January 8th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I hop you feel better darling! You will be back to creating beauty in no time!


  • 28. sue  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    i love this post… i don’t understand why collectively as a society we insist that random calendar dates should dictate the sudden turning of our lives on a dime… life doesn’t happen like that… having said that, i did put together a list of things i’d like to achieve over the course of the year… that way nothing had to start at the stroke of midnight on jan 1… i just didn’t want to get to the end of another year and not have anything to show for it… life on slow burn ;) like you said, let 2013 happen naturally {but perhaps with some gentle guidance from our hearts & minds!}…

  • 29. lydia {ever ours}  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    you are so not alone with this. so i just listen to what felicity (tv show) has said:
    “I’ve become a real believer in not defining every single thing. Seems like everytime you think you’ve figured out what something is, it just becomes something else.”
    “On one hand, expectations can inspire you, but
    then again, they can really let you down.”
    it’s important to just take a step back like you said and just chill. and go with the flow.

  • 30. katie  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    oh my god, I am totally feeling this way… I just put my daughter to sleep and sat down at the computer to do some work and now I’m bawling, because it’s so refreshing to hear someone say exactly how I’m feeling. Perhaps I’ll just crawl into bed and do some thinking.

  • 31. Tatiana  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I’m sorry you’re experiencing a rough patch! It totally happens. I always look to your posts for inspiration (which you always always deliver on) and I totally appreciate your enthusiasm for good design, but you’re human! And humans definitely need down time. It’s so important. I hope you give yourself some time to chill out. Thanks for the honest post!

  • 32. Rita Garcia  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    It’s kind of weird, but literally everything you wrote is exactly how I feel. I think a little time and TLC will cure it, cause I surely don’t like NOT feeling inspired :)

  • 33. Daisy  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    “New year, new you!”…ummm no. I agree how you say that a new year is not a timer & you shouldn’t have to feel pressured to make drastic changes. Every day is a new day to have new goals, new inspirations, & you obviously have new feelings. Enjoy some quiet time, read a book, drink some tea, or do some yoga & you’ll be good girl! <3

    P.S. Thanks for always keeping me inspired.

  • 34. Jessika  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This might be my favourite post of yours yet Bri-I love the honest informality of it and is refreshing to read after I recently wrote about how people with perfectly styled exteriors having gloriously messy interiors just like me! I hope you give yourself guilt-free permission to feel exhausted. You’ve been working hard! Maybe your new years feeling is because of the pressure to feel sparkly? Put on your footed pjs, pour a cup of tea & invite your ladies over for a gabfest. Go gentle on yourself this year-all the big dreams aren’t worth much if you don’t enjoy them or you work yourself sick. We’ll love you just as much (or maybe more) in your house coat & fuzzy slippers:) Wishing you a happy, healthy year of goodness Bri!

  • 35. Hanna [excelsior lady]  |  January 8th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I have all the faith in the world that you will be bright-eyed and bushy tailed in a few days or weeks! I started my “new year” (I honestly couldn’t care less about a stupid date) stressed out and flu-ridden and also lacking ideas. So what! We’re creative people, and maybe we’re feeling less creative because everyone else sucked it all up lol. I hope you get some time to reeeelax. xo

  • 36. Iris Vank  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Sooo true! Thank you for your honesty. I wish you all the best and I will LOVE following you on your journey in 2013.

  • 37. Alexandra (SF Shop Girl)  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I do not usually comment on posts, but I felt compelled to say something regarding this one. I am consistently inspired by your smile, your willingness to share your talent with others, your ideas, your aesthetic and your ability to add color and personality to the otherwise dreary winter days. Give yourself a break. You deserve to breath, recharge your batteries, and feel re-inspired by life’s wonderful experiences. I aspire to be as successful as you, to be as warm as you, and to motivate others to be better at their craft, such as you do. New Years resolutions are a bunch of hogwash! Just try to be a better ‘you’ everyday and realize that sometimes we all feel uninspired, down on ourselves, and question our accomplishments. Much love being thrown your way today!! xx

  • 38. Rose  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    The first of January was (hopefully) the worst day I’ve had all year (ha). Then, I remembered this:

    “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”

    You have plenty of time to be productive and conquer the world! If you didn’t have bad days, you’d be a robot : ). You’re way too pretty to ever feed like a robot – don’t be so hard on yourself!

    Happy to have found your blog.

  • 39. Holli Anne  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, this is the second blog I read like this today. And it’s funny because that is totally what I’ve been thinking about lately…not worrying so much about deadlines, pressure, productivity and just creating, being, enjoying, letting life happen AND enjoying it.

    I hope this rest helps us both get creatively charged and have a wonderful 2013! Thanks for being so honest on your blog.

  • 40. Rose  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    *feel, not feed. But yeah, that too…

  • 41. Katrin  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Dear Bri,

    the Chinese New Year will start on February, 10th. When my years start not as planned or wished, I always start the year again with Chinese New Year – and usually this time much better.

    Good Luck and a happy and creative 2013!

  • 42. Heather  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I can relate. I need some quiet time too!

  • 43. Jessie J  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Perfect Post.

  • 44. Jyoti  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Bri, Thanks so much for posting this piece. I feel that not a lot of bloggers really talk about times like this that actually make the reader feel connected to the blogger. I completely understand where you are coming from as I felt the same way for most of 2012. I am just now trying to learn how to stop suffocating myself with everything that I feel like I HAVE to get done and just take time to breathe. It comes with time and I’m sure you will get through this. You’re blog is a huge inspiration for me. Definitely take that time to relax and enjoy things.

  • 45. Samantha Penner  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    We all have these days. I was sitting in blogshop this past weekend looking at you and thinking to myself, “This girl has accomplished SO much at such a young age!” Take some time for yourself to recharge and get inspired.

    XOXO, Sam

  • 46. Judith  |  January 8th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks Bri for being honest and sharing this with us. I hope with a little rest & time away from work you will start to feel better. Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with in this brand *new* year!

  • 47. pixie  |  January 8th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    My new year started like the old one ended, a parent in the hospital. Just a different one this time around. I’m not feeling the 2013 love yet myself…lol. I’m taking this week off of work after a stressful end to a busy season and just relaxing. Napping, catching up on blog reading, cooking and cleaning my apartment. Feeling better already, now if my family and I could stay healthy for an extended period of time, life would be pretty darn good. lol.

  • 48. Sarah  |  January 8th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    aw I’m sorry things didn’t take off on the right foot. Honestly, I think you nailed it on the head with needing quiet time and rest. I mean, HOW many times did you travel with blogshop? Crazy! All the travel, planning, blogging, etc. I think it’s time to hire some more employees so you can share the load and enjoy things a little more =)

  • 49. Steph  |  January 8th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Bri, I love your honesty. You continually inspire me – not only visually but also to be more honest and open as a person. I find I can be so hard on myself setting so many expectations of what way I ‘should’ be and what I ‘should’ be doing..That’s why 2013 for me is the ‘Year Of Self Care’! I’m working on asking what i need day-to-day and trying to eliminate the ‘shoulds’ LOVE what you do xxx

  • 50. Stacy  |  January 8th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    To be honest, your blog is the only blog I ever have motivation to keep up with. You are so inspiring! There’s no need for you to have bigger and better ideas, keep them few and far in between, it keeps us readers on our toes :). Maybe it’s time for you to start to do more travel blog entries, relax, enjoy the world around you (some more Paris maybe?) + share it with us! You know, like Bri Emery goes Samantha Brown. That would be pretty rad!

    lots and lots and lots of love for all that you share!

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    We all need a little time to collect ourselves…lovely of you to share this with us xx



  • 53. Becky!  |  January 8th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I know how that goes. I took a step back and told my readers I have to take a break from the blog for January. It was hard to do, but then I realized it’s really quite easy. Perhaps too easy…

  • 54. Sarolta  |  January 8th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Your honesty is one of the reasons I don’t want to miss any of your posts. You provide the blogosphere with so much energy and good ideas. And then, sometimes you talk about the downsides of a creative life. Thank you.

  • 55. Melissa  |  January 8th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Oh boy! Don’t even worry… I think sooo many people are feeling a little drained right now. I haven’t commented on your blog yet, but I sure have been following more lately… and you are constantly on the go… always something new you’re working on. No doubt, you need time to chill out!
    Don’t stress. We’re only in the second week of the year. Instead, look back at all the awesomeness you did last year. Be proud and when something new and creative comes to mind, you’ll rock it!

    Happy New year!

  • 56. Michelle  |  January 8th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I totally can relate to how you feel. I think society and just our own expectations for ourselves can overwhelm us. And as a creative we constantly need to mix things up. However, we also need balance.

    After my husband passed away in 2011 from cancer, it took me about a year to get through the “grief” fog, and I can say that a few things helped. You can see my post here http://onmyownblog.com/2012/12/31/2012-year-in-review/

    to how I’ve started to RECREATE my life. As someone who has battled a tragedy, I can honestly say that you are going to have good and bad days, but to always look at the good things in your life and focus on those, and you will realize that you are loved, that life is pretty awesome, and to take it one day at a time. Sending you hugs and a tomorrow filled with a powerful boost of creativity and direction. xoxo

  • 57. Aja Lake [the gold hat.]  |  January 8th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    bad habits, shmad habits. here’s one of my favorite quotes:

    vice, after all, is not wholly without virtue and, like virtue, must sometimes settle for being its own reward.
    -bob shacochis, drinking, smoking and screwing

    buck up, my darling! xx

  • 58. Cecilia  |  January 8th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I totally hear you Bri. I have had approximately 3 meltdowns already in 2013! all because I was putting too much pressure on myself. yesterday I also said “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life” despite having plans to study this year and get on a new career path (photography). my boyfriend, who witnessed the latest meltdown was awesome, told me to give myself more credit, write down 5 things I have already achieved and 5 things I want to achieve this year. so I did, and felt a little better. Today I feel back to normal and have about 10 things on my list. It’s good to have goals as a guideline – though as you say, the year will unfold naturally – and organically, as I like to say. I tend to force it or get really frustrated when my efforts don’t show results immediately. One of my big learnings for this year is to have patience and lets things come to fruition in their own good time. Thanks for the great post and great advice.

  • 59. Amanda  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for putting yourself out there, Bri. That’s one of the reasons I love reading, you’re so honest. Take some time for yourself! You’re always “Go, go, go, go!” as my Nan would say :)

    And thanks for sharing the wallpapers! I just got back from vacation to the Philippines (Boracay!) so they made me extra happy :)

  • 60. Queen Mother  |  January 8th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    A few comments from your Mom…… I’ve never understood why people make such a big deal about a new year starting. It’s just another day on the calendar. I giggled when one of your blog follower’s on here said to put on your footed jammies because I saw a pair when I was Christmas shopping and told Dad I wanted to get them for you and Lacey as a joke. He (of course) thought it was a dumb idea, so I didn’t. Lastly, it makes me happy to see your friends and followers on here try to encourage and cheer you up. When my friends do that for me on Facebook, I’m always amazed at how just a few sweet words from someone can totally pick up my spirits. Even someone you don’t know. The world needs more kindness. Go easy on your self. What are you doing with your life? You combined your talent and passion with your career, which is what everyone always hopes to do, so pat yourself on the back and carry on. Love, Mom

  • 61. amber  |  January 9th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I know this feeling well! Which is what inspired this post, ‘New Year, Same You': http://www.goodthingblog.com/2012/new-year-same-you/.

    The holiday period is intense. It makes more sense to have a rest afterwards rather than go nuts with goals and aspirations.

    Feel better soon.


  • 62. Anon.  |  January 9th, 2013 at 5:08 am

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Just take a deep breath, drink some tea and cuddle your cats. All will be well in time.

    Wow, this has become like a gigantic, possibly inter-continental group hug! And could those wallpapers have come at a better time?

  • 63. Megan  |  January 9th, 2013 at 6:25 am

    63 comments and counting! Everyone loves you and your blog!

  • 64. Katrin  |  January 9th, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Dear Bri,

    the Chinese New Year will begin February 1oth. Every time when my year hasn’t started like I wanted to, I give it a second chance with the Chinese New Year!
    Good luck and go on, girl.

  • 65. Katarina  |  January 9th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I feel ya! 2013 completely sneaked up on me. While I don’t believe in resolutions, I usually look at the New Year as a fresh start and generally wake up on Jan. 2 (once the NYE hangover has subsided) feeling refreshed and ready. This year? I woke up feeling just like I did before the holidays – stressed and overworked. I’ve given myself permission to have “my” New Year in February or March. Heck, maybe even May. Like you said – let it happen naturally! (Glad I’m not the only one…thanks for this post!)

  • 66. Megan Flowers  |  January 9th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I use my birthday which follows New Years (feb 2) as my inspiration for the new year. During the time inbetween New Years and my birthday I use as a brainstorming reflecting period. Which usually means I journal my thoughts and make lists. Maybe organize a few shelves or so. With all the holiday stuff happening it is too stressful to even think of bring able to tackle the new year with a clean slate. Hope you are feeling better today!

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  • 68. Kelsey Montague  |  January 9th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Bri just want to say this post meant a lot to me and came at the perfect time. I also want you to know that you really inspire my sister and I, so much so that we’ll be joining you and Angela at the NY Blogshop and are so freaking EXCITED. Keep going and don’t give up on the beautiful inspiring community you have created (which includes both Montague sisters).

    xx Kelsey

  • 69. Alyssa  |  January 9th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I really loved how you posted new desktop downloads each Thursday. I hope you will continue to do so this year! I loved coming to your blog to see that I had new art available for my computer screen! =)

  • 70. Second Floor Flat  |  January 9th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Well, you coulda’ fooled me! Just don’t pressure yourself and it’ll come together…it always does.

  • 71. Sweet Sarah  |  January 9th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Dear Bri, thank you so much for your posts. I’ve been following you for years and the moments when you open up like this makes me feel so connected to not only your blog, but you! You have been such an inspiration to me, and always will be. I have a little blog, too. Seems like everyone does these days. It’s so hard to break out and be noticed, the bar is very high. Some days it’s easy to “post for me” and enjoy blogging as a creative outlet. Some days it’s not, and I wonder if I’m just another silly girl, staring at a computer screen. It makes me sad to hear you say something like, “what am I doing with my life?” But it reminds me that we’re all human. We all struggle and at some point or another, we all question ourselves. Oftentimes, my anger at myself stems from this crazy idea that I have to somehow do it all. That if I want to be successful I have to work nonstop. I tell myself that’s how my favorite bloggers were able to break through the clutter: they never stopped. They constantly wrote. Constantly created content. Constantly inspired. I’m slowly working on undoing that mindset. Your post helped me feel better about it all. Of course I can turn off the Type A brat in my head, but I can tell her to settle down. Relaxation helps creativity. I hope you give yourself some time to enjoy yourself. You really deserve it.

    Big virtual hug,


    PS I hope to attend blog shop one day. Meeting you would rock my world!

  • 72. Anita Fredericks  |  January 9th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I hear you Bri… and so does everyone else, by the look of things! Isn’t it great to know we are not alone. It’s cool to have times like this (I tell myself anyway) because you know they don’t last forever – probably it’s just your body’s way of telling you you need a break or to slow down. Enjoy it! The sparkles will come out another day, when it’s time. xx

  • 73. Mathilde  |  January 10th, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Hello Bri! I just launched online my own micro-business in home textile one month ago and I recently discovered your blog and other great bloggers like you, but as I read them I am often shared between beeing motivated by such enthousiasm and feeling completely alone with my questions and doubts… Today, as I read your post, you make me feel not alone anymore and even you make me feel more related to you, and for that I thank you! Internet is a huge pool of human relationships but it’s also a great source of frustration with their virtual aspect, your post attests that behind this virtual world are still human beings with feelings and existential issues, and that’s the real world!
    I thank you very much for your honesty.
    And don’t worry we all have bad days (even weeks) sometimes but hopefully it’s not permanent!
    Mathilde from Lyon, France

  • 74. Michelle Schumaker  |  January 10th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Your post just shows me you never know what is going on in someone’s life or head! I read you blog and follow you on instagram and it appears that you have this great life and career. You constantly inspire me and I think it’s so amazing that you get to travel and conduct blog shops. It just seems like you have fun all the time. Anyhow, hang in there! i am going through a bit of a rut myself.

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  • 77. Ashley Lorelle  |  January 10th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I feel the same way. I still haven’t done resolutions or done anything to kick off the new year with the usual level of hope and optimism.

    But I believe that every day is the first day of the rest of your life and every moment is an opportunity to start fresh.

  • 78. Mélanie  |  January 10th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Hey Bri,

    My friend just sent me this video. After watching it I finally had a chance to catch up on your blog and noticed this post. Not sure if it will help, but it felt like a nice warm, encouraging hug to me. Hopefully it will for you too?

  • 79. Hilary  |  January 12th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Bri, thanks for being so transparent with us, your readers! There are far too many seemingly perfect blogs out there, & your honesty always keeps me coming back.

  • 80. Amanda  |  January 14th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Brian this seems to be happening for a lot of people this new year. I must admit I have been relieved to discover I am not alone. So many of us seem to have lost our mojo and have slumped into 2013 rather than bounding into it. You’re so right though, there’s nothing to say that we have to magically have it all together come Jan 1, nothing mysteriously comes together at the stroke of midnight. I hope for you that things do continue to improve though, that you get the time out you need, and that you will start to feel your sparkle again very soon!

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  • 83. gloria waters  |  January 22nd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    you’re amazing! you’ve got 2013 in the bag.. that bag won’t know what hit it…. ;) smile.

  • 84. Makenzie Luna  |  January 22nd, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Bri, you are my icon and are the most inspirational person I know. I have been feeling the same exact way also. I am new at starting a small business and have been feeling like I don’t know if my items are good enough to sell and have lost my creativity. And it makes me sad to see that you have been feeling the same way because you are full of color and creativity. I know you can do it! And I will continue to try and not put myself down also. There are so many endless ideas out there that I know you will come up with! :)

    Xoxo ~ Makenzie <3

  • 85. Yuly  |  January 23rd, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Good morning dear, Bri
    I write you from Europe (Germany)
    I would like to tell you some comments I haven´t written you before and I think I should do after I have read this post. Here I go. Is since around one year that I have discovered your blog and I must say It has inspired me a lot. Specially the first part when you used to post everyday just inspiring things. I don´t know you personally but I think I´ve got the feeling of how you are, only though your blog. So what I want to say is the you are someone who can transmit and share your nature. And this is great !!! I didn´t belong and was totally disconected from the social network (believe it or not) and after you appear in my screem, my passion for it has start and increase a lot. I love your spontaneous way. After I´ve discovered your blog and your work I have tried to find, follow and to transmit my style throug my business. I´ve made online courses about blogging and I´m keeping going. And all because OF YOU. I dream about to make a blogshop course with you and to know you personally. And If you need 2013 reasons just hear what the people you know like your friends and family think about you (by the way I agree with your mother). Maybe what you need to ask you are: If you love /like who you are, If you love/like what you have and If you love/like what you do. If you are not happy with one of these reflections the next step is to change something. And if still you don´t feel satisfaid just come to Europe for a period and work here and try to know another culture and another way of living and If you do it, call me. Will be a pleasure to guided you and to give you some advices as an also foreigner in Europe. I hope you are doing better. Sincerly

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