My 2014 Mantra

Hello my dearest Blog Friends,

Today, January 7th marks the beginning of 2014 for me, Decor by Christine and this blog.  Prior to this, I was still in holiday mode with the girls.  It should have started yesterday but I wasn't feeling well, so today it is!  Apparently yesterday, January 6th or the first day back at work after the holidays is the most depressing day of the maybe that's why I wasn't feeling well.  Well, we can't have any of that anymore, can we?  So without further ado, let's jump into what I call my mantras for 2014.

I don't do resolutions -- because I always break them or never keep them.  But a mantra -- see definition below -- is something I can almost beat my own drum to.  Does that make sense?

Definition of the word Mantra

1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) a sacred word or formula repeated as an incantation.

2. any often repeated word, formula, or stock phrase; slogan.

Also, within the blogosphere, many bloggers have come up with a word for 2014 or even a song.  I've never done this so I decided this year I will.  So drum roll please........

My one word for 2014 is


(I can't find the source for this....but it was pinned from Pinterest)

I found that in 2013, I always had the best intentions of doing this or that.  For example, putting together an  Operations Manual for Decor by Christine which has been on the back-burner for over 6 months; or updating the Portfolio section on my website -- because Houzz just became so convenient for viewing it; and last, personal home decor projects that I  have been talking about for a year and have not yet completed -- soooo frustrating!  And so not good! This year, it's all about ACTION!!  The poster above says it perfectly!!


The song I chose - for right now....because I can guarantee it will change throughout 2014 -  is ROAR by Katy Perry.  Love the lyrics and what they stand for.  My one-person design company, Decor by Christine (DbC) is turning 5 this month....and I have been very lucky with all that I have accomplished these last 5 years - basically doing it all by my lonesome and working with some amazing clients and design colleagues.  But this year I must come out roaring and take DbC to the next level...and that includes this little old blog I affectionately call The Glam Blog.

Last week, I was reading one of my favourite new blogs called The Glitter Guide and saw this great post on 2014 resolutions that I just had to share with you.  However because I dislike the word resolutions.....we will call them 2014 mantras instead.

I can't even say I have one favourite out of these 12 mantras....each one is equally important to me.  What I love about this list is that it really echos some of the changes I want for 2014.  And of course, there is glitter involved also! :lol:

Here's another mantra that I hope will resonate with you as much as it did with me - also from The Glitter Guide blog.

I think fear really holds me back sometimes from doing things - whether its fear from making a mistake, looking like an idiot, afraid I can't do it or think only people younger than me can do it -- I really need to just get over it....and take ACTION!

And the last mantra I want to share with you really hit home with me, probably because it links back to being fearful.  This industry -- whether its being an interior designer or a design blogger can be fiercely competitive, and sometimes you cannot help comparing yourself to others.  Well that has to stop!  And that's why the words below bring a tear to my eye as I write this.  (I have to thank Jen from Rambling Reno Blog for sharing this on her blog.)

I may not have thousands of followers on this blog -- I'm lucky if I write twice a week -- and that's probably not going to change, or have clients with a million dollar budget -- although I will continue to work towards that goal -- I do have a wonderful close circle of family and friends who keep me same and love me as I am.  So I will start to be better than I was yesterday....for me!!!

OMG!!  I've hit almost 700 words...yikes.  If you lasted to this point....I thank you with all my heart.  I have some exciting things happening in the 1st quarter of 2014 that I can't wait to share with you.  But tell you have a mantra, word or song for 2014 that resonates with you?  I would love to hear all about leave me a comment -- I always respond back!!

Thanks for sticking with me.  Cheers to 2014 -- Out with the old -- in with the NEW!!

Glamorously yours in action,

Christine xoxo


  • Everything Mom and Baby

    Happy New Year! I love your Glitter Girl resolution. I don’t bother with them personally but I am going to try to yell less at son(LOL!), say Yes more and take it one day at a time. xo

  • Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Love this post Christine! So many wise words. Love your idea of using a mantra. I totally agree – I think my resolutions are always doomed from the start. I think we are on the same wavelength this year. I chose a word of the year, and my word is DO. It’s all about action for me this year, too! Maybe we can help keep each other on track ;)

  • Christine Da Costa

    Ha….thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I will definitely visit your blog. xo

  • Heather - New House New Home

    Looks like you’re well on your way to a successful 2014. My word for the year is “focus”. Last year there were so many things going on, I lost my focus. Blogging became a chore, gardening was non-existent, family time took a dip. So this year, I’m focussing on what’s important in my life – my husband, my kids/grandkids, my garden and my blog.

  • Shauna

    Wishing you all the best in 2014. I like mantra better than resolutions, too! Great quotes- especially the last one. Baby steps, right?

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