YOUR New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made my resolutions, now it’s time for me to help you make yours!

These, of course, are suggestions that you can take or leave but if you’re looking for inspiration or confirmation, this is it.

  1. Find a type of exercise you actually love. Story time: my mother is one of those people that wanted to do something about her current fitness level and tried to sign up for gym memberships and even beginner volleyball classes but nothing stuck and all motivation would peter out quickly. Just 3 months ago, she signed up for some aquafit classes at the local YMCA because she heard it was good for your back and she’s been going around 3 times a week since then! She’s become one of those people that complains when she had to miss a class! So you CAN get fit or lose those pounds, you just need to find your method! The gym is not for everyone, it might be competition or environment that gives you a reason to keep coming back to it.
  2. Read one book per month. Reading is something that people feel like they don’t have time for but books are, in my opinion, a great part of life and important to expand your imagination. So by setting aside your commute to listen to audiobooks or before bed to read a chapter or two, it is definitely plausible to get through at least one book each moon cycle. Definitely try to get a diverse selection from fantasy to non-fiction because the world is huge and there’s no telling what you might learn.
  3. Invest in friendships. You have no idea how important this is. It’s so easy to let great people slip out of your lives or to not initiate getting to really know someone because you already have your family to talk to. Coffee dates are easy to plan, letter writing is not dead and potlucks are really fun. You don’t have to become a social butterfly but do hold on to the friends you have and make sure they know that they are important to you! That isn’t done enough in my opinion.
  4. Create. Totally open-ended, totally depends on what you enjoy and what you’d love to try. I believe we all have something inside of us that needs to create things whether it be an elegant computer code, your very first knitted scarf or a story. I’m sure there’s something that you’re passionate about and if you’re passionate about it you will totally be able to make the time for it in this coming year!

These are my tips to making your year a success (hopefully), let me know what you would have added to the list or what you’re taking from mine!

DIY Easy Upcycled Pen/Pencil Holder

Or, Karen tries to stuff as many google-able words into the title as possible!image

If you’re looking for something quick and easy to give your desk space a fresh feeling while simultaneously using something that would have otherwise been recycled or thrown out, here’s an idea for you!

– Coloured tape (ex. washi tape, duct tape)
– Plastic container (ex. packaging from anything cylindrical, icing containers are great!)
– Your creativity (just picture me saying that as cheesily as possible please and thank you)


I barely even need to explain the rest of this craft project because it’s pretty self-explanatory from the pictures above. Use the tape to create a design on your container, abstract or realism, until you’re happy with the result and then fill it with your writing utensils and plop it on your desk for easy access.

A few things I’d suggest:

  • Wash the insides and outsides of the container before starting to ensure that there’s nothing gross or dusty previously in it and to make it easier for the tape to stick to it
  • Use as much or as little tape as you’d like! I left gaps because my container is clear but you can fill the whole thing with tape and I bet it’d also look awesome
  • The potential patterns you can create are endless, there are stripes and zigzags and polka dots and herringbone and lots more to play around with
  • Go further with your design with stickers and jewels and paper cutouts!