Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

A new year is often the start of new beginnings and so making small changes to your life that will improve your happiness are really important. I am not big on making new year’s resolutions, but I do have a few intentions for 2019.

2018 was a good year, but it did also have its fair share of challenges for me.  But, as with the Christmas decorations, it is time to put 2018 behind me, and to look forward to what 2019 has to offer.

I started new year’s day this year with a walk around my local common, and then had a look through my Pinterest board of inspiring words and quotes that I keep, and the one quote that jumped out at me to be my motto for this year is “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s up!””  I think that sums up all of the other quotes about hard times and difficult roads, and being brave, and finding joy.

So, how do I see 2019 panning out in order to achieve this:

  1. To Finish Decorating my House

For the past few years I have slowly been working on my own house renovations, and I have been doing the majority of this work myself.  My wonderful husband is not at all DIY minded, so he keeps me fed and watered – which is a very important job!  But, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel of all of this hard work, and then I will get the house photographed so that you can all have a nose around.

  1. Nurture my Creativity

I plan to spend more time this year nurturing my creativity.  It is very easy, when I’m so busy with other things (ie. working on the house), to neglect this activity.  However, my holiday to India towards the end of last year reinforced just how rejuvenating I find surrounding myself with art and design. 

  1. Find More Joy

I have recently bought the book ‘Joyful’ by Ingrid Fetell Lee – having been inspired by watching a TED talk she did.  I plan to read this book, and to increase the joy aspect of my life and my home.  And then apply this to my client work too.  I’m sure most of could do with a little more happiness in our lives!

  1. Look After my Wellbeing

I am going to continue on the path that I started last year of improving my health through eating better, exercising more and maybe even learning how to relax!  Although that last word will be a lot easier to achieve once the first of these four intentions have been accomplished!!

  1. Reignite a Passion

Last year the work that I do as a trustee for Makomborero, a charity that supports Zimbabwean children through their A-levels and beyond, took a bit of a back seat as I struggled to juggle everything else happening in my life.  This year I would like to find renewed energy for the amazing work that this charity is doing in transforming lives and bringing hope to some of Zimbabwe’s poorest children.

I also plan to get back to being more active on this blog, so if there is anything you’d like advice or information on, please do let me know.  I am still working on the plans for this blog, so I will try to slot your requests in where I can.

So that’s me in a nutshell!  What resolutions / intentions do you have for 2019?  I’d love to hear from you.

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
Elon Musk



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