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Hello 2014 + New Year Goals

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It’s here. 2014. The new year fills us with hope, gives us optimism and provides us a fresh start. Now (today) is the perfect time to jot down your goals, hurdles you’d like to overcome and map out those dreams you’ve been afraid to even whisper.

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I love this “ultimate list” of goals, however it’s too general. Statistics show that by February, you will have broken more than 90 percent of the resolutions you made and that’s a big bummer. So here are some helpful steps to achieve your goals in 2014!

elizabeth edward quote #life

I love this quote too because life is full of surprises, ups & downs and monkey wrenches. When change occurs, review your list of new year goals to make adjustments to stay on course! And aim at staying positive. Negativity is just a downward spiral.

positive thinking. #quote

Also, a huge thank you to William Sonoma’s Designer Marketplace for selecting Simplified Bee’s Designer Kitchens board on Pinterest as a top ten to follow! I’m honored to be included!

Happy 2014,

Cristin

 

 

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New Year’s Woodland Chic Tabletop by Aerin

Perhaps its the fact that I grew up surrounded by pine trees in Lake Tahoe that draws me to this woodland chic table setting by Aerin Lauder (yep, the granddaughter of the legendary Estée Lauder). Quentessence shared a sneak peek of Aerin’s New Year’s luncheon tabletop that will be featured this January/February issue of Veranda and I loved it so much, I wanted to share with you too.

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My fave? The mocha floral tablecloth in Aerin’s Hither fabric for Lee Jofa.

What a wonderful way to ring in the new year! 2014 is going to be a great, don’t your think?

And to keep up with all the buzz in 2014, like with Simplified Bee on Facebook, tweet with @simplifiedbee on Twitter, pin with Cristin Priest @ Simplified Bee on Pinterest, explore with Simplified Bee on Instagram and collect with the bee on KEEP too!

Happy New Year!

Cristin

photo credit: Francesco Lagnese for Veranda

 

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Getting Organized :: Stylish Desk Accessories

As we look forward to 2014, many of us are setting new year’s goals and resolutions. High on most lists is getting organized (no surprise here I’m sure!). For me I struggle with desk organization and aim to keep it more tidy this coming year. The right desk accessories are key to creating an efficient work-space, yet so many are ho-hum and aren’t pretty. That’s why I’m thrilled about teaming up with See Jane Work at Office Depot to help me create a beautiful, streamlined desk that reflects my personal style. Their collection combines fresh style and smart organization – can’t get better than that! See Jane Work’s chic office accessories come in fresh patterns and color palettes perfect for mixing and matching. I selected items in hues of blue, pink and white and love how it coordinates with the items I already owned.

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above: See Jane Work cup holder, tape dispenser and stapler – all in a crisp white

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Organizing Tip: Write down your list of to dos and cross them off as they are completed – prioritize them for even more efficiency! Here I’m using See Jane Work’s “To Do” sticky notepad!

stylish desk accessories - simplified bee + see jane work

See Jane Work’s desktop letter sorter in a blue and white herringbone pattern (above) is so chic and I love how it keeps my stationary close at hand. Awe, doesn’t it feel good to be organized?

Happy new year and happy organizing,

Cristin

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Office Depot, although all opinions are my own.

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Setting Goals :: 2013

gold sequin table runner for New Years

Happy 2013! We welcome you and the opportunity for a fresh start. What better way to ring in the new year than by setting goals and resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, get a new job, save/make more money or my favorites, get organized and give back – now’s the time!

goal setting quote C.S. Lewis

However, statistics show that by February, you will have broken more than 90 percent of the resolutions you made. While it may not be easy or overnight, here are some helpful steps to make it easier for you to reach your goal and stick with it:

Be Specific :: Describe what you want to accomplish in detail and write it down. Many studies have proven that the simple act of writing your goals down greatly improves your chances of accomplishing them. Also, let your friends and family know your goals. They can help support you during rough times.

Be Realistic :: Set goals you are capable of achieving. Instead of setting ten new year’s resolutions, you may want to limit it to two t o three that are attainable.

Be Disciplined :: Understand that it may take energy, sacrifice and plain old hard work to obtain your goal. Breaking up a larger goal into smaller tasks can help keep you motivated and on track.

Be On Time :: Establish a timeline and set completion dates for your goals and tasks. This should also be written down and will help you to stay focused.

Be Rewarded :: Give yourself a small reward after accomplishing a goal. Celebrating your success will keep you motivated and will help you keep those new year resolutions.

Hello 2013

xoxo Cristin

 

*image via Style Me Pretty

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