Shopgirl: Resolve to make your resolutions last all year

The beginning of each year brings resolutions and goals for most people, sometimes cast to the wayside after a few weeks. Instead, I try to commit to writing these goals down along with things I’m grateful for throughout the year. I’ve found a few journals that help me when I need inspiration. Seattle artist and entrepreneur Moorea Seal’s book 52 Lists has a very doable set of instructions – make a list every week. She even gives you the topics (current soundtrack, goals for this year, etc.) and the book itself is absolutely lovely with hand lettering and foil embossing.


If you can remember to write every day, look at Q&A: A Five-Year Journal. You answer a question each day, and repeat for five years. As you answer, you can look at the lines above and see how your answers have changed. Find both on Amazon.


WHAT’S TRENDY. Pantone has introduced the color of the year, and surprise – it’s two colors. Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) blended together is the Pantone Color of The Year 2016. According to the color masters themselves, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Additionally, the blended colors are hoped to challenge traditional perceptions of color association, as Rose Quartz is a dusky pink and Serenity is a tranquil blue shade. Go to to read more about why these colors were chosen and where you can find related products.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE. Come down to Hire Grounds Café at Goodwill on Washington Road to meet artist Nico Gozal. The meet and greet is at 6 p.m. Jan. 7, and her silk paintings will be on display and for sale through January. Gozal’s work is inspired by the sights and textures of the rich multicultural heritage of equatorial Indonesia.