Blog: What I’m Packing for 2013

January 4, 2013

All Packed for 2013


I was sick on New Year’s Eve. Awesome, right? I didn’t feel like going out, so I stayed in my jammies and offered to drive my husband and two of our friends, Andy and Olesya, to a NYE get together. We pulled up to the party around 11:50pm and decided that we’d all sit in the car together and ring in 2013 as a group. Just before midnight, Andy suggested we all say what we plan to leave in 2012. At the time, I said I’d be leaving my cold in 2012…but the idea kept me thinking. What would I be leaving in 2012? What am I bringing with me into 2013?

I’ve never been a fan of resolutions – they feel like too much pressure, I guess. Too much to live up to, with the expectation that you won’t.  So instead of resolutions, I’m packing a suitcase for 2013. Full of everything I want for the year. The difference is slight, but meaningful. I’m packing them up. They are mine. I’m owning them from here on out. So here we go – a candid (somewhat embarrassing, but completely honest) list of what I’m bringing with me into 2013.

{A SKINCARE ROUTINE} My mom used to joke that I’d wash my face with laundry detergent if that’s what was around. I never tried the  detergent technique, but the sentiment is pretty true. I sort of treat my skin like it’s on lease. As if I’m gonna get to trade it in one day. Well, I think we can all agree that’s not gonna happen. I don’t have the time or money to invest in regular visits to the esthetician but I do think there is a happy medium here. In my suitcase, I’m bringing an effective, doable skincare regimen that will keep me looking…but most importantly feeling like my best me.

{80,000 pageviews} It wasn’t until the rebirth of Damask Love that I began to understand all the details of blog statistics. Pageviews are kind of a big deal when it comes to blogging as a business. Pageviews are also a nice measure of growth over time and reach. It’s no secret that I want to expand the reach of this blog. I want to spread the crafting addiction to as many people as possible! The more the merrier. So with that in mind, I’m bringing 80,000 pageviews per month into 2013. It’s not a ton – there are plenty of blogs that get WAY more than this, but for me, this number feels significant and ambitious. It represents hard work, networking, collaboration and growth. (It also represents the fact that pageviews reported by Google Analytics are WAY lower than the ones reported by Blogger, so it’s going to take some hard work and time to reach the 80,000 benchmark).

{A BOOK PITCH} This one is tough to put out there. In my suitcase is a book. The book that I plan to pitch in 2013. I recently took a class through Altitude Summit where one of the participants said “Every blogger should have a book.” I like the idea of that. I know several bloggers with books and it’s a goal of mine. I’ve already begun to develop several ideas. Of course, I can’t control whether any of my ideas are accepted for publication, but I can control the quality of my pitch…so that’s what I’m bringing into 2013. A strong proposal for Damask Love: The Book (of course that’s not the title…you’ll have to wait and see on that).

{AN INTERN} Delegation is something I struggle with. I typically just do everything myself, which, as of late has become an unmanageable vice. I’m bringing an intern into 2013. I haven’t hired this person yet but believe me, it will happen. The administration of Damask Love and Drawn Together is a large task, and I’m finally learning that I can be a better, more efficient person with the help of others.

{POM POMS} I know, you’re confused by this one, right? In my suitcase, I’m bringing a cute set of pom poms…so that I can be a cheerleader for everyone out there. The inspiration for this one comes from Susan Opel, the creative editor at Paper Crafts Magazine. Susan used to be a cheer coach and it totally shines through in her attitude. She is the best cheerleader ever!  Too often, I get bogged down with comparing my work to all the other talented crafters and bloggers out there who’ve reached a level of success that seems unattainable for me.  From there, it’s easy to quickly devolve into a dark place of envy and isolation…and that’s just not cool. My 2013 pom-poms are the remedy. Truth is, if I’m feeling envious of a particular person- it’s because they are awesome! Time to break out those pom poms and cheer that person on! So beware, me & my pom poms are probably coming your way.

{MY LOUD MOUTH} I’ve said it before . God set my volume on high. I’m loud. Always have been. For years, I felt really insecure about it. People would say “Oh my gosh! I could hear you from down the hall!” or “Amber! I can always tell if you’re in the room.” Well, guess what…I’m loud and I talk a lot. At this point in my life, I’m not insecure about it. I’m not apologizing for it. It’s the way I am. I’m loud and I have a lot of energy. If I meet you somewhere, I’ll give you a hug. If you say something funny, I’ll laugh really loudly. If you want to hear my opinion on something, I’ll give it to you. If you didn’t ask for my opinion on something, I may still give it to you because I have a big repertoire of facial expressions and you can usually tell what I’m thinking by looking at me. It’s just the way I’m put together. I realize some people may not be a fan – but what can I say?  I can’t really fake it. So, for 2013, I’m bringing my loud mouth with me. Proudly. No apologies.


So there is it, the contents of my 2013 suitcase. Here’s your challenge: Leave a comment here telling us something that you’re bringing into 2013. Be honest. Be vulnerable if you want. I’d love to hear what’s in your suitcase.