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New Year, New Inspirations

New Inspirations

Saying goodbye to 2014 is a little bittersweet – it was an incredible year being pregnant and welcoming our little man into the world. I promise, more is coming soon about the birth story and everything I’ve learned in these first few weeks of being a mom.


The past three weeks have been some of the best of my life, which has brought on a whole new meaning for life. Although I can’t predict what each day will bring, each amazing moment and challenge make me love life even more. This year, my resolutions, or as I like to call them ‘inspirations,’ are a little bit more focused on motherhood.


Be in the moment.

Enjoy each second I get to spend with my family. I’ll be cherishing this time with baby Jackson – he’s already growing so fast I know that in a blink of an eye he’s going to be running out the door.


Start using the cookbooks in my pantry.

I’ve been wanting to cook my way through the dozens of cookbooks that sit in our pantry. This year it’s happening.


Travel.

Plan a few trips to show Jackson this beautiful world we live in. Although they may be small trips near home, it’s important to still pursue something I love that I can share with him.


Buy fewer and better things.

My philosophy is quality versus quantity. I’m going to continue that this year but only purchasing things for our home and my closet that will last. Last year, I made this resolution and all the pieces I’ve bought I still love!


Be the best mom I can be. 

Through the good times and hard times being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me. During the hard times I need to remind myself of the beautiful moments we have together. I know it’s going to take some time to get used to this new schedule and life change, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Each day, I feel as though I’m learning something new – whether it’s something a fellow mom has shared with me or I’ve learned on my own. Taking each day at a time is going to be key.


What are your goals for 2015? I’d love to know!


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New Year, New Inspirations

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Reflecting on the past is the perfect way to help you get to a better tomorrow. Every year I look back and think about the past year and all that I’ve accomplished and overcome – the good and hard times. A new year brings a clean slate and a new path to follow. I think that writing down resolutions for the year is a great way to start your year off right for your personal growth. With that being said, here are my goals for 2014.


Unplug.

This is something I need to embrace. I think owning and running your own company you think you need to be on 24/7, truth be told, you don’t. It’s important to take time away, get inspired, and rejuvenate your soul so that you can be focused when you are working. During the holidays, I did just that and it was incredible.


Continue to Travel Near and Far.

I’ve been a traveler since a very young age. My parents traveled for work and I would tag ago. They thought seeing the world was far more educational than missing a few weeks of school every year. With that being said, I love traveling. This year, there are already a plethora of trips planned. I’ll be going to a continent I’ve never been to, which in my eyes is quite exciting.


Read more novels.

Next to my nightstand I have piles of books waiting to be read, but somehow I can never find the time to pick them up. This year I’m carving out time to sit on my sofa with a cup of tea to enjoy them. No more laptop in bed. I’ll be picking up one of my many books instead! I’ve got no excuses, it needs to happen.


Take a photography course.

When I was seven years old I remember taking an incredible trip with my family to the Arctic Circle. I was fascinated by the images the head photographer was taking. I followed him around the entire trip getting tips, looking through his lens, and learning a few tips. From that day forward I’ve always had a love for photography. It’s time to take a few classes to grow this passion.


Quality versus quantity.

This was actually a resolution I made last year to myself but I’m carrying it into this year. I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t go buying trendy items, or items that I would only want for one season – instead I would save and purchase classic pieces that would last me several years. I have pieces in my wardrobe from high school and college that I still wear and adore because my mom taught me that classic and quality pieces are way better than clothes that only last a few months.


Keep dreaming and take risks.

Last year was my first year being completely freelance – it was amazing! I’ve never looked back. I have to say, 2013 was beyond what I even expected of myself and the business. With a new year and a blank slate I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014. This year I can’t wait to dream even bigger, take risks, and  grow Sacramento Street and Caitlin Flemming Design. If you don’t dream big and take leaps it’ll never happen, right?


What are your goals for 2014?


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Layer It: New Years Eve

Layer It: New Years Eve
Now that Christmas has come and gone (tear!) it’s time to start planning New Years Eve. Every year we plan a huge party at a different bars around SF with friends – since we’ve started this tradition we’ve always had the best time ringing in the New Year. What I love most about New Years Eve is that it gives me a chance to dress up in ways I don’t normally do – fun jewelry, dramatic eyes, and I’m loving these tights to keep me warm. Do you have a a few things you’ve already found for your New Years Eve ensemble?

 

1. Silk and wool-blend crepe dress 
2. Polka Dot tights 
3. Aggie boot 
4. Salvatore Ferragamo Miss Vara Bow shoulder bag
5. Encrusted Holiday 2013′ nail polish 
6. Nube grosgrain-trimmed coated woven shrug 
7. J. Crew Crystal triangle necklace
8. Cage Ring by Bauble Bar 

 

Whatever you might be doing this year, I hope this has given you a little inspiration for your outfit.
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New Year, New Inspirations

All of us have a different way at looking at the New Year. I think of it as a time to reset myself and my intentions, so I can see what needs to stay and what needs should potentially go. There are new goals to achieve and new inspirations to be had. The most important thing for me this year is to take leaps of faith but to remember to not make unrealistic goals because there are so many more years to come. With that being said, here are my goals and inspirations for 2013.


Travel both near and far.

Getting on a plane or in a car gets my heart racing. It’s the unknown that lies ahead – not knowing what will happen, what I’ll see and what will inspire me. This year there are already adventures planned that I’m excited to embark upon.


Remember to breath.

Okay, I know this sounds silly but honestly being 100% freelance has me going, going and going none stop. I need to remember to shut my computer, step away and get recharged. It will only help me focus and get inspired with the city around me.


Forget the comparisons.

It’s hard to not compare yourself to others and I know I shouldn’t, but I do. There are always going to be smarter and more talented individuals out there but I have to remind myself to focus on what I’m talented at and what my strengths are that help me. If I focus on that I will grow as a person.


Cherish our home.

Both Eric and I have dream about having a larger apartment in the city, but quite honestly we realized that we’re lucky to have a home that is beautiful and in a neighborhood that we love. This year, we’re going to cherish the space we have and save for our next home, even if it means living in a small space for a few more years.


Enjoy the simple things.

This is something I’ve been embracing for a while. It’s all about the little moments that we sometimes overlook that mean the most. Whether it’s going for a walk around the neighborhood, making dinner at home with Eric, or getting to know the check out girl at my local grocery store – these things makes me realize I’ve built a life that I love.


Keep dreaming big.

Starting out this year working for myself is an amazing feeling. The fact that I’m mapping out my own path with new business ideas (which are launching in the near future), collaborating on fun projects, and that I have a lot of ideas I want to work on, is the perfect way to start out a new year. When I was little my parents told me that you should love what you do and to always dream big. I’ve definitely been following that advice in 2013. There is no better time to do this!


So, now that I’ve shared my goals for 2013, what are your goals? Have you made any small or big resolutions? I’d love for you to share!


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Happy New Year!

As 2012 comes to a close, I look back and cannot believe how much was accomplished. From installing beautiful projects I’m very proud about, to styling photo shoots, to redesigning Sacramento Street and then ending the year by taking a huge leap and going out on my own. It’s been quiet a remarkable year. Thank you all for coming here to get inspired and the support you’ve given me this past year. Sacramento Street wouldn’t be the same without you.


Get ready for 2013 here on Sacramento Street. There will be new columns, tons of inspiration and maybe a few new contributors. Later this week I’ll be sharing a few of my many goals for 2013 and I’d love for you to share your goals as well. Do you have any goals or resolutions written down yet?


I hope all of you have a wonderful start to the New Year!


xx, Caitlin


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