Thanks to all our AROHO readers for your patience during the holiday hiatus! The month of January may be half over, but we’re still getting used to writing the date as 2013. Now’s the time when most people start letting go of the New Year’s resolutions they made just two weeks ago. Diets start getting harder to keep, gym memberships begin collecting dust…Rather than giving up on our best intentions, however, we’re seizing the opportunity to revisit them with a list of goals and the tools we’ll need to realize them.
1. Stay in touch. And not just on Facebook.
There’s no better way to express gratitude or tell someone you miss them than with a handwritten card. Send out thank-yous for your holiday gifts or let a friend know you’d like to reconnect this year by putting in the effort to write them on monogrammed letterhead. We love the simple, refined stationary from Crane & Co.
2. Get organized.
The new year is a time to start fresh. Nothing feels better than a little pre-Spring cleaning and, with tax season upon us, there’s even more of a need to make certain everything’s filed away in the right place. It’s a boring task, so why not make things more interesting with new shelving like these industrial aluminum wall boxes from ABC Carpet & Home.
3. Be on time.
Winter tends to slow us down. It’s hard to get out of bed and even harder to go outside. In an effort to start our mornings fresh, this is the perfect time to purchase a new alarm clock – something effective enough to get us going, but subtle enough not to make us feel resentful. Enter the Karlsson Twin Bell alarm clock, featuring the classic alarm bell sound, but a toned down, neutral face.
4. Read more. And not on a smart phone.
With the offices shut down for the holidays and lots of quality time being spent with family and friends, the end of 2012 reminded us of the importance of unplugging. We miss the old days of ending our nights with a good book in our lap, not an iPhone in our hands. And what better way to pay tribute to our favorite tomes than by displaying them in the cool Backflip 3.0 bookshelf, which is built out of skateboards.
5. Make more memories.
It’s true: we have high hopes for 2013. Travel, birthdays, time spent with loved ones…we don’t want to miss a moment. Digital cameras are great, but have you noticed that you never make the effort to print pictures out? That’s why we’re introducing Lomography’s La Sardinia 8Ball camera into our repertoire. Using traditional 35mm film (gasp!) it will ensure we have plenty of hard copy documentation of what we hope will be a phenomenal year – for ourselves and our readers!