4 New Years Resolutions from the Ever-Optimistic
January 2nd, 2012
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No, we didn’t step up our visits to the gym last year nor did we arrive at much Italian beyond “grazie”, but we’re still suckers for a good New Year’s resolution. And here are four we will try to honor in 2012.

1. Instate i-free days. iPad, iPhone, iPod — iNough! One day a week we’re going to close our laptop, throw our cell in a drawer and set out with pen and paper to see what ideas might come to us if we give them more space to breathe.

(Resolutions are always better sweetened with a bit of retail: the little leather notebook pictured above is from cwonder.com.)

2. Walk in wonder. Perhaps it’s our Manhattan training, but when we walk we tend to stride from A to B as quickly as we can. This year we’re going to step to a different rhythm, and not take the palm trees and grazing ibis (like these we saw last week, above) for granted.

3. More poetry, less reality. As a modern design company, it’s incumbent on us to keep up with pop culture. But after we found ourselves repeating Real Housewive quotes — “If you can’t be my friend, please don’t be my enemy!” was curiously hard to resist — we were prepared to agree we might have drunk a bit too heavily from the reality-TV cup. In 2012, we’re going to find our way back to poetry and words we won’t be embarrassed to quote. First up, the new translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations (admittedly, a poet who might have out-partied Snooki back in 1871).

4. Send a Sunday card. Sunday night is a time for us to take stock of the week and make sure our pencils are sharpened for Monday morning. We’ll add just a few minutes to the ritual and write someone a card, for no particular reason other than to deliver a bit of mailbox love.

(We often dip into our stock of Little Notes for this (above), the perfect size for just a few words.)

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