Dear 2010, you rocked my world.

No you did not, 2010.  You crazy year, you. You are officially my favorite year ever. Sure, 2000 was rad, it was the last year of college, living with my 5 best friends, falling in love with my now husband:

(yep, we are one of those ‘been together forever’ couples, although we did take a year break at 24, btdubs. and i know, he’s like kinda really hot).  And then, 2007 you were effing awesome too, living in Brooklyn, working on exciting photo shoots, traveling, feeling young but grown up at the same time.  Oh and 2008?  I’ve been meaning to tell you something: you sucked.  Leaving friends, great clients and New York was a recipe for bittter and always slightly annoyed tear soup.  ick.  glad you are over.

But 2010, you done done it.  Congratulations, best year so far.  

So some of you know that i fear cheesiness more than The Real Housewives fear the natural aging process. But, Emily, you ask,  isn’t The Notebook your favorite movie and haven’t you read the Twilight Series and isn’t Veronica Mars and Felicity still dueling it out for your favorite TV series ever?  Why yes, these things are true, but in general there is often a lack of authenticity or originality when normal people blog/tweet or facebook about how happy or grateful they are.  I hope you know what i mean. BUT that being said, i’m about to go ahead and annoy myself with some fondue, cause when it comes to this last year I get all Glen beck with happiness all over the place (the crying, not the ‘politics’).  

So if you easily gag at people recapping the positives of their year, stop reading now.  and i’m sorry.

So what was different about 2010, eh?  Well, for starters i woke up January 1st, and was all, ‘ok, life, fine, you asked for it, Emily Henderson is about to care less about what people think and take a few risks’.  Cause, you want to know the real truth?  I was sick of people that are less smart and less talented being more successful because they have less fear. You heard me, and you know what i’m talking about.  Big words from a little blonde, i know.  I hope that doesn’t come across boastful, cause i’m not saying i’m the smartest or most talented, but I kept seeing the same thing over and over, and was a little tired of wondering why it wasn’t happening to me.

So i started a blog.  Read the first post here.  And i liked doing it a lot.  And then i auditioned for a Reality competition: Design star, bitches.  Got through 3 months of interviews, landed on the show and, well, you know the rest.  I remember the night before the first day of shooting, thinking, ‘huh..so this will be interesting’.  And let me tell you fellas and the ladies, it was effing interesting.  The most exciting thing i’ve ever done.  

And it ended well as you probably know.

Three years ago i would have never auditioned for a reality show competition, no way, i would have been too embarrassed and frankly i probably would have thought i was too hip to be on one.  So instead i watched them all and mocked their generous use of duct tape and hemming glue.  But truth is, as we all know, i’m not too cool to be on a reality show, clearly, and hemming glue and I now have a pretty intense relationship.

I thought that by taking myself more seriously, people would take me less seriously.  And i’m already a friendly little blonde, so believe me, people don’t need help not taking me seriously.  But, lo and behold, by taking myself SLIGHTLY more seriously, putting myself out there, and by being willing to take some risks that could potentially be embarrassing, some pretty darned good stuff happened and people actually take me more seriously…..who da thunk.  

So here’s what they don’t teach you in high school or college or in your twenties: its not the smartest people that succeed, its the ones that have the least fear and take risks.  

 Or maybe i just wasn’t ready to hear it, then.

Woah, intense much, Emily?  expound unsolicited wisdom much, Emily?  Geez.  Lo Siento.   But i seriously wish someone had told me five years ago that taking risks is the key to faster career happiness.  Sure, of course thats not it and then boom you are done, you have to follow it up with crazy hard work, dedication and treating everyone with respect, or you will fail, but its the initial risk taking part that never really was on my radar.  

 Anyway, so this happened:

 2010 you gave me my dream job.  Hosting and Designing for Secrets from a Stylist is incomprehensably fun.  I will always be extremely grateful for HGTV, Design Star, Tricon films (my awesome canadian production company, eh) and all of you who have been reading this blog, who had my back when i blew it on the first episode of DS, who were easy on me in the blogs and comments, then full on amazing to me in the blogs and comments, and who tuned in to watch the Secrets From a Stylist Special (which because of the good ratings and reviews by blogs as well as traditional media was picked up for 2 seasons).  Oh and ‘Luck’, i love you too, cause you brought your A game this year.

But move on over, cause 2011 is here, and full of hopefully even more possibilities, perhaps these possibilities might include someone volunteering weekly free on-set massages, or my hair getting lighter naturally, or even possibly veronica mars coming back for a fourth season.  Here’s to hoping.  

So, here are my goals for 2011, just as simple as  last years goals.

1. Work as hard as I healthily can on Secrets From a Stylist. 

2. 1 date night out a week with Brian, that poor dude is getting sick of the vapid and vacuous look in my eye at 9pm every night. 

3. Oh and maybe, just maybe try to save some money, perhaps the American dream can be ours. 

4. Back to blogging, 4 times a week – I know i’ve been bad, but i’m back, i promise, with some help.  

 I know i’ve lost a lot of you the past couple months with less blogging, but please come back.  For now it will be usual pretty pics, mixed in with personal ‘how its all going’ kinda thoughts.  Once the show starts airing in a couple months, expect behind the scenes, how-to’s, inspiration pics, mood boards, shopping resources, photographs of the spaces and general amazingness.  In a perfect world there will be flip cam stuff, too.  Oh and i’ll want feedback, the good the bad and the…wait, maybe just the good and the constructive.  When i said i care less about what people think, i didn’t mean completely.  I’m not a sociopath, you know.  And as far as answering all your emails, please please forgive me, i do the best i can but i know there are like 100 of you who i haven’t emailed back yet.  So sorry.

So have a great New Years Eve, i’ll be going to bed at 10 because i’m on the HGTV float tomorrow with Antonio and john Gidding.  My call time is 4am.  We had the rehearsal/judging today:

You can watch it without commercials on HGTV from 8am to 11am tomorrow.  I’ve had three wave training sessions, so expect my arm to be doing something quite magical.

Happy New Year.  You are the cats pajamas, which i just googled, and here is what I got:

 May every year be as good to you as 2010 was to me.  seriously. 

  1. TEAR!!! what an inspiration you are! thank you!
    j.

  2. Happy 2011 to you too and good for you for going for the gusto…the devil may care attitude…the fly by the seat of my pants charisma..the…well; you said it better than I ever could.
    We'll be watching the show when it airs and can't wait to see what's shakin.
    After reading the "no gray zone" in your clothing posts we now have a BLUE shirt in our mix–we call it the "emily" shirt. (not really; but we might click over to our shop and change it really quick) Have a great year and we'll SEE you soon (not in a stalkerish way but an HGTV sort of way).

  3. It's good to see you back posting–can imagine how busy you've been. I can't wait to see your new show, I started seeing promos of it last night on HGTV. And congrats on a great 2010. Your post reminded me of the quote from Einstein … "imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." And that's what you did. You decided to use your imagination and captured the world with your talents on "Design Star" and look where you are now. Inspiring:) Happy, happy new year!

  4. Bring on the fondue!

    I'm holding out for my 2011 will be like your 2010. In a general sense, anyway, filled with risks and adventures and big leaps.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Wait, I've always liked and admired you, but to find out that we both argue (with ourselves) over which is our favorite tv show (Felicity vs Veronica Mars)…well, I totally love you now. Like Logan/Veronica-Ben/Felicity type of love.

  6. Love this post! Love you!

    And "I am sick of people that are less smart and less talented being more successful because they have less fear" is officially my mantra of 2011. Thanks for that! This girl needs to suck it up and start taking some risks!

  7. Happy New Year Emily!!!! So happy for you and all of your success this year! Cheers to a fantastic year in 2011!!! xxoo

  8. Jacquelyn

    Hi Emily! Thanks for sharing! Love your thought on taking risk and less caring about what people think. I am learning that myself this past year. So happy for you and your awesome year and I hope it gets better and your husband and you are even happier (:
    happy new year!

  9. lisa

    i for one am so happy you are a risk-taker. i love your style and watching how work and interact with people. totally inspiring!

  10. Dear Emily Henderson,

    you rocked my world in 2010.

    Cheers to 2011!

  11. Thanks for this inspiring post, Emily. Your 2010 is the perfect example of what amazing things can happen when you put yourself out there. It is my personal resolution for 2011. Cheers!

  12. Daaaayum. Exactly what I needed to read on the 1st day of a new decade. So proud of your risk-taking, so excited to see all that's to come. If I have anything to say about it, I'm off to go kick some "success booty" myself this year. Rock on, Emily!

  13. Congratulations on having such a great 2010. I love your kick in the butt to take more risks and take myself more seriously. Here's to an awesome 2011!

  14. misa

    emily, this post was awesome. just the kick in the butt i needed.

    i can't wait to see your show. happy, happy, happy new year to you!

  15. Thanks so much for reminding me about risk taking and how, in the words of famed 90's group Smashmouth, "You'll never know if you don't go…" ;)

    You are a true inspiration to another nameless friendly blonde with a whole lot of ideas and dreams!

  16. Darilyn

    Oh Emily, we love you. I'm so happy for you and the year you have had. What you say is so true. You are blessed to have figured out now what the secret is to a successful career and how to get ahead in life. So many people sit back and say, hey, why isn't it happening to me? I'm proud of you. Oh, and that last picture seriously made me laugh out loud. And my husband too when I read it to him and showed him. I am going to have to do that on my blog sometime. I'm still laughing about it.

  17. What a great year you had Emily! I hope 2011 brings you even more happiness (and I know it will with this great positive attitude!) Best to you, xoxo

  18. susan

    Happy New Year!! I absolutely love your show. When will it start up again? I can't wait to watch.

  19. I'm so glad 2010 made it to the top of your list! It was exciting to be along for the ride on Design Star, and I can't wait to see more of "Secrets" when the episodes air. Happy new year, Emily!

  20. Krishann

    Such an inspiring post!!! The other day I came across a quote which I loved. Reading your post made me think of it so why not share? So without further ado (never said that one before but ok :) )
    "The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do." ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
     
    Continue to be a dreamer that does.
     
    btw I am oh so delighted to know you will be blogging more frequently. Love your posts!
     
    Happy New Year!

  21. amy@maisondecor

    Emily, so nice meeting you this year. You deserve all good things~fearless is a great way to achieve your goals. Love the new show!

  22. Emily, you are awesome – and what great advice! Here's to an even better 2011!

  23. Dear Emily Henderson.

    Not to be the creepy, blog-reading, stalker type, but you've pretty much turned into my new hero. I watched you on DS from day one whilst experiencing personal strife and in a sense personal tragedy. Not the dying type, but the ego blowing, marriage trying, mortgage shaking tragedy. So thank you for this post and thank you for saying exactly what I've been thinking lately. I am knocking on 30s door and am NO WHERE, I repeat NO WHERE where I thought I would be at this age. I guess it's time for me to stop making excuses!

    Can't wait for your show to start!!!!!
    Lauren

  24. You are seriously hilarious! Can't wait to see what this year holds AND to watch your show. SOOOOO looking forward to it!

  25. You are amazing and such an inspiration! Cannot stinkin wait for the show to start! Happy New year!

  26. Erika

    Girrrrrrl, I loved this post today more than a fat kid loves cake. I've been LONG debating some kind of shake-up in the career department, and need all the inspiration I can get. Hmmm, though, I'm 14 weeks preggers now and it may not be the best time. Balls, self-sabotage already. Whatevs, you're the bomb.com and I can't wait to see what this fabulous little year of our has to offer!

  27. Jess

    Congrats on your success, and thanks for the great pep talk.
    Thank you also for the kick in the ass. I'm going to get on my merry way to taking risks and taking myself more seriously. May my 2011 bring me as much joy as your 2010.
    Cheers to 2011!

  28. Ann

    So happy that 2010 was so good to you and that finally HGTV is giving us something we want to watch! Congrats! And I am looking forward to seeing the show.

  29. seriously. you are full of inspiration and so i thank you for that.
    also i saw you in pdx a few months back standing out front of the apple store at pioneer in some line full of people with star struck eyes. forgive me for not saying hello back then. hope you get all you wish for this year.
    and well done my friend. well done indeed.

  30. BMoore@PropsForToday

    I cannot believe that you like Felicity better than the Gilmore Girls! I am flabbergasted.
    Happy New Year from NY.
    You are sorely missed.

  31. Keriann

    Emily Henderson, I love You! Can't wait for your show to start and super happy you are guaranteed 2 seasons, although I hope there will be many more! I already know it will be my new Felicity ;)!

  32. naz

    I'm looking forward to your new show. Thing is, I don't know when it's suppose to air. Good luck in 2011.

  33. Julie

    Hunnybuns! You're back!! Happy New Year Em…
    Indeed 2010 was ka-razy and I'm so happy for your much deserved success :D
    I vote for 2 seasons on HGTV turned 10 on OWN…we're not under contract right? haha

    Good luck to you this year and can't wait to see your show sweets!

    xo-Julie

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  34. YOU are the cat's pajamas. Love this post, and loved getting to know you, your blog and your talent through Design Star (bitches. HA!).

    If you can top your 2010 this year, I'll be a monkey's uncle (figured I'd stay on theme;-).

  35. I love love love this post. All the positivity flowing out of it is just awesome. I too realized that it's more about trying for something than about knowing how to do something perfectly right off the bat, but I realized that later than I wish I had. I mean, I was only like, 25, but still. You're right, it should be taught in school or something!

  36. You are amazing! Hope your 2011 will be even more fabulous and full of accomplishments! I cant wait to see all of your shows…

  37. Well I am just oozing with "yesyes yes" 's
    This kind of gave me an embarrassing amount of hope for my 2011. Thank you.

  38. Jenn Faris

    Congrats on all your amazing successes in 2010, and I can't wait for Secrets from a Stylist to start! I want to thank you, so much, for this post because something you said rocked me to my core. "I was sick of people that are less smart and less talented being more successful because they have less fear." These words jumped off the screen and hit me over the head like a frying pan. Ouch. But really. Duh. Why didn't I think of that??? It's exactly what I needed to hear in my own life right now. I even copied and pasted into a word document for further review when I'm feeling fearful or not good enough. You will forever own one of my new favorite quotes, and for that I am grateful. Best of luck in 2011! From a fellow Portlander!

  39. jenny

    emily, you are awesome! i can't thank you enough for writing this post! i just started my own blog as a way to motivate myself to take more risks and actions in life, and, every other day, i get a little discouraged and worried that i'm just being stupid and there's no way it's any good or anyone will care to read it. but i'm so glad i found your blog and this entry [sooo randomly]. it hits the spot and tells me that not trying would be the worst thing to do, and makes me want to keep moving forward! i know you wrote this seven months agao, but thanks for being such an inspiration!

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