My new years resolutions, 2013

Oh, I do love resolutions, probably because I’m obsessed with superficial self improvement. Every year I make these resolutions that I keep for a few months and then fail at. Often they involve keeping my car clean, not drinking during the week, flossing, etc. But keeping them even for a little bit is better than not improving at all so I still like to do them.

This year my resolutions are far bigger and I’m not going to fail at them because I want them VERY badly, and it’s time to have them.

So here we go, my 2013 resolutions:

1. Save enough money to buy house. Last year was the first year in my life that I wasn’t worried on a daily basis about money. As freelancers and self-employed people for the last ten years there was always inconsistency which gave me constant anxiety. So last year we had our first financially stable year and because of that I kinda just bought whatever I wanted. It’s not like I bought a Maserati or even splurged on fashion, but I just wasn’t as frugal as I should be.

So this year the goal is to really budget and save. No more eating out every lunch, no more buying those $180 jeans from Anthropologie that make my butt look high and just so perky, no more valeting just because I can. Because it’s time to be a grown up and buy what is most likely a very overpriced house in Los Angeles. Oh, and the goal is to buy a church, like so:

Or a firestation or a warehouse. OR if none of those can happen, then I want to buy a plot of land, and then hire a young up-and-coming architect who wants to build a crazy ass one-of-a-kind house for us.

Point being, it’s going to be exciting and weird and something that I can make 100 percent my own and be a living breathing representation of my work and style. Oh and Brian’s, too, of course.

So goodbye $15 lunches and $175 scarves. You done splurged enough.

2. Start a family — maybe she could look like this girl and blow a lot of bubbles:

Not exactly a “put your keys in the same pocket” kinda resolution, but I figured it’s time. We’ve been trying since February last year. We immediately got pregnant in March and miscarried in June and have been trying again since August. Yes, it was totally sad, but it just could have been so much worse. The reason I haven’t brought it up was because I wanted to have good news before I dumped the bad news. I kept waiting to get pregnant again so it could be a big “Yeah! You can miscarry and then bounce back” kind of post. But unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet.

But life is full of good news constantly and this one will happen soon and honestly I have so much happiness around me that it’s really hard to focus on this. I spent the last year not obsessing about it because I know that isn’t a good method and isn’t totally healthy, but I’m going to focus on it a bit more this year — just being healthy and making sure that we are all good to go. I’m actually very rarely sad about it because I know that there are just so many ways to have a family these days, so if we don’t conceive we’ll figure something else out.

And don’t worry, I’m not putting pressure on myself in a weird way. I just want to make sure I prioritize it and not just assume that it’s going to happen seamlessly because I come from Mormon blood, my mom had six kids, my sister had four in six years, and I have a big tits. I thought I had it in the bag and was quite cocky about how fast I got pregnant. And now I’m all humbled and realize how much I should have appreciated it because man, it is HARD to get pregnant, y’all. In case you are up for more conversation about this read A Blog About Love who openly discusses her issues, and of course Natalie of Nat the Fat Rat. They both write very openly and frankly about their fertility/infertility, and when I have felt sad and wanted to cry, I’ll read up on them and feel less alone.

Speaking of being less alone:

3. Have more fun in my marriage. (Below was us on our yacht trip with our best friends where we were asked to dress as “ballers” or “yuppies.” I chose yuppie and Brian is rocking his best K-Fed as the chin strap probably hints at.)

We’ve been together since we were 12 (er, 21) and like any couple that’s been together forever you start getting lazy.  We used to do really nice things for each other — elaborate surprises, sentimental gifts, etc. — but we have kinda stopped, or just forgotten to really plan things. We have sooooo much fun with our friends its stupid, but the two of us don’t do too much on our own that is super memorable.

So here’s to spending more time together and doing things that we’ll remember, not just dinner at Little Dom’s. As nice as those nights are, they don’t move us forward at all. I’m thinking weekend trips to O’jai, day trips to Magic Mountain, and afternoons at LACMA. And god, let us please get out of the country, even if it’s just for the weekend.

4. Start and finish my first book. It’s so daunting. I finished the first draft of the proposal like six months ago and it was well received with lots of publishers being interested, etc. But I need to just finish the proposal in order for contracts to get signed and the process to really get started, and for some reason I haven’t prioritized it. Probably because I know that once it actually goes into production, I’ll be just so swamped. But don’t worry, by 2014 it will be in production at least. Because I just resolved that it would.

Sure I have a lot of other goals — keep my car clean, master Photoshop, pay my quarterly taxes on time, be nicer to people that I don’t like (or avoid them altogether), dry clean the clothes that should be dry cleaned, take vitamins, lose five pounds, eat more protein, wear matching socks, etc. etc., but the big ones above are what I’m going to focus on.

2013 here’s looking at you. By 2014 we’ll be these people:

Our fit/tan bodies will run so fast without any jiggling toward our newly converted church turned home whilst my book publishers are swimming in book orders a la Scrooge McDuck. Can you even wait?

Here’s to low expectations in 2013.  Wish me luck.

Anyone have any similar goals?

  1. Kate

    Um, the same thing happened to us. Pregnant immediately, miscarried in April. Been trying ever since, no dice. And yes – making a baby is on our news years resolution list too. On our chalkboard wall. In our kitchen. With lots of exclamation points and drawings signifying confetti. Here's to staying hopeful! but if you ever want to not be hopeful and completely lose it? I'm your girl. I've got that skill DOWN.

  2. joy

    you're gonna make it ALL happen E! cheers to 2013!
    love ya,

  3. HK

    Hugs to you Emily and best wishes in 2013! xoxo HK

  4. sue

    well i believe that putting your wishes & hopes out there is half way to seeing them fulfilled! so i wish you nothing but the best emily! here's to a fab 2013!

  5. Amber

    We are in the exact same boat. Hoping to move and looking at some non traditional options or give up and build. And have another baby. We have been trying since last Feb too. I got pregnant in Aug and miscarried at 8 weeks. I wrote about it too because well I needed to for coping purposes. So pregnancy is a goal that I haven't written down for fear of failure over something I genuinely can't control. We got pregnant so quick with our first kid that I really didn't appreciate how incredibly difficult it is to conceive. Good luck!

  6. Lauren

    Wishing you the best of luck with all 4 goals! I can't wait to see #1 come into fruition so we can watch you decorate every room. Hang in there on #2. 2 years, 2 surgeries and 3 rounds of ivf later, we're finally having our 1st in 2013! 8 weeks to go… Anyway, I promise to buy your book!

  7. OMG. We are going to have so much fun doing OrlanDiet together so that we can later run on the beach without jiggling, just like that tan Barbie family you posted.

  8. Lauren B.

    I love this so much – I love resolutions, and I love making ones I can keep ("losing weight" clearly doesn't fall in that category). But in response to your 1st resolution I present mine: I want to have all my Architectural Registration Exams taken and passed by this time next year…and if my licensure just happens to happen when you save up enough money for a house…well, give me a call :)

    Best of luck with them all, I can't imagine anything more precious than a mini-Emily (or a mini-Emile) . You're going to have an amazing year!

  9. Megan

    Thank you for posting! Your resolutions definitely inspired me. Making those small goals that we never stick to…. it's just a total loss. But setting those larger goals that you really, REALLY want to work hard for — those are the goals that end up shaping your life.

    I am also in the process of saving up for a home (#1). I love that you chose unconventional spaces, which can be so much more inspiring to work in! As a freelancer, I can completely relate that it is hard to save, and when the money is flowing, you completely celebrate and say, "heck, i deserve this!". But then, when things slow down, panic mode sets in and you kick yourself for those splurges.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

  10. Jessi

    Cheering for you and Brian. It's going to be a great year! Hang in there!!

  11. Lisa

    Amazing post. Amazing goals. So much to look forward to in the coming year :) Here's to making the good stuff happen!!

  12. Great goals! I look forward to reading this future book of yours, and I'm sorry to hear about the loss of the baby, but I suspect you'll be a wonderful mother, no matter how your child comes to you.

  13. Mary

    Happy New Year Emily and best of luck on your goals for 2013! You can do it (and have fun whilst trying)!!

  14. E E Faris

    What a brave and open person you are. Your sharing makes it better for all of us, it helps us remember the real parts of life and not so much the superficial. Plus your blog inspires me.
    Maybe I can help you some with finishing the proposal (no charge.) I have done writing and editing as part of my profession for many years. One of the things that most of my clients appreciated was that I could help them get from idea to execution. Not in a horrible, hard way. More talking and doing some sorting out and then helping with a game plan and writing or editing to some extent. Getting it finished.
    I would be totally happy to help you out. You help all of us so much.
    Feel free to get in touch via email.

  15. Touching post, Emily. You have such a great attitude/spirit about it all. I wish you extra luck with your baby goals–as well as anyone else reading this post who is hopinghopinghoping it will just effing happen already, because I have been there and it can really sock you sometimes. Well wishes for the rest of it too–I can relate to the house/husband/travel things as well!

  16. Annie

    Emily, thanks so much for sharing. We're in the exact same boat – pregnant in March and miscarried in May. Still waiting for that good news. It's always reassuring to hear others' stories, so thank you! Wishing you a very happy 2013!

  17. Oh, I so needed to read this today. We've been trying for a baby for a little over 6 months and sometimes it feels like a lifetime. Especially with all those people running around who got pregnant "by accident." Ha! Here's to hoping this year is the year for all of us out there. Thanks for being so honest. And I cannot WAIT for your book!

  18. This was beautiful, inspiring and of course parts were funny too. I admire you for sharing your story. It takes courage and often you will come to see that you are not alone and, in sharing your story you give others the strength to do the same. You are a beautiful person and I am glad that my family and I had the opportunity to witness that first hand. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Excited for the goodness that will come your way this year. xo

  19. Danielle

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Going through the same thing. Wish you the best of luck in 2013 and can't wait to see your book!

  20. Okay, I just think you are awesome. I love your goals…and I will live through you vicariously when you get that awesome church/firehouse space. I have to say, I am Mormon, and I love that you pay homage to your Mormon roots sometimes :) (and, while watching you on Design Star, I TOTALLY called it without even knowing anything about you. Funny huh?) So sorry about your pregnancy struggles this year. Life can be hard sometimes right? But, I appreciate your positive perspective and flexible nature. Life is tough, but it usually makes us better. I only have one kid, 4 years old, (yes, I know, a mormon with only one!) who was diagnosed with Autism a year or so ago. What at first was the most difficult thing I had ever gone through, has turned out to be the biggest blessing in my life. I am so much better because of him, and he is a joy to us and everyone around him. He gives me perspective, a purer form of love, and has taught me to see others for who they really are.

    Anyhow, off my soap box. Just wanted to let you know, that I think you are awesome. I LOVE all the work you do. You are my hero…and I'm excited for little stylish babies in your future. The end.

  21. Kelly

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Emily. I'm really looking forward to following along with your new, awesome year!

  22. Katy

    I'm so sorry to hear about your fertility struggles. I hope 2013 will bring you good news, and I CANNOT WAIT to buy your book. Good luck with everything! My resolution this year is to accept change gracefully– I am finishing my PhD in May, and will be moving to Northern California in August to start my career as an Assistant Professor (and learn how to deal with an overpriced housing market)! I am really excited and stressed and just trying to stay present and reflect so the transitions will go smoothly.

  23. Brooke

    I'm so impressed by your positive attitude and your willingness to put it down on paper! Or…web site I guess. It took us two years and many IUI attempts to get and stay pregnant…and while I was going through it I felt like I was the only one and every single person I'd ever known was getting pregnant around me without any problems. I was so angry and sad all the time – so I'm glad to hear that you're handling it much better than I did. But…once we did get pregnant…man did I have the best pregnancy, birth and baby ever! I will say this…the wait makes the experience so much sweeter. Every day we have with our sweet Willa is the best. So I'm excited for you – this is your year!

  24. Wendy

    Emily- love your honesty! i come to your blog at least 3 times a week. Still referencing the Shades of grey with Ryan Gosling! BRILLIANT!! Anyway, I am also trying to get some of my goals together so that I can make some changes actually happen instead of constantly talking about them. Love this quote that Gretchen Rubin used on the Happiness Project email, "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Warhol I am all about it this year! Sounds like you are too.

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I have 3 kids but I have been pregnant 6 times. It is so hard to go through. So hard not to be obsessed! Ignorance is bliss to most pregnant women! I have to say the reason that I was able to finally have my kiddos is accupuncture. I am not sure why but I say it WORKS.

    Can't wait to see what happens!

    Live intentionally!


  25. Megan

    Another 2012 miscarriage here, pregnant in September and lost in November. It makes me feel terrible that so many of us have to go through this. I'm just considering trying again. Let's all be blessed with healthy pregnancies in 2013, k?! <3

  26. suz

    I know Baby will arrive this year and I know someone who will babysit anytime, anywhere, for free!

  27. Elizabeth

    Emily- those are such exciting goals! Thank you for sharing so much with us. I am pulling for you guys on all fronts.

    If it makes you feel better (and not sure that it will), I just read today that most women will experience a miscarriage at least once in their reproductive life (many having one before they even knew they were pregnant). I know this because I just found out a few days before Xmas that I'm pregnant and I am so very nervous about miscarriage that I keep reading anything I can find on early pregnancies.

    I bought my first home last year and it is SUCH a satisfying and rewarding feeling and totally worth the short-term (and long-term) monetary sacrifices that you'll have to make. SO WORTH IT. And I looooooove shopping and not worrying about spending.

    I find your third resolution very inspiring and may steal that one for myself. :)

    GOOD LUCK to you and all the readers above who have posted their goals and hopes for a child. Good luck to me too :)

  28. Genna

    Hi Emily! First time commenter but I've enjoyed your work since you won Design Star. Just one thing for you – a book recommendation in case by chance you haven't taken a look at it yet – "Taking Charge of your Fertility". Should be required reading for every woman on the planet. :-) Best wishes!

  29. Dani Ross

    Such a great post–Happy New Year to you!

  30. Jen

    Hi Emily,

    Between the abdominal issues and the trouble getting preggers can I humbly recommend the book The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose? Lady knows what she's talking about! Best of luck! :)

  31. Julia R

    Thank you for your post. Happy New Year. Please try not to put too much pressure on yourself (in all areas!). Love your blog. :)

  32. Shelly

    Hi Emily,
    Awesome post. My mom & 2 sisters all had 6 kids (also Mormons), so I assumed it would just "happen"… but it didn't until I got some help. Here are my recommendations for getting preggers:
    - Book: "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler
    - Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor (I think it's around $150 but totally worth it!)
    - board for "Finding a Resolution for Infertility". You can be totally anonymous on this. It's like Facebook for people trying to get pregnant.
    - After 1 yr. of trying see a fertility specialist for all the tests just in case.
    - I also liked the book 'The Fertility Diet'

    I have twin girls now, so trust me IT WILL HAPPEN – just takes some effort!

  33. Serenity Kimball


    Reni Meurer (Kimball) here. Got to see John and Mary and Ken in Portland a few months ago and randomly ran into Christal at goodwill in Orem a while ago too. So fun! I'm sure you have all kinds of good ideas and plans and information but just thought I'd recommend a book in case you haven't heard of it yet. It is called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health" by Toni Weschler. It is fabulous and taught me SO many things about my cycle and hormones that every woman should know. And it teaches you how to identify many different problems and their causes and what can be done about them simply by tracking signs in your own body (cycle length, body temperature changes, ovulation dates, cervical fluid, etc.). The information you collect can be extremely helpful to your health care provider as well in determining the best course of action. Best of luck!

  34. All I know is that you are gonna have one awesome year this year regardless of what happens! Because awesome things happen to awesome people, and you are totally awesome:)

  35. Kathryn

    Hi Emily, I'm an avid reader of your blog and have never commented before but today I'd just like to say thanks for your blog. You have such a natural and sometimes hilarious 'voice' and I really love your style, especially the way you use your vintage finds. It's very inspiring. So reading about your resolutions today made me feel I should come out from behind the anonymity of my iPad, all the way over here in Melbourne Australia, and say good luck with everything you hope to achieve in 2013.

  36. Gina

    You know what I always say? Go Big or Go Home.

    You get out there and kick those goals butts.

  37. Having a baby is on my list for this year too. We only started trying a little under two months ago so I'm still hoping. My other big goal is to get my architectural license. It's a 7 part exam that's a royal P.I.T.A.! but I have to do it if I ever want to start my own firm (which due to frustrations at work is looking more and more attractive). Good luck with your goals and may all of us who are trying, be fertile! :)

  38. Erin J

    Best of luck to you Emily and getting everything you hope for. I'm sure you will have a little bundle of joy in no time. Good things happen to good people!

  39. Another hope that 2013 is the year of the babies! We've been trying over 2 years and it wasn't until I blogged about it that I realized how many of us are trying without luck yet. It's nice to feel less alone and I hope we all have little families soon. Much luck!

  40. Sophia

    Hey Emily. You're brave. Thank you. People will be giving you lots of fertility recommendations, and it's really well-intentioned and probably worked for them, (and here, I'm about to give you my own), but I want to give three cheers for letting go of some of that control! You can do the whole yoga, special foods thing, but then if you slack off and don't get pregnant that month, does that mean you should have done more? I've tried the whole gamut, am pretty healthy, and a year and 5 months (and a miscarriage) later, I'm still not pregnant. Ultimately, your body is going to do what it's going to do. There are things we can do to help this process, but thinking that it's entirely up to our behaviors in life can lead to thinking it's our fault if doesn't work. Getting pregnant is such a mystery and none of us really have any power over it–not even ivf doctors, and that's about as scientific as conception can get. Relaxed, stressed, it'll happen the way it's supposed to, and the child you get will be the perfect child you've always been waiting for all along. Cheers again for getting what you want in 2013!

  41. sg5785

    Seriously now, you need to write this book!!! I would have loved to sit down and read it again and again and again until I learn it all by heart – I've been secretly wishing for that book for over a year! Come on Emily!

  42. I had a miscarriage then 2 beautiful babies. You'll be fine and i can just tell you will be a great mom.

  43. Rose

    Emily: I'm a daily reader, but a first-time commenter. Just wanted to say that I've been there too…miscarried in 2010 after about 12 weeks. Got pregnant again in 2011 and had a sweet baby girl in 2012. I know it's cliche, but if you stop trying, it will happen. Probably on one of those amazing trips you have planned! Anyway, I love your blog, your style, your honesty. Looks like 2013 is gonna be your year, girl!

  44. Lindsay

    Big hugs to you after sharing your struggles. You will be such a great mommy, it will be exciting watching you "grow" this year :)

    And now I want to live in a church too! Where is that?!?!

  45. Jen

    I love the resolution to have more fun with your husband. I might have to steal that one. We could use some more fun after what we've been through these last few years. Our son was born three months ago after a nearly 3 year struggle with unexplained infertility involving no less than three rounds of IVF. It is so much harder to get, and stay, pregnant than people realize. As an anonymous infertility blogger, I thank you for writing about your struggle. It is so important that people are willing to talk about this topic so that it can get the attention it needs. I wish you so much luck in your family building journey.

  46. I love your goals and wish you all the best!
    I miscarried two years ago and got pregnant 9 months later. Good luck!

  47. Sarah

    We're facing the same financial balance right now and it's a love/hate relationship for sure! I love the idea of having gobs of money saved up…but I also love take out.

  48. Tasha

    Thank you for being fun and honest all in one :) I have always dreamed of a church… or a cement factory or a fire station. Happy New year! Keep on rockin

  49. hey emily!! not sure if you remember me, but i watched your season of design star from my couch in atlanta and we became really good friends!! anyhow, i struggled with unexplained infertility and now have two beautiful twin 4-year-old boys—alex and max. we did ivf and i documented the whole process, diary style, if you are interested in reading. i'm sure a few things have changed technology-wise since the fall of 2007, but research is research and this story has a happy beginning. the link is (you'll need to go all the way back in the archives to september of 2007).

    keep the faith, chickadee. 2013 feels like your year!!

  50. hillary

    I love your resolutions. I was not going to make any this year but maybe I will anyway, and aim high. Why not?

    I'm really sorry to hear about your miscarriage. You and Brian will be parents but it's funny how the path winds. My first child was conceived easily and I thought my second would be too. Nope, two miscarriages and three years of infertility (because I am an overachiever) before I got surprise-pregnant with #2, so my kids are almost seven years apart. Not what I had envisioned but it has turned out to be more wonderful than my imagination. I hope you have a happy, healthy 2013 pregnancy and a big fat baby at the end of it. And a house that doesn't look like a house.

  51. Gwen

    So sorry to hear of your loss Emily. I too got preggo right away and then miscarried. Pregnant again in just a couple months and lost that one too. Third time was a charm and my baby girl is due in March. The best advice I got was don't think about it, don't try. When we were ready this time I figured it would take a few months and just went on with life and then boom I got pregnant that month. And the loss does indeed make the experience that much sweeter when it works out – you don't take anything for granted.
    Best wishes for you and your hubby in the new year!

  52. S

    I am so sorry you had a miscarriage. (I have no other message or advice, but I just wanted you to know you have another supporter out here.)

  53. Marie

    I just love your blog and never take the time to post comments but this one hit close to home so I thought I'd leave a note. My husband and I have been trying for 3 years. I haven't gotten pregnant once, was told by so many people and dr's that we're young and to just keep trying, it'll happen. But after 2 1/2 years I finally went to a specialist and found out I had real problems preventing us from getting pregnant. I had a severe septate uterus that required surgery and I also had some endometriosis that they found during surgery. So I'm finally done with all my medications and we can hopefully start trying again soon. It's been the hardest three years of my life and for the longest time I felt like you did, didn't want to bring it up because I figured it would just happen then it could be a fun announcement. Instead it's been a tough road. Since you've been pregnant once it sounds like your womb room is in good working condition which is a huge blessing! Wishing you and Bryan the best of luck in this resolution this year! Crossing my fingers we'll be pregnant together! XO, Marie

  54. Kimberly

    My heart goes out to you and Brian. My husband and I have been married for nearly 15 years and unfortunately, even after several rounds of IVF, children just weren't meant to be. I never experienced pregnancy (naturally or through fertility methods) which is why I am so confident that it will happen for you. If it can happen once it will certainly happen again and until then, I will keep you in my prayers.

  55. What a lovely list of resolutions! I always like to think that resolutions that will enrich us spiritually, creatively, and relationship-ily ( new word ) are always the most important. I hope you are able to tick off each of these off your list this year! If you do, 2013 will be the most fantastic year of your life. Good luck with each & every one.

  56. Holly

    Is it weird to send someone I've never met a cyber-hug? My sister-in-law miscarried and later went on to have three beautiful healthy kids. Her sister used the baby's name for one of her boys which was really such a nice way to remember. It was hard though for her though, so you are in my prayers. My own Mom couldn't get pregnant for the longest time when she and my Dad first married, so eventually they adopted. Just one year later boom, they were pregnant, then a year after that boom again! They ended up with 4 kids and I got myself an awesome oldest brother, who by the way, was adopted out of what could have been a crazy disfunctional life with his birth mom (he found out later). It was a total win-win-win for everyone. :o)

  57. Heidi

    Emily, you are funny, sobering & refreshingly honest–hallmarks of a great writer. Sending you positive vibes! :)

  58. I love this all. We have the same resolutions, more or less. I sent it to my husband and was like "RESOLUTION TWIN!"

    But this raised a huge question for me: HOW DOES ONE EVEN START TO TRY TO BUY A CHURCH OR WHATEVER AND TURN IT INTO A HOUSE??? Please answer! I need a churchhouse!

  59. Thanks for this post, Emily. As someone who has struggled with infertility in the past, I know that it's not an easy subject to talk about. But every one who helps bring it out into the open like this helps others who are going through similar things. My husband and I tried for two and a half years, including a miscarriage before getting pregnant with our first. During those 2 1/2 years of trying, I thought about adoption a lot, and felt really positive about it. But I didn't feel comfortable writing about our struggles on my blog until after my daughter was born. Then we miraculously got pregnant after only a couple of months of trying with our second (due in April). Any way you look at it, it's hard, but there's hope. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Brian!

  60. You make me laugh… I love your sense of humor, sense of style and I guess just everything. You Rock!

  61. An Advice

    Dear Emily, there is one very good flower called marigold. It helps to regulate all women's health especially menstruation, nervous system and ovarian activity. Drink marigold tea two times in a day about 6 month. And good luck!

  62. Emily E

    I loved this post! I feel like out of all the blogs I read that had new years resolutions yours was the most real and sincere! I bet 2013 will be the best for you guys! :)

  63. Sarah

    I can't afford to buy it and I don't even know if it is really for sale, but I want someone to make it beautiful…
    There is an abandoned library on the corner of Arlington Ave and 18th St. Apparently there was talk about making it into an art school when the library was closed, but it has been sitting vacant for at least 10 years.
    It's not a great location – that is the main drawback, but it could be so awesome. Please?

  64. Sarah

    OK – I just did a little more research it was the Washington Irving Branch of the LA library. Buying it would probably be a lot of red tape – but you might be able to do a long term lease – like $100 a month for 10 years if you do all the renovating and become responsible for the upkeep. Seriously it could be fabulous (it even looks a little church-like from the outside).
    There are ways around red tape, you just have to be wily.

    wiki link:
    1802 South Arlington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    "Built іn 1926, the Irving Branch hаd а long, airy room wіth exposed wood trusses аnd rafters. Аt the tіme оf іts closure, nо major physical changes hаd been made tо the building since іts construction, аnd books remained housed оn thick wood shelves." Right?!?

  65. Jess

    Best of luck in 2013, Emily!
    My resolutions have almost everything to do with my career. I'm a young "up-and-coming" architect myself. I've spent years completing the requisite internship periods and the grueling exams. I've worked for a number of firms, broadening my experiences. But this, I've decided, will be my year! My big fat main resolution is to bust out of the confines of working for someone else! I've got a decent start with odd jobs here and there, but I i'm dead set on doing what it takes to land the kind of clients I need to grow my own business! Wish me luck!

    P.S. – don't think of architects as only useful for new construction! Some of the most amazing projects I've worked on as an architect were making something interesting, personal, and beautiful out of a home that already existed in less than perfect form. Architects are good for a lot more than new houses!

  66. Kate

    really love your goals! and that picture at the end, so great….totaly baywatch family. we bought a house last year, so i definitely want to work on making it a home (i.e. doing a better job decorating) this year. and then I think towards the end of this year we'll be working on the whole starting a family thing. Scary and exciting! I would definitely buy your book! :)

  67. Jolene

    Loved this post – so up-front, honest and personal. It stuck with me, which is why I'm commenting this much later.. But I thought I'd give you some dreaming / fantasy material. Here's a link to a crazy-cheap, beautiful church in Livingston, MT. Next to the very stylish and trendy Bozeman, MT. You can have it, if I don't get to it first! Are those not amazing beautiful windows?
    Also, I just wanted to say I'm very sorry to hear about your miscarriage. I had one around the same time – I can relate to your sorrow. Much, much luck for the future!!

  68. Ashley

    Thank you for being open about your miscarriage and fertility struggles. Until this issue is talked about in the open, it will always hide behind closed doors. I’ve had 4 miscarriages-3 involving ectopic pregnancies. It is always nice to realize you aren’t alone. Love the blog btw.

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  70. Bre

    At 12 weeks and 1 day I found out our baby no longer had a heartbreak. This was our first pregnancy, and we got pregnant the first time we tried, but it was still heartbreaking. I had to have “the procedure” on New Years Eve and it was terrible. Your post and current happiness and new baby have given me so much hope for the future. Miscarriage seems to stay in the shadows, and no one really talks about it, so seeing a woman who persevered and is so brilliant, beautiful and successful plus now has a perfect baby has been really inspiring. Thanks for putting this out there. Obv. it continues to help people.

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