Happy New Year, friends! I hope that 2014 is off to a fabulous start for each of you.

You’ve probably noticed that things have been pretty quiet around here since Christmas Eve. Although I had planned to take a few days off from blogging around the holidays, I didn’t expect it to be this long. I sort of hit a wall and really wanted nothing to do with the Internet for a while. So, I listened to my gut and stayed away until I was ready to return. I had intended to pop back on IBC last week but was slammed with a terrible head cold and just didn’t feel like doing much besides crashing on the couch and watching TV.

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I have to say, I have mixed feelings going into 2014. I think that’s why this two- week-plus break was so essential. Last year was such a whirlwind with some amazing ups and and a few nightmarish downs. I literally don’t know how to feel at this point. Making a big career change along with turning the big 3-0, I had grand hopes of finding myself last year. While I love doing what I’m doing, the last several years I’ve definitely felt a little lost. Kind of like I’ve just been floating along without having a place to settle in. If that makes any sense. Basically I’m a little clueless on how to attack 2014.

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However, after sitting around feeling lousy these past couple weeks, I’ve come to the realization that doing basically nothing isn’t going to help me figure out my little place in this world. It’s time to get to work.

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I do have a lot of ideas, goals, and projects in store for 2014 and I’m excited to get started on them and share them with all of you. I just have to figure out how to go about that. I don’t really do well with New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to come up with a few thoughts and ideas that will help guide me through 2014. Maybe something like last year?

Happy New Year | Inspired by Charm Either way, thank you so much for sticking with my through my little vacation. And since, I never did get a chance to share a little holiday house tour with you, I decided to include a few festive pictures in this post. To be honest, I actually never quite finished decorating for Christmas and now it’s time to take it all down. Ha ha. Anyone else?

Are you ready for this brand new year? What big goals and resolutions will you be working on?

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  • Elysa at

    Michael – Nice to see you back and feeling better. Enjoyed the pictures you shared today. I always love your creative simplistic decorating style, it always brings a smile to my face. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear you on taking things down and not quite finished. Had a few projects I just didn’t complete, guess there is always next year. Here’s to 2014 and whatever it may bring your way, and to health and happiness Cheers!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Elysa! It’s actually great to be back! Cheers to your New Year too!

      xo Michael

  • Jamie @ Anderson & Grant at

    It’s nice to have you back….I’ve missed having my Inspired By Charm daily fix! I understand how essential it is to take a little time away, though.

    I can definitely share your feelings of being lost. There are days when I feel like I’m on top of my world, but then there are other days when I feel like I’m making all the wrong decisions. I’m very critical of myself and what I create and do not handle it well when things don’t go exactly right. And I’m always questioning where I fit into blog world and the world in general. I want to try really hard this year to just get my life together and figure out who it is that I want to be and what I want to do with my life.

    Please know that you’re always inspiring people whether you realize it or not. There is something very special about the life you create for this blog….I hope that you can find the direction that you’re looking for in this new year.

    Stay warm tomorrow!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Jamie – you are so sweet! Thank you for your kind words. I hear you loud and clear. I too am very critical of myself. I’ve learned though that we have to be our biggest cheerleaders sometimes! I hope you have a fab 2014!

      xo Michael

  • Colette Rennier at

    Missed you! Great things are in store for your 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your marshmallow wreath is to die for…so is that mirror!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Thank you Colette! I’m sure hoping for the best in 2014. Wishing the same for you!

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Arthur!

      xo Michael

  • girlfromwva at

    SO glad you are back. I was thinking maybe with facebook changing yet again, that somehow I was still missing you. Hope you are feeling better. The only resolution I have is to make this year better than the last…even if it is just little things. I love your decorations, especially the bottle brush trees!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s a fabulous goal! Simple, yet powerful. Hoping you have a great 2014!

      xo Michael

  • Joy at

    So glad you are back…I was getting worried about you! I can imagine that keeping this up on a daily basis can get quite grueling so it’s good you had enough sense to take a step back. I can relate to your trepidation about facing 2014. I have a 30 yr old daughter who wants to make a life/career change to be closer to her parents as they (we) move on in their lives (retiring from FL to GA mountains). So change is scary but good–a new adventure! Meantime I look forward to some fabulous new blog posts. You are so talented and creative!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Change is always tough. Wishing the best to you and your daughter. Thanks so much for your sweet comments! Happy 2014 Joy!

      xo Michael

  • Mandy at

    Soooo happy you’re back! I have loved your blog since the very first time I stumbled upon it! After wiping the drool from my chin resulting from your “EAT” table I promptly became a subscriber!
    Much to my total surprise, my sweet Grandma gifted me her amazing collection of Christmas-y cardboard houses, much like your last picture. They are amazing! I cannot wait to set them up next Christmas… or in July… Hello! Christmas in July!
    Anyway, glad you’ve returned! And, seriously, if you’re looking for something to do in 2014… I’ve got a family room in serious need of a make over!

    Stay warm-
    Mandy
    North Canton, Ohio

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Mandy!! I’m thrilled to be back too. As great as time off can be, I’m most happy creating.

      And I’m a little jealous of your paper houses! I’m sure they are gorgeous! Happy New Year!

      xo Michael

  • Terri at

    Glad you’re back! Wishing you many blessing and much peace in 2014.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Terri! Same to you!

      xo Michael

  • Deborah Robertson at

    Michael!
    So nice to see you return! Sorry to hear you have had the blahs…you were missed. I too love the marshmallow wreathe – fabulous! Be well, Deborah, Ottawa, Canada

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Deborah – I guess we all get them every now and then. Have a wonderful 2014!

      xo Michael

  • SKasten at

    Welcome back and wishes for a wonderful 2014. I am feeling very much like you, many disappointments about what I did not complete for the holidays: cookies, decorations, handmade gifts and cards. But when I started putting everything away I realized how much I really did finish. My word for 2014 is SIMPLIFY. Best wishes!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s so true! Maybe our expectations are just too high? And I hear you on simplify – it’s definitely part of my 2014 plan. Wishing you a great year!

      xo Michael

  • Maralyn Woods at

    It’s so nice to have you back Michael. I missed you and was beginning to worry about you but I totally understand the need for some “me time” now and then. I love the pictures. We had those little bottle brush trees and cardboard houses when I was growing up. I hope you find your inner peace this year – just know a whole lot of people are loving you that you’ve never even met and probably never will. Just try to bask in the glow when you get low.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Maralyn! It’s feel wonderful to have been missed, but equally as good to be back to work. Happy 2014!

      xo Michael

  • ga447 at

    Hello, I felt the same way you did about 2014 – I was a bit nervous – in fact I was ill during Christmas with some head cold also. Now I am getting better, I order my brush trees and reindeer so I will be set for 2014 Xmas. Taking some time off from the blog is a good thing. Happy New Year and where I live we need warmth.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It seems like colds are going around everywhere this time of year. Glad you are feeling better and planning for the new year. Have a happy one!

      xo Michael

  • Melanie at

    Glad you are back, but I know what you mean about feeling “meh” these days. I don’t make resolutions and haven’t even worked on any goals. I feel kinda stuck already in this new year. I think some of it is this awful winter we’ve been having – tons of snow and frigid temps. It gets pretty depressing. Well, maybe we can all encourage each other!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You got it! This weather is the pits. I suppose the only thing we can change is ourselves and our perception of it. So that’s the plan! Hoping you have a wonderful New Year!

      xo Michael

  • Kristina at

    Welcome back Michael! Good to see you are still here. I get a little overwhelmed at the beginning of the year and also don’t do well with resolutions. I like the idea of the One Word for the year. I chose Positivity, perhaps because the new year always gets me down. I’m looking into doing some organizing for the next few months, maybe a sense of accomplishment will make the new year better! I look forward to reading along with you and your journey =) Happy New Year!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Kristina! I love the idea of ‘positivity’ as a goal fork the New Year. It can apply to so many things. Wishing you a happy one. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Kris at

    I’m glad you just chilled for a bit. Sometimes we just need a breather and from where I sit, you’ve been a pretty busy guy and gotten a number of great projects done this last year! Your house looks wonderful! Happy New Year, Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You got it Kris! Thank you so much. Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

      xo Michael

  • Design Chic at

    Sometimes you just need a little time away to regroup. Happy you’re back and wishing you all the best in the new year!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I hear ya. Thank you so much. Happy New Year!

      xo Michael

  • Kathy Thompson at

    You have been through a lot this last year. When life is so eventful, it’s always advisable to sit still for a while. Take time, relax, read a good book, make no sudden decisions! I have been faced with some major changes in the last six months, and I’m just trying to figure out how to go on making the fewest changes possible (and I’m 59 years old!)

    I wish you the best. Please remember that you have your whole life ahead of you and that you can take the time to step back and reflect.

    Kathy Thompson

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I guess changes (good or bad) never really stop. We all need a little down time. Thanks so much Kathy. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

      xo Michael

  • Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas at

    I totally get you Michael! I have felt lost at times too. I think it’s especially easy when you do what we do. A lot of people don’t even understand what blogging is, especially professionally. I remember watching something recently where someone was saying that adults are just pretending…to have it all together, to know what they’re doing. And I have to think that in a lot of ways, that is completely right. I think feeling lost is something everyone goes through, probably more often than anyone admits. Cheers to a great 2014, it’s going to be a great year! Hoping we run into each other on a new trip soon =)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Joanne! Happy New Year. Yes – I totally hear you. Especially with social media it’s so easy to believe everything is always sugar and roses. Besides, I think getting lost is good every once and a while. And yes – I’m hoping we run into each other again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    I so feel ya with the floating feeling! I have goals but in certain aspects of my life I’m wandering around. I feel so stuck. Here’s to hoping 2014 is the year the floating ceases!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! We can do this! If I come across any advice to reduce the floatiness, I’ll be sure to share. Happy New Year!

      xo Michael

  • Shannon at

    Oh Michael…. I’m so sorry you were sick and had the blues!!! Life sometimes just does not fulfill us. It always reminds me of the movie ” is this as good as it gets”. BUT (big BUT) you can not let that get you down. No sireeee…. You get up and put those pants on and you take hold of life. Do not ever be fooled by what the world thinks is success. Find your own happy and you will find success!!! Sometimes (ok a lot) of times we measure our goals and success by standards others have put in place….and what’s funny is if you look at some of the people the world considers greats such as writers, musicians, artists, in their lifetimes they were never considered normal. They followed their own rules!!! For example: Hemmingway wrote a novel on his bedroom walls!!!
    What I want to say is be YOU and be great!!! You are so talented…. Throw the self perceived ideas of life away and live your moments….ok lecture over…lol…. No go play with some beautiful color it will make you feel better.
    Happy Happy 2014!!!!
    Oh, and P.S………Michael….. You ARE an artist!!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Shannon, thank you so much for this. It’s such a valuable lesson and one I need to remind myself of MORE often. Thank you. Thank you!

      Wishing you a fabulous New Year!

      xo Michael ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shar at

    Happy New Year, Michael! Love the marshmallow wreath and all your Christmas decor.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Shar! Happy New Year to you too!

      xo Michael

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    Happy New Year, Michael. I was wondering where you’d been hiding! I took a little blog break around Christmas and it served me well!

    I think my 30’s is when I really started settling in to myself and figuring things out… And if it’s any consolation to you, I’m now in my 50’s (EEK!) and I still feel clueless sometimes! Haha. Hang in there, and do be kind to yourself!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m coming out of hiding! Haha. Yes, blog breaks can be a good thing.

      And yes – that’s a big consolation! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Joe Curry at

    If it were socially acceptable, I would keep my Christmas decorations up for 3-4 months. Oh wait, my painted Halloween pumpkins are still next to my Noel decorations in the kitchen. Oy.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. Maybe we can make that a thing?

      Have a fab 2014 Joe!

      xo Michael

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