i’m happy to report i just stumbled upon two ‘new-to-me’ blogs (details below), and it couldn’t have come at a better time. for the past week or so i’ve had a word document on my computer screen entitled ‘2011 resolutions.’ to be honest, i’ve never been a fan of resolutions, but for some reason i always feel they are necessary. so, i worked on my resolution list over the past couple weeks. unfortunately, the more it grew, the more overwhelmed and stressed i seemed to get. yes, i did feel some sense of motivation and encouragement as i usually do when i’m making a list, but before the new year even began i was feeling overwhelmed. not good.

i felt a sense of relief and enlightenment when i stumbled across kim klassens cafe (the first new-to-me blog). her idea is to focus on one little word throughout the year. amazing, yes? one singular word. simple. no long lists of resolutions. no feeling of failure when one of those resolutions falls by the wayside. i love it.


and don’t get me wrong i still have my goals and aspirations, these are important, but no resolutions here.


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so as you may have guessed from the title of this post, my one little word for 2011 is confidence.


i’ve honestly never been very good with confidence and i feel it’s become even more shockingly clear these days. for example i have some photos i’ve taken hanging in my dining room. (you’ve seen them) often people will ask, ‘are you the photographer?’ and i quickly answer, ‘no.’ – even though i took every photograph. another example, people come into my shop and say, ‘are you a designer?’ and i answer, ‘no.’ – even though i designed every display in the shop. or ‘did you make this pasty for scratch?’ … ‘um, yeah, but it was really easy.’ am i making sense?


beyond ‘believing in myself and my abilities’, as the definition of confidences reads. i also think having a strong sense of confidence will encourage me to be more motiviated. to take more risks. try new things without fear of failure and so on. a step in the right directoion.

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and i wish you the best this new year with your one little word… or your resolutions… or your goals… or whatever method works best for you. you can check out kim’s post for inspiration and ideas for creating your own one little word. or you can visit the shutter sisters (the second new-to-me blog) who also do the same thing, but focus on one word a month.

so take that 2011! i’m ready for you!

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  • natalie at

    what about me? 🙁 you didn’t mention anything about me. hehe!

    Happy New Year!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    I like it and I love the word. Confidence is a great thing to have and improve. Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve been working on saying “thank you,” when people compliment me. It shouldn’t be hard, but I’m terrible.

    For example, “Kim, love your dress.”
    Me: “Really? It was just something I picked up on sale.”

    “Kim, your tree looks great.”
    Me: “I wish I would have done x or x.”

    See? So, I have been training myself to just stop with a simple, “thanks.” It’s kinda of revolutionary for me. And, it’s becoming a habit.

    Good luck this year! I wish you a very confident twenty-eleven.

  • The DIY Show Off at

    Hi Michael – You are a “new-to-me” blogger and I’m reading through your posts. I can’t believe we haven’t ‘met’ before. It’s rare to meet a blogger close geographically! I’m about 2.5 hrs away (Butler) and I’ve been to St. Mary’s! (Beautiful country!)

    I love your post on confidence. I can identify and I love the idea of focusing on one word a month (I don’t make a list of resolutions either).

    Anyway…I just wanted to say “hi”. Thank you for your sweet comment on my feature at HiSugarplum today and I look forward to getting to know you and seeing more of your creativity and inspiration. Now off to see more. 😉

    Take care.

  • judi at

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice comment.
    i love your blog and am your newest follower. it’s so nice to find others who have the same creative spirit…it’s SO inspiring!
    your sister’s wreath is fabulous…i think i used the same tutorials as you with miss mustard seed as my inspiration.
    btw…my “word” has been “simplify” for the last several years, but i am now inspired to have a word goal for each month.
    i do understand your not taking credit for what you’ve done…but i have learned as laurel mentioned to just say thank you and smile. enough said, right?

    here’s to a happy & prosperous new year!

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Beautiful post today Michael. Thanks so much for sharing Kim’s blog with us. I’m now determined to figure out my word….I’m thinking it should lean in the “serenity” direction for this year. You inspire me everyday to see the beauty all around myself…you ARE a designer AND a photographer AND amazing in the kitchen (I can tell from the photos…just sayin’. 😉 Keep up the wonderful work in 2011 Michael Loo-Who.

  • Laurel at

    Hi Michael, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I decided to stop over and take a peek…I’m SO glad I did! Wonderful…and by the way are we related??? Haha, but really the confidence thing is HUGE for me too! I hear myself “downplaying” things ALL the time. My sister always tells me “Just say thank you”. I’m working on it 😉
    Many blessings in 2011. Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  • The White Farmhouse at

    I just got through reading some of your posts. Love the one about the new camera and the shots you took. I wish that I was that creative. I look forward to returning and reading more. I’m just learning how to use my new camera and look forward to learning more. Thanks for visiting!

  • Jessica at

    Your blog, I should say, inspires me to embrace creativity.

    Google Reader inspires me to read more blogs. 🙂

  • Jessica at

    I’m a stranger who has recently started reading your blog after it was referred to me by Google Reader. It inspires me to embrace creativity…and today’s post inspired me more than you will know!
    I, too, act like the things I do aren’t really a big deal and I think it is because I’ve been so afraid that people are going to be critical and hate on my efforts. BUT NO MORE! 2011 is my year for confidence, too!
    Happy New Year!

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