the thing about blogging + a few goals


here is the truth.  my mind is swimming.  from here to there and everywhere in between.  the truth is, my life has been a bit out of control.  some of it is my fault and some of the circumstances are beyond me.  i have been having a hard time.  its hard for me to say that, admit and accept it, but, it is the truth.  i have been wrecklessly trying to create order in anyway that I can but it has been backfiring on me and only creating more commotion.  sometimes figuring life out can be mighty tricky.

i have been trying to do a lot of figuring out.  figuring out my life.  figuring out this blog.  figuring out me.  i have no final conclusions or definite answers. it seems to work that way with me.  although i do know a few turns i want to take.

one thing that i’m completly bent on is becoming more me.  i know me pretty well, but sometimes i’m still not so sure how to be me.  i know,  shocking and a little strange.  but the thing is, i like to make others happy.  and in doing so, over the years, i have let go of small pieces of myself along the way.

this space, these blog of loveliness has actually been a place where i have felt found.  over the past few years i have discovered things about myself that i never knew (in a million years i never considered myself creative).  i’ve learned so many new things and found a place where i can create, inspire and find community.  there are two reasons that i started blogging and that was that i love to write and i love to share lovely things.  and friends, it is my goal to stick to that (with the added benefit of making some great friends and finding community).  i’m not sure exactly how that looks or if it will differ from what i have been posting in recent days but i do know that it is what i need to stick to in order to be true to me.  this blogging business has sometimes gotten the best of me.  and really i want it be a place where i share the best from me.

i don’t want to loose myself on the interwebs (besides the occasional pinterest overdose).  i want to share what i find and create.  all i know is that this writer has to write and this finder of lovely things has to share them.  so there it is. i’ll keep to my “la la lovings” and favorite decorated spaces and sharing of any and every lovely thing that just has to be shared.  but you may find a few more photos of life, a few more words from the heart and maybe a day missed here or there because, life just beckons (but i promise there will be some good sharing from it).

life is what is most lovely.  i want to live it.  and of course i want to share it.

but just to be totally clear, i’ll still be posting here regularly (daily is still the goal) and i have some super exciting things planned for this year that i can’t wait to share. so i hope you stick around.  i love the company. (and so there is no misunderstanding, i’ll still be working with sponsors from time to time as they make a lot of great things possible.  i’ve been completely blessed to have made some really lovely relationships with some great companies and great people and I look forward to new connections in the coming year).


and those, lovelies are two of my biggest on my goals for this coming year.

And i always have a few things on my list that make it every. single. year.  like being brave. which, i’m pretty certain it will be on my list all the years of my life.  but if i have a few brave moments or accomplishments each year than i know i moving forward on the journey.  i, of course, have some very specific this and thats, like take trip to england, buy a new camera, get passports for the kids, continue to simplify, cook better meals and so on.  but this is the list that is taped to my desk and that I’m going to try to live :

goals 1_lalalovely

if you are yet to write out your goals….one thing about resolutions and goals that i’ve learned a long the way is that is not good to write a bunch of “stop doing this, don’t eat that, quit this,” and so on’s.  i find it much more beneficial to be on the adding side of things (see here).  add more greens, take more walks, love more.  yes, it’s good to get into specifics on things but you can’t go wrong with adding the good stuff.

so tell me, what is big on your goal list this year?  i’d love hear from you.

p.s. i think i’m going to loose capital letters….they just seem to be getting in the way.

*photos are of my freshly arranged inspiration board.  pretty interiors make me happy!



  • Rozanna
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 4:13pm

    Hi there, I so enjoy your pictures but more than that, i la la love your simple but captivating writing style. Sometimes it feels as if you are sitting opposite me and I am listening to you over coffee. Recently, I stumbled uoon some beautiful blogs in which the photography and lay-out was heavenly from a Visual stand point, however, the reading part became heavy and cumbersome. I appreciate the honesty and simplicity of your blog. Really beautiful. Thank you for making me happy. My beautiful 16 year old daughter is asleep, she is blind, was born three months premature, the years have brought many challenges, thus, i love to escape in a quiet moment and your Blog is one of my escape routes. You have lovely children. Big hug.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:46pm

    thank you so much, for your sharing your story. you have made my day knowing that my words and blog have brought a bit of escape and a quiet moment into your challenging day. i hope to be able to bring many more moments of happy. Keep up the good work….i’m cheering you on! xo. trina

  • Tracey
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 5:53pm

    You go girl. I love everything you do however, whenever you post it. I think the thing with blogging is that unless it’s making you a TON of money and you are tied to it as a full time job, you do it as much as you can that can be good for your soul. I look forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for you. xo Big love, London style. xx

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:42pm

    thanks, love. sending big american hugs over to my british friend! xo . trina

  • katie
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 7:08pm

    I commend you for blogging only what you want and love. So many bloggers have sponsored posts day after day. They seem uninspired, while yours are always so lovely! (No pun intended)

    I decided to write New Year’s intentions this year, instead of resolutions, you can read them here:

    Happy New Year! xo

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:41pm

    thank you, katie. i added a little addendum to my post as i don’t want to be misleading at all. i work with sponsors, occasionally, and will still be doing so, this year. i’ve made some really lovely relationships and had some wonderful opportunities with some great companies and people that i would have never even encountered if it were not for blogging. as always though, i only intend to post about products or things that i personally would buy, have bought, want to buy, like, etc. etc and will be communicated in my very own personal way. just didn’t want to be misleading any way.
    thank you for your kind worlds and i’m off to check out your intentions (love that instead of resolutions).
    xo . trina

  • Hannah Lesley
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 7:11pm

    i ditched capital letters too! i say you do it (and i’m an english teacher:) i love the vulnerability of this post. i think you’re definitely headed in the right direction:)

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:36pm

    ok, i’m feeling better about it now, that i’m english teacher, approved. and thank you so, much. i hope to be more “real” and vulnerable this year. xo . trina

  • Bettina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 7:17pm

    Lovely insight. I totally feel ya on the not sure how to be you sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I’m not presenting my aesthetic or choices as I would like on the blog when I go back and look at posts. I know what I like in my mind, but sometimes I get a bit distracted with what everyone else is doing. I’m really trying to work on that for this year and go back to the basics of who I am and what I want to share. Excited to see what 2013 brings to your blog!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:35pm

    i am right there with you. i feel the same way. i wish there was magic button to take from the mind to post. this online world can be so distracting… you look for image here and then end up there, there and there and way off subject. i’m learning that i get it right more when i stick with my first instinct, intention, decision….it’s when i start second guessing and comparing that i waste a lot of time and energy. here is to a great new year! xo. trina

  • Mary
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 7:56pm

    Totally understand this as well. I am just getting back into the groove after a new year’s vacation so I haven’t quite formulated my goals yet, but I’ll be working on it. Staying true to myself and “being me” is something I’ve struggled with in the past, and it can be easy to fall back into traps in this beautiful blog world with so many inspiring people.

    I also just wanted to say that I love your blog. It’s beautiful, and I enjoy the personal posts especially. It’s nice to know that many of us share similar feelings. Happy 2013!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:31pm

    thanks, Mary. it is so easy to get caught up in what others are doing and while all of this online beauty offers endless inspiration and ideas i think it can freeze up our inspiration and confuse our own personal style and it can be hard to be yourself or know yourself. my most favorite blogs are the ones where you can really hear the voice of the blogger and see their distinct style. we all have it…we just have to find it. and one thing to remember is that many people/bloggers have similiar style (hey that is how we all found each other and why we hang out with each other) and that is a-ok. i hope you find it easier than ever, this year, to be more “you.”
    xo . trina

  • sara
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:04pm

    just chiming in to say i love your point of view, writing, photos… it all.

    looking forward to what 2013 brings…

    happy new year! xx sara

  • Trina
    Commented on January 7th, 2013 at 10:24pm

    thanks, sara! means so much! happy new year! xo . trina

  • melissa
    Commented on January 8th, 2013 at 12:34am

    trina, you know i adore you and every. single. thing. you post. i’m looking forward to watching you evolve here in this beautiful space. thank you for being real, open, and YOU. a definite breath of fresh air.

    p.s. i adored receiving your christmas card in the mail. meant so much. i was a total slacker this holiday season, but i am also excited about the hellos we least expect. {wink, wink}

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2013 at 11:09pm

    thank you sweet, friend. your words and support mean so much. you’re zest for life and the way you seem to relish in the everyday always inspires me (for real). glad you got the card and look forward to staying in touch this year! xo .trina

  • Rachel Cunliffe
    Commented on January 8th, 2013 at 7:36pm

    Hi Trina,

    I discovered your blog a few months ago (I think via Oh Happy Day!) and love reading your blog and all the lovely things you find… but most of all I love reading about the people behind the design blogs I love – that they wrestle with things, they reassess things, they ponder life :-)

    I have a few goals for this year: one is to continue my last year’s resolution to read more books….which I’m happy to say I exceeded by 52 books in a year goal! Another one this year is to focus on removing the word “busy” from my vocabulary – I blogged about this here:

    I also want to do little things around my brand new house to make it more homely… moving from pinning things to implementing pins ;-) but I don’t want to rush it.

    Happy New Year from New Zealand…

  • Grace
    Commented on January 10th, 2013 at 12:20pm

    I felt so moved to comment by this post. I discovered your blog a few months ago and as many people said just love the beauty and fresh feel of it. I so appreciate your honesty and feel the same way with wanting blogging to be a way to connect and be a part of a community. I am fairly new to blogging, but have been so drawn to the idea of having a place that’s mine to write about and process my life at this time, as well as the opportunity to meet others and learn from what they’re going through. I too am trying to be brave and take chances this year (and forever), so I’m going to add a few links to some posts that I have discussed my New Years Resolutions. Thank you so much for your insight and openness! I’m so looking forward to all that your blog brings this year :)

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2013 at 11:06pm

    thank you so much for your kind words. i think it is great that you are finding a place to write and share about life. thank you for the links…i look forward to checking them out this weekend! here is to a new year of being brave and taking some chances! xo

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  • Savvy in San Francisco
    Commented on January 22nd, 2013 at 1:12pm

    So wish that we could chat more about this subject over a latte at ALT! I have been feeling the same way. The break I took over the holidays was so nice – no pressure to get a post up. I keep going back and forth wondering if it is all worth it and wonder how much family time I am sacrificing. But I also love the opportunities it brings me as a SAHM and a photographer and people that I have met from it! XX

  • Trina
    Commented on January 31st, 2013 at 7:35pm

    i know… it would be so fun to have this discussion in real life. its such a conversation to be had. but i know it is different for everyone and can be different at different times…if that makes sense? xo. t

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