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New Me for 2012

by Booland Designs on 9 January 2012
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Hey Folks,

Boo here from Booland Designs

How was your New Year? Did you ring in the moment full of cheer, good intentions and a little bubbly like me?


Be prepared, this is a long one and I thank you in advance for indulging me. Grab your coffee and sit back. I hope my efforts will be an inspiration for any of you also trying to change things this year.


For years and years now I’ve refused to make ‘New Year Resolutions’ because in my experience they are bound to fail for one reason or another then you spend the rest of the year feeling like a failure and you know how that works right? Yup, you ARE what you feel so…….

I don’t know what’s different this year. Maybe its that I’ll be 50 in May and that’s a pretty big deal. Perhaps its the Mayan Calendar thing though I don’t think the world will end, just change and, lets hope, for the better. Maybe its just time to start living, believing in oneself, being the person you feel you are inside. Whatever the reason, this year I have decided to make that New Year Resolution and its this.

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I promise myself to be all I can be, all I was born to be, all I know I can be and I promise to do this for ME.

Ok, that’s a pretty big resolution, especially for little old me lol BUT… when you think about it, its only what we all want and strive for every day of our lives. We want to be the best parent we can be for our kids. We want to do the best we can at work. We want to be the best spouse we can be, be more accommodating, understanding, thoughtful and so on….. don’t we? I know I do but often I tell myself “I’ll do that tomorrow” or “well, life gets in the way”, and I find myself down the line having done none of the things I felt so passionate about. That’s sad. Life is too short not to try for those dreams. I believe most of our dreams, if not all, are reachable if only we believe in ourselves to get there so this year, that’s my goal. I know I’ll stumble sometimes. I know I’ll make mistakes and I know it won’t always be easy but I’m determined that this year I will try.

Why am I sharing all this with you guys? Well my first and probably my most difficult challenge this year is to become a Non-Smoker.

That might seem like a pretty easy challenge to some but to those of you who are like me (and if I’m honest, I am a HEAVY smoker) its going to be a real tough nut to crack.  I first started smoking when I was 12, yes, 12. You know how it goes. The most popular girl in school challenged me to one and then laughed herself silly as I coughed my self silly. In my humiliation I vowed I’d show her and so I practised and practised until I felt I was accomplished enough to take up her challenge again. Little did I realise back then that not only did I look like an idiot but I was setting myself up for a life long journey of failure.

Despite numerous punishments metered out by my exasperated mother in her effort to stop me smoking I continued to smoke and continued to take my punishments believing I was now one of the ‘cool’ set.  On one occasion my mother made me smoke a pack of cigarettes one after the other until I was literally sick thinking that would put me off for life. Half an hour after taking to my bed I climbed out of the window and, armed with her last Green Shield Stamp book, I sneaked off to the woman across the street who sold single cigarettes in exchange for the stamps. Hmmm, so much for that lesson.

Suffice to say, smoking has been a life long sentence for me and, I now realise, for my family who have all had to live with the evil weed whether they wanted to or not.

In an effort to prepare myself I’ve secretly been visiting a hypnotherapist and getting some subliminal help. I don’t know if this is working but I can honestly say I feel more determined then I might have done without that help.

The other thing I plan on doing and my main reason for sharing my story with you all today is this. Experts advise you avoid areas where you usually smoke and since I only smoke in my office at home I have decided to take a little vacation from my pc. After today I will be gone for a couple of weeks while I concentrate on home life and getting free of the dreaded cigarette so there will be no new releases for a little while. I hope you’ll all understand and bear with me while I make this life change and be sure, when I return, hopefully with a smoke free mind, I’ll have lots of new and exciting things on offer.

I suppose you could say this is the start of my 2012 365 Project. Here’s hoping its full of great adventures, new discoveries and not too many hiccups along the way. Wish me luck?

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Catch up for Newsletter ‘Out with a Bang’

I know a few of you had some problems accessing your NL downloads for this issue. This was due to a technical problem with mail Chimp which has now been fixed. I’ve tested the links and they are working fine for me so you should now be able to grab your goodies. If you should have any further problems please do email me but be aware I won’t get to answer any until I return in 2 weeks.

New Collections and Goodies

Before I go, I want to share with you my latest New Collections. One is currently in store and available now and the second will be released on Wednesday (thanks Studio Boss Toiny for sorting that for me) and of course, I have some lovely goodies for you both here and on the BLOG so lets not waste any more time and get on with the show.

Introducing Winter’s Bride

the second in my Winter Themed Series and available now at the Studio




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and your Winters Bride Goodies


Available on my BLOG


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Introducing Winter’s Edge

Due for release Wednesday 11th Jan 2012 at the Studio

(If you get the Studio Newsletter you’ll be in for a treat today)




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and your Winters Edge Goodies


Available on my BLOG


Available on my BLOG

Don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter for exclusive goodies and I will be back in a couple weeks with a lovely new set of collections and goodies for you.


Meanwhile, thank you all so much for your continued support and understanding. Please wish me luck, I’ll need all your good wishes.


Take care and enjoy life


Boo and the Blossoms xxx

looking forward to meeting the new me soon


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire 9 January 2012 at 7:58 am

Good Luck with quitting- one thing that might help is what about putting the ciggy money you save in a jar and watch it grow- my hairdresser gave up about 15 months ago and with the £1000 she has saved she has been taking her Mum on coach holidays and days out. Just a thought Cee


2 Tammy 9 January 2012 at 10:17 am

Take on the power and quit – it’s hard. I quit 6 years ago but miss being part of the smoking crowd! I found something else to do every time I would normally pick up a smoke. I chose crochet, and kept small projects in my purse, glove compartment of my car, baskets all around the house – instructions, right side hook, and a skein of yarn. I all but quit talking on the phone because that was one of my favorite times to smoke. Best wishes, and email or facebook me if you want (Tammy Mills Hanley or TamHanley page) for a encouragement! Go you!


3 Tammy 9 January 2012 at 10:20 am

oh and one more thing… I took a drinking straw and packed it full of a wadded up napkin, cut it to cigarette length, and put it on my desk in a candle jar lid (threw away all my ashtrays). When I really want to, I pick up the fake cigarette, take a long hard drag, inhale deeply and let it out. It gives the illusion of smoking, but you’re taking good ol’ oxygen into your lungs! The exhale helps you to relax.


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