Looking forward.

Raglan Sunset | Danelle Bourgeois


I welcomed 2014 with open arms this new year’s eve. There was nothing wrong with 2013 (although it seemed like a bit of a dud for so many people that I know – boooooo). In fact, it was pretty great for me. The start of something new. I quit my full-time graphic design job and become a completely self-employed Night Owl. It was a scary but exciting leap, but I’m so glad I did it!


Life has been pretty crazy for us over the holiday period. We had a fair few weddings during December and specifically during the week around Christmas, so I only got to spend a few days with my family. It was pretty fantastic though. I ate (went completely off my no sugar, gluten or dairy diet), drunk (oops), and played games. It was great. I taught my family how to play Hedbandz with just post-it notes. They loved it.


I’m not really into resolutions or goals that much, so instead I thought I’d take the time to list out a few things that I’m really looking forward to this year. In no particular order…


  • Paramore’s concert.
  • Giving this paleo diet a good go. Gotta make it past 3 months. That’s the aim.
  • Taking Molly‘s calligraphy Skillshare class. And then moving up to Melissa‘s calligraphy class. Yes!
  • Going on more walks.
  • Visiting my grandparents in Wellington who I seem to only see every 5 years for no good reason.
  • Seeing my BFF Brittany. More than 3 times this year please. Why do we live so far apart?!
  • Sleeping more. Without waking up all the time.
  • Hook and I’s ten year anniversary.
  • Juice cleansing.
  • All of the awesome weddings we have coming up this season.
  • Hanging out with Rosie. Lots. She’s growing up too fast.
  • Blogging wayyyyy more. Personally and business-wise.
  • Getting into a daily routine – involving a good wake up time, a walk, and solid work hours with no distractions.
  • Semi-Permanent. I hope the speaker line up is a goodie.
  • Document my life more (read: taking more photos).
  • Using social media / my phone less.
  • Seeing where this year takes Hook and I.
  • Spending more time with my high school friends.
  • Getting back into wedding invitation design.
  • More family time.
  • Exploring around more of New Zealand.
  • Booking a full wedding season for 2014/15. Okay okay, this is a goal.
  • Making smarter supermarket shopping choices.
  • Taking photos of my grandparents (even if they don’t like it).
  • Learning to chill out more. I’m sure Hook will be the most excited about this one.


If I think of any more I shall add it to the list. I bet I’ve missed something major. Haha.


What are you looking forward to this year? Visiting someone you haven’t seen in a while? Travelling somewhere new? Already excited about a movie that’s coming out this year? Tell me about it!

11 Responses to Looking forward.

  1. Rachael
    - 9 January, 2014 Reply

    “exploring around more of New Zealand” open door here at ours in Nelson xx

  2. Steph | bubblerock
    - 9 January, 2014 Reply

    Love your list and it is true. It’s not always about goals but just simple things to look forward to!… I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and maybe finally getting one of our own. And I need to know more about the Molly Jacques’ class. Always wanted to take one!!!

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 9 January, 2014 Reply

      The best thoughts ever going out to you and Robin for your family wishes love! I’ll let you know what her class is like once I’ve done it! It’s just a small intro one (only costs like $20 USD to take) so I have a feeling Melissa’s one might be a bit more thorough and hands-on feeling.

  3. Danielle
    - 10 January, 2014 Reply

    I saw Paramore in November & they were amazing!! Favorite band ever. Hope you enjoy it!!

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 10 January, 2014 Reply

      They really are the best! I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen them now, but I’ll never stop going to their shows!

  4. Carisse
    - 10 January, 2014 Reply

    Love the documenting your life bit. I’ve decided to get into photography and do more documenting, too. And I plan to read more. x

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 10 January, 2014 Reply

      Yay for documenting more! I need to start carrying around my camera with me on a regular basis. Just out to the dairy and things haha.

  5. Venus
    - 14 January, 2014 Reply

    I agree with the blogging and documenting more. It’s a pain in the butt dragging my slr whereever go cause i rely on my iphone almost all the time now. sigh.

    I went to Cape Reinga & Ruakaka for the first time. Absolutely beautiful. Must check out!! :)

    • Danelle Bourgeois
      - 14 January, 2014 Reply

      I hear ya on dragging around the SLR! It’s easier having a good proper bag for it, although I wouldn’t mind a slightly smaller one (someones if I’m not working but using my camera bag it feels like I’m carrying around a giant diaper bag with no baby haha). Also, had no idea you had a blog Venus! *follows* :)

  6. Venus
    - 20 January, 2014 Reply

    I really want to get a fujifilmx100 or something – theyre like mini slrs! haha i just started my blog… don’t have much content on it yet… haha. its such a mission trying to think of something everyday. i hope to try out that juice diet in the next few months that u are doing!!! ahh i bet its so hard!!! no carbs and just juice. lol.

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