Sunday, January 01, 2012


I hope you all had a fabulous New Year's Eve! Have you thought about your resolutions yet? When it comes to resolutions...although they may be well meant, they usually don't last very long. Did you ever wonder what the underlying reason for that is?

Well, it's just not enough to think about what you want to do;  there is a key ingredient that we need to incorporate into our lives if we want to accomplish our dreams. In the words of my friend, Michal Weinstein, the super talented web and graphic designer of MLW Design, you simply need to be brave.

I only met Michal a couple of months ago and we immediately became fast friends. She is the type of woman I completely admire: She's smart, beautiful, gracious, and generous. She built up her web and graphic design business using her amazing talents and friendly 'people person' skills, and has headed super successful and glamorous fundraising events for amazing causes. She's a person that seems bigger than life...someone who makes things happen.
Michal and I, the night we met at a fundraising event.

So what's her secret? She is brave. She takes risks. This past Friday I was on the phone with her and we were discussing the secret to successful people. I have always been one to push myself outside my comfort zone to grow as person and do things I was afraid of in the name of accomplishing my dreams. People have asked me, "How did you get to running the so and so charity event?" or "How did you know how to start a blog?" Well, again, the answer is simple. I have no super powers, and neither does Michal...we are simply brave in the face of insecurity and fear. 

So, here, on the first day of a brand smacking new year, it really doesn't matter what your resolutions are. It only matters that if you truly dream of accomplishing something, whether it be losing weight, starting your own business, or making new friends...when you decide you truly want to do something, push through your discomfort and do the hard work that it takes to get there. Be bold. Be brave!

And finally, if you're a parent, this one's especially important:

Right before I wrote this post, I opened an email of this glorious video from my Mom and thought, how perfect is the metaphor of a flower reaching its potential for this post? Remember, if you are brave, great things will happen and you will blossom!

Life of flowers from VOROBYOFF PRODUCTION on Vimeo.

If you have any graphic and web design needs, definitely check out Michal's website. I promise you will not be disappointed. Like her facebook page too.

Luv ya Michal!

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  1. this is a great post, thank you for the encouraging words.

    happy new year!

  2. GREAT shot of you ladies..beautiful!!!

    Also loving this post...as I am trying new things w blog (video..YIKES) and am super nervous about the criticism...but hey..if you don't at least try? right?

    Happy New Year...we are def overdue for a cup of joe.

  3. Cute blog! love your inspiring notes for the New Year. I am looking forward to reading more posts.

    Happy New Year!


  4. Hey there Lisa and Happy New Year! Wishing all of lifes best for you in 2012.
    Love this post....it gives me such inspiration and could not agree more with all you said. Especially love that first quote, and how true it is!
    I will check out your friends website for sure...two beautiful ladies, that are not afraid to dream and dream big and achieve, I can see how and why you became fast friends!
    Cheers to a great 2012!

  5. Thank you Sharon for the kind words! I admire you equally because you make it your business to inspire everyone to be the best they can be. And it is so true that the secret to everything is bravery because just wanting change or a better life is not enough, you need action. (And action takes guts)
    I love the quote you posted about not being afraid to look stupid. Too many people are debilitated out of fear of just that. I tell my children who often are faced with challenges that to them appear scary that you have to always say "What's the worst thing that could happen?" Most of the time the worst thing isn't even that scary.
    Wishing everyone a Brave new year!

  6. I never make resolutions since like you said they never last and why set myself up for failure like that? So I don’t make them. I agree with all those quotes and pretty much live my life like that since I figure I have nothing to lose. BTW you and Michal look FABULOUS!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. I love your quote "I will be brave and get out of my comfort zone"
    Lovely inspiring post...
    Happy Brave New Year Sharon
    Sonia xo

  8. Love all of the inspirational words :) Happy New Years!


  9. Happy New Year, you two look fantastic. Sharon all the best to you in 2012 and I agree if you don't go after what you want, it'll never happen.

  10. Sharon, Happy New Year! Thank you for continuing to inspire us with just the right message. I commit to be braver this year and strive for my dreams and achieve my goals. xo

  11. This is such a wonderful and inspiring post! Thanks so much for sharing this, I can totally relate to these quotes!

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

  12. LOVE this post and you ladies are gorgeous! I think I'll read this each time my insecurity gets the best of me and then I'll know just to go for it... we all need a reminder now and then! xo

  13. LOVE this post and you ladies are gorgeous! I think I'll read this each time my insecurity gets the best of me and then I'll know just to go for it... we all need a reminder now and then! xo

  14. A delightful post and positive words. I love taking risks in fashion and in life. Warmly wishing you a fancy and fashionable 2012;-)

  15. such lovely and inspirational quotes!! hope you have a great 2012 and happy new year!!

  16. Love this post,great quotes and inspiration!

    Happy New Year :)xo

  17. Woman you are wayyy too fabulous! love the blog

  18. Sharon,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am Jewish, my full Hebrew name is Tovah Shulamit.. great huh? I look forward to keeping up with you on your blog. Now following. fun times!

  19. Very inspirational. Thank you.

  20. Sharon, since I saw you today I reminded myself to have a peek at fashionisha. I luv, luv all the wonderful sayings you posted. I actually copied someof them and put them on my fridge. You always put a smile on my face.Your thirst for growth and wonderful sense of fashion is a breath of fresh air.
    ST Schwarz

  21. Such an inspiring post, and to think I was just going to get more organized...love this!!

  22. Love this post it's so inspiring and it was really cool to hear about your friendship as well. I think it's so exciting to have people we can look up to and who inspire us as well.
    great post