I have loved this year! It’s been a time of transformation, growth, new collaborations and an ease into a more simple life. AND I made a HUGE decision to leave the USA (after 8 years) and move back to Europe. So excited to be starting a new life for 2013 in Spain.

A few days before the year end is such an amazing time of the year – a time to reflect and say goodbye to the year, celebrating all that life has been and going into a fresh new year with bigger dreams, a sense of peace, leaving any negativity behind us.

When I look at my 2012 vision board below, I can see all my dreams and hopes for this last year come to fruition. {Check back on Sunday January 13th when I’ll be posting my new visionboard for 2013}.

Below is what I had summarized when I posted the 2012 visionboard in January 2012.

  • Live a life with less clutter {physically and mentally} – getting back to the basics of who I am {consciousness, artist, spiritual, full of love, self-care, joy etc}
  • Attracting moments of romantic love and love in general – soul mates, soul friends and soul families to grow with.
  • Living a more simple life that is chilled, renewed and taking specific steps to get there.
  • Traveling to Spain, France and Italy – places I have been before, but looking at them with new eyes & opportunities
  • Nourishing myself from the inside out through good food, living well and looking after myself.
  • Sowing the seeds to begin a new creative journey to learn and grow in the world of surface pattern, design and art.
  • Fill my life with color, design and energy – let my true colors shine through.
  • Awaken my soul and spirit though more meditation, living in the moment and living a life that feels unlimited.
  • Earn as I learn – look for opportunities to work with others to help them achieve their goals and continue to learn myself. Ways to exchange energy through learning, coaching, monetary work and more.

Please join me in celebrating 2012. Below is a summary of what I am celebrating and reflecting on from this year. What were your highlights from 2012?


Visiting Tracy Verdugo Your Awesome year with Cathy Kirwan

Traveling around Australia, launching the creative color challenge for 201, meeting up with artist Tracy Verdugo and running a visionboarding workshop with a fellow creative soul in Melbourne

Other Small Wonders included: Spending New Years Eve overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visionboarding with my friend Diane, seeing Tasmania for the first time, spending 3 days with a bus full of fun people along the great ocean road, celebrating with a friend for his 40th on a deserted beach, exploring orange, camping out in the rain at a folk festival in NSW & realizing how much I love this genre of music!


Traveling the east coast of Australia and visiting old favourites Byron Bay, Airlie beach & magnetic Island, attending a friends wedding in Auckland.

Other Small Wonders included: Snorkeling with the amazing fish at the Whitsunday’s, my dreamboard for February, landing a fabulous freelance role for my return to the USA and exploring tranquil blue.


Exploring the goregousness of New Zealand, with my 2 best friends.

Other Small Wonders included: Living in a camper for 3 weeks!, catching up with friends again in Sydney, Flying home to see family and friends in the UK, attending a friends wedding in Brighton, UK. Creating my full moon mandala for March


Coming back to spring weather in NYC, starting a fabulous new freelance assignment with lovely Beth Nicholls at Do What You Love, de-cluttering my apartment, exploring mustard yellow AND most of all taking what I needed to think about the rest of 2013 after the travels! Starting “The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design” ecourse again.

Other Small Wonders included: Taking time out to reflect on the travels and beautiful places to start again. Celebrating joys and my full moon mandala for April


Celebrating & setting some dreams for my 39th birthday. Starting kick boxing again, designing my first set of surface pattern co-ordinates, visiting the surface design tradeshow surtex in NYC, exploring a treehouse art gallery!

Other Small Wonders included: Exploring pink in the color challenge, finding old sketchbooks and sharing designs, creating my full moon mandala for May.


New York Times art exhibitions

Being featured in the New York Times, being interviewed and having a color consultation with Elizabeth Harper, new artwork for “dance” series, sharing steps to have your own art exhibition,

Other Small Wonders included: Color challenge for June, Virtual exhibition of “dance” artwork series.


Dance exhibition opening, new exhibition at the Hoboken public library and another group show! celebrating the 6 month review of the Creative Color Challenge, designing a wedding guest book and invitations {& attending the wedding of lovely Julie & Rob Tansley in Vermont}, spending a wonderful weekend in upstate NYC for an intuitive play color workshop with Elizabeth Harper.

Other Small Wonders Included: color challenge for July, Sharing tips on meditation,


Birthing a new brand for my business, spending a month in Spain, being inspired by pattern, becoming the publishing project manager for Moyo Magazine, being published in the new Moyo design magazine with a new feature on color stories, announcing new “Life Sparkle” weekend retreats in the UK (a new collaboration)

Other Small Wonders included: Creative color challenge for August. launching the all newly designed 2013 workbook & planner and having my mum come to stay in Spain with me for a week.


BUYING a property in Spain and deciding to move back to Europe! Sunsets in Spain color challenge, learning how to do room mock ups for my surface pattern designs, spending time for family at my cousins wedding, visiting designer Rachael Taylor at Top Drawer and participating in the doodle wall for charity

Other Small Wonders included: Picking blackberries and making crumble with my mum in the UK, catching up with friends in the UK, flying back to Spain to sign the apartment sale!


Spilling the beans and photos for my move to Spain, painting silk with master silk painter Sissi Siska, clearing out and giving away free art,

Other Small Wonders Included: Woodgrain designing for the October color challenge,


Hosting a global heart exchange, celebrating (albeit the Sandy hurricane) a  year anniversary for the website “your heART makes a difference”, creating gratitude cards, enjoying the fall colors for the color challenge, becoming an auntie!

Other Small Wonders Included: Seeing how our Hoboken community pulled together during the hurricane and thankfully no-one I knew was hurt, embarking on a new design journey, designing e-books!


Published in Moyo with green color stories, Pantone announces emerald green is the color for 2013! Hosting a 2 part workshop at the Hoboken Library, putting the tree up and remembering hand-made ornaments from a Christmas past, publishing the FREE e-book from “your heART makes a differnence” to celebrate out one year anniversary, spending Christmas day with friends at my house. Working with a fabulous new client on e-course design and e-book design.

Other Small Wonders included: Donating artwork to the Hoboken museum, receiving a lovely necklace from my best friend, eating lots of chocolate! Enjoying this time reviewing 2012 and celebrating everything that has passed.

What an amazing year it’s been, I am so grateful for all the experiences and people I have met along the way. Thank you to you all for continuing to visit me here and I look forward to hearing some of your highlights too. Please feel free to list in the comments below or pop a link to a blog post if you also write a review post.

Much love and all the best for 2013 – it will be An Amazing year.

Would you like to spend some time reviewing and celebrating your 2012?

Below is a free download of a sample mini ebook of worksheets to help you get started from the 2013 Workbook & Planner available here.

2013 Workbook & Planner is only $35 and includes a free calendar and meditation!

Why not sign up for the full masterclass of “Big Dreams, Small Wonders” and create Your Amazing Year.

A 6 week program to help you visualize your dream life and build your roadmap to make it happen!

Classroom opens on Monday January 7th. Sign up here

(sample pages)

To download the free mini sample e-book, go to http://issuu.com/louisegale/docs/reviewandrelease2012 {use this link if you are also on an ipad} and click on the folder icon underneath the book when you are on the issue website. Feel free to share with your friends to help them review and release 2012 too!

(full review and planning for 2013 is available in the planner)

Purchase the 2013 workbook & planner here