I’ve pretty much given up on making New Year’s resolutions. I guess with advancing age (and wisdom?) has come the realization that less is usually more. That said, I’m happy to share my new year’s resolution illustration! As you’ll see, it’s semi autobiographical and not without a touch of humor. Also, if you read to the end of this post, you’ll learn the one word that I’ve chosen to be my 2022 mantra.

New Year’s Resolution Illustration

A few years back, I really enjoyed reading Jennifer Scott’s book Lessons from Madame Chic. In particular, I was captivated by the idea of the 10-Item Capsule Wardrobe. Accordingly, I purged my wardrobe of a lot of unworn and ill-fitting clothes. Naturally, I imagined that this would be me each day…

New Year's resolution illustration by Joana Miranda - The 10-Item Capsule Wardrobe

Fast forward a few years and a pandemic later…

And I’ve discovered that I don’t need a 10-Item Wardrobe. In fact, my uniform of late has been, well, this:

New year's resolution illustration - because happiness is most often found in one's outlook rather than in having things!
(The illustrator modeling her THREE Item Wardrobe!)

Want to know how to accessorize the Three Item Wardrobe?

In my case, it’s with these two “accessories.”

Two Toybob cats in my lap are pretty much all the accessorizing I need!

And now, a bonus tip for surviving and thriving in 2022?

Why not do like I did and sit quietly for a minute or two while you let your mind ponder the one word that feels like it could be a beacon for your soul. There are no right answers, but you’ll know when you find the word that resonates the most with you.

Me? I settled on Gratitude.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie


  1. Helen Reich says:

    I generally don’t make resolutions, but this year, it occurred to me that I could put more thought into marketing lapel pins to women. Steps to that goal? Really just with photography, a few hashtags (for what they’re worth) and perhaps a few changes to Etsy titles and tags. Here and there. Oh yeah, I guess that means I ought to actually change some things…..

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen, I’m currently watching And Just Like That (my lazy, guilty woman pleasure in this between-season period of time off.) Of course, Carrie’s outfits are over the top (some are rather ridiculous, in my humble opinion). That said, I did notice in one scene that she was wearing a big flower pin on one of her oversized jackets. I think if you market to ladies of a certain age (our age!) and use tags like “bohemian,” “carefree” or “bespoke,” you’ll peak good curiosity. (Upcycled, vintage and retro also seem like appealing words to our demographic…but what do I know?) xox – Joana

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