Goals, Trends & Other Fascinating Things

2017 RobotAs some of you know, I up and abandoned my blog mid-November, but let my scheduled posts and tweets ride. I had a family crisis that involved emergency rooms and the ICU. Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Though things are better, the road this year will be rocky, filled with hills and potholes—it’s gonna be a long road.

And Holy Cow! So many of you went through similar problems last year. I wish the best to you and to everyone who escaped the trauma of 2016.

That’s enough of that.

I will now infused you will good vibes. Can you feel them? They should be hitting you…right…about…now!

Goals, Trends & Other Fascinating Things

Writerly Goals for 2017

I didn’t make the kind of progress I wanted to last year. Boo. This year? The goal is simple: finish a second book. The second big thing is that I’m going to put myself out there, as in when people ask me what I do, I’m including writing.

Blogging Goals for 2017

Have more fun. I will add to my Writer’s Guides, but I also plan to have more stuff that’s fun. I need more levity and playfulness here on the blog!

Oh, did you notice the redesign? I’ll chat about that too. So many of you told me the thought of having to redesign your site horrified you. It did me too, but in the end, it wasn’t horrible. I will share everything with you, so when you’re time comes, you’ll be ready. wink

Now for the really important things you need to know going into 2017.

2017 Cookies!2017 is the…

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development PosterInternational Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

I dare you to say that three times fast!

This is a United Nations observance that recognizes “the importance of international tourism…fostering better understanding…greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations…to the strengthening of peace in the world.”

Year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year begins on January 28 and brings us the year of the Red Fire Rooster. Any roosters in the house?

red roosterThe Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures. [1]

Year of Colorful Grays

Color Trends

Paint, design, and fashion companies come up with a color they think will reflect the upcoming year. This is the base color or background color that rules the year. They often choose accents color to match or contrast the base color.

In 2017, they all fall into subdued colors with gray tones — at least they’re not all whites like last year! Pantone, always the odd man out, chose a brighter color.

Color picks for 2017 from major paint companiesBenjamin Moore:  Shadow (dark, muted purple-gray)

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”

Sherwin-Williams: Poised Taupe (brownish-gray)

“Earthen brown combines with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.”

Glidden Paint: Byzantine Blue (blue-purple)

“The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise. It stretches the boundaries of purple to borrow all of best qualities of blue and gray, making it an appealing color choice for nearly any room.”

Now the biggie, Pantone: Greenery (yellow-green)Greenery the color pick for 2017 from Pantone

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery … evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew…Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate….”

Year of Global Flavors & Breakfast

Flavor Forecast
Croque Madame

Croque Madame: baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich topped with fried egg

McCormick keeps an eye on trends in food and picks flavor profiles for the upcoming year. I find this completely fascinating.

  • Rise & Shine to Global Tastes: new ingredients and ethnic flavors for breakfast—think congee or chickpea & ground lamb breakfast hash with skhug sauce (hot sauce)
  • Plancha: Flat-Out Grilling: grilling on the plancha (a thick, flat slab of cast iron delivering intense heat), again with global flavors—think crusted fish and ratatouille a la plancha
  • Egg Yolks: The Sunny Side of Flavor: egg yolks make their way into lunch and dinner—think tomato fennel bowl with zucchini noodles and poached egg (or the classic Croque Madame)
  • Modern Med: Mediterranean cuisine of the 21st century, Eastern Mediterranean ingredients with Western European classics—think Eastern Mediterranean Bolognese
  • Sweet on Pepper: pepper is finally capturing the spotlight—think Peppered Date Syrup
Meanwhile, Baum + Whiteman International Food + Restaurant Consultants predict the following food trends:
Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos: eggs, cherry tomatoes, corn salsa with black beans and feta on tortillas

  • Less eating out, more eating in
  • More delivery and meal kits
  • More veggies on the plate, less protein
  • Vegetarian Comfort Foods
  • Artisan Butcher Shop-Restaurants combos
  • Round-the-Clock Breakfast & Lunch for Brunchfast
  • Kale replaced with just-as-healthy-but-more-exciting-more-tasty alternatives (like carrot tops)
  • Foods in Bowls (as in the food is all in a bowl)
  • Ice cream trending in new forms (rolled up in pancakes and savory flavors)
  • More brand names opening restaurants (like the Moleskin Café in Milan and Kellogg’s NYC in Time Square)
  • More spice (like pepper, radishes, and horseradish)
And a new trend I found: Cocktails for 2017
  • Theatrics in the Glass: think color changing drinks and edible flowers that literally shock you
  • No Name Cocktails: “I’d like a blue drink with an anise scent, please.”
  • Moody Cocktails: “I’ll take a Redtini to boost my confidence, thank you.”
  • Storytime: “Give me a Raging Zombie and the story behind it.”

Website Trends I Hope Died with 2016

  • Light Fonts. Light (and medium) gray text on white backgrounds. (Yes, I copied that color from a website!) People it’s not good for our eyeballs! It was noted a few years back that black on white was hard on the eyes, so use gray—a soft black or dark gray. Somehow, people missed the last part. Look closely at my font color, go ahead, it’s not black it’s a dark gray.
  • Autoplay. Music, videos, whatever. Let me play it if I want to see it or hear it.
  • Newsletter Popups. If I haven’t read your content, uh, I don’t know if I want your newsletter too. If I have subscribed and you keep asking me to subscribe when I visit your site. I will unsubscribe and stop visiting your site.
  • Hovering Share Button. Nine times out of ten, these block your content!

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What trend do you find the most interesting? Do you have any predictions?
What trends do you wish would die a quick death?

  • Croque Madame by Nicki Dugan, Wikipedia.org
  • rooster & 2017 images by pixabay.com
  • breakfast taco by ryan kuonen, Wikipedia.org
  • International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UN
  • color swatches by me
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  1. Hi Holly – well I'm glad you came through 2016 as with many others …. I'm hoping 2017 is better – it has to be. I really struggle with the cartoons that move around, as you're trying to read a blog post – very trying on the eyes. I'm not sure about greys … I prefer a colour! But this looks good and certainly some interesting ideas here – the clear white main part makes life easier. Cheers to you and good luck in 2017

    1. Ooo, I don't like those things either. Anything animated needs to be really considered before using.

  2. I'm sorry about the family crisis. May the recovery be swift.
    I like the shades for this year. Maybe not the green though.
    Eggs can trend all the want. Still not eating them.
    Be nice to see people eat out less. Maybe America would slim down.
    Redesign looks good, Holly. Happy 2017!

    1. Thanks and thanks. Yeah, the colors aren't so bad, and when you think of them as the backdrop, they make sense.

  3. I'm really hoping 2017 has way less hospital stuff for everyone. Put a real damper on last year.

    OMG yes, to all the things on websites that need to go away. Especially pop ups. They annoy me so much.

    1. Damper is right! When I was visiting blogs earlier this week, so many people wrote about hospital visits and illnesses last year in their sum-ups that I'm wondering what the deal was with 2016.

  4. I love your new look, and what a great post to begin the year. I'm a Rooster! A Scorpio Rooster. I don't know how those two meld. So sorry to hear about your year-end scare and hope all is now on the mend and will soon be history. Here's to a better year for all of us!

    1. Thanks and thank you.

      A Scorpio Rooster! Wow, that's an interesing combo. Scorpio is a water thing, I think. Matched with the firey birdy, it should be an explosive year for you!

  5. I'm all for more vegetarian foods.

    I'm sorry your 2016 had to end like that. Ours ended with a car accident that resulted in a frantic search for a new vehicle. It doesn't take much to total a car.

    1. I kinda am, too. I like meat, but more veggies is always good. I’ve noticed a lot more vegetarian recipes surfacing too, which is nice.

  6. I'm sorry for your family troubles – I hope things will continue to get better and the potholes won't be as big as you fear.
    It was fun to read about the trends and like Diane I'm interested in more vegetarian foods. Love the new look of the site!

    1. Thanks. It will be interesting to see if they take off.

  7. Love the new look and your cartoon. So fun. The whole voice of this piece was a fun read. I love the dark gray, I might steal that from you. Thanks for all the fun bits, trying to think what trends I'd like to see go … I dunno, does the phrase, binge watching count as a trendy thing? I don't mind the marathons but the word binge, bugs me. Wait, is that even how it's spelled? Binge, binge, I said it so many times, now I don't know.

    Anyway, love the new look. Here's to a kick-butt 2017 along with lots of well wishes and healthy energy!

    1. Thanks! I changed the cartoon a little. And thanks for everything. 🙂 I don't like the word binge used for that either. Binging is associated with bad behavior, but we are often encourage to binge watch TV shows—mixed messages.

      1. Totally agree.

        PS: Love both the cartoons. Very fun.

  8. Sadly, it was bound to happen to you as well 🙁 I don't know if there even is a blogger without health problems and scares 🙁 We're all damned and doomed, methinks.

    Meanwhile, in TV and movie, the trend of 2017 will be the trend of unoriginality 🙂

    1. So true. So sad on the TV movie trends. Ho hum…

  9. Holy cow, you've been so busy and have so many news things and new plans! I give you a lot of credit for redesigning your blog. I've been told by professionals I have to simplify mine, but I just can't. I like the stuff that's there! I loved the food pics! Yum! Good luck with your writing and blogging goals and have a great week!

    1. Those pros should give you help then! 🙂

  10. Happy New Year! Fantastic new look for your blog. I do hope the trends lend to no more popups, autoplay, or light fonts. Can't wait to hear about it. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I wished for those same trends to end last year. Maybe this year they will hear me and you!

  11. Do you think the gray on my site is too light? I can darken it if it is.

    Those trends are interesting. I doubt I'll be letting up on my protein consumption, but it's interesting to see where things are headed.

    I hope things on the medical and family front get easier. And RAWR to more writing this year!

    1. I never noticed a color problem with you text, I'll go have 'nother look.

      I'm not planning to stop the protein either, but I do like my veggies too. I'm hoping the trend to veggies will bring more variety in to the markets without costing a fortune.

      And thanks.

  12. Love your new look here! And, of course, love the content. Gray, heh? Well, I'm not much into those shades, but I've seen some very dramatic modern rooms that make me want to give it a try.

    1. Thanks! Funny think I just realized. I've been wearing gray all week-'er since last week.

      1. It's okay (the font color), but I wouldn't object to it being a touch darker.

  13. Hope things are getting better for you. Sounds like you had a tough time of it all.

    I need to eat better, but it's been difficult to get motivated in a healthier direction. Those breakfast concoctions sure sound good though.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

    1. I could eat a breakfast taco, right now. 🙂

  14. Oh I was so happy to stay up until midnight on Dec 31 to watch 2016 die. What a crap year. I made a bunch of new years resolutions this year, something I don't usually do. One of them is to finish my book. Here's to the both of us accomplishing our goals and having fun while doing it. Oh and I hate pop up anything, except for pop up books. Love the new look around here. 🙂

    1. I so echo that sentiment–on everything. I quite love pop up books too! T

  15. Love the re-design, Holly! I hope 2017 is much healthier, happy, and less stressful year for you and those near and dear.

    I've yet to find a shade of gray I can wear, but I love grays for decorating. Greenery works for me, too, given that green is my favorite color. Like Carol, I’m a Rooster. A Fire Rooster and a Capricorn to be precise. Since this is the first year of the Fire Rooster since I was born, I’m hoping for grand things. 🙂

    1. Interesting, "they" say gray is like a neutral and "everybody" can wear it, but I too have found some very complimentary shades.

  16. 2016 was a bad year for so many people. I hope 2017 will be a far better year for you and your family. Thank you for the tip about font colours. Off to change mine from black to a dark grey!

    1. Ha! Black to dark gray! Love it.

  17. now that's how to order a drink! and way to start off a great, colorful year – even if gray – 2 of my beasts are gray, but the undertones are different… everyone is unique just like colors and i always love your flavorful descriptions you share! and speaking of flavorful – looove breakfast and those dishes made me hungry! cock-a-doodle-doo 2017!

    and thanks for supporting my cradle rock release party!

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