Happy New Year!

January 7, 2018

So, it’s the end of the first week of January, 2018.  Crazy!

The holidays were a little hard for various reasons, including me getting sick, and fracturing a rib the night before Christmas Eve.  I seem to get so caught up in hoping for a perfect Christmas that it flies by and it’s gone.  I think back on Christmases past, and I miss them.  Things change, children grow, people are “busy”.  Okay, so I am not too good at putting myself out there.  My head, my heart, and soul are pulling me in all sorts of directions.  I’ve been out of a real job since last February…almost a year!  I’m quickly running out of money.

Okay, enough of that!  Really!!  I’m going to say it now; who knows where this year will take me.  Will I keep up my resolutions?  I admit, I’m not good with follow-through.  You’ve seen that in my blog.  I get lazy.  I forget.  I get distracted by shiny objects, and flowers.  I stare off and lose track of time. 

I’ve tried this many times and it works for awhile.  Well, you know what?  That’s okay.  As long as I keep trying.  You know the saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”.  It’s true, it’s never too late to start again.

It’s time to write, to photograph, to create, to keep moving forward.  So, today, I begin.  Maybe I will inspire you to do the same, or try something new.  You could follow along with me.  I’d love to hear about your resolutions, and where they take you.  Let me know what and how you are doing.  Sharing experiences, what works and what doesn’t work, is very supportive, for everyone.

A friend of mine, Angela, has invited me to join a collaborative learning group.  We are starting on January 17th, the first new moon of the year, and creating a vision board, setting our intentions, hopes, dreams, and goals for 2018.  I’ve already started looking for great images and words in magazines.  You could do the same.  Join us if you’d like.  I’ll be sharing it soon.

A mess, but so much fun!

I am also going to try my very best to keep my blog up.  I really enjoy it, and love hearing from those it has touched.  This is a huge goal for me.  Any and all kinds of encouragement are welcome!

Lastly (for now), I am going to start a special journal.  I have many ideas running around in my head.  Some just pop in, some I’ve found on Pinterest, and some from other websites and creative, inspiring women.  If you don’t know what to write about, there are tons of ideas and prompts out there.  I am excited about this, and again, this is a huge goal…encouragement welcome!

I’ve decided on this mixed media book I had at home for my journal (not spending any money).  It has plenty of pages that are nice and thick so I can glue, draw, or paint them if I want to.  I’ve been looking through some images and quotes I’ve been saving (…for years – I’m always saving stuff like that), and these are a few I’ve chosen to begin with.  I’m excited to share with you what I’ve done next time.

From my garden.  Today is cold, cloudy, and foggy.  A great day to be indoors, writing, enjoying soft music, and taking in the view outdoors.  The music this morning is a playlist I created of my “Romantic Movie Favorites”.  Pelagia’s Song from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is playing right now.  Such a beautiful piece, and a wonderful film.

Looks like my succulents are wintering well!  Oh, and the lemons!!

Highlight for the week!

I made a few changes in my (former) studio, now a library/dining room.  I’ve brought all of my books down so I can see and enjoy them.  I love books, and I love reading.  I decided to organize the books by color.  It looks great, but it might be a bit hard to find the different books in a series.  I’ll see how it goes.  I’ve created little vignettes around the room, too…like pieces from a greenhouse or conservatory.  Wish they could all be real plants and flowers, but I’m working towards that.

Lastly, my new (recycled), big reading chair!  Okay, so I bought this at Goodwill a few weeks ago, but it was only $22, and the covers (three heavy, fringed curtain panels I found at The Thrift Shop in Willow Glen), only $6.  I covered it as best as I could, added a pillow and throw, and voila!  The perfect place to cuddle up with a good book.

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That’s my day.  I’ll be bundling up and taking Bella for a walk later…another resolution!  More exercise, and getting Bella out and about to stretch her legs.  She’s 11 ½ now, and getting a little slower, but she loves to check out the neighborhood.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, filled with determination, gumption, and hope!

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