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January 1, 2013


Happy 2013, my dear friends! Do you make new year resolutions? Mine used to always alternate between "losing 10 pounds" and "exercising more," (okay, but let's be a little more specific, shall we?) I think this short list of resolutions are both positive and attainable, and I'm looking forward to starting fresh, doing a little rearranging in my day-to-day schedule and making a few small changes in my life for the better. 

1. Eat more greens // "Losing weight" is a lot of people's new year's resolution, and while I'm up for exercising more and eating better, I want to be more specific and concentrate on eating more greens in 2013. More kale, more lettuce, more green beans, more peas. Steamed, in salads, in smoothies. You get the idea. Bring on those mean greens! 

2. Illustrate more for fun // Recently I cut back on other freelance work, and now I'm putting all of my efforts into growing my small business in 2013. While I love to create what I can sell, I also want to concentrate on setting aside some time to make art solely for the joy of creating. I'd love to be a student in a figure drawing class, ceramics class or learn how to write whimsical calligraphy. Since I live in a college town, I know there are classes like these nearby...I just have to find them!

3. Read more books // I love to read, and owning a Kindle has made it so easy to select and start reading a book super fast. Lately I've been neglecting my Kindle, and I'm itching to pick it back up again. After wanting to be a part of a local book club forever, I finally became a member of one very recently -- my first meeting is the beginning of February! While I'll be keeping up with our scheduled readings throughout the year, I'd still like dive into a few other books for fun, too. (Do y'all have any to recommend?)

4. Find a new hobby // A bit of an extension of resolution #2. I've always wanted to learn how to sew or make cute cross stitch designs like Amanda. I love the idea of building something, let's see where this resolution takes me this year. The possibilities are endless!

5. Design more printables // I've only made a few printables for the blog so far, but I've really enjoyed the process of making them for y'all! I'm brainstorming about what to make for the blog this year, but I'd love to hear what you all think -- is there anything in particular that you all would like to have as printables throughout the year? 

6. Blog more for quality than quantity // Oh, this one is going to be huge if I can stick to it. I love to blog, but sometimes life happens and I don't have a darn thing scheduled to go live. Nothing. Sometimes I just go blank, and other times I simply don't feel inspired enough by anything to write a blog post. But I tend to feel guilty if I miss a day, and I've been known to throw something together at the last minute just to have a post go live. Not the best idea, and I know it!

The thing is, I want all of my posts in 2013 to be meaningful -- to be fresh, new and inspiring -- and for each and every last post to have real substance. I want to take the time to edit my photos to make them the best they can be, and thoughtfully document more creative processes, struggles and triumphs of my every day life. I want more of my posts to be more streamlined and uniform in style, and above all, I want to write more. I'm going to stick to my somewhat regularly scheduled programming, but I'm not going to throw a post together at the last minute unless I'm totally into it...and I'm not going to beat myself up if I miss a day here and there. I want to push my blog and make 2013 its best year yet, and I hope you'll continue to follow along and take the ride with me.

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- I'm so thankful for everyone that takes the time to read this blog. It means so much to me. Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you'll take the time to reflect on the past year and everywhere you've been...then look to the future -- with a hopeful heart -- and make 2013 as fantastic as you know it can be.

Above free printable stationery courtesy of Tocotoco here


  1. What meaningful resolutions you have, my dear! I've been thinking about you often. :) I recently read and loved The Age of Wonder, so add that to your list for this year.

  2. Whoops, I wrote the wrong title. The Age of Miracles is the book you want! By Karen Thompson Walker.

  3. Happy New Year!!! Best wishes on all your goals! =)


  4. Happy New Year Natalie! I love your list and am totally on board with #1 and #6. I actually want to take an illustration class "just for fun" in 2013. (Perhaps a new hobby for me?) Let me know if you have any suggestions!


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