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Hello 2017

I’ll be honest, this past year was tough. My nose was broken into a billion pieces, causing the worst recover from surgery, my car was the victim of a hit and run outside my house in the middle of the night, ‘You Know Who’ won the presidency in a heartbreaking and terrifying turn of events, and very worst of all my dear grandmother passed away. Despite the constant devastation and hurt I started a new job that I love, I now have a nose that breathes and looks better than before, I have a new car, I managed to get myself out of debt, I learned a lot about myself and my values, and I know my grandma is dancing in the streets of Heaven right where she has wanted to be for years.

Because of the distractions of 2016, I didn’t accomplish many of the goals I set for myself, but I did finish a few! I read 100 out of 100 books – so exhausting, but rewarding! I took a picture a day – except for about a week after my nose surgery. I made a point to brush my teeth and floss every day- except again for a couple days after my surgery and it was life changing. I ran through a field of sunflowers and made lasting memories with friends and family.

I needed this year. The bad mixed with the good. We understand the highs when we feel the lows. We know who we are and what we want the world to be when faced with the polar opposite. We grow stronger when we come out of the fire having learned and experienced. I have high hopes for 2017, not because one more turn of the earth means that anything has changed but because I have changed. I have grown in what I expect from myself and what I want to give to the world. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more and grow.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2017!

  • Become more active with my faith
  • Create an in depth family tree with personal information about my ancestors
  • Apply to and be accepted in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
  • Make a weekday meal plan- and eat healthier!
  • Get in shape, also take up yoga and meditation
  • Launch my new business
  • Check off another state to visit on my goal of 50 before 50 (I already hit 30 before 30)
  • Visit a museum I’ve not been to before
  • Enter Photography in the fair
  • Volunteer
  • Write and find a publisher for my book idea
  • Visit a trampoline park
  • Try every new Lush bath bomb
  • Get a makeup lesson
  • Learn how to curl (as in the Winter sport)
  • Bake more!
  • Create a photo a day for a year video
  • Draw every day for a year
  • Become a better leader and learn how to better manage my time at work and communicate effectively
  • Find my style
  • Buy a disposable camera and take an adventure
  • Practice self-care- when my bucket is full I can use it to help others

New Day – Motivational Monday!

Welcome to Motivational Monday! A safe space to lay it all out on the table- no one is perfect, and every one needs a boost now and again. What time is better than on Monday, that sunny little bright spot of the week? Pull up a chair, keep an open mind, and let’s start this week right!

We did it! We made it to the last Monday of 2014 which is also the last Motivational Monday post! The thought today is this- with the New Year’s eve coming up and with that all the resolutions and the feeling of renewal- why don’t we strive to feel and act that way every day? Yes, the start of a new year is a good time to reflect and look toward the future… but every new day is a new chance to change your path and your attitude.

So today, every day, and for the new year, keep this in mind:

You are your own person and you are needed in this world. You have so much to give and you are loved. Be yourself because everyone else is taken. Be adventurous, be brave, and be kind. Work hard, stay humble, and never give up. Life is too short and too precious to have a bad attitude. Grudges are a waste of time and happiness. Laugh when you can and apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Strive to do your best and you can always be proud.

Happy Monday, and Happy New Year!


2013 in Sketches

This past year, one goal on my manifesto was to capture moments in sketches like I used to. I found I would do many sketches in chunks- not as many right after or during when they happened. However, it was a fun project- just not one I will repeat for next year. When I want to sketch I will, but I won’t force myself to make it happen. The times I captured included moments from New Year’s Eve, my Pacific Northwest Trip, stomping grapes, Thanksgiving and Christmas and much more!

Without further ado- here they are! I’ve taken pictures of a selection of the sketches- click on any of the pictures to see them larger: