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Embracing 2014

January 2014

Now that we are well into January I thought it might be time to start thinking about some goals that I have for this new year! I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now and I keep hitting a wall.  I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we are already well into 2014 and halfway through the month of January. WHAT?!?!?!

When I think about the changes I want to make this year the only thing that comes to mind is being happy and embracing every minute of this beautiful life.  Sure I could be more efficient and organized, and I could probably work out more and eat a little better.  But those aren’t the things that get me amped up and ready to sparkle every day. Don’t get me wrong, i’m super pumped to get my house in order and possibly dust off my running shoes for a workout, but I really want this year to be focused on having fun, spending time with my family, and doing more of the things I love!!!

I was so excited to whip out my new 2014 planner and start writing down a few new rules to live by.

2014 Planner

Goals and New Years Resolutions for me are totally different tools.  I’m sure that New Years Resolutions have their place in the world and they really help individuals get amped up to start a new workout plan or be a whole new person at the start of the new year.  I, on the other hand, am learning to love who I am and i’m finally beginning to see my value and the endless gifts that I bring to the world.  As I get older, all of my 26 years of expertise (LOL yeah right), I am starting to figure out that i’m exactly where i’m supposed to be. I will be the first to admit that I am a TOTAL work in progress and will never achieve perfection, as much as I want to.

I have always believed that setting goals and trying to be the best version of oneself is a healthy and smart outlook to have. So here is to embracing a GOAL and not setting an empty resolution!!!

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New Motto to Live by in 2014:

“Recognize my light and remind myself that I’m greater than whatever it is that stops me from conquering all that I wish to become.”

#1 – Eat Paleo

This goal is simple, the hubby and I decided that we really wanted to start eating healthier. I’ve always loved cooking but have a hard time coming up with new ideas, and with Jeffrey starting Crossfit I knew we were in for the Paleo diet. There are a ton of recipes and guides on Pinterest.  This is also something that we can do together and enjoy some time planning our menus and cooking together. WooHoo Go Paleo!!! You can check out all my ideas and recipes on my Pinterest Page, Perfectly Paleo!  If I come across any super yummy recipes i’ll be sure to share them on the blog.

#2 – Stay Organized

Last year I attempted to get organized and failed miserably at it.  This year i’m giving it another go!! If you get knocked down, try try again!!! After last years epic fail, I have decided to reinstate my 12-Months to a Clean Home Project.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I have a tendency to just jump into projects with little planning or thought.  This year I have a plan of attack and am ready to SIMPLIFY & GET ORGANIZED! My goal with this project is to get rid of the clutter, allow myself places to breathe throughout my house, and stay organized so it is easier for me to prioritize my To Do List.  I’m the queen of forgetting everything, and I often have hundreds of post it notes with lists and projects to tackle floating throughout my purse, car, and office!!! Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!!!!!!

#3 – Be a Better Blogger

Yikes, i’m pretty sure nobody ever even reads this thing but I enjoy it nonetheless.  I wish I was more dedicated and consistent. Looking back on 2013 I had so much fun reading through all my old blog posts.  The daily and weekly play by play or our life was so much fun and literally brought tears to my eyes.  I know one day when we are old we can look back on this blog and see how much FUN we had constantly.  Also if one of us gets Dementia we can read it to each other and remember how we fell in love…Notebook moment much!!!!

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#4 – Expand & Grow my EtsyShop LovetheSparkle

My chalkboard shop is something that gets my heart pumping and keeps me up at night all gitty thinking of new ideas.  I can’t remember my grocery list but I could outline my whole years worth of chalkboard ideas for ya.  I’m simply weird creative like that.  I’m 26 years old and can’t figure out what the HELL I want to do with my life, but one thing I know for sure is that I was meant to create beautiful Art no matter the form. I have been drawing, painting, and crafting in general since I was little kid and I absolutely love it.  As a teenager and in my college years I ignored my calling because I never found any tangible or monetary value in it.  I always loved Art and History but naively thought the only way to make a living was to teach.  Nope, thats not for me.  I can barely put two words together in front of a crowd. HAHA.  My shop is the perfect platform for me to be creative and enjoy my passion.  Watch for lots of new designs and updates coming soon.

In the meantime i’m super excited to spread the joy and share my passion with all who follow and read my blog!! Use coupon code FINDYOURPASSION at checkout and receive 40% off all prints and/or custom orders in my shop!! Offer good throughout the month of February 2014!

Checkout all the designs I currently have available here!

#5 – Spend more time with my Husband & Animals

This one is simple.  I love my family more than anything else in the world and when i’m a busy, stressed out, and anxious mess they get me at my worst.  We live busy lives and between both our businesses and me having a full time job on the side, our wires get crossed like its nobodies business.  And not in a good way.  This January has been full of transition and tears for me.  One underlining message finally broke through and that was that we need to spend more time together as a family and as a couple.  Kids are definitely on the horizon for us, holy shit, and we want to squeeze the crap out of every second we have together as a young married couple.  Enough said.

#6 – Be More FESTIVE!!!

I absolutely LOVE holidays and totally look forward to each one with a passion.  They are awesome and totally break up the mundane routine of life with color, good food, and family time!! I’m already pretty festive but crafting and decorating are total stress reducers for me.  So if I can kill 2 birds with one stone i’m ALL IN FOR BEING MORE FESTIVE and stress free! Hell YEAH!!!!

#7 – Hone my personal style & Radiate Beauty (on the inside)

I always joke that I didn’t get the girly gene one bit.  I love hair and makeup, but when it comes to style and putting outfits together…I FREAKIN’ SUCK!!! I have no “style” whatever the hell that is and can’t put an outfit together for the life of me.  One HUGE goal I have this year is to work on looking a little more “grown up” and put together!!! Turing 26, gulp, and embracing the fact that i’m getting older have shaken me up a bit.  This has contributed to the transitional period and tears that are my life lately.  Getting old freaks me out for some reason.  Yikes.  Back to my lack of style.  I love comfy clothes and ever sense top knots and leggings came into style i’m totally in my element.  I can’t even use “kids” or “i’m tired” as an excuse.  I get a glorious 9 hours of sleep a night and I have lots of personal time to do whatever the hell I want.  Not sure how i’m going to tackle this one yet but it’s definitely on my mind. Fully open to and currently accepting any fashion advice…any takers??????

#8 – Change my Outlook and Attitude towards Life

“I’m going to make everything around me BEAUTIFUL – that will be my life!” – Elsie de Wolfe

I’m such a firm believer that a positive attitude and outlook on all facets of life can literally transform ones happiness.  We are in control of our own fate and no person, place, or thing can change that.  Emotions may fluctuate and influence that outlook but when it comes down to the nitty gritty we are responsible for our own happiness.  Don’t give up your power and remain in control of your own destiny.  Healthy and positive thinking can go a long way.  I’ll get off my soap box now…but its all true.  🙂

Here is to a Healthy, Organized, Festive, Happy, and Beautiful 2014!!!!

Xo Xo Friends,