Lately...I have committed to writing more (again). I have a shiny (okay, it's not really shiny, but it's pretty!) new moelskin journal that I am filling with words, and sketches, and typography (something I used to love and have been VERY out of practice with). I am no longer separating all that out into separate little books, but rather just filling up the book as I go along. Who knows how many journals I will go through by the end of 2014, but I like the process and having it with me.
I know I want to document differently. I have been keeping up with my Project Life (I still love this project), but I miss traditional pages. I miss the creative outlet of them. I miss the look of them in the kids or our family books. I want to do more of both and I know that this means prioritizing the time in my schedule to work on them.
I also want to start documenting on this blog again. I don't have an agenda for it. I am not going to worry about its interest to others. I just want to get in the practice of writing again and of making sure I record things that are important to me.
Lately... I have been taking Ali Edwards One Little Word class. It's my second year (last year my word was Focus) and I enjoying the process even more this year than last. My word is Embrace, and my intent is to embrace this life, rather than act as a spectator. I am inspired lately to get in and get dirty. To stop living in "somedays" or "when I have time" and start more doing.
Lately...I have been been reading Hands Free Mama. This book is such an amazing fit for what I am trying to work on - to put down my technology (my phone, my ipad) and my to-do lists (do I need to reorganize that bookshelf NOW?) and get involved. Listen to the kids when they are telling me a story. Play with them. Listen to Ryan's stories from the day. We don't get these moments back. I want to embrace them. I have designated time each day to put down my phone and walk away. To leave my ipad behind. It's so stinking tempting to check facebook...to flip through pinterest...to read a few articles on feedly...to check my email.
Lately...It's been cold. Not just cold, but brutally cold. Highs in the negatives with windchills in the negative 30s and 40s. It may mean an extended school year. It does mean some stir craziness and time spent inside. It also means some extra breaks. More time for the kids to play together. A break for Ryan. An excuse for me to work from home and enjoy the background noise of their laughter (and, yes, bickering).
Lately...I am dreaming of spring and warm weather. The kids and I are picking out vegetables to plant (as if they are going to actually eat those carrots!). It seems so far away, but yet it's not.
Lately...I am trying to embrace a healthier me. Eating less (which is hard when you love food as much as I do) and better. Moving more. I have committed to walking more - either on the treadmill (while watching a good horror movie, because that's the way I roll) or, when the weather gets better, around the lake. Oh, how I cannot wait to get around the lake...
Lately...I have been deliberately engaging in activities that make me happy. Going out with a favorite friend. Grabbing coffee and chocolate croissants with my favorite girl (even if it means we are running late). Painting. Reading more - and more variety, from work related books, to mysteries, to art books. Reading extra books with a favorite four year old - even when I know I have chores or to-dos.
Lately...I (well, we...okay - the painter guy) are getting ready to paint about 1/2 the main floor, including the living room and dining room. I love the idea of a fresh start and cannot wait to get everything off the walls so we can slowly decide what goes back up and where. I am also excited to create some of my own art (I have a great idea for a letter G with ink and water colors).
Lately...I have been itching to get creative again.
Lately...Life is good. Busy and crazy as usual, but I am making life choices that encourage positive and forward momentum. I am looking forward to what 2014 will bring.