B R A N D . N E W . Y E A R.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hi there. And Happy New Year to you.

I think 2014 started off in the  very best way possible for me... for where I am right now in my life.
On January 1,  I headed off for a three-day get away all by myself... well, kinda.
The first night my cousin and I had a fun night away that we had been looking forward to for quite a while.
The next morning I headed to Chicago on the train for a few days where I met a brand new friend and spent time with one of my oldest friends, too.
It was good and fun but more importantly for me, for where I am right now in my life, it was really good and necessary.
Being away in a different place with different people and spending a lot of time by yourself too, gives you a different perspective of things back home.
I need to get away for clarity + perspective a lot.... three days isn't possible all that often, but whenever it's possible, I do it.

Just having time to talk with friends, to think, to get wisdom + insight from friends when you didn't even ask for it and they didn't know
it was just what you needed, is priceless.
It truly is.
We can learn so much from others and from ourselves, from different situations and places... from stepping outside the comfort of our normal situations.
I came back home with some answers, lots of questions and a list a mile long of things I want to change in this brand new year.
It won't happen over night, and most likely won't even happen over this next year....But I am going to get started.

I will be back soon with a full post on meeting my friend Shauna in real life, my hopes + goals for the New Year... and more.
I'm still thinking about my "One Little Word" for the year and hoping that this is the year it really STICKS.
I feel like this is the year for change.... How about you?
How is 2014 treating you so far?
Any big plans, hopes, dreams or goals for the new year??

Happy Monday to you. 


  1. What a treat, I really admire you for going and doing it. Must try sometime. I just wrote a post about my view on 2014 (if you want to hop over and read it) so I won't bore you here with my answer. Happy 2014!

    1. I agree completely with your post, loved it! Thanks for sharing & Happy New Year to you! :)

  2. This year I am hopeful but....yet there is a part of me with my life on pause, waiting. hoping and praying Michael gets better, but knowing deep inside, he more than likely won't so not wanting to get my hopes up. This could be the hardest year of our lives. I am trying to be brave, strong and all those things I am required to be, for my girls. This year, I want to just focus on family, health and exercise, reading books and documenting our journey.

    1. It must be very difficult for you going into a new year Tara, not having any idea at all what to expect. In your current situation I can see how you would always come last but with so much responsibility and stress on your shoulders I hope you are able to make yourself a priority as well. I am seriously AMAZED with everything you have going on that you do such an AWESOME job of journaling, scrap booking and memory keeping for your family. You are an inspiration to me, Tara! XO

  3. Happy New Year! I am excited to hear more about your hopes and goals for the year. :)


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