Still Looking for a 2011 Calendar?

Look no further. I love Oven Door Owl‘s calendar look – each letter layered on top of the other, spelling  the month. So simple yet so clever! While you’re on the site, poke around a little bit. Their dog bless print would be perfect hanging next to your puppy’s leash!


Happy New Year!

I am not looking for a reinvention this year. My resolution is to dig a little and unearth my strongest self. I’ve let it slip away some this past year. I’ve been lax. I’ve allowed my head to live in the clouds and wondered why it seemed so foggy. Now that I think about it, it’s kind of ironic that I should find my resolve by looking to the stars.

I unwrapped You and Your Future by Georgia Nicols this Christmas and came across a provoking snippet. Nicols explained that the words in the Bible had changed over the past two thousand years, and how Christ’s words were meant differently than they’re interpreted today. In his day, “sin” meant to miss a bull’s eye. If you’d missed the target, you’d sinned. “Repent” meant to swing 180 degrees on a two-dimensional plane. In other words, if you put a pencil on a table and then you swung it 180 degrees, the eraser would point in the other direction. Neither words were associated with guilt or remorse. So when Christ said, “Sinners repent,” what he really meant to say was, “If you’re missing the mark, try going in the opposite direction.”

I missed the bull’s eye in 2010. I tossed aside goals in favor of dreams that were beyond my reach to actualize. I put my heart and happiness in the palm of a near stranger’s hand. I lived in the past and I lived in tomorrow. And when I look back on my mental health in 2010, I don’t see a very happy girl.

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
– Coco Chanel

I am so excited to create my life in 2011. I have a lot to celebrate this year: the birth of my niece, my sister’s wedding, my 30th birthday. I’m going to get focused on the things that are here and now, the things I have control over. I’m going to work hard. Workout hard.  Just think of all a girl can accomplish with a steady heart and her feet planted firmly on the ground. I sinned in 2010. In 2011, I will repent.

I want to thank you, my lovelies for reading my little blog. It brings me so much joy. I wish each and every one of you a very happy new year!

{JKL Design}

Let Me Count the Ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

{via Raedunn}

Happy-Go-Lucky: Make Love

I love the idea that love is in your hands to create. You don’t have to wait around to receive it. It’s not a stranger you won’t recognize. And it’s not something you fall into or out of. It’s a resource. It’s there inside you, waiting to be made. So if you give it away and it gets tossed aside, don’t worry. You can always make more.

{via Field Trip}

Sometimes I Forget

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the future. Who you are going to be. Who you’re going to be with. What your life will look like. What you worry it might become. And it’s just as easy to keep looking over your shoulder. What you were thinking. What they were thinking. What you should have done. What you did instead. And how it’s all made you who you are now. Now. Now there’s a toughie for me.  I’m going to try harder to live in the here and now. Because, you know, it’s a pretty lovely place.