Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ringing in a New Year

Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year and I hope you celebrated it in high style! Looking back, I had a wonderful 2013 and feel very fortunate to have the health, success, friendships and family I was blessed with. I'm not one to make a ton of New Year's resolutions, but this year I do have a few things on my list that I'm going to try really hard to stick to:

1) Post at least once a week to my blog.

I admit I have fallen prey to the ease of using Facebook this year and have sadly neglected my blog in the process. It's so much easier to pop in and out of my Facebook page, but I love how a blog allows for more in-depth content and visuals. Plus, I know there are many people who don't participate in Facebook at all—shocking as that may seem! So I promise to post here more often and please bear with me as I may post a few things that aren't in the proper chronological order, as I still need to catch up on some articles that have been sitting around in draft mode because I haven't finished editing my photos. But if you'd also like to see more of my beady sneak peeks, inspirational ideas, and other fun tidbits on a nearly daily basis, please feel free to "like" my page by clicking HERE.

2) Try a new technique and/or artistic medium each week.

This is something I try to do as often as I can anyway, since I think it keeps my creative juices flowing better, but I would like to do it on a more consistent basis. Some will have to do with lampworking and jewelry making, but other times I'll explore new things that have been accumulating on my "I wanna try that!" list over the years. I will share my results—both positive and failures—and hope you will be inspired to try your hand at it too!

3) Create my own online website and store.

While I still love my Etsy store and will continue to keep it well-stocked, I have been dreaming of opening my own site for over a year now. And it's high time I kicked myself in the rear and made it happen! I already have my domain name taken care of and have been looking into a few host sites like Indiemade that look really promising, but if you have any suggestions on ones you've tried and have any info on the pros and cons of it, I would love to hear it!

4) Get in better shape.

I admit, my body has definitely taken a turn for the worse once I hit 45 years old and it saddens me to realize that I can't eat like I used to and maintain a killer bikini body (not that I ever really had one?! LOL). And running up and down the stairs 30 times a day because I keep forgetting things between my two studios isn't really cutting it for my physical activity requirement (another sad side effect of getting older!). So I'm going to try hard to do something fun like Pilates or Zumba at least 2-3 times a week and see if I can't whip my metabolism back into shape—along with the rest of me. Plus, I think when you're feeling and looking good, you're in a much better space to think creatively and produce better quality work!

So there you have it—all my big dreams and goals for the coming year, added to my mainstay prayers for good health, happiness and safety for my family. I wish the same for you this year and hope that all your dreams come true! *Ü*


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