Wednesday, January 7, 2015

01/07/15 - Happy 2015

Hi and Happy New Year!
I haven't blogged since 12/19/14...
And I haven't felt the urge to, but thought if I didn't write something soon, I may never do so again!
Currently I'm feeling bogged down by the whole "New Year, New Me" concept that comes at the start of each year.
Everyone is making resolutions.
I can't...
I just can't...
I just can't even!
My daughter illustrating the way I feel in her first photo of the new year taken at the stroke of midnight on 1/1/15,  LOL... not planned BTW

Seriously though...
everyone is sharing their resolutions and/or their scrappy plans for the year:
One Little Word, Project Life, Finishing their December Daily, etc...
and I can't even THINK of that stuff w/out feeling drained.
In fact even just reading other people's plans is exhausting me!
There are some crazy ambitious people out there!
My layout goal last year was 100.
I then changed it to 50.
Final count was 49 (so close!)
Although I also discovered art journaling and completed 30 pages in my art journal so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad.
This year I am not trying to achieve any number.
I am not trying to finish any projects.
I need to know that I can 'just do' (or 'not do') and still be content.
To be honest, I was starting to feel stifled by my "plans":
I felt like when I planned to create it killed the creative juices and resulted in projects that didn't make me happy.
Also, the pressure to have a number of projects at the end of the year took away some of the fun.
It became more about the numbers and not about being creative.
This year needs to be simple and fluid.
Additionally, I learned a lot about myself as a person last year.
I discovered what truly makes me happy:
My husband and kids (and fur babies) and taking care of them and our home.
I realized that "My Happy Place" lies w/ them.
Making them happy made (makes) ME happy.
Often times that meant I didn't have time to be crafty...and that was perfectly fine w/ me!
I became a better wife and mother last year and that alone made 2014 a success!
So my focus this year will be more of the same.
Does this mean I am giving up my scrapping or my blog?
I will still be here because I could never truly give it up...being creative just runs too deep.
I will just be here less and not on any type of schedule.
I will still visit my "bloggy" friends from time to time as well, but just not as much as I did last year.
So if you don't hear from me for a while, don't worry!
I'm good.
Life is good!
And just in case it's a while before I stop by again...
I hope that you have an amazing 2015!
BTW if I was FORCED to have a resolution for this year it would be this:



  1. An excellent resolution, but hard to accomplish, are you are already at Maximum Awesome! Congrats on a successful 2014. Here's to more of the same!

  2. I think you are pretty amazing already!! ;)

  3. Happy New Year Doreena!!!! You just did some wonderful writing here! My son and my DH's 2 kids are long grown and gone so I have the luxury at this stage of life of a lot of scrappy time--you dont need to rush life for sure...getting old is a b-tch!....So happy you are feeling happier...I am sure we will see you around!!!! Life is an ever whirling battle for a "happy medium"!

  4. Happy New Year! :) I can't seem to get into the swing of things this year either, I'm still dragging along, LOL. I think you said the words I couldn't find before ... people ask me why I don't go to crops or enter challenges or doing such-and-such, and it's because the 'planning to create' part kills it for me. Thank you for saying that!!
    Anyhow ... I wish you much happiness, laughter, good hair days, non-pressured scrapping, lots of boy band bubblegum pop songs to sing out loud, and many fun trips to Vegas in 2015! :)

  5. Glad you aren't giving up!! LOVE seeing what you create!! Your art journaling is great!!

  6. Oh gosh YES! So much yes. I love this post.


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