Cheers to 2014!

Happy New Year!

I've been thinking about this post for a week or so now. I thought about posting it before my holiday blog break, but then I thought it might be nice to post it on my three year blog anniversary. Kind of can't believe it's been three years. A lot has changed but I do still enjoy this little space I get to share with you :)

I'm a muller-over. When I get an idea or thought, it sometimes takes me a little while to fully form what I want to say in a cohesive way. And this is what I've been mulling over lately:

You may not be special, but you are unique. Who you are & where you've been & whatever life has thrown your way - all these things come together to create you. And there is no one on the earth quite like you. You are here for a reason - a purpose if you will - even if you don't know what it is yet. And no one else can fulfill your purpose the way you can. It is unique to you. Whatever you do in life, it will never be identical to what someone else is doing. It never can be. So yes, admire and respect and be inspired by others, but do not - do not - let what they are doing influence you negatively. Do not compare, do not gloat, do not be unkind. Behaviour like that helps no one, especially you. You cannot fulfill your purpose while you're looking at what everyone else is doing - nothing happens while you're comparing. You are you. You are not them, and they are not you. You are where you are for a reason, never forget that. 

With that in mind, here are some of the things I want to do/be this year,

Keep it classy. Be kind - to yourself & others. Be thankful - show your gratitude. 

Stop comparing. It's not only the thief of joy, but of everything. 

Be creative. Learn new skills. Try those things you've always wanted to.

Here's to 2014! What are your wishes for the new year?


December Calendar + Goals

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December is one of (if not my most) favourite month. Birthdays, Christmas, family time, general holiday loveliness & warmth - it's just a month filled with good things. Tea, new books, cozy sweaters & crackling fires are all so fitting for this time of year and I want to fully enjoy them while they're here. What are your favourite things?

I finished quite a few of the things on my November list! Not everything, but I am just an imperfect human after all.

+ Finish reading Psalms. // Finished Nov 27th! One of my favourite passages was from Psalm 91.
+ Paint my room. // Got a plan for the new year :)
+ Develop new design packages.  // Coming soon along with a site redesign.
+ Update my portfolio & add a testimonials-type page. // Coming with the site redesign!
+ Design/plan bridal shower for my best friend // It's this Saturday - can't wait :)
+  Film/post more videos. // Only managed to post 1, but it has glitter which is a bonus :)
+ Research/plan for new office space & equipment. // See my high/low office post here!

And some new goals for December:
+ Finish Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs. Begin Isaiah.
+ Prep & plan for site redesign. New packages, new pages - it's going to be good :)
+ Blog: 3 more gift guides, a bridal shower recap, and 2 Christmas-y DIY's (among other posts!)
+ Beginnings of new office space. Buy furniture, set up, etc. (I'm aiming to have it finished early new year.)
+ More fonts! I have ideas brewing away...
+ Take a blog break over Christmas/New Years & just enjoy everything :)

Today's post is a bit later than usual since I seem to have caught a nasty cold. Hope you're all feeling better than I am & had a lovely weekend!


November Calendar & Goals

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I like the openness & warmth of summer, but I think I'm a winter person. That isn't to say I love everything about the season, but the colours, the coziness, the celebrations (almost all of my family have winter birthdays) make me happy. In keeping with the colours of the season, this month's calendar is plum-y & purple-y :)

Like most, I have a list of things I'd like to accomplish this month, but some are definitely more urgent than others. Nothing like announcing it to the internet to stay on track :)

+ Finish reading Psalms. I started a few days ago and am around Chapter 40, which sounds good until you realize there's 150 chapters. Just a few more to go :)

+ Paint my room. This has been on several to-do lists this year and this is the month! No more procrastinating!

+ Develop new design packages. I've got some new services in mind and I want packages to reflect that. I also want a good range of packages for different budgets. More to come soon!

+ Along with the new packages, I want to update my portfolio & add a testimonials-type page.

+ Design/plan bridal shower for my best friend - we've got a date for early December & time is ticking!

+  Film/post more videos. I'm going to commit to 2 this month, and any extra would be bonus.

+ Research/plan for new office space & equipment.

I feel like I'm forgetting something so I might be back to update this later. What are your goals for November?


May Goals + Favourites

Monthly goal posts seem to be popping up more frequently in my blog reader, so I thought I would share some of mine this month along with my weekly favourites.

1) Workout 4 times a week, consistently. Been getting back into the groove for a few weeks and now I want to make sure I stick with it!!

2) Spend more time outdoors. Our windows have been open all week and it is wonderful! Need to spend more time outside, not just getting the breeze inside :)

3) Read through the Old Testament. More specifically, Exodus & Leviticus. I decided a few weeks ago to read the OT this year and that's where I'm reading this month.
Favourite pin of the week - wouldn't you want to spend all day out there??
Things I loved this week:

Random acts of kindness are some of the loveliest, and Michaela wants to hear your stories!

Feeling the need to get back into your blogging groove? Jenni's got a blog-everyday challenge for you!

If you liked my post on Pride & Prejudice, Jillian's got a great post on The Great Gatsby covers!

What you missed on the blog:
Hope you have a lovely weekend!