Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year....and One Little Word 2013

2013 snuck in without any hoopla.  Zach and I spent a quiet night at home, and watched a live streaming feed of the ball dropping in Times Square.

Jesse Leos Photography with a little editing by yours truly
I don't want to sound ungrateful or "Grinchy", but I am glad the holidays are just about behind us and things can get back to normal.  I am ready for a new year and all it has to offer.

I am not much for resolutions....let's face it, I am always striving to exercise more, eat better and lose some of that extra junk in my trunk.  As the year progresses I have times when I am rockin it like nobody's business and times when I fall off the wagon.  So yes, I have come to terms with the fact that at the ripe old young age of 44, I am still very much a work in progress.  I feel blessed that I have a job, a supportive and loving family, wonderful friends, and an amazing son.  Although I am pretty freaked out, I am looking forward to Zachary and I making a little move in the Spring and hopefully getting settled in a little rent house that we can call our own.  I am so over apartment living and would love to find someplace that we can settle in and make it feel like home through the rest of his school years....God willing.  Our current place requires 60 days notice, so we will be giving our formal notice the end of February and then praying that something comes along in the next eight weeks that works for us in a great location.  It is scary, but I also know that it is time.

I got a bit sidetracked, which isn't anything out of the ordinary for me.  Anyway, although I am not a big fan of resolutions per se, for 2013 I have chosen "One Little Word".  I heard about this through Ali Edwards' blog and was instantly intrigued.  What do you do with this one little word?
You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities. - Ali Edwards
My one little word for 2013 is:

When I started scrapbooking about six years, I pretty much did it as gifts.  Seeing it in print, that sounds kind of strange.  I would say the majority of people start scrapping to preserve their own memories, but me being the people pleaser that I am, loved and still do love creating memories for others. Last month, I just about completed my first album that I am not wrapping up and passing on to someone else....and I have to say, it feels good!  I love scrapping for others, but sometimes I get pretty attached to what I do and it is hard to let it go...silly, I know.  With the new year comes a new goal (notice I did NOT say resolution).  My goal for 2013 is to DOCUMENT.  I am going to strive to complete 4 (yes, four) pretty big trip / event scrapbooks, all for me.  I got one started this weekend which is from a trip early last year, but the oldest dates back to Zach's 5th birthday, so needless to say I have a lot of ground to cover.  I am tired of having my pictures stuffed in a box - I want them organized, I want them to tell a story - our story!  I am definitely on a mission.  I am also going to start Project Life.  It is scrapbooking simplified, not only preserving life's major milestones but DOCUMENTing the everyday.  Trust me, the goal is lofty but I am excited and can't wait to see what I manage to document in 2013.  I am pretty sure that a lot more of my scrapping will be showing up on the blog and I hope that you all will enjoy following my journey.  Welcome 2013 and all that it has in store!
 On a side note, to the couple of people that I have talked to about creating scrapbooks for in the near future.....Pictures & Pens is still open for business.

I am excited to be linking up with Layla at The Lettered Cottage!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Happy New Year, Julie! I am excited to see what comes of your scrapping this year!

  2. Happy New Year, Julie! I am excited to see what comes of your scrapping this year!

  3. I really want to scrapbook and have purchased stuff to do it but do not have the space!

    happy new year!

  4. oh i love scrapping! i hope you'll share some of your progress with it here on the ol' bloggy!

  5. Great "goal" for 2013.
    I too love to give my projects as gifts, but can so relate to getting attached to them...I have so many cards that I have made that I need to give away, teehee.
    I will have to check out this one little word :)

    That is such a great photo of you and your son :)

  6. What a great word!
    And I really know what you mean about getting back to "normal". The holidays are wonderful, but at some point you have to get back on track :)
    Great photo of you and Zach!
    Happy New Year!

  7. I love your word!

    Those are some awesome goals for 2013! Especially the house, apartment living is hard. Although sometimes I do enjoy having a much smaller space to clean :)

    Happy New Year!

  8. What an awesome picture :) I love your word and your outlook. I can't wait for 2013 either and am excited for all it has to offer. I had such a good time with Project Life this last year and am looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I hope you'll share.

  9. That's a great goal and word for 2013! I'm always striving to document more. Good luck on your house hunt!! That is so exciting!!

  10. Happy New Year and can't wait to see where this one little word takes you (on your journey).

  11. Love your word! Love scrapbooking, have been doing it for years. My gift to friends when they get married is to take pictures, then scrapbook it for them. Always a big hit! All the best to you.


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