Happy New Year! I hope yours is already off to a great start. (You know, as great a start as the first few hours of the new year can be.) Fair warning… today’s post is full of me just talking. It’s the new year… I’m full of introspection. I don’t post my own musings very often, but it’s one of those days today. (So would that be… extrospection?? When I post it for all the world to see? LOL.)
2012 was a good year for me. A year ago I picked a theme – one word for the year. My word was “try”. Try… new things, push myself to expand my horizons, make an effort wherever I can, and don’t give up when things are discouraging. I stuck to it pretty well, I think! Did you pick one word for your 2012? How did you do with it?
As far as the blog goes, I sure had some fun around here. I am rounding up the top five most popular posts of 2012 for you – in case you missed them the first time around!
#1 – Bite Sized Party Bark. I posted this one in September, but it didn’t get really popular until Christmas time!
#2 – Wire Wrapped Family Tree. This one was a wedding gift for a friend that was also my bead-themed entry in the 5-round Craft Contest I participated in over at One Artsy Mama back in the spring. It’s funny how popular this one was throughout the year, because I only managed to come in 3rd in the bead round in the competition! All the beads represent the birthstones in the bride & groom’s families.
#3 – The Ten-Minute Bracelet. Because it only takes ten minutes, presumably. ;) A really simple woven bracelet.
#4 – Wish Bracelets. I made and wore these ALL the time as a kid. It must have been a welcome memory for a lot of you as well!
#5 – Reusable Lined Snack Baggie. I used recycled grocery bags to make the liner. The pattern would be great for PUL or any other water-resistant liner, too.
I have seen a lot of blogs come and go in the past year, and I plan to stick around in 2013! I will probably ease up a little bit on the tutorials and just post 2 or 3 a week once we get farther into the year, because big things are in the works in our family. We are hoping to move this year from our tiny condo into a house with some more space. That means there will be projects aplenty and lots to share with you… but not as much time to sit down at my desk at the end of the night to write about it while we are in transition. You know, unless in the next few months they invent boxes that pack and unpack themselves. (Hey, it’s 2013 – is that SO impossible to imagine…?) Okay, yeah, probably not… too bad!!
But the big news (and the reason a move is necessary soon)… is that we are expecting a new addition to our family this summer! Yeah!
(I know… it doesn’t look like much on the ultrasound. But the little jellybean has a nice strong heartbeat, so even though it’s early, my husband and I have been sharing the news.)
Being a working mom with a toddler takes up a lot of my time already – and adding a newborn to that mix is definitely not going to give me any more free time! So when the time comes (the end of July/first of August, depending which doctor I am talking to), I’ll have a lot less time for playing here for a little while. I started crafting and blogging when Raya was about 4 months old as a means of saving my sanity, though – so you better believe I’ll still be checking in regularly! It just might not be every day like my normal blog schedule.
So all that said… it’s time to pick a new word for 2013. One word. After some thought, I decided this is where my focus should be in the coming year:
(You knew that was coming, right??)
No taking on more than I can handle, no getting talked into things I’m too nice to say no to, and no losing focus on our finances when confronted with a fabulous handbag (I confess… it happens.) I need to ask myself every so often, “Am I on-track with my goals? Is this helping? Is it helping me spend time on what’s important?” and stick to my priorites – number one being my family!
What about you – do you have “one word” for the new year, or do you make resolutions? What’s in store for you in 2013? I’d love to hear about it, leave a comment!