I love the promise of the new year. Even though I'm not one to make a bunch of resolutions, since I feel they set me up for failure, there is just something fresh and full of possibilities on January 1st. This year I'm trying to be easier on myself. It seems I fall into the trap of always nurturing, comforting, and just plain being kind to others while beating myself up for little things. So I'm making a conscious decision to treat myself as I treat others.
Each year I pick a word, inspired by Ali Edwards One Little Word, for me it's quite a process thinking about what really applies to my life now & will help make the subtle changes for the new year to be who I want to be. I usually don't commit until the very last moment right before midnight lol yep it takes that much thought for me... it's important. This little idea can make a big difference.
This year I've chosen AUTHENTIC.
To me it applies to being who I am and embracing the good, bad & everything in between. "I am what I am and that's all that I am".... no I'm not Popeye the sailor man but it applies lol.
I have the best kids (they are grown men but will forever be my boys). They bought me a new laptop for Christmas - similar to the one in picture. No more little netbook that I actually played World of Warcraft on and did Photoshop for a while before the new Windows came out & the updates slowed it way down (my conspiracy theory of MS making the older computers so slow that you cave in and buy a new one). I am loving it even if it isn't an apple. I have the sweetest sons they are so thoughtful & take such good care of their mom!
I have been downloading some of my favorite fonts from Kevin & Amanda's blog on the new computer. I like the casual handwritten look & use them all the time.
I went to the movies to see Sherlock Holmes 2 A Game of Shadows Saturday with my mom & sister. The movie was really good & it was fun just us "girls" we don't do that enough. Robert Downey Jr. is always so funny & Jude Law plays so well with him. They really are the perfect pair. The Studio Movie Grill had comfy seats, tables, full menu, & bar - my son Andrew goes there all the time but this was my first time. Yummy home style popcorn with real butter (though I didn't use it I was being good even if a little spilled out of the cup in the basket). The ticket & food prices were actually cheaper than the mall AMC theaters so we will be going back again.
On the scrapbook creative front I'm working on some new mini albums for EMI Scrapbooking. I can't thank Susan enough for allowing me to design for her - she is so good to me. They will be available in the coming weeks. If you are local to Atlanta be sure to stop on in - she has a great selection of all the new lines from our favorite companies.
Hope you have a great day & take time to be creative