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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year to YOU!

I've definitely been gone, but hopefully not forgotten!  The computer I had been sharing with my daughter (since my own computer died last Spring) finally crashed and while I've been using my hubby's think pad for reading blogs, I have really slacked off on the actual writing of my own blog!

This last week I've been thinking and thinking- trying to come up with some good resolutions for this bright new year  And as always, I had something of a hard time narrowing it down; BUT I did come up with a few.... 
  1. Keep the Quit- many of you know that I quit smoking for the umpteenth time last August; my goal here is to stick with it!
  2. Be Grateful- remember the gratitude journal I made a while back?  I need to get back to daily entries.
  3. Stay Positive- this is not always an easy thing for me, but I'm gonna work on it!  
  4. Be a Better Juggler- parenting, wifing, arting, teaching, blogging- these are just a few of the things that I love in my life and I need to do find a better way to balance them all...get those balls back in the air if you will!
To be honest, 2011 was the hardest year I've had in a long time.  There were a lot of health issues that led to financial issues both of which have had me in and out of a funk for a while now.  But there were also a lot of good things that happened last year!  And while I am grateful to begin a fresh year; I do want to take a moment to think about some of the 
blessings that 2011 has brought my way;
 Being able to combine teaching with being an artist- I love the freedom of my little classes- and having time to paint is such a wonderful feeling!



 Our new little kitten- Mojo has been such a wonderful, funny addition to our family.....

   helping start the Sisterhood of Traveling Sketchbooks- I have loved this physical connection with my bloggy, artist friends!

And then of course, there are the blessings that have only gotten better over the years.....
 my sweet (mostly) husband Bill- I can't believe we're about to have our 20th anniversary in a few weeks!
and
my "babies" on Christmas morning, sleepy, but beautiful!
I'll end my rambling of resolutions and gratitude here.....I hope you all had a blessed 2011 and an even better beginning to 2012!
Love and Hugs,
Stephanie

8 comments:

Sherry Goodloe said...

Happy New Year! Good luck on your resolutions and may good health continue!

Felicia Kramer said...

Happy New year, Steph - I hope 2012 is a great year for you. I'll be right there with resolutions, but I'm just getting to my list today. Not a good sign for me for the new year! LOL!

craftattack said...

Good to see you around again Stephanie! Sending lots of hugs and sparkles that this year will be a better one for you! Valerie

Netty said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year Stephanie and thank you for sharing all your resolutions and thoughts. Hugs Annette x

Magpie said...

Happy, merry, beautiful, creative, healthy 2012! I'm sure I left something out :-)

So glad you're back...I love your holiday pictures, everyone looks contented and beautiful! Your Mojo kitty somewhat resembles my Oliver. If his (her?) disposition is the same, you're in for a wild ride!

Your resolutions sound like mine, with the exception of the quit smoking one (I luckily never did start). I wish you luck with that one...I'm sure it is one of the hardest things to do.

Maggie
xoxo

Victoria said...

Hello kindred..such a beautiful and magical post! Wishing you and your loved ones a magical 2012!
Hugs
victoria

priti.lisa said...

Hi Stephanie!!!!!!
I don't know where to start...prolly with your red walls (you know we artists study the details,lol)I have red walls in my living room too! And I've seen a beer bottle on my mantle too, but you have a real fire place! I don't wear shoes in the house either. Ha! At this rate I'll be here all night. Let me just say... You are beautiful and so are your kids, your painting...everything you touch feels your magic, including me. I am grateful to have met you 3? years ago, and I am looking forward to more sharing of art and life in general with you. Happy, happy New Year my friend, and happy Anniversary too.
Maybe we will meet in real life one day, and you can teach me a thing or two...I'd love it. ♥♥♥ Love,Lisa

EVA said...

A lovely post Stephanie! I hope 2012 brings an easier year filled with much health, happiness, creativity and prosperity! (And a new computer!)

xo EVA