Happy January!

Have you taken a moment to reflect this January? Everything is fresh and new...resolutions have been made, goals have been set.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays has come to a close, and we are now looking forward with open minds and hearts to the new things that lay ahead of us.

Have you taken time to reflect?
Have you taken time to be thankful?

If you haven't set your resolutions for 2014 yet, consider what you want to accomplish. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to look back on 2014 and what do you want to see?


I can, I can, I can...so (year in review)

When I started thinking about the past year and wanting to do a Year in Review post for New Years Eve, I thought about all of the things that we have experienced and how to sum them up. Last year, I did a month by month photo recap. This year? This year is different.

2013 has left a profound mark on my heart and soul. We have been through the wringer this year, but at the end of the day...I have learned one thing.

I can do anything

I can make it through heartache
I can start a new facet of my business
I can run an amazing charity campaign with my incredible team
I can host a party for BlogHer with my bloggy bff
I can get my work into galleries, and book a solo exhibition for 2014
I can run a 5km...then another...a 6km...and another 5km
I can do Insanity, and actually finish it
I can
I can
I can

Happy 2013. Thank you for being there throughout every step, tear, smile, post.

Cheers to a year gone by, and a new beginnings for 2014.


Word of the Year 2014

My friend Stephanie over at A Grande Life is hosting a 2014 Word of the Year link up, and it got me thinking about what my overall goals are for the coming year.


What do I want to accomplish? Is it something all encompassing, or are there specific areas that I want to work on?

So for the year 2014, I have chosen

I chose the word Grow for a few reasons, and not just because my belly will be.

To me, it means to evolve, change and adapt; all things that will be happening once baby is here, but things that are constantly at the forefront of how I live my life. It also pertains to specific blog related goals, and some personal achievements that I am hoping to accomplish.

Here are my goals.

1) Grow the number of races I run in 2014. I've already signed up for a 5km in May, am looking at one in April, and am going to be completing 4 legs of the LOST running series. That makes 6 races which puts me in line with 2013. All before baby comes. There are at least 2 races that I'm looking at for the fall, so this goal will certainly be attainable.

2) Grow my readership. This is probably a pretty standard goal for a blogger, but if you don't have a strategy and you're just wishing on the stars for your readership to grow...good luck. I have a strategy, and thankfully some really awesome blogger friends to bounce ideas off of.

3) Grow as a mom. Since our family will be literally growing by two little feet, I will naturally grow as a mom. I'm sure that my heart will grow new room for this baby, and I hope against hope that I have enough sense of mind to go with the flow. My expectations on myself are alot lower this time, there's less room for failure but I would like my patience to grow, and my appreciation for myself to grow as well.

4) Grow the quality time spent with my husband, and my children. {eek, I just said children}. I have a plan, and I know that a certain road to a certain firey place was paved with good intentions, but really truly seriously I have a plan. Dates with my Bear, dates with my Hubs and dates with my babe.

5) Grow my plan for my really really big goal for 2015. Ideas are swirling, and only a handful of people know of this goal...it will get revealed little by little next year.

So...what's your word?


Making Resolutions

It's a new year...it started today. Have you made your list of resolutions yet?

Each year, I sort of sit back and reflect. What did I accomplish? How do I measure those achievements? What do I want to improve on for the next year?

What did I accomplish?

I was able to get my work into the hands of some really amazing people. Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, and Keira Knightley {and her amazing stylist, Camilla Pole} just to name a few. As a measure of success, I think that's pretty huge. Being able to create custom works of wearable art, wall sculpture and canvas art was an amazing experience.

I joined an incredibly amazing organization, London Mompreneurs, and met some fantastically driven women who have inspired me to keep pushing myself and the boundaries around me.

I have landed freelancing positions with Manilla and Crave Handmade, and will be bringing some amazing art companies into the fold here this year.

This year, I resolve to stay true to my art and focus more on painting on canvas and honing my sculpting skills.

I resolve to pursue galleries, and to stay determined in have 3 gallery exhibitions per year {my ultimate goal}

I resolve to bring you a home decor how-to, each and every month

I resolve to continue to make happy accidents, pairing colour and trends in unexpected ways, to bring you beautiful works of art that you can't wait to put in your home.

What are YOUR resolutions this year??