Monday, December 27, 2010

Reflections for the in-between week...

 I've always loved New Years Eve.  I've always hated New Years Eve.  And usually, I've felt both emotions at the exact same time. The main thing I hate, is that nine times out of ten, we don't do a whole lot to ring it in.  And yet I love being on the cusp of a new beginning. I'm always so convinced that I'm going to do something really great, but I can't usually come up with anything very great to actually commit to. This year, however, I'm starting it out a little bit differently. 

Besides the fact that our entire existence feels completely different than it did this time last year, I've got a plan!  There are a few things that I'm hoping to change of course, because if we just give up and quit trying to better ourselves, we may as well all quit and go home. 
I also want to accomplish some new things, and jump back in to a few things I stopped doing last year.  I want to complete something I began in the Fall.  I want to take a photography class.  (I can't wait, Amy!) I want to take and post a photo all 365 days of the year.  (Isn't there some sort of blog club for that sort of thing?  Anyone?) I want to start swimming again, because I miss it terribly.  I want to memorize a bible verse every two weeks, with Beth Moore.  I want to give until it hurts, because I still don't know what that feels like. I want to start up an Etsy store, though I have no clue what I'd like to make and sell and the entire idea has me freaked out of my mind with paralyzing fear.  I hate fear. 
The biggest thing I want to do this year, that I have never actually been able to do, is simply be.  You know... like in the moment?  Just be. I make way too many plans to ever "be."  But I want that to stop.  I want to appreciate and enjoy each and every moment I've got breath to breathe.  It seems so simple.  I always complicate the simple, so this will truly be a year-long challenge.  (I also plan-and I hope I can stick it out, to let this coffee table remain this color.  I told you I painted it a misty blue.  It still wasn't quite right, but until Christmas decorations were put away it was hard to define what color it should be. The other night, I went hunting through our old paint cans, and I found this color.  It is the paint I used to cover my wood Adirondack chairs.  It's called Dried Thyme by Sherwin-Williams and I felt a familiar tickle in the center of my heart as soon as the paint started sliding across my brush.  Everything about it felt right.  So I'd like to be content with that, and realize that all of life doesn't rotate around material items.  Like Adrain would gently remind me, "moth and rust.") 
Here's to 2011.  A chance to be.  

What are your plans and feelings about the upcoming year? I dearly want to hear from you guys on this. 

Even the lurkers! (grin.)


  1. I always say I want to get organized and STAY organized. Maybe this year I can do it! I also want to do the Bible verses. That is something I want to do with my kids especially. I am also planning to open an Etsy store with my mom. :) Here's to a fabulous 2011!

  2. Your post was perfect. If I had written a post, the thoughts on the pages would be quite similar. I have the very same obstacles and desires, I just don't know how to do it. And, do you know of a good 365 class/blog? I am always wanting to better my photography and some of the classes I have taken have been cheesy. I would really like to blog and take a picture for all 365 days of the year!!!! Can I be your buddy!?!!! :)

  3. Mary Anne, of course you can be my buddy! Now we just have to find one... LOL

  4. Sounds good to me! :) I will have to let you know if I find anything. :)

  5. I have the same love-hate relationship with New Year's, but a few years ago I made the New Year's resolution to never make another New Year's resolution. It's the only one I've ever successfully kept. And I'm totally with you on the Etsy store thing! I want to start one too, but am still thinking, mulling, dreaming and planning... I'm looking forward to seeing what you sell!

  6. Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! Did I write this post?....well, except for the etsy shop! LOL! My hands are full enough with this new photography business without opening a store, too. ; )

    I already have plans for my 365 photo posts. I'm thinking I need a whole new blog JUST for that and keep up with my current blog, my real photog website and blog.....and Face*book. Too techy? Yep!

    Wish you lived here (Texas)!

    Maybe we can start our own 365 thingy. There are tons "out there", but who are THEY? ; ) We can be we with your other commenters who want to do it, too. I don't have time to go looking at too many other 365 posts from other people. Just a handful would be great. You wanna be the queen bee of setting one up? LOL!!

  7. Oh, I so hear you on all this... I desperately need organization. I need time management, and to make my tiny house more liveable through organizing help. I need to expect less of myself, in some ways, and more in others--basically, I need to work on being more content. I've got an etsy store in the works--I really hope it takes shape in an amazing way like I envision... that is truly my main desire for this year is to see a dream take shape that I've been contemplating for a long time, and I'm hoping to finally get it going. Happy New Year!!

  8. I too have been thinking about how I want to improve. What better way to start a new year with a fresh start? Some of mine include losing the "pregnancy" weight I gained, improving my blog (photography), joining a bible group study, and adding handmade items to my vintage shop on Etsy.
    Cheers to a great New Year!

  9. Love this post! Made me stop and thik about my goals for the new year. First of all - I want to get rid of everything in our home (and garage!) that we don't use or love. Less stuff will feel so much better. I want to exercise regularly - with an emphasis on health rather than weight. I'm also doing the verses with Beth. I did them in 2009 and did great for about 3/4 of the year. Want to do better this time. And I want to have more dates with my hubby and one-on-one time with each of my kiddos (at least monthly seems like a reasonable goal).

    I too am learning to just BE. Definitely not something that comes naturally for me. It's part of learning to rest in Him - something I need more of, for sure.

    Happy New Year!

  10. I love this post! Thanks for writing it! I read your blog everyday even though I don't post comments each time. :) I've heard of people taking their pictures (365) and making it into a coffee table book. I thought that would be a cute idea. Something to think about, perhaps! I have the same love/hate relationship with the New Year. I ordered the spiral from LPM to help me memorize my verses this year. I can't wait until it arrives in the mail. So cute! Anyway, I love getting organized, my new planners, just a new beginning to just be. Thanks again for the post and Happy 2011 from the East Coast (Maine)! :)

  11. Sasha, I can so relate! I want to simplify this year and not get so caught up in the planning that I miss all the in-betweens. I want to run three days a week, participate in a bible study--something I've never done before, and commit to a good morning girls group to help keep me accountable for spending time in His word. I've been toying with the idea of blogging--maybe posting a picture a day could help get me started, and I did receive that nice Canon Tsi for my anniversary last April. What Beth Moore verses are you ladies referring to? Happy 2011 to you...from Southern Cali.I'm playing Bunco with the family that night: )

  12. very good post...i love new beginnings :) i am doing that bible memory thing with beth moore too! can't wait! happy new year!

  13. Well, I really love that you just bit the bullet and wrote the first of an onslaught of NY posts. I've been resisting the urge most of the day! Mine will be soon to follow...

  14. So funny that your list is so very similar to mine. The 365, the Beth verse thing, and even the esty shop! Happy New Year friend!

  15. So......Sasha, start the 365 photo thing - I'm sure there's a few of us that would love to join you :-).

    Still waiting on the cello, taking the soul restoration class for BCG, taking a photography class with a friend as well :-), and soaking in life...

    I'll be spending New Year's Eve with my hubby and a small, intimate gathering chaperoning 400 youth for a church activity - fun...

  16. so many similarities -

    - i am waiting for my beth moore spiral to arrive

    - i am waiting for my Project Life kit (photo a day) to arrive

    - i am waiting to hear how you liked true grit

    - i am waiting to hear where i can snag a darling trio of white buckets in a wire basket to have in my homeschooling home

    happy new year !!! LOVE the tinsely 2011

  17. Hey, after reading this over again I just got so excited and went ahead and made my 365 blog! LOL!!

    Can't wait! ; )

  18. I am going to loose the last ten pounds of my 20 pound goal as I sit here typing this comment I have the TJ box of chocolates next to me well this is a 2011 goal and I should get them out of the house by then. I also want to be greatful just a bit more.
    Happy 2011

  19. me too my friend.
    i need to take a photography class, memorize more scripture, and take an image a day too
    oh yeah

    loved your blog in 2010
    can't wait for 2011 with you!

  20. oh i love your new resolution to "just be". I think that might be one of mine too. To stop worrying about the state of my house (in disarray) and just play with my kids or whatnot. I love it! And p.s. I SO KNEW we were kindred spirits. guess what? My office is in Dried Thyme. HA!

  21. A friend of mine did one resolution per month last year and I thought was a nice realistic idea rather then trying to overhaul your life entirely starting the first of the year. :) I think that's what I'm going to do. January's first resolution...30 min. of activity every day whether it's walking, dancing, aggressively cleaning, etc. :)

  22. I would love to be able to "just be." Definitely something to strive for.

  23. I really haven't thought about New Year's yet. Therefore, I don't have a plan yet. I am right there with you on the photography thing. . .even just taking a photo each day to capture a piece of each day. I set up an etsy shop, but have not listed anything. I too, fear the prospect (perhaps of failure?) It looks like you have quite a few takers on the photograpy blog idea! I hope it all goes well!

    Happy New Year!

  24. Sometimes I wonder why bother with resolutions but there are so many things bugging me and I'm not getting any younger. Frankly I hate the whole being afraid thing too!

    I so want to do an Etsy shop too but it's scary! I wish you great success in just being!

    I often think that the enemy of good enough is better! Happy 2011!


  25. We've got the same goals for 2011! I also want to take a photography class and do a photo a day and post it online, too. The only difference is that I don't really want to do more swimming. I'm more of a sit-by-the-pool and read type of girl myself. ;)

  26. I used to feel let down if New Year's Eve didn't turn out to be completely awesome. It's a holiday people build up so much it rarely lives up to the expectations. I thought it was a bad sign for the new year when it wasn't all that. What can I say, I'm Catholic ~ I see everything as a sign. I'm now over it and feel that it is a good sign if I'm snuggled in bed by 10:00. No let down, and ya feel great the next day so you can clean up your Christmas mess. Yeah, I have no life.

  27. Great post..making me think! I also would like to do the Etsy store thing, purchase a new camera and memorize scripture with Beth Moore! Love her!! Is their some kind of special book for that?? Happy New Year!!

  28. I lurk, but it's a good kind of lurking! ;-D

    Hmm... to just "be" is much simpler when everything is looking lovely or working well - not necessarily flawless.
    However I am trying to grab those moments when everything is falling apart, to remember I can make that moment whatever I want IT to "be" also.
    I don't have to let it make me.
    Not so easy, but when I've succeeded, the rewards are very precious.
    I am also learning slowly (much too slowly, I'm afraid) that the only moments we actually have are the exact ones we are currently in.
    No yesterday to hold onto,
    no tomorrow promised - despite what lies the calendar tells.
    Because of that, I am realizing that what the Lord wants most from me, is not great things...
    just my heart this very moment.

    Thank you dear friend and sister un-met, for blessing me with your heart to see the beautiful, and your honesty too.

    I love what the Lord is doing in YOUR life!


  29. I'm waiting for my spiral to arrive, too. For those who don't know, LPM is selling spirals of blank index cards for $3. To order one, go to the blog section of and read the December 13 post. Of course, you can buy a spiral at Staples or someplace and use that.

    I'm resolving to memorize Scripture and eat "five a day" in 2011. Happy New Year! : )

  30. In 2009 I did a 365 picture blog: I loved it.

  31. i'm blog hopping and came across yours. i love the color of your you know the name and brand of it? thanks!