January 03, 2011

A Fresh New Start!

Welcome back everybody!  I wanted to take today to get a bunch of things in order, so pardon the randomness of this post.  I'm also going to blab a bit, but I'm hoping you'll stick with me here.

NUMBER ONE:

I love New Years.  I love having a brand new year in front of me.  I love analyzing the last year and thinking about who I am and who I want to become.  I love that life is full of new beginnings because sometimes I really need them. 

Lately I've been thinking that life is a lot like this...

Something comes at you and you reconfigure.  Then something else comes at you and you reconfigure again.  You just keep doing that until one day you are the flexible, capable person God has intended you to be.  I think our ability to change and adapt is essential.

I've been thinking a lot lately about where I'm at in life and what I want to improve on and I feel like I've come across an answer.  I love my life and I feel pretty comfortable in it, but I have felt the prompting to stretch myself a bit more - to live more outside of myself and to reach out more.  So, I am going to try and reconfigure a bit.  Let me explain.

I had so much fun helping Rex do his good deed each day with his advent.  We had some really great experiences and I want to make more room in my life for that.  I also feel like you and I are a lot alike.  That's why you're here.  So, I'm inviting you to join me in this new endeavor if you'd like.

From now on every Wednesday will be called "Wake Up Wednesday."  I think it's important for all of us to "wake up" and realize that this life is about more than just our own personal needs.  So on Wednesdays I will be posting a service idea/suggestion.  It may say, "Invite someone over for dinner." "Write a letter to someone you admire and tell them."  "Listen to everyone today without multi-tasking."  The challenge is for you to do it within a week.  Then, when next Wednesday comes you can tell us about your experience in the comment section and there will be a new challenge for the next week.  PLEASE, don't misunderstand.  This is not about bragging that we've done something good.  It's about sharing and uplifting one another. 

This idea has been floating around in my head for a couple of months now and I am so excited to try it out.  I hope you'll be willing to give it a shot.  You don't have to do it every week.  Do what you can.  I have a feeling it could be a great source of joy and fun for all of us.

NUMBER TWO:

I try my best to answer any questions I get from you.  Sometimes I have your e-mail and I respond.  Sometimes I click on your profile and you have three different blogs and I don't know where to leave you a comment back.  So, from here on out I will respond to your question in the comments section.  Just check back there.  That way, if someone else has the same question they will find the answer there and I won't be trying to answer it several times.  Okay?  Great.  If you have a question not related to a post, just drop me an e-mail.  And, if I ever don't respond to something, I'm sorry.  Every once in a while I accidentally delete an e-mail.  If it takes a few days for me to respond, I'm sorry.  Sometimes I have a busy stretch and I get backed up.  So thanks for understanding.

NUMBER THREE:

I thought it would be fun to show you a few of the handmade gifts I gave this year.  Sadly, I didn't remember to take a picture of everything, but here are a few.

I made another upcycled boy hat for a nephew.  He's got a really funny, upbeat personality, so I gave him a funny leopard (and super cozy) lining.


Here's a rice-warmer wrap I made for my mother-in-law.  (I can do a tutorial on this one if you're interested.)


Here's my husband modeling it.  He made me promise not to show his face in this one :)


I personalized a pretty pot with bulbs in it for Rex's teacher.


The neighbors got homemade raspberry honey butter and rolls.  (My sister-in-law had a killer recipe for the honeybutter.)


And I made some melted snowman cookies for other neighbors and friends.  You probably saw those around blogland this year.  I had to try them out.  They were so cute and fun.

NUMBER FOUR:

I added a tab a while back that says "Charity."  If you're even looking for something good to do you can click there and find some opportunities to help out others.  When people e-mail me asking for help, I'll post it there for you in case you'd like to help, too.  It usually involves crafting for a good cause.  I JUST added one today to help a sweet couple raise money for their adoption.  Go check it out if you'd like.

NUMBER FIVE:

Lastly, if you are LDS and you serve in the Young Women's I thought you might be interested in these printables I made for this year's theme.  They are 8x10s and can be framed or mounted.

Get this gray one HERE.

Get the neutral one HERE.

Whew!  And that's a wrap!  Thanks for hanging in with me through that long, random post.  Things will be back to normal tomorrow.  Have a great day!

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