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Written by: Jenn

Every year I choose one little word that becomes my focus of the year.  I usually wait a few days into the new year to see what word ‘speaks’ to me.  What word keeps popping up in conversations, online or in projects that I am working on.  Last year it was Adventure.  And I almost kept the same word this year because it was still popping up all around my life all year and still now.  But instead I wanted to see what other word might pop up in life.  And one did, while still Continue reading

2016…the year I get my shit together.

Written by: Jenn

So I had every intention on posting my 2016 New Years goals, I will not call them resolutions…resolutions are always broken by February.  But, I got sidetracked and behind about getting them posted.  So here you go…my goals and aspirations for the New Year.

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This was a list I found and adapted to work for me and my 2016 goals.  But the more I looked at it… Continue reading

One Little Word

Written by: Jenn

A few years ago I participated in a year long project call One Little Word.  It was started and inspired by Ali Edwards, she even has a year long workshop.  The idea is to choose a word for the year, a word that you can focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon as you go about the days and months of the year.  In her workshop she gives you monthly prompts that help you delve deeper into your word.  This year I am not Continue reading

Simplify your life

Written by: Jenn

While I don’t want to become a total minimalist…I do need to simply my life and focus on what is important.

This was a great read and I will definitely start doing many of these.  Simple and to the point…a way to live life.

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Click the photo for the article: The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life on the Becoming Minimalist website.

 

 

Do you need to simplify your life?  Where will you start?

Adventure.

Written by: Jenn

Quotes.  We all love them, we see them everywhere, surely by now we all know how to keep calm.  I am drawn to quotes.  I write them down, I pin them, I will even buy something with a quote on it from time to time.  But, rarely do I truly remember the quote or am I really changed by it.  Usually, I nod to myself or inwardly chuckle….and move along.  But once in a blue moon I will see a quote that really hits me.  The other day I saw one, it stuck with me for days, it’s what actually inspired me to start this website.  Funny thing is, it was only the first half of the quote that ‘spoke to me’.  The last half didn’t resonate…but the first part was profound.

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“An adventurous life does not necessarily mean climbing mountains, swiming with sharks or jumping off cliffs…”.

An adventurous life…

What would an adventurous life look like…one that wasn’t climbing mountains and wrestling a bear? Was I leading an adventurous life? At least in my new version of the word adventurous?

It was a resounding…no.  I was not leading an adventurous life.  I have been living a life on auto pilot.  Going from day to day with very little change.  Monotonous. Drab. Same. Repeat.

This is not to say that I dislike my life.  On the contrary, I love my little slice of the world.  I enjoy my job, love my family, love spending time with my awesome husband and adore my funny, goofy almost 4 year old son.  But I haven’t been living my life to it’s potential.

So with 2015 just a few days away, I decided to put together some new years resolutions.  I haven’t done that since I was a teenager or in my early twenties.  I even wrote down steps on how to accomplish these ‘resolutions’, because I read a quote somewhere about writing down the steps to your goal is a dream…or something along those lines.  See…I much as I love quotes, they don’t stick in my head for long.

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These resolutions are less about lofty goals and more about things I want and will do in 2015.  I am too old to believe that I will drink less Dr. Pepper or become a nicer person or that I will run a marathon…those kind of resolutions are broken within the first few days, at least the Dr. Pepper one would be.  In reality , they are fairly simple, and most I think I can do in the 1st half of the year.

1. Start a blog

2. Organize the garage and get at least 1 car in it. 2 would be nice…but I’ll take 1

3. Re-do the dinning room

4. Organize the office

5. Get caught up on my scrapbook for 2014 and start 2015

6. Actually try to do some of the things I pin off Pinterest

7. Start walking nightly, get some exercise

8. Master my new kick ass camera

9. Go out for lunch less, bring it to work more

10. Drink less Dr. Pepper…dammit, I just couldn’t help myself.

I feel like these resolutions or goals are how I can start to live my life with adventure.  I will try new recipes that I find…just like climbing Mount Everest.  I will work on projects around the house…that feels like swimming with sharks.  My scrapbooks are going to be the best damn scrapbooks ever seen…totally like jumping off a cliff. Getting my creative crafty juices flowing again…running with the bulls. Quality time will be spent with the kiddo…sky diving.  Having ‘dates’ with the hubs…wrestling a bear (don’t read too much into that one).

Life is the adventure…and I am going to start living an adventurous one.

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Hello.

Written by: Jenn

So for 2015, I am joining the blogging world…a little late to the party I know.  Not sure exactly what I can contribute to the blogisphere other than I need an outlet to shout to the world, to share great ideas and overall put my brain out there for someone to see.  I’m sure the world that I will be shouting to…won’t care what this married mother of a 3.5 year old sweet boy has to say.  But I am saying it anyway.

Some of the things I want to accomplish with this blog:

Pinterest.  I pin a ton of things, over 1100 by my last count.  And honestly, I hardly do any of them.  And I must have liked them, or I wouldn’t have pinned them, so my goal is to do a few ‘pins’ each month…crafts, home projects, cooking, etc.  I’ll show you my grand accomplishments…or dismal failures.  I need to get my crafty juices flowing again.

Design.  I am visual person, good thing since my profession is ‘Visual Merchandiser’, and I see design elements all around.  I want to share what I see online and photograph the great things I see out in the real world.  Home design, retail store design, hand lettering & typography…maybe even some fashion designs.  Some will be my own designs…many others will not.

Memory keeping.  I firmly believe that documenting our lives, wether shared with the world or just families, is so important. I scrapbook in the Project Life format and have also done several personal histories videos…and you can believe I will be sharing what I do to document people lives.  Every life has a story please write yours down.

Mom stuff.  Or more specifically, how I am failing at being a mother and wife.  Now I know most of you are saying, “You are a great mom and wife, you’re not failing”! Well…I am not a total failure, but I am also not hitting it out of the park.  Or even getting the ball past the infield for that matter. I don’t want to be that perfect June Cleaver mom/wife…but I want to ROCK at both.  This is something that I am working on for 2015.

Some things I will NOT do on this blog…be one of those everything is perfect in our home/life/kids/marriage/whatever blogs.  But at the same time this will not be a “no filter” blog.  You can bet your bottom dollar that all of my photos will be filtered to look their best.  So if it looks like crap…imagine what it looked like before I edited it.  And my ‘voice’ will have a filter, while I will try my best to be completely honest in my posts…there will always be some personal or private things I will not throw out there for the world to see.

Like it or not…here I am.

Jennifer Linn