well. first things first. things are definitely going to be changing around here and soon. i am actually really embarrassed writing any more posts on this layout, these pictures, the texts, etc. (i could go on & on). but i need to get over it since i don't have time for the next few weeks to really dive in. i have so many ideas, so many fun things to try, and posts that i can't wait to write. my fingers are even shaking as i type this. mainly because i am overwhelmed with inspiration and also because my brain is fried. this class was so much more than i could have imagined it being. i am NOT going to take down my blog and write "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" but trust me, i immediately wanted to do so today. but rather just stay tuned for what's to come..... i will have a full recap of the blogshop as well.......
please give me a few weeks to really revamp this thing. sadly, as much as i never want to go to bed and just work on this.... i need to do so.
my first mood board (don't judge even this, it was my first).........
pretty cool huh? gosh i have so much more to share. i will also be changing host sites, and a ton of other amazing things in the works.
i can't wait to share with you all. everything. ahhhhhhhh!!
hello my dear readers! i have been absent but this time for a very good reason! this weekend i am attending blogshop, which i am over the moon about! my blog this year is something i am really going to be focusing on so please stay tuned for lots of updates on this little blog of mine. i will be blogging more, a different layout, and some really fun stuff i can't wait to share! after choosing pictures from last year - safe to say my 2011 was pretty kick ass. hoping this year is even better! a look back....
my first (of 8) weddings i attended this year.
my brother's 29th birthday.
participating in bloggers day of silence.
my first Coachella experience with these amazing friends.
celebrating mother's day with the best woman i know.
attended the most beautiful wedding.
a dear friend's bachelorette party.
celebrating my dad's life, 2 years after his passing. (this picture of him is one of my favorites)
my 26th birthday.
throwing the most fun/chic french themed baby shower.
also in October, my handmade Lady "Santa" Gaga for Halloween.
spending a week with my roommates in Texas at their ranch.
this was my favorite photo taken during our week trip to new orleans. actually it was my favorite photo in 2011 (snuck it in in the last week). ha. a moment i will never forget, and wanted to share it will you all because you have been on this journey with me for however long or short... i am happy you are here. for me, it was a perfect ending to another year full of trials, tribulations, beautiful memories made, and lots and lots of laughter. there's something special about going to visit my dad at the cemetery in new orleans, then to have my daily moments with him. it just felt right. i got to see him a few times, and am already looking forward to our next trip "home" with him.
i don't know about you, but i love getting older. it's weird to say, i know. and most likely when i do hit 30 or 40, or 50, heck... i am sure i will want time to stop. but for now, i love living each moment and really taking it all in. the moment above is just one moment in a day. and every second i was there...... i was really. truly. there.
i have a lot to be thankful for, daily. and yes, i can always go back to the moment that changed my life forever. but i can't change it. so i move forward as best i can. i know i say that often, and will continue to do so..... but this life is just so beautiful. i have received some emails about "staying positive" and how do i do it when life really kicked me, hard. i simply say..... i live the life he would want. do i miss him? of course. every second of every day to be exact. do i wish i could change it. absolutely, i would give anything. but somethings i can't change & how or where do i go from here? i live. i choose to be happy. i choose this life. and that is what keeps me going. do i cry still? you bet. but i cherish even those moments. because i know he is with me and will forever be. that is a hard reality i live with as i get older. i love learning more, seeing more, doing more..... but those moments where i wish i could share it. those are, and will always be hard. but i know he is here. every step of the way. he would be making some silly joke none the less. (don't act like he wouldn't) ;)
this next year i want to be better. i want to do even more. i want to learn. i want to do things that scare me. i am excited about the future & excited to keep moving forward, and mostly that is because i have all of you along the way. i don't even know who reads this half the time, or if anyone even cares.... but it's my space, and i can't thank you enough for always encouraging me to keep going. and to keep living (cheesy? absolutely).
okay.... this year i have made a list (go figure) of all the things i want to do going into the next year. some are silly, some i am really looking forward to, and some i just hope to stick with. i normally don't share all of mine, but rather a few. and yes, i make a list of 10. most years. (it's a lot, i know) but it's my list... so oh well. i explained a few to make more sense...
in no specific order;
1. learn spanish (rosetta stone in my computer & ready to be used!)
2. learn & master photoshop
3. be kind to my body (love it daily)
4. blog 5 days a week (this will be more of a fun to-do post blogshop at the end of Jan, so stay tuned!)
5. save! save! save!
6. live in the moment
7. simplify, everything.
8. work on my book (cut out time each day or week for this)
9. nightly rituals before bedtime (i need to get better at flossing, washing my face, ya know the stuff we all should do)
10. project 365 (i want to capture a picture a day, i always say i am going to do this.... why not start this year?)
what is your resolution or resolutions?
to you all who read this, happy everything to you. looking forward to 2012 with you all. big things in store and thanks for taking the journey with me. love you all, dearly.
We've been in New Orleans for a few days now & we have already done so much & eaten so much!!! (we had to get a week gym pass so we can eat more while we are here). HA. My new slogan is i run so i can eat more. Only in Nawlins. We went rock n roll bowling last night and to one of our favorite oyster places, Drago's. Which is to. die. for.
I can't wait for snowballs, visits with my dad, Christmas eve with my cousins, bananas foster waffles, a visit across the lake, the saints game, Christmas day, and much more fun stuff planned!
Just checking in with everyone to say I am alive! Just enjoying spending time with my family.
I’m Jen. I’m a 26 year old lover of all things craft related. I laugh a lot. I like everyone and everything, literally. I’m my father’s daughter, and that’s all I could ever hope for. I'm just here to be me and hopefully inspire a few people on the way. I absolutely love this place.