Year in Review {2013}

It’s that time again when the calendar is about to turn to another year! Although I’m taking a short break from blogging, I thought I’d stop by quickly to review a few of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2013. Before I get to that, I must first thank each and every one of you for being so supportive. I love sharing ideas and projects with you, and I’m so fortunate to be able to live out my passion each and every day. I wish the same for you. If you’re not quite there, may 2014 be the year when it begins! Perhaps this print¬†will be the motivation you need…

 Live Your Passion | Quotable Life on Etsy

Skiing at Sunshine

Skiing Sunshine 2013_1

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Reflecting on 2012 and Welcoming a New Year!

I’m just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year, and want to thank you so much for making 2012 a year to remember. As the calendar is about to turn to 2013, I can’t help but reflect on all that has happened this past year, and look forward to what is to come. Cheers!


Champagne at Midnight{via}


I think we’re all guilty of being a little hard on ourselves for what we set out to accomplish in 2012, but didn’t get around to. However, if you take the time to look back on 2012, I’m certain that at least a few lessons were learned and lives were touched. Isn’t that really all that matters?

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Taking Chances {what are you up for in 2012?}

Happy New Year! I took a much needed break with my family and friends in the Rocky Mountains this past week. I’m kicking myself for leaving my camera in my suitcase most of the time because the snow-topped trees and mountain vistas can’t be beat this time of year. If you haven’t been to Banff or surrounding area in the winter, I suggest adding it to your bucket list. We live fairly close to the area, but I never get tired of the scenery.


I have to admit I was excited about bringing in the new year with friends in a gorgeous cabin, but I was a bit reluctant about the whole skiing thing. You know those activities you did back in the day that you haven’t done since. Fortunately, I went on a few mountain ski trips as a teen and I skied at a small local hill a few times a year with friends growing up. However, it was at least 10 years since I’d been on skis and I was definitely nervous about the whole thing. Luckily my son and his cousins are fairly new at snow boarding, so I was able to take a few runs on the bunny hill before tackling the chair lift.

Encouragement goes a long way and it wasn’t too much time before my husband and cousins were dragging me to the chair lift. I vowed to myself that 2012 was going to be a year of taking more chances and putting myself out there in a bigger way. Part of me was ready, but a bigger part was saying you’re no spring chick and something bad is going to happen! I somehow shut that voice off in my head and just went for it. I had to trust that everything would be okay.

You know what? It wasn’t exactly like riding a bike, but I put one ski in front of the other and made my way down the hill (with a few lessons from my husband’s cousin). I came across obstacles (icy patches and heavy powder) and somehow found a way to get through it all. I reached the bottom of the mountain and a sense of accomplishment set in and I was ready to try another run (well after my burning legs had time to rest)!

{via Amanda Eck on Pinterest}

I see this time and time again with home improvements. It’s often the first project that can be the most intimidating, so you put it off. You think- what if I choose the wrong paint color and have to repaint? What if the table comes and I hate it? What if I choose that fabric for the drapery and it doesn’t go with the sofa? What if, what if, what if…So you end up doing nothing and you feel like you’re always at the bottom of the mountain waiting for courage to finally set in.

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