Happy New Year everyone!
This year has flown by at unbelievable speeds and brought the biggest change to my life yet – my new baby boy! 2013 was an incredible yet roller-coaster type of year. Some major amazingness happened including making beautiful new friends, working on fabulous and unexpected projects, growing my business, and having the biggest bundle of joy come into my life. What a year!
With 2014 here, I’m spending the next few days reassessing and pondering how to make this next year fabulous. Since big changes have happened in my life, big changes will also need to take place in my business. Mainly, I’m realizing I will need much more focus in order to get the things done that will help Joyful Roots to thrive in the limited amount of time I now have. I’m not quite sure yet how that will take form, but that’s the goal. FOCUS was my word of the year last year, but I don’t think it really happened. This year however, I’m really going to have to streamline and stick to it. Another word I need to add to that is HUSTLE. I’m really not good at the hustle, but something big has got to happen this year to help my little family and this business make ends meet, so hustle it is.
What are your plans for the new year? Do you have a word (or two) that encompasses what you want to accomplish this year?
Alright, on with the partying…Today I reached 300 followers over at the Joyful Roots Facebook page and that is a huge accomplishment, I think. So because there is so much reason for celebration, I decided to offer 14% off everything in my shop plus have a giveaway!
From now until January 14th everything in my shop will be 14% off with the coupon code PARTY2014. Christmas may be over, but it’s never too late to treat yourself to something fun, handmade, and artsy.
I also want to give one lucky person one of my original mini paintings, so go ahead and enter the giveaway below to get yourself a little mini art treat of your choice!
Last year was incredible, and I know that this year will be even better. Much love to you and yours during this time and if you need anything in the year to come I am only a message away.
Thank You sweet sweet lady! That means the world to me! We are both going to have an amazing year this year! Hugs!
One of my highlights of 2013 was connecting with new people just like you! And I’m looking forward to seeing what you create in 2014 with all your new mama inspiration. 🙂
My word for 2014 is SETTLE. Perhaps an unlikely one but one that means exactly what I need for this year. I explain more this week on my blog.
Hi Kerryn! I’m so happy we connected! I like your word for this year, perhaps because it is so unlikely, I think it may be that much more meaningful! Sometimes being less ambitious is exactly what we need for ourselves and for success!
My word of the year is BRAVE. I realized last year that I often do not do things just because I am scared. I do not even know why I am scared…. still … I promised to myself that this year I just will do my thing. No fear will keep me from it! 🙂
Ursula – Can I ever relate to that! There are a lot of things I don’t do because of fear and its so silly! I hope you are able to muster up the courage to do many things this year that require you to be brave! I’m rooting for you!
My words are KEEP SWIMMING. 🙂 There’s an awful lot of stuff happening right now, some good, some difficult, and I need to keep moving ahead with purpose.
Love this Laurel. You really are on a roll and I’m excited to see what awaits you this year! Many more good things are to come, I can feel it!
Is this where I post a comment for you per the contest instructions? 🙂 I want to see you create space this year. Space to hold light, space to expand, space to be. Expansiveness in your art and your life. You’ve grown and are growing so much (oh, these life changes/challenges do push us to grow!)–you need room. 🙂 And I happen to consider the desert an excellent muse for reflections on space and light, expansion and contraction.
Yes Laurel, this is the place! I absolutely love that! I do need to create space…my oh my…I think you nailed it. I wasn’t thinking so abstractly, but I think that is exactly why my main word is focus. By focusing my efforts and my creations, I intend to make space in my life for my family and myself. You are right, I’m growing…growing…growing and that requires room! (I could really take this advice for my house too) and one of my goals at home is to GET RID OF EXCESS STUFF! Love you and your mind!
Mine is JUMP. I love that saying “Jump and the net will appear” – I think having the courage to JUMP is huge… especially as an artist. But that is my goal for 2014, and having faith that the net will be there to catch me. 🙂
Lisa – Yes! I believe that net will definitely be there for you if you make the move and jump! I can’t wait to see what JUMPING brings your way this year! Be brave!
This year I’d like to see you create more of whatever your heart desires! I hope you find inspiration and drive behind the camera freeze framing moments you’ll cherish for the rest of your life!
Thanks Jenelle! Oh I know there will be zillions of photos this year! xo