Tuesday, January 8, 2013


  Ive noticed lately around the blogsphere that lots of people are starting their year off with a photo a day challenge here, or a journal a day challenge there... as crazy as it seems that I would ever have the want, let alone the time to participate in something like that amazes me. But lately a lot of things about our little life here amazes me, so I guess I will jump on in.

 A something a day seems a bit overwhelming, there are however lots of things I want this "break from the real world" we have been given to accomplish, I want to "tune in" to my passions, make time for creativity, challenge myself each day, grow a business, and find the genuine life we want to live.

   So here are MY {2013} challenges...

  I'm joining Paper Momma in her 52 weeks of drawings...
I felt like this was a great challenge for me, mostly because I have about fifty~eleven empty sketch books, that I have been hoarding, but not one has a full sketch in them. Its time to break the cycle and fill those babies up. And it will help me break out of this stupid comparison thing I do with my work that always leads me to just sitting staring at blank page, then putting it back on the shelf, because my brain tells me I'm not as good as everyone else around me. I hope in the next 52 weeks I draw a lot, but if I don't... no biggie. I also hope that I will have the guts to show you guys some of those drawings.

   Next I am going to take more photos. Now that the littles aren't so little, and I'm not waiting breathlessly to capture each movement, or blanket fort adventure, it seems my real camera is left all alone on a shelf and my smart phone has taken its place. Now that we have all this time on our hands it seems silly to not grab up my old friend and make new memories with her.
And I found a great little way to do that with Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Ashley's weekly photo inspiration will give me a reason to get out and go on new adventures!

   And finally I'm jumping on a band wagon, or "movement" or whatever you want to call it.
I'm choosing one word to live by this year. I have seen this all over the web, in most of my favorite blogs, but never really sat down to think about what difference ONE WORD would make in my life.
And to be really honest, I didn't even know this was really a thing till I sat down to write this post and googled My One Word {to try and jog my memory of where I saw this whole thing in the first place.}
  I was reading a few of the My One Word blog posts, and even though this is Christian based, I wanted to share it with you all {I normally try to keep it all "non denominational" Unity up here.}
A line in their blog post from today really stuck with me...
It becomes your focus, the lens through which you see your heart and life.
I like that, I like the idea that not only are we fortunate enough to have this opportunity to breathe, to focus on our family, and to rest. But that with that also comes the change to change our lives once back in the real world.
So, the word I have chosen for my 2013 is GENUINE.
1. Actually possessing the alleged or apparent attribute or character
2. Not spurious or counterfeit; authentic.
   a. Honestly felt or experienced
   b. Actual; real
4. Free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.
5. Being of pure or original stock:
  I want to live each day as the truest form of myself, to embrace my flaws, to live honestly, to feel good about each choice I make. I want my business to grow genuinely, to be original, and to stay focused on the goals I have made for the year .
To nurture my marriage in an honest true way, and to be the example of genuine for my children.
I want to be able to look at my world in 12 months and be proud of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.
"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”   Howard Thurman

So what goals or challenges have you taken hold of this year? Have you chosen your "word"?
I hope all is well in your little corner of this magical place.
Be Good to each other,

*on a side note I had lots of really cool photos to share here, but blogger has decided we are not worthy enough to add photos. UGH. ;)


Carmen said...

Tawny, I wish you luck in your blog goals for 2013! I like your word for the year - genuine.

If I had to pick my word for 2013, it would be Magic...

Its just me, Tawny... said...


Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I think Magic is a great word for the New Year!!