January 02, 2011

Getting Fresh


I love a fresh start. I've ordered my new Moleskine XL Monthly 2011 planner and can't wait to get ahold of those blank pages & start filling them up. I hope to use it not just as a calendar but as a journal of sorts too. Journaling is big on my mind this year, possibly because of all of the ideas I have rolling around in there. Last year you saw me Choose Joy. That became an integral part of my life and I will continue to carry that with me always. This year I have decided to Live Fearlessly. I hope that also becomes an integral part of my life.

The combination of my 40th birthday and this fresh new year seem to have caused some sort of reaction that has me feeling...well, quite honestly, a bit sassy, energized and creative.  I'm pretty sure this is not a temporary situation. I sense that I might be a handful this year. I should probably apologize for that in advance...but I'm not going to. See? What in the world is wrong with me?


On the creative front, I feel a little blog makeover coming up. Also, I'm thinking about signing up for this class but I need to hurry up and decide. I really want to sign up for the big photography workshop they offer but since I would first need to buy a SLR camera, it might have to wait until after we buy a house. Priorities, sheesh.

Speaking of buying a house...we are so ready! We have now been in our house 7 months which means we are getting far along enough in our lease to start looking seriously. And I am most assuredly serious about this particular topic. There is nothing on the market we are interested in yet...but you can bet I am watching it like a hawk. I'm about to burst with excitement, not just about house hunting, but about LIFE.

21 comments:

  1. Jen,

    Happy New Year to you! Sounds like an exciting year ahead for you - full of expectations, dreams realized and creativity in abundance! I can't wait to hear all about it here.

    I feel much the same as you....2011 is going to be a BIG year for our family and I can't wait to see how it all shakes out...
    Be well friend,
    xo~Jill

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  2. Jen
    What an encouraging post! I have been experiencing some of the same feelings.....excited about change for the new year and taking some time to CREATE! Tree came down today.....and completely redid living and dining rooms using things from my little shop and other rooms. Excited to "go along" when you begin you shopping for your new home! Looking forward to your posts on that!!!!

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  3. Jen- I love it when you feel so excited with life that you feel like you are about to pop! And I am excited for you to find a house that you can love and make a permanent home. I know God has one in mind for you-but it is hard to be patient and wait sometimes, isn't it?

    Happy New Year to you...I have ALWAYS been sassy! I like it! Hugs-Diana

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  4. Jen,
    Isn't "sassy" a great word--and an even better feeling?!? I'm loving this new year and the endless possibilities it promises.

    May your house hunting and creative endeavors keep you happy and sassy all year long!

    Tricia

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  5. Hey Jen, I loved this post, your energy & enthusiasm is contagious!! Yay for living fearlessly, I might have to borrow this idea as my own theme for the year. But choosing joy is a nice balance so perhaps I'll go for both and throw in a bit of 'remembering to breathe' as well. Hope the new year is off to a great start for you, enjoy! x

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  6. Oooh, let's be a double-handful! I'm with you, Sister.

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  7. Just turning 40? Wait till you turn 50! I felt very free when I turned 40 but the sassy came out for me at 50. I'm a bit worried for you LOL Have a great year and just go for it!!!

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  8. Jen, What a wonderful position to be in! To be looking at houses! Please show us everything you look at! We know you want our input!
    ;-)

    XO, Cheryl

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  9. jen, i love to read your writing. it's real and fun and always insightful and charming.

    let's pretend we're meeting for coffee in the village tomorrow. we would share and talk and eat and laugh ...

    enjoy being a handful and i will enjoy reading about it.

    xo
    elyse
    (age: 45)

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  10. See!? It's not just me! There's just something about this year! I can feel it! There's something about it! Don't forget to pencil me in that moleskin planner this month.

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  11. Happy New Year Jen! Turning 40 is so liberating....it's like you can finally own who you are. And it sounds like you are trouble. Just kidding! I love that you are going to be a handful in 2011. But save a little energy for unpacking and decorating that new house that will find you.

    xoxo, Julia

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  12. A sassier JJ? Bring it on, girlfriend!

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  13. i always see you as a sassy creative woman!!
    i look forward to seeing you in 2011 & all that life has for you
    xo

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  14. Jen!! So glad to hear you're feeling extra sassy! I'm so excited to see what the new year has in store for you and your family. I hope that "the one" shows up on the real estate market real soon. Oh, I am so excited for you, Jen!! :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Beth.

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  15. Happy new year to you! It sounds as if it will be a good one for you.

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  16. happy new year jen! i'm feeling energized about the new year too :)

    look forward to keeping up with you again this year via your blog!

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  17. sassy is good...and I'm looking forward to another year with you!

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  18. Sounds like lifes about to get very interesting! I hope this year is your best yet.

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  19. Love the encouragement! Happy New Year!

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  20. Happy New year! Wow jen I remember when I turned 40 I just felt so full of energy and ideas like never before! Enjoy it and take advantage of all that exciting energy! I'm excited for you to start house hunting I must admit I have an obssesion with real estae I should of been a realtor! How fun would that be to get to look at all those houses! Of course I would want to move all the time! Hugs,Traci

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  21. So excited to see what the new year brings you. A house would be such fun. I love the renovating and redecorating part.
    I love to junk and thrift... one of my favorite things to do.
    I need to get a new calendar. I forgot to pick one up. Silly me. Like that will keep the days from filling up!
    I like that you are gonna be a handful. Work it I say!

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