Monday, December 31, 2012


...and upward 
to 2013

I'm not even sure how to dive into this post so I'm just going to go feet first.
Did you choose a word for 2012?
 I did. 
It was BECOME. 
It's funny, when the word came to me, it was with good intentions that I wanted to do right by that word. I had goals but in hind sight I had no plans to achieve them. There was always something that came up. Usually life...everyday life, work, family, chores, this, that and the other. I knew by...ohhhhh- February that this might not be the word I should have!  I got to thinking, these words are like New Years Resolutions and I stopped making those years ago because it seemed like I was always setting myself up for failure. PISH...who wants to do THAT year after year? 
But then,
 I became a MONARCH MAMA... 31 amazing Monarch Butterflies. 
Ok, so it wasn't EXACTLY what I had intended when I chose my word but somehow it soothed my ego. I became THE BEST steward to these creatures and learned more than I could ever hope raising these beauties.
 I became a much stronger woman due to life changing events with my mom. 
I just flew back from Florida for the second time to pick my mom up and settle her in back home after her hospital stay. I can say that she ate like nobody's business while I was there. There is still such a long road ahead for her. I wish I could wave a magic wand & make everything ok. I decompressed yesterday & for the first time in several weeks I didn't feel like my head was in a fog. I've had such compassion and love guiding me through this day to day. Frankie soothes my soul & has helped heal my broken heart. I've had so much support on over on IG. There is just this amazing, creative spirit of community over there.
My word for 2013 came like lighting before I headed back to Fl. 
There was NO doubt about it... 

And let me tell you...I intend to do JUST that!

I was showing Frankie the idea I had for a bracelet and he lead me to the garage...
...he actually had the letter punch kit I needed! I squealed in disbelief. He showed me how to do it... I messed a few washers up but finally did it!

I secretly left the finished bracelet on my mom's nightstand table so she could see this word

I think there is still a place in 2013 for my old word-I'm open minded & ready to receive anything that will help me become a bigger and better person.
 Big changes are coming next year.
Austin's graduating high school and will be off starting his new life adventure. My son, Justin, got stationed to Korea and is ready for his new far off adventures. My daughter Jamie and her fiance, Brian, may or not get married in 2013, but they're I am happy.
I know there are going to be some challenging times ahead...I'm the forever optimist but, I'm throwing in a dash of realism for good measure. I refuse to be defeated!
 I get knocked down, but I get back up again...ooohhh that's a song (squirrel moment!)
Thank you all for being such a special part of my life here in blogging land.
I look forward to another year here with you all, learning and growing and inspiring.
Happy New Year friends! 
Happy (2013) Snapping


  1. Happy 2013 to you my sweet soul sister. You have been through sooooooo much and here you are .... stronger than ever! You amaze me! And never ever ever ever forget that " is kind, you is smart, you is important" Mwah!!!!! ♥

    1. I LOVE that line! Thanks sis!! Xo

  2. You DID become the most awesomest butterfly mama in the world in 2012! Funny how our words seem to work out in unplanned ways at times. You have a resilient spirit, Kelly. I'm sure that you will make the most of the new year and that you'll remember to LIVE each day to the max. Happy New Year!!

  3. What I have always loved and respected about you is how real you are! Some words are hard...two years ago I chose the word bloom...omg...that was some crazy that year. Trust is my word for's a big one for me. I wish you much happiness in 2013. Xoxo

  4. New year resolutions, I agree...they set you up for failure. I think it's good to plan, but really, I in my older age can only live one day at a time. It's all I'm capable of if I want to remain sane, it's all I need...just this day, this now. I'm always is a happier place when I don't put the "present" gift on hold!! Love to you...and when the time comes I may need a cheat sheet on those monarchs!! :)

  5. Happy New Year Kelly - your challenging year has indeed help you to become exactly who you were meant to be, a strong and resilient woman! Blessings to you and yours for 2013. LIVE!!!

  6. i like choosing a word rather than declaring a grand resolution. to me, a word is more of an intention or mindfullness. much more doable.

    have so enjoyed getting to know you through IG. hoping your word brings you some much deserved peace and joy. love, kelly

  7. Oh sweet you...I am so happy to hear that your Mom is home and doing better. Live is such a perfect word for her and what an awesome thing you did by leaving those words for her to look at everyday. 2013 is going to be a big year for you, lots of changes and with Frankie by your side you can conquer them all. And yes, you are a fantastic Monarch Mama!!


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