Welcome 2010

Another year has come and gone — and 2009 was filled with so much excitement that 2010 is seriously going to have to step up to the plate. Okay, not all of the excitement was happy (2009 saw plenty of tears), but even the changes that felt horrible at the time turned out for the very best. So, let’s take a quick look back at my life in 2009 as we (ever so gently) kick the decade to the curb.

  • one blog started
  • one bamboo floor laid
  • two ALA conventions under my belt: Denver and Chicago
  • one major-league baseball game attended
  • 900 tweets
  • one garden designed and planted
  • eight games (pc not console) beaten by Chris
  • one wretched day of layoffs
  • four dear friends laid-off
  • two friends, Rob and Cyn, sold their house
  • three cards accepted for publication
  • one sweet little baby born to my friend Sarah
  • two deaths: my uncle Richie and my friend Suzanne
  • one awesome, amazing job found and taken
  • one super 1990 Audi 100 up and running
  • a handful of darling new friends made
  • countless cards created
  • a gazillion little things to be thankful for

This has been a whirlwind of a year! It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was in Chicago, tweeting to you all from Wrigley field as the rain poured down. And it really was only a few weeks ago that Rob and I were planning Chris’ big Christmas surprise — his beloved old Audi up and running. Seeing his face when he saw his car in our carport on Christmas morning was the best Christmas present ever! (Aside from the new Barnes & Noble Nook my sweetiez gave me! I can’t wait until it gets here!)

So that’s the end of 2009. What’s in store for 2010? Who knows, but I’m loving the ride so far. I spent last night playing games and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the world. And today has been totally relaxing — just making cards and blogging to the ever-so-peaceful sounds of Batman: Arkham Asylum. I’ve chosen my one little word for the year: clean. By this I mean really detoxing in every aspect of my life — not just simplifying, but rethinking the way I approach the world. Eating clean. Exercising. Keeping a clean house and workspace. Looking at things and interacting with people with a clean slate and an open mind. I want to be a positive, refreshing force in people’s lives, and clean can help me be that.

Speaking of clean — here’s a quick clean-and-simple card to start things off: my contribution to the latest Embellish challenge! I wanted to use American Crafts’ Letterbox line and go as simple as possible with the design, while still fitting in the challenge requirements. I’m loving that new line! It’s so elegant and sophisticated — a perfect look for the new year.

I hope you all are healthy, happy, and safe today!

recipe: stamps: baby girl (hot off the press); cardstock: white (bazzill); patterned paper: letterbox (american crafts); chipboard: loads of letters (stampin' up!); ink: riding hood red (stampin' up!); ribbon: true black satin (papertrey ink); punches: scallop square (stampin' up!)

14 thoughts on “Welcome 2010

  1. Nicole Maki says:

    I just love your card. The black ribbon really grounds it and adds even more elegance.

    Sorry for your losses this past year and hurray for the pubs, beaten games and friends made.

  2. Winter says:

    So pretty! I love a clean and graphic card, my fav! 🙂 Looks like you had a great year, I pray that this year will be even better! So sweet to hear about your hausband and the car! 🙂 I hope you can stop by my blog, I have a card drive going on and it’s for a GREAT cause!

  3. CMN says:

    Hmmm…. loving your New Year thoughts, my friend. “I want to be a positive, refreshing force in people’s lives…” is simply lovely and wonderful. Count on me for support in your endeavors! (And I’ll be looking for some of that positive, refreshing force coming my way too – LOL!)

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