All Shiny and New

Well, it's 2017.  It's the dawn of an uncertain time for our country, but life goes on as we all do our best.  It's also a weird life time.  I've never had so much going on all at the same time, well, in a long time.  I want to get off this crazy train as I feel out of control in a lot of aspects of my life.

Oh man, where's my new year cheer!?!?

I wrote out a few thoughts on what I want to cover and do better for the year, but also for this first quarter of the year.  Everything is related to what I am already doing so I don't make the mistake of trying to reach for a fantasy.  And, so far so good.  It's key to think about the "why" behind what you're doing, and work out the "when" and "how" so that it's a legit resolution.

So far: 

~ I am still incorporating fitness into my life, and am reaching for 30 days of pilates.  I have body goals.

~ I am taking my kiddo to the local library to socialize him, and to expose him to more books, songs,  and movement that he doesn't get at home.  And let me tell you, it's a NICE library.  I remember going to the library fondly as a kid so I want that for him.

~ I am working on new craft techniques because I want to keep growing as a maker.


~I am also trying to tackle my mental health...
~Figure out a sustainable home practice for my Japanese studies...
~And get some ESL teaching experience despite the fact that I won't be getting my certificate in as timely a fashion as I had wished... (see tackling my mental health)

Anyhoo, here are some pictures of my "oh, shiny" new technique that I am becoming OBSESSED with:

To leave things on an energetic note:


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