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Happy New Year!

As you’ve probably noticed (or maybe not!), I took a bit of a break this holiday season. It’s been a bit emotional, frought with sickness – mine and my family’s – and possibly I’ve had a bit of creative burnout. Yup, it gets wearying to churn out new stuff all the time, and I think I needed a little radio silence to charge back up my mental batteries.

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So after a few weeks of laying on the couch, reading mindless novels and eating bon bons…at least that was what I wanted to do in my imagination, but I’m a mom so that’s not how it went. After spending more time with my favorite short people than I thought possible, I think I’m ready to come back to work and belatedly wish y’all a Happy New Year!

 

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The beginning of a new year brings about a few minutes of reflection for just about everyone. In the pause between making my coffee and looking at the alarming mess my monkeys left from breakfast this morning, I certainly had a few deep thoughts. Mostly about how I wish I had a live in maid, but still. I had a pretty cool 2014…lots of great projects, less of the stuff I don’t like to do and more of the stuff that I do like, and some pretty great opportunities to grow into avenues I hadn’t ever thought about before. Not to mention accomplishing a couple personal bucket list items like running a marathon and finding a new favorite flavor of dark chocolate bar.

In that few minutes, I also considered all of that didn’t come from anywhere but my own effort. Life — and work — are only as grand as you make them. Time to focus more on the good stuff!

 

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The good stuff-–my social media lapse also gave me a lot of opportunity to put down my iPhone, step away from the screen and really REALLY spend time with the family. It was a wonderful thing to experience again. All things before the internet were not bad…I remember we actually used to talk to each other and be together without electronic distractions. Monkey messes and all, it’s a 2015 goal to really live in the moments I have. Those moments are not limitless, and it’d be better to not spent them all checking my email. It’s my grand wish for the universe that everyone else has a chance to be more present as well.

Other things for 2015: this blog might be getting a little more personal, rather than just posting up the tutorial or party of the day. There may or may not be a new site design, and possibly a new site name. Did I mention I ((finally)) bought a house this year? Lots of DIY projects I want to do, and I plan on channeling my inner interior design/construction rockstar a few or twenty times. There are so many more things to celebrate than birthdays or baby showers…and they all don’t require elaborate decorations and full out parties! When I finally get my bathroom painted, you’ll see what I mean.

 

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I think a fresh perspective for the new year is a wonderful thing…as is the good stuff. But the larger lesson? Not to take it all so seriously. This year is short. Time is short. Happy new 2015 – get out and enjoy it!

Paula Biggs

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a professional party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party and craft ideas. You can also buy birthday party supplies, printables and accessories from the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy shop.

Jamie

Sunday 4th of January 2015

Good for you. I think while all the wonderful inspirations and party plans are amazing I think everyone could stand to be reminded to live in the moment and to keep things more on the simple side. :)

Lorena

Sunday 4th of January 2015

You and your family deserve that time together! Happy new year to you, wishing you a new year of creative adventures and happy memories!

Christine {Pure Joy}

Saturday 3rd of January 2015

I totally agree with you about celebrating everyday events. Wishing you a year full of surprises!