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i’ve been inspired by the non-goals floating around some of my frequented inspirational sites. now that i’ve reflected on the amazing ride 2010 has been, here is me encouraging myself to keep up the good work in 2011:

1. last year (9 months ago, to be exact), you had a baby. it was an awesome experience and you totally love being a mama. enjoy it because it’s only going to keep getting crazier from here—you’re going to have a 1-year old soon!

2. you loved your job, but you realized it was time to chase your dreams instead of play it safe. you’ve gotten nothing but positive reactions and plenty of support, so don’t be afraid. go for it this year. really, really go for it.

3. you did a great job losing that pregnancy weight. now, there’s some extra stuff you didn’t even like before you were pregnant, so let’s keep the ball rolling and get rid of that this year, too.

4. this year, you’ve really begun to crack down on distractions. let’s stay focused on making your new business work and keeping your family together.

5. the reconnection with your family, especially your mom, is going great. hang in there and keep loving on them and supporting them. it feels good and is the right thing to do. real life can hurt sometimes, but you already knew that.

6. these past few months, you’ve really tried to get back into blogging again. you know you want to, so go on, find your voice and get into it. people do read your blog and all three (or four or ten) of them still want to hear from you. maybe there’s people out there waiting to hear from you and they don’t even know it yet! yeah!

7. it was hard, but you mostly stuck to your budget with hubby and a baby this year. sure, there were a couple of tight months, and that was with a salary! now that you’ll be in charge of your own income, let’s tighten that belt and keep up the savings.

8. you’ve rediscovered your love for cleaning and organizing, especially while you were in that nesting phase of pregnancy your last trimester. let’s, uh, keep that up especially once you’re working from home, okay?

9. since you’ve decided to pursue your passions, don’t leave God out of the picture this year. you know what your heart’s been saying—don’t forget your first love amidst all the awesomeness. He’s the one who’s going to be making it all happen.

10. love your baby. love your husband. you’re already pretty darn good at that, what with them being so darn cute and all. keep it up. it’s been fantastic, hasn’t it?

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and there he goes again

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happy.

9 months!

everyone who meets Elisha says the same things over and over again:

“you have such a happy baby.”
“he’s always smiling.”
“does he ever cry?”

every time i hear these words, i don’t always know how to reply, but i do indeed treasure them in my heart. Elisha is indeed a very, very happy baby. he was an easy pregnancy, an easy delivery, and an easy boy. i hope and pray he doesn’t grow out of it any time soon.

we’ve been spoiled by his goodness.

no, we’ve been spoiled by His goodness. God has been so good to us by granting us this little gem of infancy. he’s amazing.

i cannot believe he’s 9 months old. he’s finally been out in the world as long as i carried him inside of me. pregnancy felt like forever compared to the flash BANG blur of weeks that these past 9 months have been. it’s slipped through our fingers, but all the smiles, giggles, and cuddles have made everything a joy.

indescribable joy.

happy 9 months, baby E. we love you so, so much.

9 months!

9 months!

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Dog Stars

I love winter. I love the crisp, cold air and how it makes the sky heavy and full with stars. I may not love that it gets dark so early, but I can generally appreciate that in that darkness, I will always find a beautiful landscape of stars.

Falling Star over Convict Lake

SpruceKnob-Night-Sky

Even when I’m freezing as I press my face up against the glass of our car window, craning my neck to see the slow, full arch of the Milky Way flow across the black overhead, there is a warm fuzzy feeling as I stare in awe at all the little burning lights in the sky—each one individually made and delicately placed in the heavens by God. Only He has counted them and knows them all by name. I can’t even pretend to remember more than a handful of constellations, but I can always trust in the One who put each one where they belong.

The Whole Night Sky

I’m also looking at the stars for inspiration as I plan a couple of personal projects for the New Year. Stay tuned!

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it’s Tuesday, which means a bit of typography is in order. unfortunately, today is going to be a bit selfish—i’m working on a personal logo for my freelance identity, if you will. i think i’ve got a name nailed down, which i’ll leave a mystery for now, and i’m currently trying to polish up the type here. i fell in love with the font verna from MyFonts.com for its alternative letters and ligatures. now, i just need to decide between these two treatments for the same word (the second word is the same in both).

just as a note in case you’re like me and prone to get hung up on certain details—the colors aren’t final nor are they an indication of where i’m leaning in terms of color at all. i just didn’t feel like black & white today. it’s been one of those days, i guess.

any influencing my decision is totally welcome!

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2011 Calendar by GINNIP

2011 Calendar by GINNIP

I seem to have disappeared. My apologies for not being regular about my blog posting lately come wrapped in a candy shell—last week I announced to my office (my wonderful, awesome office) that I would like to pursue my own business as a self-employed freelancer. I’ve been sitting on that egg for a long time—almost 9 months, if not more. I didn’t want to wait until the new year, especially because I want to make the transition as painless as possible for both my coworkers and for myself. The moment was bittersweet, but everyone at work has been supportive. Sad, but encouraging at the same time.

I can’t complain about that, can I?

So, 2011 is going to be the start of a very big, very new, very exciting adventure for hubbs, the babe, the dog, and I.

It’s still a little scary; there are a lot of what ifs and what if nots hovering around in the back of my mind. However, I do believe it’s not only possible for me to make a living as a freelance designer and maker, but I believe it’s the best choice for our family.

I’ve wanted to work for myself as long as I’ve been a designer (that’s 10 years now, by the way), and I can say I finally reached a point where it was time to either pursue my passions or put them away and forget about them in hopes of stumbling upon new ones. I’ll admit that starting a family has changed everything for me, especially my connection to home. Going back to work in an office six weeks after Elisha was born was hard. For everyone. We’ve all managed amazingly well, I’d say, but there is still a burden for home that nags in my heart every day.

I also have felt the urge do more than just organize information as a designer; I’d like to make more visual art in the form of printmaking, cards, and other such things. I feel like I have so many ideas and so little time to express them. I’m finally making the time.

I don’t think I’ll end up disappointed.

I’m trusting that God is leading us in the right direction, that He has big plans for us and the kind of freedom that self-employment brings. I know it will mean more work, not less, but it will be a different kind of more. It will be challenging. It will be expensive. It will be a new kind of hard, a challenge that I look forward to. I want to be able to look back in another 10 years and see God’s faithfulness written all over it, too.

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