Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014!!

I hope everyone had a safe, happy and fun New Year's Eve last night! 
Are you watching all the New Year's festivities on T.V. today? 

What are your New Year's Day traditions?
For the last few years, we've spent New Year's with my sister and her family up in the mountains. This year everyone stayed home and we're watching the New Year's Day Parade and just chillin'.

We're also enjoying the sunshine and the fact that we live in a climate where we're not buried under 3 feet of snow and ice. (Sorry to those of you who are suffering through all the cold and icky stuff - you have my sympathy!)

Arizona Sunset Photo by Paul Hindman
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, 2014 is looking to be a year of change and I've chosen a 'word' for the year and I wanted to share it with you.
Actually, this year's word chose me.
This past week, as I was giving thought to how 2014 might shape up and what I wanted, this word popped into my head almost immediately.
(much easier and quicker than last year's word!!)
My dad used to say all the time to me,...
"Shelly, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut!" 
Yeah - that's always been a really hard one for me. 
I'm a bit 'wordy', if you haven't noticed!

So, when this word hit me,
I knew it was for a reason.

And for once, I was ready to listen.

My word for 2014 is: 
1: to inspect or take note of; to take notice 
2:  to watch carefully, especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment
3: to make a scientific observation on or of 
(how fitting w/our environmental business!!)
4:  to come to realize or know especially through consideration of noted facts
5: to make observations; to watch
I would like to observe things more closely this year.

To take things in, to learn, to see, to observe and absorb with my heart and my head, the world around me. 

To observe things allows me to grow and learn.

When I observe things, it makes it easier to write about them with an open mind.

Observing my students and listening to their needs makes it easier to teach my jewelry classes and write tutorials.
(Which I still plan to do in 2014)

And, I'm certain that the more I observe things happening in our environmental business and IAQ industry, I will learn and grow in this area as well.

So, what's on your plate for 2014? 
Do you choose a 'word' for the year?
Please share your word and reasoning behind it if you do, I'd love to listen!
I'm wishing you all a very Happy New Year! 
May you and your loved ones be blessed with good health and much happiness in 2014!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Observing the New Year!

*Arizona Sunset photo by Paul Hindman
All other photos by me. :-)


  1. 'Observe' is a great word for the year, i like it. My only resolution for this year really is to wear more colour. I tend to go for the default black, white or shades of grey, so I suppose my word for this year could be 'Chroma'.
    Benny and I are not really into New Year celebrations, we tend to be in bed before 12, as was the same this year, I suppose you could call that a tradition lol.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, I hope 2014 is happy and prosperous :-)

  2. I hear ya on wearing more colors Lynsey! I have a feeling our closet/clothes colors might look pretty similar! LOL!! I love the word choice of 'Chroma', for it could mean adding colorfulness to more areas than just your closet - how cool! I think New Year's is about the only night of the year where I do see the next day actually arrive ;-) Wishing you the best in 2014!

  3. What a really great word! I could certainly benefit from observing more and keeping my mouth shut, lol. My word this year is 'make'. After 2 years of very little creating, I'm ready to make things. Lots of things!

    Wishing you much success with the business and all your other endeavors in the new year!

  4. that is a great word to live by! I have to remind myself of the same thing ... to stop and listen first - ha!


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