Remember how I told you I was working on a little something with Bre [who is beyond super rad talented] from Moxee + Our Paper Shop?  This is it.  A new look.  I know again, right?  And so soon!  Yes + yes.  This past year brought all kinds of change and I was kind of all over the place and not feeling quite like myself, including online.  This feels like me.  Don’t you agree?  I feel at home.  Very much at home and I hope you will too, each and every time you visit.  And a major thanks to Bre for designing my online home [I can’t wait to show you what else she is making for me].  So please have a look around.  There is a lots of lovely on each and every page.

Now….It’s a new year, yes?  It’s a new look, yes!

BUT it is also a FRESH START.

I could use a fresh start.  Maybe you could to?

2011 was not my most favorite year.  It was a hard as they come kind of year for me.  Sure it was filled with some happy moments and shiny days.   One of my shiniest days yet, actually, the day Rocco, my rest, arrived.  Other than that shine its all been a bit foggy.  But I’m looking on to brighter days.  Shiny ones in fact.

Do you make resolutions?  Do you keep them?  I always make them [here are last years]. I don’t always keep them.  Or better said I don’t always reach them.  I’ve read a few posts [not as many as I’d like] on resolutions, goals and the like.  I like what Melissa said about adding rather than giving things up and I like what Holly said about focusing on what you did accomplish this past year.  And I do know that if you do try to give something up and remove it than you ought to replace it with something better, something good or likely that old habit will creep back in.


/ A few of things I’m focusing on this year /


BRAVE /  I’m not natural at this.  Not in the slightest.  Sometimes it keeps me from living.  But I recognize it and have learned to just do it [whatever it may be] afraid.  I have to be brave with my life so others [namely my children] can be brave with theirs [I saw this a few years ago + it stayed with me].  Being brave will probably make my list each and every year.  And I’m ok with that.  It only means I’m doing something about it.

KIND / I want to be kinder to those closest to me and that even means myself.  I’ve found that when we are hard on ourselves we are hard on others.  I have high expectations on myself [most of the time, too high] and I can tend to project that on others, even on some 6 and 8 year olds I know.  Not so great.

CONFIDENCE / This is a perpetual one for me too.  I am the queen of second guessing.  I’m as indecisive as they come.  But I am starting to see a pattern that, more times than not, my first choice [or instinct] is usually the right one.  And sometimes, you just have to make a decision and even if it is the wrong one then just own it.  At least you made a decision.  You can learn from it and do better next time.  And not deciding on something is actually a decision.  It is a decision to not make a decision.


DECLUTTER / Less is more, really.  Continue to de-clutter.  Buy what I love [better usually is better].

BEDTIME / This is a serious problem for me.  I like staying up late.  I get a lot done.  I talk to all of you.  But if I don’t get some sleep I’m going to end up on Oprah [oh, wait she’s done ..ok…Dr. Phil, maybe] for “letting myself go.”  I’m neglecting some basics, these days.  I’d like to go to sleep by 11:30.  Power down the inter webs by 11 and do some old fashioned leisurely reading before lights out.  And before all of that I’d like to really stick with a routine of relaxation [washing my face and so on].

GROW / For me this means spending some time reading my Bible, journaling and just talking to God.  It also means helping others and that can be in various capacities.  This grounds me and lately my feet haven’t even been touching the ground.


/ a few of my RANDOMS

+ wallpaper in my house

+ get the kids passports

+ learn photoshop

+ add new “go to” recipes

+ learn to braid hair

I have some others, that are just for me [+ of course some boring health ones like adding more water, probiotics, greens + leg lifts].  Some serious and some for fun.  You’d get bored with all of them.  I just thought the above were the ones worth sharing.  And overall I hope to take it all on with balance in mind. An extreme one way or the other is usually not a good thing.  At least not for me.

So tell me.  What are you adding or removing this year?  What would you like to do?  Who would you like to be?  If you’ve done a post on this I’d love have you link to it in the comments section. Or if you’ve seen a great post on this subject, link to that too.

I wish you a very fresh start and a year full of Lovely living!


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  • Miz.November
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 7:03am

    First of all, let me just say that the new look is absolute perfection. I love it. It’s so happy and bright, which are both traits that I think of when I think of you. Second, your list of resolutions for this year is a good one. I, too, need to get in on the growth one. And I think that no matter what, we will always be working to simplify. It’s just what us humans do.
    I have been doing some posts on being true to yourself, which is one of my goals for the year. And I have started posting about saving money. Hopefully, I will be able to continue a series on both topics regularly.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:04pm

    @Miz.November, Jo -thank you so much! you just made my day! Yes, simplifying is an ongoing thing, isn’t it. I love that you are writing about being true to yourself. I can’t wait to pop over and read more!

  • Shelley Abreu @ The Happiness Diaries
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 8:13am

    I’m a resolutions kind of person too. In fact, I just started reading your blog but I believe we could be soul sisters (so much of what you write resonates with me!). 2011 was a really hard year for my family and 2012 will be just as hard (my daughter has cancer and is getting a transplant). In any case, I try to keep positive no matter what! I wrote my resolutions here:

    Love your new look!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:05pm

    @Shelley Abreu @ The Happiness Diaries, Shelley, thank you for your sweet comment. My dear that is a hard year. I cannot imagine. I’m so glad you left me a comment though. … I will be praying for you and your sweet daughter… if there is anything specific please e-mal me and I will be right there in prayer with you.
    BIG HUG!
    ps – you have some great goals…i love the preparing the night before for your kids … i’m major failing that right now. in fact, as i write this i just found a piece of homework we forgot – ughh… thanks for the reminder. i’m going to work on this – xo

  • Tracey
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 9:51am

    Loving your look and let me tell you i am so ready for a change too and so stuck in what i know. You sound similar to me. Having my no.3 this year has been tough on the independence and i am ready to do something amazing this year… i wiuld like to be more organised and get rid of clutter too. x

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:05pm

    @Tracey, Thank you, Tracey. 3 kids will def change your world. And organization gets even harder but you can do it. I think this is going to be a great year for you! And I def believe you will do something amazing!

  • Mary
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 10:05am

    Wonderful list, and I do enjoy the clean slate that a new year provides. That said, I haven’t felt the urge to do resolutions for the past couple years. Here’s what I wrote last year in evaluating my resolutions from the year before:

    I too like the idea of adding rather than eliminating – more of the things that make you happy. That’s what I’m going to do this year.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:06pm

    @Mary, Thanks, Mary. Thanks for sharing your post… I’m looking forward to reading it. And yay for adding good things! Happy New Year! XO

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 10:11am

    Trina, the new look is perfectly you. Definitely a fresh, clean start for the new year! But now you’ve made me want to get to work on my redesign even more! Eep!
    I love your list. My big goal is to be courageous this year. I also want to finish my thesis, which means I need to learn to say “no” to side projects for a month or two — until it’s done. Discipline, right? And I want to learn to make bread. I’ve done it once before and I make pizza dough all the time, but I want it to be a regular happening in my little world.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:06pm

    @Brandi {not your average ordinary}, Oh, thank you, Brandi. That means a lot coming from you. Oh, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’m so with you on being courageous…I’m telling you it is just on my life list. Isn’t saying no so hard. I have no doubt you’ll finish your thesis + that you will be making bread all the time – yum! See you next week! Yay!

  • Danielle Landy
    Commented on January 10th, 2012 at 1:07pm



  • Trina
    Commented on January 11th, 2012 at 11:07pm

    @Danielle Landy,
    Yes, goals are way better! Love yours. I’ve been on several missions trips and they changed my life! I hope you get to go on one this year!

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