My Word for 2013…

Earlier this year I read an inspiring post from Two Red Birthstones about her word of the year and decided to look further into this concept.  Which brought me to Melanie’s blog, Only a Breath (have more questions or want to know her word of the year, read more here), her purpose was that this word would shape the rest of the year for her instead of making a list of different resolutions.  This made a lot of sense to me and I really wanted to participate this year, but had no idea what my word would be…until about a week ago.

My word for 2013 is…


It didn’t occur to me until I finally realized I still didn’t really know who I am or where I’m going. “Life is a journey, not a destination” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, but it has been hard for me to just “be” sometimes, so I’m hoping this little daily reminder will allow me to just…

Be me
Be Present
Be original
Be creative
Be professional
Just Be “Lauren”

I can’t wait to learn just to BE me!

I would like to thank Melanie for making this beautiful button for me!  You can get one too, head over to her blog for more details and she’s doing a monthly link up on the 15th of every month, you can join in too!

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Goals for 2013

This may seem after-the-fact, since we are already 24 days into 2013 and I’m just now posting about my goals, but who says the year begins in January!!  The year has already been in full swing since September.  Many can relate if you work in a school.  Fall is a type of beginning, the weather begins to change, transition is already under way, new clothes, new supplies, new way of thinking…so really I should be making my goals for the year in September!  But I digress, in keeping with the “New Year” I feel as though I should need to write out of my goals for this upcoming year.

This topic has been the death of me ever since 2013 rang in, I have felt this need to evaluate my goals from 2012, list my many accomplishments and the nowhere near, not even finished ones…but every time I sit down to write, it pains me, so that’s when I retreat to the couch, snoodle up with a cozy blanket and nap!  But the procrastination has to stop sometime and I thought today would be the day!

Ever since I started blogging I have fallen in love with it!  I feel this sense of release every time I sit down and write, I have never been good at keeping a journal until now, this is my virtual journal (that I just happen to share with the entire world), but I also feel this sense of community too.  Even though I’ve never met most of the people I follow, I feel like they are my friends, they let me into their lives on a daily basis so I feel like I know them and I can connect with them.  Blogging has not only improvement my photography, but also my writing and confidence!  I clearly know this is something I want to keep pursuing, even if somedays I feel stalled.  This picture plays over and over again in my mind, the picture is of my perfect day, I would wake up, walk over to my favorite coffee joint, throw open my computer, check emails, social media, possible blog about interesting topics (maybe even get paid for it) or edit a beautiful photo-shoot, all while sipping on my very beverage!  Then afterwards I would meet with clients or whatever, go shopping!  What a dream!  But I don’t want it to be just a dream, I want it to be reality.  It’s a strong desire I have and I’d rather be sitting in a local coffee shop on my computer searching the web, than sitting behind a desk not feeling creative.  But I guess that is for another time & place.

Anyway, back to my goals!  If you would like to read about my 2012 goal post in it’s entirety, you can go here, but below I have outlined both my 2012 (with accomplishments) & 2013 goals.  Have you set your 2013 goals, I would really love to know what they are!!!

2012 goals 2013 goals


Happy New Year!