This is my first post of 2014, and I can’t believe that it’s already the end of January! The blog has been quiet for a while now, and I shut down my etsy store a bit suddenly in December. The tail end of 2013 was a difficult time for my family, due to my father getting diagnosed with lung cancer, so I took a bit of a hiatus from both the blog and the shop. I’ve been back about a week from my trip to Seoul, South Korea, where I spent almost a month with my family while my father went through his first round of treatment. This has been one of the most challenging times in my life, and I’m so very thankful that we have been able to be together as a family and rally around my dad. Even though this wasn’t the holiday season we had been looking forward to months ago, it was still a time spent together, full of love, that I will cherish always. Family has always been important to me, but now more than ever I feel blessed for the great relationship I have with both my parents and my sisters.
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect lately and even though there are so many things that I want to improve on in 2014, the most important thing for me is to prioritize my health (and make the appropriate lifestyle changes). My father’s illness really opened up my eyes to how I’ve taken my current health for granted. Sure, I would go running, but I was terrible about my eating habits in NYC and they didn’t improve much even when I moved back down to Georgia. I know I won’t be young & healthy forever. Can’t do anything about getting older, but I can definitely work on making my life healthier.
In case you were surprised to see the layout above – I haven’t done traditional scrapbooking in ages (don’t think I’ve done it since college) but I have been finding crafting to be quite therapeutic lately. I really love this photo of my family from New Year’s Eve, which we spent in the hospital. “Hwaiting” is a Korean phrase that is commonly used for encouragement, and that hand motion we’re all doing goes along with that. This is one of my favorite photos from my trip, and I love that we’re all in it together. I used the latest Studio Calico Scrapbook kit (“Copper Mountain”) and the journalling card with the heart is from the Project Life kit. I’m planning on continuing Project Life as a memory keeping project (not sure when I’ll ever catch up with the weeks from 2013 – but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself – it’s supposed to be fun) but it was fun to do a normal layout. I’ll probably incorporate these into the album among the pocket pages.
What’s coming up in 2014 for Adore Prep? I’m renewing my commitment to this blog (ha it sounds like me and my blog were married and then had a falling out) and promise to make a bigger effort to post regularly about the things I love, which include style, DIY projects, papercrafting, and more. Also to keep creating, and re-open the shop when I feel like I’m ready. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!