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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!

5 thoughts on “Hello, Twenty Fourteen (Finally)

  1. Ariel W.

    Sending healing thoughts for your father! I know exactly what you mean about needing to finally prioritize your own health. Here’s hoping that we both follow through with our promises to ourselves.

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  2. WhatLouWore365

    Sorry to hear about your Dad Rosa but fingers crossed the chemo works out for him. It’s a massive wake-up call isn’t it when something happens to a parent. My Dad had a heart attacked when he was 35 (I was 10) but it was when he had a triple heart bypass in 2000 when I was 18 that it really hit me, we can’t take anyone or our own health for granted. My Dad unfortunately inherited the high cholestrol, heart disease and diabetes from his side of the family and it may be that I too one day fall foul of one or other of them. So I try to eat well, exercise (I run too) and be mindful that I’m doing it for my future health when I want to eat crap for days on end!

    Welcome back to blogging and I really hope your Dad can fight this disease x x

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