Hello, 2017!

01 January 2017

New calendar, new beginnings, and a blank slate to fill with more stories and memories. Happy New Year, boys and girls! How did you welcome 2017? I hope it was with a lot of merry-making, joyous hearts, and full bellies.

One of my favorite things about welcoming a new year is jazzing up my chosen planner. Although this time around, I don't have a new planner to work with. I've been using a Moleskine 18-Month Weekly Planner and it's been great so far, mostly because it's Le Petit Prince-themed and because all the white space offers so much creative potential. (You can see some of my spreads by checking the hashtag #KrissyfiedJournal.)

For 2017, I also picked up this book by Adam J. Kurtz called 1 Page at a Time.

"Daily creative companion" sounds about right because it serves as a journal/ scrapbook that you can work on, one page/ day at a time. There are 365 prompts for each day of the year but you can also get off the grid. There are no rules! The book is yours, have your way with it! As for me, checking other people's creations gave me such a burst of inspiration that left my fingers tingling!

I know I said I didn't have time to paint something this year, but there's something about the changing of calendars that got me raring to create.

Beautiful mess
Nothing too crazy here; I just worked on the last couple of weeks' spreads because memories from those are too good not to document. ♥


Well, I must have forgotten how or my hands got too clumsy, because my first two attempts sucked to high heavens. I practically begged my sister to paint me a bouquet of flowers to put on my Journal's first day of 2017!

My sister Kyla's painting on the left, mine on the right
But I ended up using the one I painted anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I really need more practice because having paintings that suck is such a waste of pigments.

Anyway. If' you've been a long-time reader of my blog (why thank you!) this is the point where I share with you my "word" for the year - the governing word that will dictate this year for me.

This should be the Year of Dreams - the year where I dream dreams (again) and work towards getting there. I don't know, I used to be a dreamer, but maybe I lost my way a bit. I need to re-focus and not necessarily go back, but to find my way.

For this year I hope to: beef up my skincare routine and follow through instead of getting too lazy for extra steps after washing my face • not buy more lipstick unless I'm done reviewing every single tube I have • evaluate life and career choices • paint more • create more • read more books • watch more movies • learn how to cook simple dishes • declutter • be more grateful • go somewhere new with my boyfriend • be thirty[-one], flirty, and thriving!

I'm looking forward to seeing where 2017 takes us!

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