Some intentions for 2014 and looking back at 2013

This is going to be a long one, people! I have grown to really, really love New Year's as a time for reflection, recharging and starting anew. I love making goals for the New Year. Last year was the first year that I worked through Susannah Conway's "Unravelling" worksheets - you can read the blog post about my 2013 goals here. My word for 2013 was "Balance". I think I really did achieve balance this year - between motherhood, work, partnership and my creative outlets. I feel much more centered than I did a year ago. I am very proud of the work I did this year in photography, creating time capsules and documenting Lila's life and my own through "52 week" projects. I love that Lila and I had so many adventures this year. 

For 2014 my word is "Grace". This is going to be a tough year. Our second baby is arriving late May and I am well aware of all the challenges having two littles in the house is going to present. I intend to wade through them with grace. To take things slowly, forgive myself and others, let things go, move through it all with love, patience and kindness. At least I am going to really try! I am making a big effort to not commit to a lot of projects this year, to pare away at all the unnecessary responsibilities. I want to continue blogging and will also continue 52 projects of Lila and the new baby. I will also continue documenting our life with Project Life and I will participate in 2014's "52 of You" - but that's it! No other e-courses or projects for me. I have to slow down and focus on creating the new normal of our family of four.

I've also made a few specific "resolutions" for myself: continue working on reducing screen time, read 12 books this year (I failed miserably last year), walk everyday, eat mindfully, skype more often with family and friends, save a certain amount of money before my maternity leave, and moisturize (haha!). We'll see if I can stick with these!

And now, here's a look back at 2013. It was a pretty great year.

We started off the year with some sleep issues from Lila. Thankfully things have gotten much better, although it is still an ongoing process.

I documented a day at "Rock of Ages" with a time capsule called "Two Show Wednesday".

As usual, Central Park blew me away with its awesomeness after a snowstorm.

I started getting serious about working out regularly.

Their relationship made me so happy.

I failed miserably at reading 12 books this year. I think I managed 5 and a half. Pathetic.

Lila learned how to walk! She also decided she was finished with nursing the very same day. It was bittersweet.

I continued having a blast working at "Rock of Ages" but decided for my sanity to take an extra day off each week. I think this was the best decision I made all year. Its been wonderful have two days off every week.

I started documenting my daily outfits on Flickr. It was actually really eye-opening for me!

I participated in Now You Workshops' 52 of You course, and LOVED it. One of the best things about it was that it renewed my love for the community on Flickr - I find so much inspiration there everyday.

Lila learned so much sign language this year! She knows over fifty signs!

Lila and I went on lots and lots of neighborhood walks. They are one of our very favorite things to do.

First pigtails!

We all went to the Bronx Zoo as a family. It was awesome!

Lila did a lot of bunny chasing at Adelphi's campus this summer.

We had such an amazing time on our California vacation! 

We celebrated my friend David's wedding with a party at his house (he's the one playing the bass).

We went to a classic car show in Capitola with my family.

We had lots of fun running around the park.

We went to the San Jose Discovery Museum.

Lila and her cousin Lucy had a blast together.

We had a magical time at Lake Tahoe with my best friends from high school, celebrating Bryan and Rica's wedding.

Back at home, Lila continued to enjoy her music classes.

I documented "A Day in the Life" on three different occasions and made photo books of each challenge.

I took lots of polaroids during 'Roid Week.

We planted our first vegetable garden and it was very successful!

I accomplished far too little knitting.

I shot some film!

Lila met Brobee! She was a little unsure about him.

I shot some photos of my friends Lyn and Chris just a couple of weeks before their son Dylan was born. I'm really proud of these photos.

I had some of my favorite work buddies over for a BBQ.

We went up to Copake a couple of times. Lila really loves it up there.

Lila and I had some awesome summer adventures - we went to Old Westbury Gardens, Planting Fields, the beach, just to name a few.

Lyn and Chris welcomed their baby boy a few weeks early in late August. I was lucky enough to meet him at the hospital.

I started documenting our summer with Project Life in June and loved it so much I continued throughout the rest of the year. I plan to continue documenting 2014 with Project Life also.

I coordinated the "Rock of Ages" table at the Broadway Flea Market - it was a big success!

We enjoyed a day at the Long Island Fair.

We celebrated Eric's birthday by going to see his cousin Joe's gallery opening and then dinner in Little Italy during the San Gennaro festival.

We found out we were pregnant with our second baby!

We went back up to Copake in October to go to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. We also went apple picking where Lila ate at least 10 apples!

In October we lost our beloved Tallulah. We will miss her forever.

For Halloween I made Lila a lamb costume. She looked adorable!

In November we celebrated Lila's 2nd birthday!

My parents came for a visit!

We got our first glimpse of our baby BOY!

We went to the Long Island Children's Museum for the first time. Its awesome!

We went Christmas tree shopping.

We had our first snow of the season.

Lila was tested for speech, cognitive, social and motor skills. Verdict: a totally normal but extremely strong-willed two year old! We also signed her up for preschool next fall!

We went to the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

And we had a super fun Christmas!

I can't wait for an even more spectacular 2014 with the newest member of our family!

Happy New Year to all of you!