Some years, I choose a word for the year (inspired by Ali Edwards). For 2014, I've had two words stand out to me: simplify & balance. I am still easing into the new year after some holiday travel, so I have not committed to the words yet.
For now, I can start by relating these words to my favorite hobby, paper crafting. One reason that I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator was to simplify my hobby. After being a customer for 5 years, I realized that I could purchase the supplies that I love from one source (and at a discount). For me, this has simplified my shopping process.
Having a creative hobby has helped me work towards balance. This is a constant process, but card making and scrapbooking help me relieve stress during busy times. I started receiving the My Paper Pumpkin kits last fall, and they help me simplify and balance my hobby in a fun way. Each kit comes with supplies to make 4 cards or the supplies for one project. You can try it out once or sign up to receive the monthly kit. I think that the cost is reasonable, and you can skip a month if you choose. Here are three of the cards that I've made with the kits so far:
Sometimes I follow the kit directions exactly and sometimes I change it up a bit for fun.
I am looking forward to my January Paper Pumpkin arriving later this month. You can learn more on the Paper Pumpkin website or contact me for more information. I am also interested in hearing how others simplify and find balance, so please leave me a comment below.