82. as·pi·ra·tion

An aspiration is defined as “a hope or ambition of achieving something”.  There are a number of things I would like to achieve this year…in all facets of my life, be it personal or professional.  This is my year to do great things and to make an impact on the world around me, I can just feel it.  It’s this tingly sensation right below my skin.

Here’s a short list of my aspirations for 2016:

  1. Save up money.
  2. Put a down payment on a house with said money.
  3. Continue to pay off debt.  (I hate you, Student Loans.)
  4. Write & release more music.
  5. Travel more.
  6. Finish the half-cooked craft/DIY projects on my to-do list.
  7. Write more blog posts.  (Goal: At least 5 per month.)
  8. Publish a booklet of original knitting patterns.
  9. Find beauty, love, and happiness in each day. 🙂

(Doesn’t a list of aspirations sound way less cliche than a list of “New Year’s Resolutions”?)

This may seem like a daunting list to some people, but I truly believe I can do it!  Some of these are personal goals I’ve had for a LONG time, I just never made a serious effort to accomplish them.  I’m done with that kind of attitude.  If I want things to happen, I have to go out and make them happen.  Putting this in writing will also help to keep my accountable; these are basically promises I’m making to myself, and I can’t let me down.


What are some of your aspirations for 2016?


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70. Do you wanna build a snowman?

It seems like EVERYONE is obsessed with the F word.  You know which one I’m talking about.  Even little kids are uttering this word nonstop. Yep: FROZEN.  Wait, which F word did you think I was talking about?

I did view the movie once.  Was it cute?  Yes.  I don’t, however, feel any type of urge to watch it over and over and over again.  It’s cool if that’s your thing, but I’d rather drink copious amounts of wine and binge-watch whole seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  But, hey, that’s just me. 😉

I recently made a trip back “home” to New Jersey, and was asked to make an Olaf for a totally-obsessed-with-Frozen two-year-old for her birthday.  Since I took the train, I had plenty of time to get him ready.

Here is the final result:

olaf disney frozen elsa ann princess

I think he turned out to be pretty damn cute, don’t you?

This was my first time crocheting an amigurumi (literal translation from Japanese = crocheted or knitted stuffed toy), and I’m pretty happy with the final product.  I did end up having to do the head twice, but it was an error of my own, not one with the pattern I used.  Speaking of which, if you’re interested in making a little Olaf of your own, here is a link to the pattern I used: http://www.1dogwoof.com/2014/11/olaf-frozen-crochet-pattern.html

I loved this little guy so much, it was hard to “let it go”.  (Ha, see what I did there? Stick around ladies and gentleman. I’m here all night.)


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