20 Jan 2013

{13 Things}

With the arrival of a brand new year, and the fact that this little blog is only 2 months away from being out of its infancy, I have been thinking quite a bit about where I want the blog to go.  If you read any articles about growing your blog or being a 'successful' blogger, they all seem to boil down to one point - be you.  Be true to yourself.  Be authentic.

BUT, then at the same time they also say to post so many times a week, narrow your content focus, etc, etc, etc.  I compare it to parenting books...you can read it all until you are blue in the face, but then in the end just do what your gut tells you to do.

So, that's what I am going to try and do.  I don't really make new years resolutions, but my goal this year is to not over think this whole blogging thing and just blog about what I like.  Hopefully you like it....and if you don't, I am ok with that.  I have to be, because it's impracticable to think that I can please everyone.

Aaaannnddd....with all that said, I have decided to start a new series called {13 Things}. (get it? 13 things because it's 2013)

I'll warn you now, the 13 things are going to be totally random - just like I am most of the time.  In real life I jump around from topic to topic (much to Mr. Swell's confusion sometimes), so in true Kelly fashion there will be no rhyme or reason to these 13 things.

My hope is that you'll get to know me a bit better, that you'll discover some new things, and that hopefully we can start a bit of conversation about some fun random things.  I'm also halting the Everything Etsy series and am going to incorporate my favourite Etsy finds into the list.

Ready? Cue the air horn....let's go!

1. I started using Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos a few weeks ago.  Talk about a learning experience! I am loving it though, and can't believe what a difference editing can make.

2. I tend to go through fits and spurts with songs. I find a few that I like and I listen to them over and over, and over again.  Right now those songs for me are "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons, "Shake it Out" by Florence + The Machine and "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers.  I love the chorus in the 'Ho Hey' - I belong with you, you belong with me, my sweetheart.  So simple, but so meaningful. Check out the video below to see what I mean. 

3. I'm obsessed with this chair from Knack Studio.  Would you have ever guessed that the fabric is from Ikea? 

4. I am very slowly working a total blog redesign behind the scenes.

5. The last movie I saw in theatres was Jack Reacher.  Even though he is a little nutty, I still do love me some Tom Cruise.

6. When I am not at work or the gym I live in these pants.

They are the Studio Pant from Lululemon.  Splurge and buy yourself a pair.  You won't regret it (and if by chance you do, you can just send them to me!).

7. So far so good with the line a day journal.  2 weeks in and I have managed to not miss a day (which is actually quite a miracle considering my memory these days).

8. Thanks Adam for your words of wisdom.  You and your shirtless tattooed self are able to send quotes my way any time you'd like.  This one is actually quite true though.

9. I wish my alarm didn't go off at 5:40 every weekday morning!

10. My new favourite snack is chia seeds soaked in coconut milk.  Yes, it's a little bit hippy granola-ish of me, but I think it's just delicious.  If you like tapioca or rice pudding give it a try.

11. I've made a conscious decision to try and limit Fin's face on the blog.  I struggle with how much of her to share with the big bad internet.  She's such a part of my life that I don't want to pretend she doesn't exist, but I am also not super comfortable posting her picture a million times. You'll still see her every once a while, but it might often be the back of her head shot.  By the way, Fin isn't her full name...another thing I've decided to keep off the internet (although you may catch it in a photo here or there...).

12. I ordered this fabric from Stash Modern Fabrics.  My plan is to use it on a little desk for Fin.  If you follow me on Facebook then you may have read (or participated in) the big debate that I am having with myself.  Pink or yellow?  Yellow or pink?  I seriously can't decide,and each morning I come down and look at the paint swatches I change my mind.  Stay tuned...hopefully I'll have a finished project before Fin out grows the desk. (And thanks to those of you on Facebook for chiming in....I love hearing what you think.)

Stash Modern Fabric

13.  After writing out the last 12 things I sat here trying to decide if 13 is too many and if this post is too long.  I thought about articles I have read that said people's attention spans on the internet are teeny tiny.  They suggest writing in short sentences with lots of punctuation.  I reminded myself of my statement at the top  - just do what I feel is right in my gut.  My gut says 13.  

Anything you've been wanting to get off your chest?  What's your favourite snack? (chia seeds by chance?)  Do you live in Lululemon pants too?  Do you hate the number 13?  Do you like this little series, or would you rather I stick to only DIY stuff?


  1. I always enjoy getting to know more about the people behind the blogs I tend to follow those I feel I have things in common and I think your new series is a great idea!

    Im going to give Lightroom a try. I use Photoshop for editing my photos but Ive never used Lightroom.

    I also have a pair of pants that I put on as soon as I get back home from work (I dont feel as comfortable with anything else!) :o)

  2. I love your series and I love random (because that totally describes me too). Im working on blogging for the right reasons too.

  3. I LOVE this post. It is funny that we are posting similar topics but I honestly love this kind of a post where I learn the true mind and heart of the author. I also totally love that song and listened along while reading the post. Go with your gut and do more of these posts. I just bought Photoshop Elements and am terrified to get started. Good for you for tackling it!

  4. Great post! Now I have to try those pants .... they look so comfy! Love the blog, new follower! Stop by ans say hello sometime

  5. Love the series...Im a huge fan of Mumford & Sons. "Lover of the Light" is probably one of my favorites.

    Those pants look comfy. When Im not working, I live in my yoga pants and I have yet to ever actually do yoga - I just like the pants, ha!

    Always enjoy stopping by to see whats going on here. :)

    1. Thank you. If work didnt care then I would totally wear my yoga pants there too....I get so mad when I have to wear uncomfortable pants for the whole day, I cant wait to get home and put my comfy ones on. And yes, I love "Love of the Light" too, but right now i find myself playing "I will wait" just a little bit more. Great band. Have a great week!

  6. What a fun post. I am wearing the same lululemon pants right now! Im so glad that you are choosing to blog about what you like. I think thats what its all about.


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