Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry this post is a little late. I have been in Australia with my family and we have all been sick with chest infections and ear infections. Between all the traveling and the holidays I have been a tad busy, but as we get back into a routine around here I’m hoping to find more time to blog (I really wanted to be organized and have posts scheduled for while I was away, but I am learning that there is only so much I can fit into each day). I’m still working on finding the right balance of kid time, family time, spouse time, me time and then of course there is all the “adulting” that has to be done on top of that. πŸ™‚ (I know most of you can relate). I have so many fun ideas to share with you though, some from the past, as well as some cool projects in the works, so I hope you will stick around while I find my groove.

I also wanted to invite you to get involved. I totally used to be a silent stalker blog reader, so I get it. I would read people’s posts, follow them on instagram, talk about them at the dinner table as if we were best friends, without ever saying one word to them. I felt as if I would annoy them by commenting, but now that I am on the other side of things, I am realizing that it is awesome to hear if someone likes an idea, or to know if someone tries something, or if one of my pictures or posts inspires you. I’d also love to know if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions for blog posts. I can’t make any promises, but if you are interested in learning something from me (or about me), I’ll do my best to share what I know.

Since this is the start of a new year, I thought I would share that I don’t really have any resolutions this year. I usually set 5 goals for myself, but the past few years, with the kids needing so much of my attention, I haven’t done very well at those and I end up being really hard on myself and feeling defeated once I drop the ball. So, this year, my only “resolution” or goal is to cut myself some slack, accept the stage of life I am in and be happy with the present. I most likely will not finish all the projects I want to, or keep to the blog posting schedule I expect to maintain. I probably won’t workout as much as I’d like, or eat healthier and I will without a doubt make a lot of mistakes. I want the fact that I continue to try, that I continue to make positive changes, even small ones, to be enough. I want this year to be more about enjoying the journey than checking off boxes and finishing things.

What about you, do you have any goals or resolutions for yourself?

I hope that you all have a very blessed, creative and happy 2017!



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  • Reply Hayley kellow January 13, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Oh Crystal, I absolutely love reading your blogs & following your Instagram posts. You are such an amazing Mum, wife & friend. You can tell through your posts and through the times we have spent together how much passion and creativity you have. It just shines in everything you do. You inspire me in so many ways. I often catch myself thinking Crystal would love this or wonder how you would do something. I will make sure I share my little bits and pieces with you and see what you think.
    This year is going to be amazing for you- I can just tell- as you find your groove and really embrace every little moment of being a SAHM.
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
    Look forward to seeing your creations.
    Love, Hayley xxxx

    • Reply thecreativecopycat@hotmail.com January 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Hayley! You are just the sweetest and I am so blessed to have you in my life. I can’t tell you how much your words mean to me. Thank you for always being such a supportive friend. I wish we lived closer, but I’m thankful that we have so many ways to keep up on each other’s lives. I am so excited for your visit this year. Maybe we should plan a craft day while the boys take the kids somewhere. πŸ˜‰ Also, I am so inspired by you and all your generosity. I am so proud of you and Bag of Beauties, you have an amazing heart. I will for sure have some fun stuff for you to take back with you. πŸ™‚ xoxo.

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