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New Year... New Possibilities

Last year I wrote a post for New Years called
It really summed up 2011 so well for me and how I felt.

It was about Bob Wiley from What about Bob and sailing.
He wants to sail... but he is afraid.
I know.. it sounds strange but if you have seen the movie you know what I am talking about.
I have said before that I can relate to Bob 
No,  I don't carry a gold fish in water around my neck like Bob does ;)
 but I do tend to take baby steps towards things.

It's a new year- a fresh start. I love that.
It's a time to reflect and look back and also look ahead
Like most years, 2012 had it's ups and downs and brought changes
Not just in remodeling projects and makeover changes~ though it did bring a few of those too.
It brought changes and growth on my blog and in my personal life too
It was a wonderful year for so many reasons
and it showed me that taking steps no matter how big or small
help get you where you are going.
 I feel blessed in so many ways and this past year has made me believe more than ever
that  even if you aren't sure just what you are supposed to be doing
or where you are supposed to be
if you simply start taking steps in a direction - you just might find yourself
at a place where you are meant to be.

 In 2013~ I am planning to continue following my heart & chasing my dreams
I am planning on taking more baby steps and taking some bigger steps too
 I am looking forward to the new year with it's new possibilities and new opportunities to sail.
I am going to dream bigger and reach for the stars and see where takes me.
I encourage you to do the same and I'm looking forward to seeing
all that you are up to-  I know it will be an amazing year!

I want to thank each of you for taking the time to come over to read my blog,
 share my world, encouraging me and following me along.
A blog is much more than just a journal written by one~ the people who come by
and leave a comment or join a party or simply say hello
  & the friends I have met
 are a huge part of my blog and help to make it what it is.
I appreciate each of you and thank you for reading and supporting me.

Here's to a fantastic 2013 everyone!

I am off to get some more work done on a room refresh makeover.
*ahem* yes, I might have started the new year covered in paint.
See you tomorrow for the first Feathered Nest Friday of the new year!


  1. Your post had me smiling because I've never seen anyone else use a What About Bob reference before. It is seriously my favorite movie of all time.

    I look forward to seeing what you do in 2013!

    Happy New Year!


  2. I am definitely dreaming big this year. I am thinking about starting an Etsy shop and it scares the bageezies (sp) out of me. I will follow your advice and take baby steps.

  3. Here's to a fantastic 2013. I am certain it will be filled with amazing opportunities and outcomes.
    Looking forward to your reveal!
    I too started 2013 with paint :-)
    Cheers, Gee

  4. It has been fun watching your blog grow!Your home is amazing and beautiful!I love everything you have done and shared.I always enjoy my visits and I leave inspired!Thank you for all that you share!

  5. Thanks for taking all those little steps and sharing your creations with us! A post from you is like a shot of beauty in the middle of the day. Good luck with all your goals in 2013!

  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR Courtney, your thoughts are right on. Thanks for encouraging us too. :)

  7. I have a sign in my shop window....."Enter Here and Take a Vacation From Your Problems"....Dr. Leo Marvin!

  8. Can't wait to see what 2013 has to hold for you. I am sure it will be amazing!

  9. Here's to bigger and better things...CHEERS, Courtney!

  10. Your pictures are always so beautiful. They inspire me to try and take better ones.
    Love popping by.

  11. Wonderful post, filled with lots of optimism! We all need to start on a positive note .. Smooth sailing in 2013!

  12. This new year will undoubtedly bring many changes, but over the course of the last few years I have come to realize that those changes keep life interesting! Wisdom and grace come with change!! Happy New Year!


  13. I laugh everytme I see that movie .. I love it !!! And I too can sometimes RELATE lol AND no i dont carry the goldfish either lOL but we all want to SAIL .................. HUGS

  14. Thanks so much for putting so much effort in those projects you do and all the lovely photography. Your blog is number one in my book.

  15. Thank you, Courney for taking those steps and for encouraging others to do the same!

  16. I love that movie!!! Happy baby and big steps for the new year!

  17. A lovely post... women should always encourage one another...thank you so much for inspiring us all.

    Victoria Silva

  18. Of course you're covered in paint! Me too! It's the New Year after all! What a sweet sentiment you shared with us... Can't wait to see what amazing things you accomplish in 2013!


  19. I love your projects, the beautiful things you make and do, and the inspiration we all receive from your blog. Here's looking forward to a great 2013!


  20. I'm sailing! I'm sailing! I'm a sailor! So many great things about this movie. Makes me smile every time I think about it.

  21. Love your blog with all your lovely projects, ideas, inspirations...looking forward to all the blessings of 2013.

  22. I love your projects, the beautiful things you make and do, and the inspiration we all receive from your blog. Here's looking forward to a great 2013!


  23. I thought your reference to "What about Bob" was so funny because several members of my family and close friends are always quoteing some of Bob's lines. And lol. Love the beauty you bring to us. Happy 2013!

  24. Courtney thank you for your blog. It always makes me think things can be beautiful in an imperfect world. So, I stay focused on that rather than the rest.I'm looking forward to 2013 and hope we can all move forward inspired.

  25. Thank you for your wonderful outlook!! there is to much negative in this world and I find your blog to be a great place for beauty and optimism! Your positive spirit spreads encouragement. All the best to you is 2013, I look forward to it!

  26. Love your blog and this post was especially meaningful. Yes, sometimes just baby steps are what is needed to get some movement going because sometimes we get stuck. This year I'm taking huge gigantic steps! I made the decision to retire from my job of 18 years at a large university to go back to school at age 57! I also plan to inject more creativity into my life and take more risks! I'll have to check out that movie you mentioned. Here's to a fabulous year for all! Even the bumps along the journey are necessary to grow and stretch our character. When we look back we see that it was all good!

  27. I love that movie too Courtney! Bill Murray just cracks me up. Here is to a fantastic 2013!

  28. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your lovely photos. I agree with Ann above, in this sometimes chaotic world beauty is a good thing. I also started the New Year covered in paint. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best!

  29. Happy new year Courtney! Haven't seen the moveie but will have to now. I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful blog. I know it's gotta be hard to find the time to do on top of having a family and tackling so many remodeling and refreshing projects that have made your home so gorgeous. I don't know how you do it but I'm glad you do because I look forward to every post. Thank you thank you! Know though that people have to rest too and if you decide to we would completely understand and be there when you come back. Leslie

  30. I adore What About Bob, one of my all time movies! Baby Steps, yes! I am so excited for what 2013 holds for all of us, I am taking baby steps for new things this year!
    Thanks for posting!

  31. I have seen What About Bob and I understand completely. Thank for all your beautiful posts this year! You are an inspiration!

    Flora Doora

  32. Courtney,
    You are like "Bob" too? I never would have thought that! But it does give me a bit more hope for myself. Fear has been a disease with me...but like you, I am turning over new leaves this year....can't wait to see what we both accomplish!

  33. Thank you so much for hosting. I really appreciate being able to share my creativity with your friends. Please stop by and share your creativity with my friends.

    Thank you and Happy New Year