Here's to a great 2013 and an exciting 2014!

Reflecting over the past year has brought a wave of emotions. It was a huge year for us personally and with the business. This year we welcomed our first baby to our family, my husband began his senior year at the university, and I made the huge leap to rebrand and launch Beloved Paper. Each joy reminded us of God's love for me in a specific way and each stress reminded me to lean on Him. 

I am so excited about this new year, both with our family and with Beloved Paper. Although I am not big on making new years resolutions, there are some things that really have been impressed upon me lately to work on in the coming year. 

The first is focus, I have a tendency to have a million things going at once and my brain is always running with ideas and projects. This however, does not always lead to great productivity. and a million things left incomplete. I have really been working on focusing my time, my thoughts, and my efforts. Whether it be with work, my relationship with my husband, or having fun with the most precious little boy. 

Gratitude is something that I have really been burdened personally about lately as well. My life is not yet exactly where I want it. In other words, I have not arrived. And while I am not being naive in believing that one day everything will be perfect, there are a few things in life that I would like to be a little more together than they are right now. However, instead of focusing on what I don't have or what is not going right, I am trying to be grateful for the blessings that God has showered on us. 

And my last word for 2014 is peace. When things are crazy, when things aren't quite going my way, I just need to stop and rest in that God has everything under control. Focus on His love for me and that He has promised that all things will work together for good (Romans 8:28). 

While typing this out, I began to notice that these words, or rather attitudes are all intertwined with each other. Which is probably why I could not choose just one. If I focus on what I need to in that moment and have gratitude no matter what the circumstances, I will have a peace in my heart that God has always wanted for me.

I designed some prints of simple watercolor layered over a scripted font to be a constant reminder and to hang in my studio (which was yet another project for this afternoon...are you beginning to see my problem?). 

Although the focus, gratitude, and peace prints will be available in the shop next Monday. I wanted to offer them as a gift to you as a free download until then. You can download the prints here from now until Sunday, January 5th. 

**update 1/6/14 the prints have been removed as free download but will be available in our Etsy shop

So here's to a great 2014 for the Coats family and Beloved Paper! 

Is there any particular thing that you are focusing on in the new year? Leave a comment below or send me a quick message (I love emails!).  

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