happy-new-year Guys. It's almost 2013.

I sure had a lot of "holy shit" moments in 2012. You know the ones, right? Those moments when you're thinking "holy shit, am I really doing this?" Out of all of those moments, I definitely have two favorites. One was going to blogshop in Seattle. If you get the opportunity to go, DO IT. And yes, that's me in the first pic! Gah I couldn't have worn nicer shoes? Ohh me.

The other was a major moment for me. Like, I didn't even believe I was doing it as I was doing it. I'm talking, of course, about quitting my job. Last New Year's Eve I remember feeling terrified, frustrated, lost - I hated my job and I didn't know what to do or how to fix it. I wanted to leave, I wanted a big change, I wanted to find my purpose and start effing living it already, no more waiting! But I was too scared to make a move. I had a feeling I should quit my job and try blogging full time, but what does "a feeling" really mean? If I only had a sign... a clue as to what to do.

It took me another 10 months to learn - that feeling, that inner pull to do something greater, more awesome, more useful, more fulfilling, more everything - THAT'S IT. That is the sign. That feeling is telling you what to do... and you know it. It's just scary. While I haven't necessarily found my ultimate super awesome true purpose yet, I know I'm on the right path.

2012 was about leaving behind what wasn't working and starting what I know was right for me. So I've started... I think 2013 is going to be about really going for what I want, listening to my "feelings" on the regular, owning my decisions, and being an effing boss and not apologizing for it. We deserve everything we want... so let's go for it, k? Me and you.

Here's to even more "holy shit, am I really doing this?" moments in 2013. Woot!



What were some of your favorite moments from 2012? Do you ever have a feeling about something, but are too scared to make a move? I'd love to hear about it, cuz believe me - I feel ya.


Image by artsocial.


If you've been with artsosh since the beginning you may remember a little something called Holidazzle. Half gift guide, half arty advent calendar? Yep, that's the one. Holidazzle is back this year, friends... and I think it's safe to say it's better than EVER.

The awesomeness starts November 26th... woot!

video + editing: artsocial music: Fever (instrumental) by Michael Bublé

Happy New Year: Disco Balls and Sparkles

New Year's Eve is a comin'! Bring out the disco balls and the sparkles, it's time for a celebration. While I escape with the boyfriend to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere for the holiday, I hope that you will enjoy lots of... Drinking


And, most importantly, kissing!

See you next year, readers! There's already lots of big things brewing for 2012, can't wait to share the awesomeness.

Top images found here, champagne, dancing man, dancing woman, kissing

Etsy Denver: It's the Future

2012 sounds like such a futuristic year - a year that would be full of matching, gender-neutral jumpsuits and entire meatloaf dinners in pill form and foul-mouthed, ill-tempered robots (Futurama has been on a lot lately)... but alas, that's not the case. 2012 will be a year full of great things... Promise me you won't wear a gender-neutral jumpsuit, k? It's time to get yourself a 2012 calendar boys and girls. Let's step into the future with these kewl local Etsy shops (that's how "cool" will be spelled in the future).

Organic Pink Lady makes trailers look the cutest!

The Handmaiden. Do you think this walrus also has a carpenter friend, loves oysters, and speaks in iambic trimeter?

Queen Bee Inspirations. This calendar holds a tiny celebration for each month, full of colorful banners and gift-giving anxiety.

Shop Amy Sullivan. Gahhhhhh aliens are invading (this calendar)! That really gets in the way of my hair appointment on the 6th...

Happy 2012 to you!