Monday, January 18

8 days to a GiVeAwAy!

i'm eight days away from my "blogoversary"...
yes people.
i've been blogging for almost 1 year.
it just seems like yesterday i was biting my nails as i was pushing the "publish post" button for the first time...
now.
i realize that's just a drop in the pail compared to some of you...
but it's definitely something worth celebrating...
don't you think?

so.
here's the announcement i've been promising to make...

i've decided to do my first "giveaway" here on the blog.
yep.
a giveaway that requires a little something from my readers...
not a whole lot.
just a little bit of effort. *wink*
but wait.
what IS the giveaway?


remember this?
from this post...???


i've had SUCH positive feedback on this creation...
i've decided to give one away to one of my blog readers...
that's right!
the winner of this gem will receive an archival-quality print mailed directly from ME to YOU!
BUT WAIT...
it gets even better...
for only $19.99...
JUST KIDDING.....
(it was beginning to sound like one of those commercials...)

anyway.....

the winner gets the option to CUSTOMIZE their print:
- choose your background color.
- choose your font color.
- choose your own "words to live by" OR use the ones i've already created.
- choose either a 10x10 or an 8x10 print...for easier framing.

OR...just keep the print "as-is"...
the winner gets to decide.

can't visualize a different background or font color?
here's some help...
just to get you pumped up and excited...

how about a PINK print in an 8x10?



or how about a white font instead of the black?



so...
what do YOU need to do to have one of these lovelies gracing a wall in your home?

1. leave a comment here & tell me where you'd display it in your home. (only one entry per reader please...*wink*)
2. your comment MUST also include your favorite word from the current print or one you'd like to see added...
3. have your friends leave a comment too...but make sure they reference your name...

why have your friends enter to win & potentially sabotage your own chances of winning?
hold onto your seats...
i'll be giving away yet ANOTHER free print to the person who sends the most friends over to enter the giveaway...

that's all it takes.
the contest ends midnight..January 26th...my "blogoversary"...of course. *wink*
i'll be using random.org to select the first winner.
the 2nd winner will obviously be tallied by the number of friends you send over...

good luck to you all...
thank you soooo much in advance for your excitement & participation...
8 days and counting...

hugs...
& happy monday...

101 comments:

cherishedimpressions@gmail.com January 18, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

LOVE this print!! I would put this in my kids' playroom. My favorite word is trustworthy :)

Tonya January 18, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

I love the piece of work! I would display it in my living room where we are coming up with wall hangings of our family. My favorite word is Genuine, the pictures we have taken of our kids show that they are genuine.

Thanks for all your inspiration! :)

Donna January 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

hi........i love your print. i am "redecorating" my kitchen the central zone for my family of 8. I love your print.......would look wonderful in my kitchen. I think the word that I would like best is "fun". I will send some people your way ;)

Mia January 19, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

Congrats on your 1st year!! Oh, this is THE PERFECT Giveaway! I would hang it next to our entryway, so my four children and I can remember the importance of making good choices. Something we all struggle with from time to time. ;-) My fave word: "all you were meant to be"
SO EXCITED!

Ashly January 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

I have been looking @ your blog for a few months now- I bookmarked your "french party" post. I LOVE it & hope to use some of your ideas for my little one soon. I pick the word "consistent"... I want to teach my kiddos to ALWAYS be consistent in EVERYTHING that they do; their love, their hope, their giving, their patience, their forgiveness, their kindness, their respect, their trust... I guess I couldn't just pick one! Be blessed!!

Sara January 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

This print is awesome! Such a great reminder every day! I think I would post it in my entryway, and my favorite word is thankful. I try to be thankful every day for the things that I have, and my children, and husband. Even when they drive me nuts!

Anonymous,  January 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

Love your new project and giveaway Jess! My favorite word is hopeful. I am always hopeful and a friend of mine that you met at the shower, Carol, and I always talk about being hopeful in life. I would display the piece close to a mirror we all look into everyday so you could see the words either straight on or reflected. Thanks for such wonderful things you share with so many!
Vicki

Renee January 21, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

Congratulations, Jess! Thank you so much for letting us share this special time with you.....my favorite word is "a friend". They mean so much to me; sharing and caring is what it is all about for sure. I would proudly display your beautiful work of art in our scraproom. Not only would this be a great source of inspiration in our scraproom but in my life as well. Thank you so much for all you share with us, Jess. You are extra-special!

Best Wishes,

Renee

Kim - The TomKat Studio January 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

I would love to have a print designed by YOU! In pink, of course! I would love to hang in somewhere in my new living room/tomkat studio which is pink & orange! My fave word in the collage is REAL. If I added a word, it would be BALANCED. XOXO

Renee January 24, 2010 at 7:23 PM  

Hi my name is Danielle! My Mom Renee sent me over!! Love, Peace and Beats would be my word. That is what Blake Lewis writes when he signs an autograph. So that is very special to me!! I would put the art work in my room!! Congratulations on your one year blogaversary!! Happy Scrapping!!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 24, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

i'm soooo loving all of the comments you all have been leaving! thank you sooo much. i'm being inspired by the suggestions of words to add and the places you would display the print in your home.

so far...i believe renee is in the lead as far as being the winner for the reader who sends the most friends over to comment...

anyone want to give her a little competition? *wink*
only 2 days left...
woohooo!

TxTrainer January 24, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

I found your blog through "Sweetopia" and I have become addicted to both...I wish I had half of the talent and creativity you two ladies have!! You have given me many ideas for my "Gotta Try That" list!!
My husband's friend and his 3-year old daughter have been living with us for the past year...I would display this print in her play area and give it to her as a gift when they move into their own house in a few months. My favorite word is "considerate" because you never know when your small action may make someone's day, week, or month! :o)

Celeste January 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

lovely print jess - congrats on the blogaversary!

The Riherds January 25, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

I can't remember now how I first stumbled upon your blog, but I've been so thankful that I did!

I can see this lovely print displayed in our family's kitchen nook. The word "adventurous" would have to be my favorite. With my husband being a medical resident, we've lived in three cities in the past 2 years and added a sweet baby girl in the middle of the moving madness. I love the "adventurous" life we've embraced and am excited to see what adventures still await! :)

Candi Ladwig January 25, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

I would love this print for my youngest daughter's room. My favorite word in it is... BE :)

{just BE who you are!!}

Kristen January 25, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

So cute. I have a 13 year old who would love this in her room.

Favorite word: genuine

Kim January 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

i also love this print! my friend Candi Ladwig sent me here...
my favorite word in the print is also
BE
love it!

Kim January 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

oops! i forgot to say where I would put this...in my daughter's bedroom.
Candi sent me...don't forget :)
Fave word: BE

word up!

Alison January 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

I would put this in either my four daughters' room that they share... or our family room! ???

My favorite word in the print is "forgiving."

Shannon January 25, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

Love this....an amazing piece of work....I would put this either in my master bedroom or my family room so I could see it every morning to start me on a positive note! My word is adventurous

Candi L sent me.....

tanyag January 25, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

So creative and inspirational! I would put this in my scrap room....my room for ME! My favorite word is "determined" - determined to make positive changes, determined to make a difference, determined to be the best me I can be! A big thank you to Candi L for posting about your blog! Love it!

Toni January 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

Favorite word: hopeful. Where would I display it? in my living room. Oh, and Alison Bosen sent me here. :)

Rita Mitchell January 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

My daughter, Alison, told me about this cute give-away. I would display it in my laundry room and my favorite word in the print is "respectful."

Christi January 25, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

Very Cute. I really like it. And my good friend Alison Bosen told me about your blog. Love it.

Jodi Lansink January 25, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

Favorite word is grateful----just to be grateful each day for what we all have. Candi L. sent me to your blog, and I would hang it in my nursery, rainbow baby girl coming in May!

Shelbi Kidd January 25, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

Hi my favorite word it Sincere because a lot of people are so fake these days. And I would hang it in my room over my table where I do my homework. And Alison sent me!

MarieC January 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

My dear friend Alison Bosen sent me here. I love this artwork! I would have it in blue and hang it in the hallway between my two sons' bedrooms. Favorite word is "trustworthy."

Jill Albin,  January 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

I would hang this in my entry and my favorite word it Genuine. Alison Bosen sent me to this blog-very cute!

Carmel January 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

I would put this in my bathroom so that t could br reminded every day. My favorite word is solution. Candi Ladwig referred me to this site

Rose,  January 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

My favorite word/phrase is "a good listener".
I would give this to my daughter to hang in her room.
BTW :The adorable Alison B. sent me to your blog.

Simply Stunning January 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

I love this! I would put this in my home office that I'm creating - either in a frame on the desk, or hanging on a wall that my desk faces as to keep me inspired with my dreams. My favorite word - "you" - because I think people forget about that sometimes... myself included! Great work!

Jessica Gonzalez January 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM  

Love it! I would hang it in my living room - I'm working on a collage of frames to hang up right now. My favorite word is Genuine, and I'm supposed to tell you Alison B. sent me to your blog.

Anonymous,  January 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

I love this print. So inspirational. My favorite word on it is "consistent" and I would display it in my home office. Thanks Alison Bosen for turning me on to this great site!1) where you would display the

Kristen January 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

I love this print! My favorite word is sincere. I would hang it in my famiy room. Alison B. sent me to your great blog!

Williamsboys January 25, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

Love it. My favorite word is "FAITH" I would display it in my bedroom for a daily reminder to keep the faith. Alison B turned me onto this fantastic blog

vicki cooley,  January 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

Is it legal to leave 2 comments? I was thinking that this print would be perfect in Ally's nursery! Pink and black! The baby would learn the words from newborn on because I would read them to her as she grows...never to young to start learning those perfect words. Love would be my favorite word for her...I also came through as anonymous but you know who I am...Vicki

Nancy W January 25, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

I would hang this in my craft studio and I love the word Strong in it. Hugs from Conroe, TX! I'm on my way to get my friend Melanie to sign up!

shuree cheesmond January 25, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

This print sums up life in a simple way...If I won this print I would put it in our family room which is the room that all 7 of us are in at the same time the most....My favorite word is "Patient" because it is a goal that I have for myself!!!

I was sent by Alison
Alison said...
I would put this in either my four daughters' room that they share... or our family room! ???

My favorite word in the print is "forgiving."

Sara January 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

I would put this in my daughters room.
My favorite word is positive!
Candi Ladwig sent me here!

Colleen January 25, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

Love that print. I would hang it either in my bedroom, or in a craft room. My favorite word would probably be focused. Candi Ladwig sent me.

meganklauer January 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

Congrats on one year! Love your blog! Candi Ladwig sent me too! Good luck Candi! ;0)

Ryan January 25, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

My wife really wants this for Piper's bedroom!! My favorite word is Happy. {Candi L. sent me!!!}

venyart January 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Hi Jess, your print is wonderful!!!! My favorite word is hopeful!!! Candi L. sent me to you sight. Congrats on your Anniversary!!!

venyart January 25, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

Sorry, forgot to tell you where I would hang the print, my family room!!

Anonymous,  January 25, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

I love this! I would put this in my home office (it's decorated with pink & hello kitty stuff!). I love the word (be) original! Amy M.

Angela January 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

I'd put it in my bedroom, so it would be one of the first things I see in the morning when I wake up!! Thanks Candi, for sending me here!!

Sydney January 25, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

I love THIS!!!!

I would hang it in my room! I love the "be kind" phrase the best!!

AlisonB sent me.

Alicia January 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

I think you should have CREATIVE and EXTRAORDINARY on there! Also, Be the change you wish to see in the world!!

I think I would either hang this in my scrapbook room or give it to my 14 year old niece to hang in hers.

Anyway, Candi L sent me over, and I'm so glad she did! I could get lost in your blog for hours!!

jenlar January 25, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

Renee sent me over :)

Very nice work! It would look great in my homeschool room. "Authentic" stands out the most to me.

Mindy January 25, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

Candi L sent me and I think this is so cool! I love the word thankful (goes with my word for the year, appreciate). I think I would hang this in my dining room, reminding me to discuss these words to my little ones!

Anonymous,  January 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

I owuld hang it in my room! I like the word forgiving and this is pretty awesome!
Alison B sent me!

gina musselman,  January 25, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

Your prints are beautiful! I would hang this print in my living room so that everyone that enters my home can read it. The word that strikes me the most is "forgiving". There always seems to be turmoil in families and within friends and we need to remember not to judge but to forgive. Thank you to my friend Alison Bosen for sending me to your blog!

jess January 25, 2010 at 11:38 PM  

Candi L. sent me and my favorite word is hopeful. I'd put this next to the bathroom mirror so I could see it every morning.

Piper January 25, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

I really want this for my bedroom, it would match perfect!! My favorite word is hopeful.

Candi L. sent me.

kate January 25, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

i love this print! this is my first time coming to your blog. ALISON BOSEN referred me here. that's right ALISON BOSEN (does she get two points since i wrote her name twice??)....so, i think i would put it right by our door so i would be reminded of everything i would like to be during that day as i walk out the door...my favorite word (or sentence in this case) is.... be true to yourself. so important. and so valuable. love your idea of this!!!

David Martell,  January 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

Favorite Word: Happy
Where I would Hang this: Bathroom
Referred by: Alison Bosen

Becky January 26, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

My favorite word is positive!!! I world put this in my living room. Candi L sent me :)

Angela Gerber January 26, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

Happy blogaversary J!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Favorite Word: Positive
I believe it's key to being happy in life. This print would go in our activity room.

Holly Hinkhouse,  January 26, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Love your blog! My favorite word on the print is Happy! It's a great way to be! Candi Ladwig sent me here....I hope she wins!

Jen LoSchiavo January 26, 2010 at 12:57 AM  

Hi! Wonderful, beautiful pieces! Candy Ladwig sent me over here and I'm so glad! I would display this right at my front door - and my favorite word is "Hope!"

Thank you!

Patti Hunter,  January 26, 2010 at 12:58 AM  

THese are beautiful. I specifically like "sincere" and "forgiving." Thanks to my friend Candi for directing me to this site. :)

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

Love the print...especially "consistant" Can I get it in silver to match my office? ...or lime green?...or lavender?...or electric tape blue?...or pink?
I know CANDI LADWIG would love one too! ;)

Wendy T January 26, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

I love the print, all the words and the different fonts. Would love to hang this in my office at work for inspiration!

Favorite words: the solution...not the problem

Wendy Trute

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

love this print in a different color for my son's room...
that to Candi for posting the link to your blog...
love it!

my word: bliss

Wendy T January 26, 2010 at 1:24 AM  

Forgot to post on my comments ( a few up) that Candi L sent me.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 26, 2010 at 5:25 AM  

holy smokes...
it's 5a.m. and i've awoken to a flood of comments...*great big ole smile*

thank you to EVERYONE who've taken the time to stop by and leave a comment. i'm loving to read through them all...they're inspiring. most give me just a little glimpse into the life of the person posting...it's such an awesome way to connect. loving the suggestions of words to add too...(creative, extraordinary, balanced, bliss...)

with that said, we've got one full day left of comment submissions...i can tell you candi L and alison bosen have quite the friendly competition going on...*wink*

PROBLEM....

there are a few "anonymous" posts...which are fine...but i still need you to sign your comment with your name or atleast initials. (you may end up being the winner from the random.org drawing). so if you've already commented anonymously...come back and let me know which comment was yours -

and definitely don't forget to say who sent you...we want to make sure the friend that sent you over receives "credit"...

THANK YOU again....cannot wait to announce the two winners...

hugs to all of you...

Amanda January 26, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

Congrats on one year! Love your blog! Candi Ladwig sent me too!

tricia January 26, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

My favorite word is patient. I would put it on my desk at work. Candi Ladwig referred me to this site.

Patty January 26, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

Love Embrace & Own It! Let Candi Ladwig design it! Good luck Candi.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Love this. I would post it in my girls room. Love Original...I want my kids to learn that they don't have to be like everyone else..by themselves and be original!! Candi Ladwig referred me!

Jamie,  January 26, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

Ok so I hit the wrong button and put mine as anonymous!! To early in the morning. Jamie Steele

Candi Ladwig January 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

Hey Jessica... I am getting friends asking about purchasing the print if they don't win... will this be available?? Thanks bunches! I love your blog and all of your creations!

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

I would like to enter your giveaway. My friend is Renee Wallace. I would like to add the word MINDFUL. I would hang your artwork in my entrance. I would like all who enter my home to be greeted by your beautiful artwork! My name is Judy Zfaz.

The Hamann Family January 26, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

LOVE it!!! - - My favorite word is grateful! I am grateful for each day and want my children to be as well. Candi Ladwig sent me to your blog! :)

Penny Smith January 26, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

Awesome print! Candi sent me over! I am glad she did! :)

Sheila Null - lilcropper@yahoo.com,  January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the print!! Thank you Candi Ladwig for sending me over to take a look!

I would hang it in my newly redecorated craft room (still in progress so it would make a great addition *wink*)

I love the word 'authentic'. "The authentic self is the soul made visible"

I browsed through some of your other creations, you area a talented girl!

suburban prep January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

How creative you are.

I love the word POSITIVE!!

I would put this in the guest room because I would want whomever stays there to know that they are welcome in my house.

I was referred by Laught Until Your Cheeks Hurt.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Alexa,  January 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Fun print! I would put this in my craft room. My favorite word is "intentional." Candi sent me over!

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

I love the print! Renee sent me over. I would put it in my dining room above the kitchen table to share with my friends and family. My favorite word is Grateful because I am greatful for my friends and family.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

I love the print! Renee sent me over. I would put it in my dining room above the kitchen table to share with my friends and family. My favorite word is Grateful because I am greatful for my friends and family.

Ali,  January 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

It's Ali, Renee's friend. I just sent 2 posts by accident, with the word grateful. I thought the first one didn't go through, oops. Anyway, I sent the entry for Renee! Have a good day.

Ali,  January 26, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

It's Ali, Renee's friend. I just sent 2 posts by accident, with the word grateful. I thought the first one didn't go through, oops. Anyway, I sent the entry for Renee! Have a good day.

Marion January 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Hi, Candi L. sent me over. I'd hang this in my master bath where I would see it first thing every day! My favorite word is respect.

Laura M.,  January 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

Hey, love the message of your print. I think all of us hope to be all of those things. My friend Renee Wallace sent me over here. I would hang it in my office in the 10x10 white text on pink. My favorite sentiments are 'all you were meant to be' and 'fearless', cause I need help remembering to be both of those things. Thanks. Happy Anniversary!

Martha January 26, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
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Martha January 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

Hi, Happy Anniversary. This print really spoke to me. What a great inspiration for the new year. My favorite word it "Focused", and I would disply it on our hallway since we walk by it all day long.

Lovely Scribbles January 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

This really is a fantastic print and such a fun giveaway! My favorite word is faithful, and I pray everyday that I would be proven so in the Lord's eyes. I would love to hang this print in my office as a wonderful reminder of what I'm striving to be. Happy Anniversary!!!

Doreece,  January 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

Very cute. I would put this in my little girls room. My favorite word on this would be Positive. Candi Ladwig sent me your link. Thanks.

Daniece January 26, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

I love it. I'd put it on the door where we could see it everytime we left the house. My favorite word is "consistent". My friend Alison Bosen told me about your blog. It is fantastic!

Jake January 26, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

My favorite word is Educated. I think I would put this in the Bathroom so I could look at it when I was getting ready for the day. Candi Ladwig sent me - so glad she did!

Becky January 26, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

I think it would be great inspiration for my craft room, my favorite is adventurous. Candi Ladwig sent me!

pwagner January 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

My favorite is "all you were meant to be" Love it! I would put it in my girls' bathroom so we would have some inspiration during our daily tasks. Candi Ladwig sent me, of course! =)

Autumn Kline Photography January 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

Candi Ladwig sent me over to your page! Love the print....I would display it in my our daughters room. She is 3 weeks old today!! My favorite word is positive. I have always loved the quote..."your attitude determines your altitude in life." So....remember to always keep a positive outlook.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 11:52 PM  

I'd say "kind".... because I think that can cover a lot. I'd put it in the kitchen. Renee (my mom) sent me over.

Eric

Cameogal420@aol.com,  January 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

This is a beautiful portrayal, Jess, and I thank my dear friend, Renee, for sharing the link to this site.

I would add the word "humility" as it encompasses all the words listed. To me, humility brings to mind the modest attributes in each of these words and describes those assets that I look for in my friends who make my life a treasure-trove of happiness.

My family room is where I would display this wonderfully-crafted piece as my family room is where all my family and friends experience the warmth and comfort of all things good and true.

Jess, this is truly a very nice portrait of life! Renee, thank you for sharing one of life's treasures with me.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

wow...what an amazing response to my first giveaway...

i'm in awe...
thank you ALL so much for taking a minute to enter.

for those of you anxiously awaiting...
watch for your name in lights...
the two winners have been determined
& will be announced a little later today...
woohoo!!!
thanks again...
hugs...

Candi Ladwig January 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

Dang it!! We were so close to 100 comments!! :) Maybe next time, hehehe!! Here's to another inspiring year!

Anonymous,  January 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

Michele Tasler : I would love this for my daughters room to inspire her to be all that she can be! Candi Ladwig sent me =)

Renee January 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

This party has been absolutely awesome, Jess! It has been fun sharing the enthusiasm with everyone. Congrats again!!

Alison January 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

Question: What on earth gets you up, day after day, before 5:00??? And functioning enough to blog???

Maybe that is why I'm not creative... I sleep through the creative hours of the day!! :-)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

Alison -
i'm laughing at your inquiry about what possesses me to get up so early...

the motivation behind it is totally selfish.
it's the ONLY time i have all to myself.
i figure if i get up around 4:30 i have a good hour and a 1/2 to do things i really want to do.

it all was jump started by the 21 challenge i participated in a few months back. i wanted to carve out time for myself and this was really the only logical block of time. (i can't muster up the energy to stay up late...so instead...i start my day off right by getting up early. REALLY early i guess! crazy...i know. but sooo worth it!

want to know something even crazier?
i don't set an alarm clock - i somehow manage to wake up around 4:30 every day on my own...for some reason?

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