beads by breul

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Happy New Year to all of you!

2012 was an amazing year. Among other things,
my daughter graduated from high school

We had "the greatest vacation ever" 
(according to our kids)
Disney World was such a blast. 

I "dyed" my hair pink to honor an amazing woman, Lori Anderson

Sent my daughter to college
(how exactly did that happen???)

My son started high school

My hubby turned 50, retired after 25 years on the Metropolitan Police Department
and will start his "new" job shortly.
(no pictures of this....)

Christmas was filled with friends and family, the tree, the decorations,
and the fun of having everyone around.

We welcomed 2013 in quietly last night
with a nice dinner and a few episodes of Community
(seriously, one of the funniest shows!)

This year will be a big year for me, personally and professionally!
I have found that I am drawn to my camera more and more
these days, don't worry, the beads will always call my name.

I have loved being able to do this,

and this,

and this,

I can't even begin to tell you the joy it brings me.

I have decided that I want to do this professionally, like a grown up! :)

I took the step and have filed for a business license with the 
state of Maryland and am awaiting it.  
It felt sooo right!  More than my beads. 

My heart is so full with the excitement and 
possibility of this adventure. 
Not going to lie, I am terrified at the same time.
But, I am ready to take that first step.
I have so much to learn and welcome it with an 
open heart and mind.

I know that being able to make this my full time
job will take time, I am giving myself four years to do this.
At that point, my daughter will be graduating from college and my
son will be headed to college, and
hubby will be four years into his new career.

I have had some amazing friends who have agreed
to help and support me on this journey.
Thank you Jeannie, Karen, Kathleen, and Kelley!

most wonderful saying the other day,

"May you chase a dream you never thought possible and
realize you can reach it."

I am dreaming and reaching!


I hope you will stick around and go on this adventure
with me!

May 2013 be filled with joy, happiness, health and may you
achieve all your goals!


Patti Van said...

I have so much to comment on, that I know I will forget something! First of all - congrats to both of your kids! I have none, but am very close to my sister, and her daughters are "mine" - at least in spirit, so I can feel your joy! Second - please thank your husband for his service! My brother was a police officer in DC many, many moons ago-that is one tough beat! And lastly, I am so happy for YOU! My word for the year is "Fearless" - and you exemplify the meaning of that word! I wish you much success in your adventure, but most of all, continued happiness in doing what you love to do! Happy New Year!

Bobbie said...

Congratulations on making a big and brave move to realize your dream! What a grand adventure -- best of luck as you take the steps on your new path.

Jenni said...

Sounds like you are going to have an awesome year ahead.. I wish you well with it.. so exciting to change direction and be inspired by that change. I too am going to try and pick up my camera again.. although not quite in the same capacity as yoursel!

Elisabeth said...

What a great year and what excitement to look forward to!!! Count me in as on your team and cheering!

JeannieK said...

Happy, Happy Joy, Joy! I love this post. Girl you are on your way.