A New Year cute video & giveaway!

Happy 2018! 

Remember I told you in my last entry to think about all that you’ve accomplished and not what you couldn’t get to (because we all have a never ending list of to-do’s!)?  Well… this little one surely was shocked at all that she succeeded in 2017!  One of my favorite YouTube stars, Claire Crosby, shares her successes with her family. She has QUITE a few considering she’s only five years old.  Oh-so-adorable I can’t stop watching her and listening to her sing – she is practically best friends with Ellen!

This year, I really hope to share with you more inspiring stories and people to connect with. To start off the year with this entry, I teamed up with Jeanne Chiang from @jeminidesigns just for fun to do a New Year’s giveaway for our Instagram followers!  Head over to my Instagram account @lilspirations for your chance to win one of her unique elemental earth bracelets.

I’ve known Jeanne for years and watching her shop grow has been incredible. (You can find her on Etsy here).  She has a keen eye for architecture, so when it came to jewelry design, you can imagine her merging the two well. I asked her where the idea for these particular bracelets came from and she responded with the following: “It came from studying soil samples for architecture.  Soil is the very depths of our earth – so rich in color, texture, and material.  Elemental earth is my tribute to our planet, for appreciating its rarity and uniqueness from every particle. In these pieces, no stone is exactly alike. The raw and organic, harmonizes with the crystalline perfection of the crystal seedlet clusters. Just like architecture, man’s integration of form into its natural environment.”  Indeed when you look at them closely, the stones are all different.

What are you waiting for? Head on over and enter now!  Wishing you all a joyous, adventurous, and healthy new year!  xoxo, Lil

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Goodbye, 2017!

Helloooo, everyone!

Your first question is probably where in the world I’ve been.  Let’s just say 2017 was quite the busy year, and as close as I was to ending this blog due to a lack of time, I just couldn’t do it. In fact, I renewed it for another 3 years.  As I look back on the 3 years of Lilspirations, I remember why I started it in the first place.  To learn, to share, to be inspired, and to inspire … and indeed I felt it was successful. I met so many wonderful people whom I still connect with thanks to their collaboration or even just all of your support with this site. I created so many new things that I never thought I’d have the talent or skills for because I was motivated and encouraged to, and I learned so much about people, places, and myself.  It has truly been an inspiring journey.

However, I can’t say that things will ever be the same again in 2018 because it won’t be.  In a good way though.  I don’t have the time to travel, go out and explore as much as I used to so I can share with you all the special events that happen here in New York City, but I will continue sharing with you the people that make this city what it is.  I will share with you the stories behind the places you visit and the food that you eat (which by the way, just 3 years ago when I started, Smorgasburg wasn’t even popular yet and now we’ve got food halls everywhere!)  Lastly, I will hopefully share with you something very new – a glimpse of my journey as a first time mom.  We are so excited to have a baby girl this spring.  She just may be the lil’ in Lilspiration!  Here’s a GIF hubby and I made for our announcement that I’d love to share with you!

 

As I close the year with this entry, I want to remind you to celebrate all that you have accomplished, not what you wish you had accomplished (because we all know there is plenty on our lists!)  Ask yourselves – What are you most proud of? What did you learn? What do you want to make happen in 2018?  Don’t let the little things slip away – you’ll be surprised how accomplished you feel when you recognize even the smallest things you’ve done.  Remember sometimes, it’s the little things that inspire.

Happy New Year, friends!  xoxo – Lil

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