Hello. Is this thing on?

I hope you all had a fantastic break for the holidays—full of  good food and quality time with the folks you love. I know that we sure did. Just after the Christmas festivities were winding down, we packed up the U-Haul and made the move to Asheville. We’re just about settled in to the new home and are having so much fun exploring Asheville and getting to know our new town.

2013 was the year of travel, rolling with the punches, and figuring things out. 2014 is going to be the year of putting down roots and growing, blooming. {While still rolling with the punches because, let’s be real, there will always be some punches.}

As the mess from the move settles down, I’m looking forward to getting back in the blogging swing for the new year. This is going to be a big year of growth for Kiwi+Peach and we are pretty pumped about the things we have planned for the year. Sharing tried and true recipes and talking about food will always be our main focus, but we’re branching out a bit. We are going to dive a little deeper into the science behind the food we eat, and we will be sharing our monthly meal planning calendar. I’ll be doing more calligraphy and dabbling in a bit of graphic design to share my original artwork with y’all. We are also going to be sharing some of the things we’ve done/are doing to create a home that is beautiful, efficient, and eco-friendly.

My goal, the whole reason I write, is to share experiences. I always want to be producing something of value for you, so I strive for the tips, tricks, inspiration, and knowledge we share about how we do life to be stuff that you could actually use. Hearing about your experiences makes my freaking day y’all. I want to start a conversation, to connect. I want to hear about your experiences your thoughts, feelings, smart remarks. That way, we grow together.

I recently saw a thing circulating round the web about picking one word for the year. It’s not so much a resolution as just an encompassing word to strive for and meditate on for the coming year that will help you focus {or re-focus} and reach your goals. So much better than a list of resolutions, I thought, so I bit.

My word for the year is…

Grow: Lettering by Kiwi and Peach

We’ve planted ourselves here, so now its time to grow.

It’s time to grow; personally, professionally, in our relationships, this blog, and quite literally, a garden.

Growth doesn’t happen on its own. It takes intentional, focused effort. It takes trying new things, even if they’re scary. It takes risk and putting ourselves out there, even if it means being a little vulnerable. It takes research and constant learning to develop new skills, even if it takes a little trial and error. It takes a lot of hard work, but it will be so worth it.

What about you? What’s your word for the year? Don’t have a word? Then what is that you are striving for this year? How can we help each other keep our eye on the prize?

Fan of the ‘Grow’ image?

First of all, thank you! I made it m’self, hand lettering and all. Second of all, you’re in luck because it is available for free on our brand spanking new PRINT page, or you can click here to open the printable {and downloadable} pdf. Print it out, pop it in a simple frame, and you have a piece of inspirational artwork for your home that reminds you to keep growing.

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