I was quite certain that in just a few keystrokes I'd find ancient wisdom in what this horse year had in store for us.
Instead I found a lot of websites that said things like:
-you find good calamity in this year of wood horse
-after the slithery snake of 2013 we can have landslide and forest fire
Not exactly what I was going for. So I've decided to make up my own Chinese zodiac outlook for 2014 if that's okay with everyone. Except I'm not a fan of China. So here's my American Year of the Horse Zodiac by Understand Blue.
-Horses (or as I call them, horsies) are awesome. Therefore, 2014 will be awesome
-Horsies represent freedom to those of us who live in the wild, wild West. So I predict that freedom will actually come back into style in 2014 and replace the NSA, drones and the IRS with cat videos and silly string.
-Horsies are wicked fast, and so I think this year is going to go really fast. Please hang on, and try to be productive.
-I hate to bring this up, but on behalf of my brother I must. Horses bite. So watch out for mosquitos and the IRS.
-If you're single, please note that where there are horsies, there are cowboys. If you're a boy, please note that where there are horsies, there are cowgirls.
-Into every life, a little horse poop must fall. Don't get all bent out of shape about it. Don't whine. Buck up and get over yourself. Get back in the saddle. Don't share the poop. Everyone has their own poop - they don't need to hear about yours.
-Good shoes are very important. You can never spend too much. Seriously. it's the year of the horse. I can't recommend Zappos highly enough.
-While it's said that horseshoes are lucky, that's completely false. You make your own luck. So do it. See the don't whine part above.
-Take care of your mane. If you're not a Clydesdale, it's the only thing people will notice.
-Be a Clydesdale - they're awesome.
-Horses aren't afraid of anything except for mice. This is where we get into the part about horses not really being all that bright. Mice aren't scary. The lesson here is not to overdramatize things, unless you're telling a story, in which case bring. all. the. drama.
-Chew your food. Several times. Eating fast is for carnivores.
-Work hard, Even if it's not glamorous. It builds strong bones and makes you appreciate resting and playing a little more.
-Have a big heart. Go at full speed until it gives out. :)
Most of all, you should probably watch Secretariat - I think you can get everything else you need to know from that :).
Whatever happens, may the horse be with you.
Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Ancient Asia, Deadbeat Designs May the Horse Be With You
Ink: Summer Sun, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Whisper White
Now, you may be here for the Season's Givings Blog hop - in which case - welcome!
This was such a fun and joyful event last year I'm really excited that we're doing it again! I met so many new friends and had so much fun hopping around from blog to blog.
I was really blessed this year with some crafty Christmas gifts, including this Derwent Inktense pencil set (crazy AWESOME price on them on Amazon right now) and a Brother Scan and Cut Machine - OMG! I can't wait to play with these tomorrow!
In the spirit of paying it forward, I will choose one lucky commenter to win an amazing prize package to help them ride their crafty horse into 2014!
This package includes:
- Sycamore Street ribbon and matching buttons
- Remember This rotary stamp
- Label Bracket Punch
- Epic Day Designer Series Paper
- Cloudy Day Embossing Folder
- Epic Day This 'n That Designer Journaling Stickers (2)
- 1.25" Pink Pirouette two tone ribbon
- 1.25" Cherry Cobbler two tone ribbon
- Decorative Window Gift Boxes (6)
I'll be choosing my winner on January 6th at noon - so don't waste any time - leave me a comment! Tell me what you got for Christmas and what your plans are for 2014!
If you're hopping along, the person after me is Kelly Klapstein - GO LIKE THE WIND - see what she has for you.
Most of all, happy new year! :)
Here's the full hop list in case your horse ran off and you are lost.
Happy and safe and blessed New Year to you.