Increasing My Expectations

January 31st

thank you Tempe Library

Book from Tempe Library — while it is a bit out of date, a couple of the ideas jumped out at me.

Yesterday, listened to this podcast last night and it made me smile, full of hope. Last night, I had a long conversation with my lovely roommate about the law of attraction and living abundantly. Then a friend emailed me this quote this morning, and I couldn’t help but laugh and nod in agreement:

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, ‘How good or how bad am I?’ That’s where courage comes in.” — Erma Bombeck

floral table runner

Whig rose table runner. I want to learn to appliqué. What a great opportunity!

I had dinner with a friend this week who listened to me complain for a good five minutes about feeling like I’m in a rut. Afterward, he put down his margarita and said, “Jesus. That’s great. I’m glad to see that you are human.”


I get the feeling those who know me solely through this blog (and apparently a few friends too) think my life is all pink cupcakes with sprinkles and calorie-free icing. This site is my happy journal — it’s a place to share my creativity and cooking and vent about politics. It certainly isn’t an accurate representation of what happens in my daily life. Point being, no kidding I’m human. I have ruts. I just don’t enjoy complaining, especially when a solution isn’t readily apparent.

scrappy bunny

Quilt scrap bunny, anyone?

My expectations for life are increasing. I expect to be more challenged this year professionally. I expect to fall in love, madly. I expect to see a new country. I expect to spend wisely and pay off my remaining school debt. I expect to have time to be creative, and spend less time shopping and more time sewing. I expect to spend part of my summer backpacking through the forest. I expect to be published in many ways this year. I expect to spoil those I love and be spoiled in return. I expect to continuing working on my relationship with God. I expect to buy my very first house this year, including a back yard so I can finally get one of these. Or two. {Frida and Diego.} I expect improved leadership in my country and therefore I have expectations of peace internationally.

I expect to be happy, healthy and loved.

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22 Responses

  1. This is beautiful! That looks like a really good book; is the rest of it as good as the pictures you showed? Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  2. I say yes tot he great dane and the quilt patch bunny. I find you very inspirational, though I know you only through your blog. It’s great to hear that you are human and I love your goals. I should really do the same, take them out of a box and put them somewhere so I can see them!

  3. Darn right! Why not? When it comes right down to it, is keeping your expectations low really the path to a happy life? Hardly. Why not expect the best, and wake up each new day looking forward to it? Good for you, Kelli!

  4. What great expectations for the year. I believe that you will accomplish that and more in the next year. I think it is great that you put it in the context of expecting to do these things instead of wishing to do them:)

  5. Great and wonderful things to expect for the year! I love the idea of intention and believe that it can work wonders. If you intend to do those things, I don’t doubt that you will.

    Love that table runner, and the bunny! Did you know that bunnies are my favorite (I used to pretend I was one when I was little, and insisted that everyone call me Bunny). πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see your finished product.

    When you are ready for those amazing doggies, be sure to check rescues first. I’m sure you would anyway. πŸ™‚

  6. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your expectations to really happen, all of them (especially the ones concerning love and a house).
    I didn’t know you live with a roommate…….

  7. There’s a balance between manifesting abundance and remembering “Enough.” πŸ™‚ I created an artitic vision board that helps me stay on track with my aspirations. Kudos to your positive attitude, and we all are human!

  8. Larissa Stretton January 31, 2008

    May all those (and more) wonderful expectations come true for you. If the world were full of people like you, it’d be heaven.

  9. I think it’s the January rut – I’m in it too! Thank goodness tomorrow is February! πŸ™‚ Recently, my dental hygienist gave me a copy of the CD of The Secret. What I took from it was exactly what you said – what you expect is what will happen. I know this year holds all those good things and more for you Miss Kelli. πŸ™‚

  10. For starters, Erma Bombeck rocks. Just sayin’.

    Secondly, of course you’re human, dumpling! But your are a rare breed in that your glass is half-full waaaay more often than it’s half-empty, if you’ll excuse the cliche. Your attitude and your spirit are what make you such a rock star – and that being the case, I think you’ve MORE than earned the right to complain occasionally now and then. When done correctly (ie: with an essentially fab attitude) I even think that crabbing can lead to brainstorming – opening up new paths to get you where you want to go…

    Holy crap. I just re-read that. I promise you I didn’t mean to come off sounding like a hippie-dippie new-age cheerleader. Ay yi yi… Hopefully, you can get the gist of what I’m saying, even though I’m doing so poorly!

  11. I think everyone tries to be positive on their blog. No one wants to read the woe is me story EVERY day.

    I know you are human and I love you for it. I hope your career takes you amazing places and you find love and a new home!!!

  12. Vickie LeBlanc January 31, 2008

    I wish for you all that… and more. Go for it !

  13. I wish you all the best achieving this. I can tell that this is your “happy place” blog. I don’t see your life as perfect. I am glad you don’t talk about how bads things are when you do your aid work, I sleep at night in blissful ignorance of the desperation in the world. You have to sleep with having seen what you have seen but you do your best to help. Be well.

  14. I’m rooting for you, I know you will get it all…ciao

  15. Hey, I was wondering if you were dating someone…anyone. Come to New Zealand, we’ll find you a sporty kiwi boy!

  16. I’ve heard some people call the slump a lot of feel after a busy holiday…The Januaries. Here’s to you chica for an amazing February and beyond!

  17. those are pretty damn good expectations. I’m a firm believer in what you think about, what you dream about, what you invision, will come to fruition. Just keep reaching for it!

  18. What wonderful expectations! The fact that you label them as such takes them out of the realm of just dreaming and makes them workable goals.

  19. I have only known you for a relatively short time, and have come to know that one thing you are extremely good at (besides being one of the most creative and well-versed women I know) is finding the positive even in the midst of the “Januaries” (LOVE that term, Prissy!).

    I wish you only the greatest on your adventures this year, and may you get to achieve your goals, one step at a time. And may you know that even though this might be your happy blog, there is nothing wrong with showing folks when you are feeling a little blue sometiimes. The support truly helps, and I am living proof of this over the past 2 weeks. πŸ™‚

  20. hello sweetie. i love to read your outlook on the world… your optimism, your courage, your determination are infectious! i know that this year will bring you wonderful and amazing things. and yes indeed you are human… as are we all… it is what we choose to make of obstacles that is so important. xox

  21. You’re human! yeah! πŸ™‚ Seriously, I love the Erma Bombeck quote. Keep your expectations high. You will probably not be able to reach all of them but by keeping them high, you will achieve more than you ever dreamed!!!!!

  22. “Huzzah!” (I made sure to slam my fist on the table while I said that)

    Remebering Human is so important. It is so true that these blogs represent just facets of our lives. A few years ago, I remember reading article after article about authenticity in blogs. I don’t think that authenticity requires all and every fact–not with regard to the expression of life.

    Doris Lessing said something once about how fiction was better at the truth than factual records. I don’t think of blogs as fiction, per se, but I think the storytelling skills we employ as writers tells more of the truth for that space in time than a litany of our schedules, etc. It is generous of you to share what is joyful in your blog!