Project Alicia : Project Alicia: a bland, simple title with a heckofalotta depth...

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Project Alicia: a bland, simple title with a heckofalotta depth...

Because being Alicia is an undertaking in and of itself. Just try walking in my shoes for one day. You’ll see what I mean. I am a busy person. I like to be doing. Something. Always. It’s what makes me tick.

And somehow the universe seems to have this mutual understanding because I never have want for projects. My mind is a whirring jumble of thoughts. Even when it should be resting...

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My current project is primarily that of a mother.

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My 12 year old son has a mild form of autism that creates new and interesting challenges on a daily basis and my 10 year old daughter has more personality than I know what to do with at times.

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And their dynamic duo leaves something to be desired. Friends one moment. Mortal enemies the next. Eerily reminiscent of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. I love them both to pieces and yet treasure my “me” time immensely.

My dear husband of 19 years finally left all of his comforts behind and accepted employment at a to-be-constructed nuclear power plant that relocated us to the beautiful state of South Carolina.

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Home to white fields of cotton, treasure filled beaches, giant live oak trees, and a charm all it's own.

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Although I am excited that we left our snow blower behind for warmer temps and trips to the beach, acclimating to a new area is definitely a time sucking project. First up is deciphering the language- a key part of southern living. Because palmetto bugs are nothing like the plant I assumed they were named for. Ma’am, sweetie, and honey are all names I should respond to. And everybody is your friend. The people of the south are at times scary friendly. Invites to dinner or the theatre from complete strangers is the norm. The people are certainly as warm as the temps and I’m looking forward to making roots here.

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I’ve also been working my darndest on making our temporary house a home. Not an easy task on a budget.

Next up? My camera.

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After my family, it is my most rewarding project. I love learning all that I can about my camera and all that goes with it.

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With my camera has come the ability to see the world in a new light and recognize beauty in the least suspecting of places.

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I can’t wait to explore the south through my lens. And although they seem to define me on the blog, photos are only a portion of who I am.

What other projects fill my days?

Recipe blunders. Decorating faux pas. Scrapbooking attempts. Organizing tips. Mothering mishaps. Identity crises. Critter Catchin...

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Seasonal challenges. Trips. Tutorials for dummies. And everything in between...

I decided on Project Alicia because just as my projects, I am ever evolving.

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I am a better person today because of a family that loves me and allows me to be me.

Thank you for joining the Project Alicia evolution.

I'm not sure what 2012 has in store. But I've vowed to make no resolutions this year. No goals. No daily commitments. No tasks that I dread...

I'm throwing caution to the wind in the hopes of being more present for life's beautiful, fleeting moments.

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Because ten years from today when my kids are grown and out of the house, it won't matter if I blogged religiously or worked out 3 hours a day, the only thing that will really matter in the end is my time spent with them.

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I hope you'll stick around for the ride.

You may also enjoy Painting a Picture with Words (no photos-gasp!), Reflections (with tons of rare selfies), or project alicia{dot}com.

24 comments:

  1. Love this post. So true and yes, Southerners take hospitality to a whole new level:)

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  2. Great post Alicia, I'll definitely be sticking around :) Loving the photos with your new lens!

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  3. What gorgeous new spots you have to take pics at!

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  4. Did you get moved to Charleston? I recongnize the Angel Oak. I live in Charleston so if you ever need some help understand us crazy southerners or to talk shop with someone over a cup of coffee look me up! This town is beautiful!

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  5. It's pretty great to see the south through your eyes. I've never lived outside of Wisconsin, so I like to live vicariously through others. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Alicia

    I honestly like your blog name. What comes to my mind when I read your blog name, is what you described in today's post!

    I think if we are not a works in progress, then we are dead. I agree with you, that everyday is a new opportunity to work towards being our best selves.

    I also have the can’t sit still and mind is a whirring jumble of thoughts issue. My Mom refers to it as adult onset ADD. lol!

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  7. AMEN! i don't do resolutions either. our babes will be gon in 9 yrs and i will have all the timein the world to work on those lists.
    i love your photos. they are inspiring, breathtaking and lovely..

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  8. Keep making happy memories. Wishing you a new year filled with HAPPY! Hugs

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  9. This was such an awesome post!!
    Welcome to the south, girl...
    Yall are going to love it!!!
    :)
    Hope you make a trip to Atlanta some time..

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  10. I love how you captured your life at this time in words. Feel like I know you a little now. Wonderfully written and captured in photos. Thanks for sharing this.

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  11. Love this post! You know I have enjoyed the journey with you & I can't wait for each & every adventure to come. I only wish I were closer so that we could be doing it in person. I yearn for such friendly environments that you describe- where one can actually trust the stranger they are talking to- that they are a good person & not have an motive. I agree that it won't matter years from now how often we blog or really do anything else- it is about the time with the kids. It's so easy to lose sight of that & I thank you for reminding me!

    Have a great weekend Lish!

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  12. Love, love, LOVE the images and the message. :)

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  13. Great post! I so wish I had started loving photography while I still lived in SC, the photo ops there are endless!! Are you in the Charleston area? The beach pics looked like Folly Beach, and was that the Angel Oak I saw?! I'm so homesick now lol Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely be along for the ride.

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  14. You go Alicia..all I could do is smile at your post. Almost 20 years ago we moved to SC, it took just a little getting used to being a girl from the Mid-west, but I loved it. After SC on to TN and loved that too. Now back in the Mid-west I find myself missing my days in the South and all that region of the country has to offer. Enjoy the ride, can't wait to follow along.

    Tiffany

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  15. So glad I stopped and landed on this post! As I'm up in Canada I have to tell you I am a tad jealous of your warm adventure. Can't wait to read more:)

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  16. Aww. This is why I love you Alicia. Beautiful post and beautiful photos.

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  17. I just discovered your blog. What a lovely introduction. I'll keep reading. :)

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  18. A very thoughtful and meaningful post with great pictures to accompany them.

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  19. What a beautiful reflection on where you are in your life. I am new to your blog and look forward to seeing what comes next for your readers. :)

    Cheers.

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  20. I loved this post, and have enjoyed getting to know you over time :) I always smile when you pop up in my reader!

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  21. Hi Alicia!
    Is the first time that we come to your web...and we really like it! Congratulation for the pictures... espepcially the turtle's and shell's photo!

    Greetings from Madrid!
    Atelier Decor team
    http://atelierdecor.blogspot.com/

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