Thursday, January 1, 2009

Here We Go!

The method of 52 Pick Me Up is simple.
It's about setting simple and achievable goals.

We all have something that we want to do...
a goal that we'd like to reach.

Mine is weight loss.
Yours doesn't have to be about that...
it can be anything you want :)

I've been married to my high school sweetheart
for 15 years. For each year of our marriage
I've gained 5 lbs. That's 75 lbs.
That's too much.

I've set a goal to loose 52 lbs. this year.
A pound a week.

I'm going to enjoy little steps...
if I set too many *rules* or try to change
my entire life overnight, it's not going to work.
It hasn't in the past.

My first step is water. I don't drink near enough
water, so this week and for how ever many weeks
it takes I'm going to drink water. Until it's a habit.
A good habit.

Of course this involves removing some stuff I drink
that I shouldn't be drinking so much of.

If I remove something from my life I need
to replace it with something positive.

That is were the creative process comes in YEAH :)

I want to keep the costs down and use up the tons of scraps I have.

Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) are miniature works of art...
the size of a playing card, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2.

I will be posting my cards and some notes on
Thursday's and Monday's for the entire year.

I encourage you to join me on this journey.

You can either alter playing cards or
use your own paper. If you are going to use
your own paper I encourage you to
cut 52 - 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 pieces...just so they
are ready for you to add your pictures, quotes, scriptures...
whatever your heart desires.

The only rule is that is must be positive.

You'll want something to continue to look
back on week by week.

It will be your reward filled with things you love.

I started a Flickr group for us to share...

Here is my title page...

I've been praying and praying for God to give me the
strength for this journey.

The first week seems like the hardest.

I'm going to focus and focus on my Lord and Saviour Jesus Messiah.

I've been enjoying a song.
It has really touched my heart and made
me want to give my all to Jesus.
He will carry me through this year. I trust Him.

If you'd like to listen to it, just press the play button

It is called "October" by Evanescence

I can't run anymore,
I fall before you,
Here I am,
I have nothing left,
Though I've tried to forget,
You're all that I am,
Take me home,
I'm through fighting it,
I give up,
You're my only strength,
Without you,
I can't go on,
Ever again.

My only hope,
(All the times I've tried)
My only peace,
(To walk away from you)
My only joy,
My only strength,
(I fall into your abounding grace)
My only power,
My only life,
(And love is where I am)
My only love.

I can't run anymore,
I give myself to you,
I'm sorry,
I'm sorry.
In all my bitterness,
I ignored,
All that's real and true,
All I need is you,
When night falls on me,
I'll not close my eyes,
I'm too alive,
And you're too strong,
I can't lie anymore,
I fall down before you,
I'm sorry,
I'm sorry.

My only hope,
(All the times I've tried)
My only peace,
(To walk away from you)
My only joy,
My only strength,
(I fall into your abounding grace)
My only power,
My only life,
(And love is where I am)
My only love.

Constantly ignoring,
The pain consuming me,
But this time it's cut too deep,
I'll never stray again.


May God bless you and keep you.
I'll be back on Monday to share with
you the first side of my first card.

If you ever want to email me please never even hesitate.
We can do it together.
I believe in God's perfect timing.
Just when you hit *send*, I'll be
needing to hear from you.

Sending so much love to you,


  1. Hi there - you have inspired me to do something similar - I'm going to do mine with quotes, emotions and things that inspire me. Thank you so much for the idea.
    Thanks again for the inspiration and I will try and work out how to use flicker so that I can share my cards.

  2. Hi! I am going to join in this challenge. I even made a button for my sidebar using your banner. It's on my blog now if you or anyone else wishes to use it. I will leave another message when I have made my first card. I plan on using playing cards!
    Happy New Year and Artful Blessings,

  3. Andrea - you are very inspiring and thanks for letting us share this journey with you. I'm hoping to lose some weight this year also and there's a few other habits to shake. this is a great way to document my faith journey - THANK YOU!

  4. Lovey...
    One of my New Year's resolutions has been to drink more water. To start with, I'm going to at least match water to Diet Coke consumption. I love this idea!


  5. I so love you, sweet Andrea! I am going to join along with you to the best of my ability, but one of my New Year's goals is to not commit to so many things, just do the things I can and don't freak out over things I can't. I'm with you on the water.

  6. just to let you know that i used your banner to add a sidebar picture on my blog...let me know if you'd prefer I didn't or used something else!
    i think my word for the year will be "bloom"....i figure that lots of growing {that's what last year felt like} should eventually produce some blossoms!
    i'm still thinking on my goals for the year.....they often change, so i'm excited to document them with project 52. definitely needed the reminder to be drinking more water!

  7. Thank you Andrea! I love this idea and think it will be wonderful to see how we all progress in our goals. :0)


  8. Hello Andrea,
    I'm new to your blog, and wow am I feeling God's love here, and the Holy Spirit's prompting! What a wonderful thing that some Christians take their love for the Lord and put it out there for all to witness! I've been a Christian for what seems to be my whole life, but as I stand in the age now the relationship with my sweet Jesus is my EVERYTHING I NEED HIM EVERY MINUTE!

    God bless you and keep you!