New Year. New Word.

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Happy New Year's Eve! I have taken a break from the internet for the past week or so to reconnect with family and friends and take an aimless visit to my hometown. It has been lovely and save the air mattress, very restorative. I have loved this year. Loved. It.

2012 has brought many blessings and good learning. Lots of time with good friends and special time with family. It has reconnected me with old friends, taken me on adventures and deepened my connection to my marriage. It has brought beautiful new babies and seen my darling cousin married to her perfect match. I traveled to a place I have never been and explored the city I live in and love like I was a visitor.

From a business perspective it has been a big year for Curly Girl Design. We have assembled the best team and combination of staff personalities that we have ever had, which makes every day a joy. We have moved our warehouse to Montana (!) and built and launched a pretty bad a#* new website! We have been busy developing some exciting new products and lines for 2013 and are getting ready for their debut. We are also getting ready to move into our first big-girl office space (that is not in a basement by a dumpster) and gear up for some majorly inspired things next year!

This year has brought its challenges and heartbreak too. The balance is evident. The learning hard-won. But in the end, I will take the lot.

I have been reading a lot about vulnerability in Brene Brown's books, and thinking a lot about the concepts of abundance and scarcity. It is amazing how often we start a thought or a reaction with “I am not __________ enough. (Enter the concept of your choice: pretty, talented, organized, rich, thin, successful…) Or “I don't have enough ______” (time, money, love, etc….).  Dr. Brown suggests that the antidote to this kind of thinking is to begin to realize that we are enough. Already. As is.

While I agree with her whole-heartedly and would love for each and every one of us to start from a place of enough….I propose we take it a step further. I propose that the opposite of 'not enough' is not simply 'enough'…I propose that the answer is PLENTY. Plenty is full, and abundant and adequate and fulfilling. Plenty is not more than you need, but as much as you need. Plenty is so much more than enough. Because the truth is…you are plenty. You have plenty. You will have plenty and you will be plenty. Enter the tense of your choice. It is already within you and there is more than enough to go around. You are more than enough….so much more. Already.

So without hesitation (or waiting until February….or March) I would like to announce my word of 2013: PLENTY

Will you join me in a year of PLENTY? Will you fill those blanks with “more than enough“? Will you do us all the service of resting assured that there is more than enough to go around and that we all have exactly what we need already? Right here. Even in the blank spots. Plenty.

This may well be my word for every year after this…. but let's see what we can start. Shall we?

I am so grateful for your company in this space. Thank you for being with me on this journey and thank you for inviting me in.

I wish you the very best of New Years. May the beginning be a sparkling fresh and full of joy and may you have to count your blessings by the ton.



  1. Elaine Jefferson says

    Happy New Year Leigh and to your wonderful staff at Marmalade. I love your store and your products (especially those cutting boards lol) which I guess you know by now.
    May the New Year fill you with Happiness, Good Health and a store full of wonderful customers who appreciate all you do to make them feel welcomed and happy to be part of the Marmalade Family.

  2. says

    Happy New Year Leigh! Plenty is a wonderful word for 2013. Mine for this year is “Resolve.” As a reminder to myself to stay determined, to not give in to bullies, to believe in myself fully and pursue my dream relentlessly. To find a way through or around obstacles and challenges. And to trust that having a strong spirit will guide me toward the best life for me.

    As always, thank you for sharing your heart and spirit with your fans! Best wishes to you and all the Curly Girl/Marmalade family for the coming year. One of these days, I will make it to your side of the country to see your shop!

  3. Penny says

    Mine is joy. To enjoy something about everything. To take joy in others accomplishments. To share joy with all those I come in contact with.  And to feel a fullness of joy…. Losing my schnauzer Misty girl, but gaining two new rescue schnauzer girls, Pepper & Daisy, has given me a new perspective on joy this year and I want to keep it going.

  4. Lois Weir-Jungers says

    Leigh, The best to you and your handsome hubby for the best year ever!  You bring so much talent and joy to so many. Lois

  5. Tami says

    Your words are eloquent and your outlook is so inspiring! Each time I read a new post here, I leave happier, inspired & feeling better. Thank you for being so generous with your time and talents, and for sharing them with us! Wishing you all good things in the New Year!


  6. mary kate says

    Happy New Year Leigh!  Thank for all the joy that you have added to our lives this past year.  Wishing you good health and happiness in 2013 and always.

    All the best,

  7. says

    Happy New Year! I love your blog and your work. You seem to know just what to say to make someone feel better about themselves or their situation. You are inspirational in a simple, down to earth, positive way. Plenty – I like it! I look forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for the coming year. All the best to you & yours in 2013! : )

  8. says

    A recent Curly Girl discoverer and now big, big fan!  I love your messages of love and light and your cards seem to speak right to my heart and to the hearts of those around me with humor, hope, and a little bit of sass…Thank you for bringing my favorite friendship and family moments to life.  Happy New Year! – T

  9. says

    Happy New Year to you and your staff! You exude so much fabulous-ness and I continue to be inspired by your blog. (And my wish-list continues to grow with all of your smashing new products!). Have a fabulous 2013 and feel free to stop by my little blog if you get a sec!

  10. says

    I just discovered Curly Girl today via the blog of one of my readers. I really like the optimism and sentiment of the words you put on your art. The combinations of color, words, sentiment, and cute designs are just right! I am considering purchasing a few items for my bridesmaids.

    Related to this post, I am really encouraged by it. Indeed, I’ve felt the same (the “not enough”, idea) but yes, why not make it a year where I can be plenty of anything? Truly inspiring. Thank you for posting this!

  11. says

    I found your blog today via Kelly Rae Roberts’s blog.  She posted that she now has a canvas print of the original card you made for her that you posted about on Dec. 7.  I love that your commercial artwork is inspired by meaningful artwork that you actually created for someone in your personal life.  It shows your personal connection to your mass-produced work and gives it a real stamp of approval from you.

  12. says

    Dear Leigh:
    I’ve followed you for a couple of years ever since I was introduced to your cape and tiara at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.  I believe it was you that introduced me to Brene Brown’s Ted talk.  Somewhere in your website change over I stopped receiving your blogposts via email.  I’ve been a bit busy in the new year and totally missed your new year blog post.  Imagine my surprise when I followed your pic on Facebook of Lauren tonight and saw this post.  I, too, have been contemplating Daring Greatly and the concept of scarcity vs. abundance.  I wrote a New Year’s post on Plenty.  That is my word for 2013.  I love it!  I even created a small Facebook page (22 likes and counting – as a daily reminder).  Thank you for this post.  Thank you for daring greatly this year.  Thank you for the reminder today – I needed it.  I would love for you to check out my fb page!  Be encouraged!  We are enough!

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