So far…

I was wandering through my old instagram photos and realized it’s only March, but I’ve already done SO much in this new year. Do we still call it a “new year” in March? I don’t know. Anywho…

Alt Summit

In the beginning of January I took on some MAJOR public speaking fears, and spoke on an Alt Summit panel.


My kiddo started going to preschool… oMG.

Pickled Carrots


I’ve started canning, and am so excited to take MORE control of what we put in our bodies (these carrots are from my garden). I’ve also been making my own homemade granola (no refined sugars! Yeah!).

Drawing and Coffee

I made a commitment to draw something for MYself at least once a week. PLUS: gave up caffeine for 2 weeks… and quickly fell off the wagon. Ha!


I’ve played MANY games of horsies. So many.


I’ve been trying out new glasses (from the Vintage Optical Shop).


I sent samples of my flooring in for Asbestos sampling… came back negative! Yay!

Kid //

annnnd…. my kiddo has been going to preschool for a couple of months now AND loves it. This makes me so happy. <3

How has your “new year” been so far?

– Chelsey

All photos were taken withย HTC OneX+ provided to me by HTC. I was not paid for this post.


Categories: about me


  • FaerieBarista on said:

    Awesome year already and it's not even half over! I wish mine was as good.

  • steph nelsen on said:

    i know all about the games of horsies…i think we even that little breyer palomino you have pictured above in our plastic herd of about 65 strong, ha! horse loving girls, god love 'em. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jess on said:

    i wanna know more about canning! you need to do a whole blog post on it! i'm actually really interested in doing it myself. i COULD google it… but i'd rather you just tell me.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha ha ha! Well, I will share what I know. It would be easier if you lived in Oregon. BTW.

  • alisonsmom on said:

    congrats on the public speaking at ALT summit. Public speaking is a huge, huge, huge fear of mine. My heart races out of my chest and I (sometimes) hyperventilate. Thank God my school days are far behind me when I was forced to do so. But, at the same time it is very empowering after you do something that you so very much fear, isn't it?

    My new year thus far has been interesting in an existential kind of way. I've taken up a 30 day photo e-course, of which I chose 'self portraits' as my project. It's been eye-opening and has pushed me creatively.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Bleh…. just remembering speaking in high school. The worst. BUT, in college I did it so often… I started to enjoy it. Weird. Just gotta practice. ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.