Happy New Year! We were talking the other day and both had the realization that a new year has never felt so “new” to us before. Growing up, New Year’s Eve/Day just seems like another part of Christmas break. As a teacher, I still work in that September-June cycle and January doesn’t mean a fresh start like it does for so many others. Actually, I’m usually really sad to see New Year’s Day because it means that break is almost over. This year, during the week approaching NYE, I felt really encouraged to start planning the new year and getting my head right. We had set a few house and personal goals at the beginning of 2014. Some of those, like our bedroom, came to fruition (even if I didn’t blog the final product…still…or make the closet curtains- oops). Some others, like birthing a baby or a redone kitchen, did not. We decided to change up our goals for this year and instead of focusing on one specific product (with the exception of the baby), we would focus on things that we hope for this year and action steps we could take to make those things happen. [Read more…]
My resolutions are as follows, and I quote (Grinch song reference):
1- blog more…I mean, could I blog less? Yes, I could blog every 12 months instead of almost every 6. But truly, I miss it…and our house looks TOTALLY different, which my darling best friend pointed out. So, I have to get on it.
2- Complete to-do lists.
3- Not make any more “year-long” resolutions, but keep setting goals and trying to achieve them a little at a time, a la #2.
Our current to-do list which you can hopefully look forward to shortly…no, you CAN look forward to shortly:
-finish painting frame and hang (FREE!) mirror…and blog about it
-finish bottom floating shelf with wine glass holders…and blog about it
-finish floor transitions (install upstairs & return crappy downstairs ones and buy the correct ones)…and blog about it
-vacuum the rug (before I blog about anything in the living room with pictures)
-put away all of the Christmas gifts and clean up!
-blog about the “new” living room
OK. That’s MORE than enough for this week. I hope to check back in and for the 31 one of you followers who may or may not still read this: thank you. I truly hope to keep people posted better in the new year! Let’s do this, 2013! 🙂
Outkast reference, anyone?
I thought so too. So anyway, I was thinking about this song (why?) and realized that driving a stick (at one time) was difficult, terrifying, and horrible. At the same time, it was something I really wanted. My best friend took me out one night (terrified me) and made me drive through parking lots, back roads, and neighborhoods until I got the hang of it. Have I mentioned how bomb.com my best friend is? Yeah, she basically rocks.
I realized that this year Chris and I have thought of A MILLION goals we have for this year. Terrifying, as well. We want to find him a FT job, finish up his M.Div., possibly move?, re-paint MOST of our house, purge-purge-PURGE!, organize the crap we already have/still want and set a goal for each month of our year.
Our January goal will admittedly be behind. We want to finish organizing/cleaning our office (yes, it’s one of the rooms we hope to paint but not right this minute) and set up a nice, clean, open workspace for BOTH of us. Chris has school work. I have
facebooking bills to keep me occupied. My oh-so-masculine husband looked at the Jan. edition of Better Homes & Gardens and we’re trying to be in line with their month-by-month organizing/cleaning goals. Step 1: get the 3 bags of donations out on Jan. 27 when the DAV comes to pick them up. Hopefully I’ll have even more bags to donate by then. The other great way we’re trying to purge is our lovely FreeCycle network. Seriously. I. Love. This. Fellow Freecycler, Jennifer, freecycled me some BEAUTIFULLY colored hanging file folders. True sign of nerdiness awesome? Getting excited about hanging files. Indeed.
Anyway, as terrified as I am about these upcoming goals, I remember how difficult it was to learn to drive a stick shift (or wear a pointy-toed heel after years of the chunky, rubber-soled, round- and square-toed shoes of the mid-90s) and realize that I would, actually, NEVER want to drive an automatic (if I have the choice) and that my legs look better in pointy-toed heels & boots (and even flats)!
Happy Resolute-ing and goal-meeting in 2011!