I would like to preface this blog post with a round of musings from my mind. It’s a scary place, consider yourself warned. I’ve been struggling lately. REALLY struggling trying to figure out what I want in life. It’s been SO fun (she says sarcastically), just ask Colby. The biggest “what I want” debate has been my vocational choice, running our Etsy shop full time and leaving corporate marketing. While I LOVE Etsy, sometimes I feel like I lost my purpose. Was I meant to be a marketer? Was I meant to be an entrepreneur? Was I meant to do something totally different? Needless to say, I keep making decisions these days and second guessing myself.
My latest decision was that I was going to quit blogging. That was a week ago, right after my blog post about the bull horns. Most days with the blog I feel like I write to no one. Or that pantry we’re building in the kitchen…you know…the one that’s coming together at a snail’s pace….nobody wants to hear about. Or really cares about. It’s trivial. So why do it? While trying to figure out my next step career wise, I’ve started asking myself why I do things. Why do I blog? Hmmmm. Good question self. Is it for the business? No, not really, although it helps. Is it for my Mom (my biggest fan…hi Mom!)? Sometimes. But mostly, it’s for myself. Blogging is my zone out me time. To write witty words and publicly journal about our home (and sometimes our lives…especially when Goose does something especially odd). So I changed my mind and decided to keep going. Although I may not post every day or every other day, maybe just once a week, but I’ll still be here blogging my little heart out to my precisely 53 followers…and my Mom!
So this little prequel to the blog post brings me to this…my 2014 Word of the Year: Intentional.
Why yes, I have jumped on the “word of the year” trumps “resolutions” bandwagon. Lord I apologize. I feel like the last three or four years of my life I’ve lost the meaning of what I do. Career wise, hobby wise, life in general wise. Even with our home. When we first bought our house we couldn’t fill it. We had small apartment furniture…cheap, particle board, small apartment furniture. Mind you, our living room used to look like this:
It pains me to post that picture. So…painful. At least my photography skills have come along a bit. But that was pretty much all the furniture we had. Then Goose ate the couch and we started to make some changes and move forward. But alot of the time, we made decorating and house decisions based on what was cheap and not necessarily because it was the best decision or what we really wanted. Case in point…our bathroom toilet nook:
It’s not bad, but it’s not great. Every time I see the nook I’m reminded that it’s not what I intended that nook to look like. I had different ideas of a gorgeous framed print and a little half moon shelf beside it with maybe a puffer fish sitting there. I found those trivets for next to nothing at a flea market and we already had the frame and picture on hand so we went for it. But I’ve always felt that nook was too busy.
Another example of lost intention…the rope shelf in our bathroom:
I blame Pinterest for this one. With all the gorgeous pics of rope shelves that I collected on my Pinterest boards, we HAD to have one. We love the shelf, it looks cute and all, but it’s not functional nor what we intended for the space. The shelf is a little tippy and we probably should anchor it. Regardless, we’ve been too scared to put anything precious on those shelves like storage jars for Q-tips and cotton balls, things that would make our vanity nook more functional. We would rather have some chunky molding like shelves up there.
And then there’s the dining room curtains:
Not the best picture but they’re kind of hard to photograph with the ginormous window there. Same thing, not what I intended. But they were cheap and fun to make with my mom.
Anyway, you get the point. So this year, I am vowing to be more intentional. Intentional with my time. No more wasting time cruising Trulia. Do they have a 12 step program for real estate addiction?! Intentional with my career. I swear I’m going to figure it out. I’m close to deciding what I really want to do career wise and have even applied to a couple of jobs…although they may be a stretch for me to get. And intentional with our home. Our home could be so much better intentionally organized and decorated. We often complain that we don’t have enough space, especially since we BOTH work from home and have our own office spaces, but we can make it work.
So to sum it up…almost quit blogging but I’m back, word of the year is “INTENTIONAL”, and yes it was justifiable to write it in all caps. If I write it in caps…maybe I’ll actually do it!
Pssst…Enough about us, what about you guys? Did you make resolutions or pick a word of the year? On a similar note, do you guys read Edie’s blog, Life In Grace? I love here blog. She and a few other bloggers picked an Un-Word Of The Year. Love that! I also just read an awesome post at The Handmade Home about why we don’t need to move up to that bigger home. I felt like she was speaking to me!
When I think about resolutions, I can’t help but think of the Jack’s Mannequins song “The Resolution” (listen to it here on YouTube). Not that the song has anything to do with new year’s resolutions, it’s just a catchy tune with the word “resolution” in it repeated over and over again (I actually think it’s about a breakup). Officially added that song to this evening’s Goose run playlist. Anyway…lists have been made, resolutions have been mulled over, and after reviewing 2012′s resolutions and how well (more like how poorly) I tackled them, it’s time to reveal them to you dear readers. And this year, I’m mixing it up and limiting to myself to three specific resolutions in three different areas: house, blog and personal.
House Resolution: I Hereby Declare To Finish Our Second Floor
I’m one of those people who thinks a house (or a room) is never really done. There’s always fluffing to do…new art over here…switching out a throw pillow over there…etc. But there’s a difference (a BIG difference) between fluffing and basic necessity. And there is NO reason why we shouldn’t be finishing up our second floor…bathroom included. For crying out loud I’ve had the shower curtain for the “revamped” bathroom for eight months!
There are four rooms on that level…the craft room (which I would consider “done”, our master bedroom, the guest bedroom, and the bathroom). In the past two years we have gutted each of those rooms down to the studs. None of those spaces, with the exception of the craft room is finished. The master still needs real flooring (not just a painted sub floor), which will be the wide pine flooring that’s already in the craft space.
The bathroom is still missing a vanity and I’m kind of sick of the yellow paint color.
And the guest bedroom…well…it kind of looks like this:
But Colby may just be mudding and taping up that room as I type. So that’s the resolution for our home. See…I’m trying to be more specific than last year’s “finish nagging projects”. I could argue that our whole house is a nagging project! It’s like a disgruntled housewife. Sorry…bad joke.
Blog Resolution: I Want A Project Gallery, I Want A Project Gallery
Can you hear me whining through your computer screens?! Cuz I am. I want a project gallery like Carrie Bradshaw wants those new Manolos. Except without spending six-hundred bucks. I’ve done so many amazing projects that I am SO proud of but they’re buried on the blog. There’s a goldmine of house projects here, I swear, and I want to showcase them all in one, easily scannable spot for all you to peruse at your leisure. It would be like what the refrigerator is for kid artwork. But I’m thinking something along the lines of what Young House Love has created here or Bower Power’s gallery here. And since I don’t have a great photo of our project gallery because…duh…I don’t have one, here’s a picture of our dog child since the blog world needs more Goose in it.
Personal Resolution: Enjoy Life
Totally vague, I know, but totally important. Let me explain. I made a little list of the thirty things I was going to accomplish by thirty and gave myself a year and a half to do them. They’re not difficult, they’re fun, and I thought if I blogged about them, I would do them. In a year…I’ve accomplished six of them…um…life fail. At least I made Colby his birthday cake! He enjoyed it…and I enjoyed him wearing the cake dome as a hat.
Okay…I’m off to tackle life so I can check that off the resolutions chart…oh yes…there are charts.
Pssst…Okay guys and gals, it’s your turn. What are your resolutions this year?! Dish!
I’m late. No, not that kind of late mom! I know you want grand kids but….not today. Anyway, I’m late at getting some kind of New Year’s resolution(s) together for the blog, house and life in general. I’m mulling it over…there may be lists involved since that’s my idea of a good time. But before I can REALLY get down to brass tax and come up with a few resolutions for 2013, I’ve got to sit back and think about how 2012 went…resolution wise. And since it’s annual review time at the good ol’ day job, why not review and grade myself on how well I did with my 2012 resolutions.
2012 Resolution #1: Plan An Awesome Wedding
Yeah…we rocked it. On a scale from one to awesome it was the bomb. I mean, have you seen the video of Colby doing the garter ceremony thing?! We had a blast, but we’re not gonna lie, we were EXHAUSTED leading up to, during, and after our wedding. Weddings are alot of work! I now understand that. Especially when you want to avoid cookie cutter wedding syndrome. I loved all the small touches in the decor at our reception and how we made ALL of our save the dates, invitations and programs. I’m glad we did the big wedding (there were talks of eloping) but I’m also so glad I’ll never have to do it again. I’m sorry baby, you’re stuck with me! Maybe I should have given myself an A- since we worked ourselves to the bone AND I still have yet to recap it all for you. Bad blogger. Maybe I’ll work on that this weekend.
2012 Resolution #2: Finish Up Those Lurking House Projects
Definitely a grade F+ for fail but with a few pieces of flair. The “plus” represents how I’ve been improving on my focus and seeing projects out (like consistently working in the entry, finishing up the master bedroom phase 1). The “F” represents us not even touching the bathroom this past year. We tackled precisely zero point zero projects in that space and I vowed to finish it in 2012. Well…the loo may be sub par but it least our wedding was awesome! Priorities.
2012 Resolution #2: Spend More Time Outside
The intention was there, but it’s just not so easy to cut wedding table runner fabric and assemble invitations outside. I logged some serious outdoor time this summer (so much that I wore out my hammock from hammocking too hard) but also spent a few gorgeous weekends inside crafting wedding things. No excuses this summer. Yard work, sunshine and summertime and escapes to the beach or lake.
2012 Resolution #4: Fancify The Good Ol’ Blog
That’s a “C” for “c’mon!” (picture Chris from “Up All Night” when you say that). I think about blog features and special pages/graphics…dream about them…start crafting them…then forget about them. There’s that focus thing again! I tend to start projects (house or blog related) and then never finish them. I’ve gotten better with the house projects (kind of) now it’s time to tackle the blog projects. Like putting together a project gallery, an “our paint colors” section, and crafting a new header. For crying out loud I want a new header that MEANS something instead of just looking pretty! The blog is two going on three afterall, shouldn’t it be looking cuter by now?!
That’s the birthday cake I made for the blog. It was bigger than Colby’s birthday cake. I see how my priorities are.
So I’m sensing that my resolutions for 2012 will be VERY similar to the 2012 resolutions. Maybe I should be more specific when writing them. Is that key to successful resolutions? It’s like a Tootsie-Pop…some things the world may never know.
Pssst…Check out our 2012 resolutions in total back in this post.
Psssssst…How about you guys? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Or review them at the end of the year?
Now that we’ve properly rung in the new year, Bangor style, it’s time for some resolutions. For those of you unfamiliar with Bangor, Maine’s NYE tradition, we all trek downtown to see a beach ball covered in Christmas lights thrown from the top of the building on the corner of the square. Yes, it sounds silly and foolish but our unique little ball drop draws thousands. It’s awesome. Trust me. But without further ado, I bring you our 2012 resolutions.
Resolution #1 – Plan An Awesome Wedding
This is probably the most important resolution in my mind, hopefully Colby’s too. I can’t wait to marry Colby and I know the day will be fabulous regardless, but I really want to try and avoid the whole “wedding factory” feel. I’m scared to death of a cookie cutter wedding. I’ll definitely be hard at work over the next few months crafting up ways to make our wedding day extra special and unique.
Resolution #2 – Finish Up Those Lurking House Projects
We have them, you have them, everyone has them. The projects that you need to do and really have no good reason not to tackle, but you keep putting them off, and putting them off, and putting them off some more. Ours include finishing the bathroom remodel. The bathroom was the first room that we decided to tackle during the month between closing and move in day and it’s close to done, real close. The major projects left are to finish the shelves above the towel hooks, finish installing the vent, and building a bathroom vanity. What kills me is that we have everything we need for the vanity…the tile, the sink, and the faucet that we’ve collected incredibly cheaply. We just need to buck up one of these days and build it. Some of the other lurking projects include finishing our 10′ his/hers desk (we’re actually working on that right now), finish painting the dining/hallway/staircase trim, and finish painting the kitchen cabinetry (I started that project over a year ago…doh!).
Resolution #3 – Spend More Time Outside
The first summer we owned our home (summer of 2010), the weather was gorgeous and we spent zero time outside. We found ourselves immersed in a bathroom remodel, office remodel, trying to paint every room in the house, and remove as much ugly carpeting and paneling as humanly possible. We succeeded but didn’t spend nearly enough time outside. The summer of 2011 was better. I logged some serious hammocking hours this summer and knocked a few books off my reading list including the epic novel Gone With The Wind. This summer I want to spend even more time outside and actually start tackling a few landscaping projects. I’m hoping it’s not biting off more than I can chew but I’m thinking a backyard patio, stairs to the walkout basement workshop, a new basement door, and maybe even a DIY cinder block outdoor couch (we inherited sooooo many cement blocks when we bought the home and we need to use them for something). And maybe even a new front walkway with stone stairs and garden wall to hold the hydrangeas.
Resolution #4 – Fancify The Good Ol’ Blog
So, a few months ago I chose to move the blog to my own, self hosted domain primarily so I could have creative control on the layout, functions and features. Have I capitalized on that? No. Does it drive me crazy that I have complete creative freedom and have not taken advantage? A resounding yes. So this year I vow to start implementing many of the features I’ve been dying to add. For instance, I would love to add a house tour page, sidebar buttons for videos and archives, and much more. I would love to improve navigation and add some fun features. Oh, and I still need to switch out all the old pictures since they’re way too big to load properly now that I’m not using the free WordPress.
So there you have it, four major resolutions for 2012. Now with this public proclamation, here’s hoping we abide by it.
Pssst…How was everyone’s new years? Anyone want to share their new year’s resolutions?