I suppose we can make resolutions at any time, but the New Year always brings with it such a hopeful fresh start. When I began this blog back in February, I thought it would be a good way to combine two things I love: working on our home and writing. It proved to be the perfect creative outlet and I'm so glad I took the plunge!
Now that isn't to say I didn't have some difficult lessons to learn, and will continue to as I still consider myself a newbie to the blogging world.....in the beginning I was way overly ambitious, planning a "reveal" post about every other day. The pace I set for myself was completely unrealistic and I would get discouraged that I wasn't keeping up (with the schedule I imposed on myself!).
A big take away for me in the coming year is to set reasonable goals and strike a better balance.
I have found such inspiration from other bloggers...they are the ones who made me want to blog in the first place! But, if I start comparing myself to fellow bloggers in my genre or spend too much time on what others are doing, I tend to lose my own sense of direction. Sure it's great to keep up with what's happening and current, but ultimately this is our home and I want it to feel like our unique place, not someone else's.
So, another focus for 2013 is to be myself and continue to be inspired by others without playing the comparison game.
Sometimes I'll come up with a great idea and talk myself out of it. The biggest risks I've taken in our home have had the biggest payoff. They are the spaces that I truly love. I've definitely had some misses in there too, but if I didn't try then we wouldn't have the success stories either.
So going forward, I want to take more risks and trust my gut!
As much as I have loved blogging, this was a very stressful year for our family. James carried a heavy load with work and football and I was incredibly over-committed, doing a million things and none of them really well. Each day felt like survival, with important things falling through the cracks, and I know that put unneccessary stress on my family.
In the coming year, I'm cutting several of my outside commitments and am going to focus back on our family and home (which supports the voice of my two blogs). But instead of coming up with all sorts of ideas for the blogs that end up stressing family life, I'm thinking about what could help and simplify life for our family. Then blogging about it.
In 2013 (and beyond) our family needs to drive the blog, not the other way around.
How do we do that? James and I talked about the areas of the house that are most stressful to us, and that's where we'll focus in 2013:
-Office: having an organized place to work will help us both to be more efficient when we are "on the clock"....and hopefully better storage systems will keep my project supplies from exploding all over the house!
-Master bedroom: the current dumping ground. I realize this room will not help in the function of our home, but I'm ready to kick out the junk and create a true sanctuary. We need a restful place to lock ourselves away from the chaos!
-Kitchen: my poor cupboards. How long have they been in mid-paint status and without doors? Too long. It won't take much to get this 2nd phase of the kitchen update complete, so as soon as we have better painting weather, I'm determined to get er' done!
-Entry points/Garage: Our garage door broke a few weeks ago, so our in/out point shifted from the garage/mudroom to the front door. You would laugh (or run) at the pile of jackets, hats and scarves littering the front entry floor right now. As of yesterday, the garage doors are fixed, so we are ready to finish off the systems we had begun to put in place.
We have plenty of other little projects in other rooms of the house to sprinkle in between, but I'm looking forward to getting our hands dirty in these areas!
Even with those plans/goals in mind, ultimately, I don't want to lost our sense of gratitude. In whatever we are doing around the house, we never want to forget how much we have been given and all the ways we are continually
blessed. We don't need more. We want to be good stewards of what we
have, take joy in making it beautiful and ours, and use it bless others
in whatever way we can. The most important thing that happens in our home is not our projects but our family.
Thank you so very much for letting me share them both with you here! Your readership, kind comments and encouragement mean more than you could know! Happy New Year!!