Here we are, four days into 2014! As I mentioned in my last post, a wrap of of projects & posts in 2013, last year was full of ups and downs for me. I am feeling very revitalized and positive here at the start of a new year, and I have come up with some resolutions that are do-able and important to me (so I rubber stamped them into my journal, because that’s obviously the cutest way to document your resolutions!)
My plan to ‘simplify’ applies to multiple facets of my life. I’d like to simplify my online life – organizing my email, media and blog files, and to simplify & steam line my goals for the home by following the January Cure at Apartment Therapy. This means focusing on reducing clutter, reevaluating storage solutions, addressing repair issues and generally trying to make choices that make our home upkeep, decorating and cleaning a simpler process. For a small home, we certainly accumulate massive amounts of things. I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing already, and am anxious to donate several bags of clothes, shoes, and purses – along with some other home items – to our local goodwill.
Which brings me to resolution #2 – to buy less, but create more. I’ve been expanding my skill sets and learning to tackle bigger projects that I may have balked at years ago. Building a headboard for less than $30, as opposed to buying one for $100 or more, is something I am quite proud of. I hope to tackle larger projects down the road in an effort to not only save money, but to create more pieces in our home that I can take pride in.
Goal #3 is simple – I just
want need to read more. I wonder if any of you bloggers out there, who also happen to have full time jobs unrelated to their blog, find themselves in the same boat as me. The small amount of free time that I have outside of working an average of 10 hour days and many weekend is quickly dedicated to my home and craft projects and blogging. Time I may once have spent reading – something I love – has disappeared. I need to find a way to balance everything that is important to me, and find that personal time.
Finally, I am determined to focus on being more present this year. 2013 is full of months that I spent either dwelling on bad things in the past or wishing time would hurry up and get me to that next season, holiday, or event that I was looking forward to. When I look back on my year, I have a hard time remembering the wonderful little happy moments that I know I enjoyed with my husband, friends and family. This year I will try to be better about living in the moment and appreciating the good things right in front of me. And thus – The Happy Jar was born!
My husband and I have made a pact to appreciate moments while *in* the moment. The Happy Jar, however, is a place where we will jot down special happenings and memories – so that we have a record of the important things. If I’m feeling down, I can turn to the Happy Jar to remind myself of our many blessings.
We’ve already got a little something in there – thanks to our first snow day yesterday! Hubby & I are both in education, so the winter storm that hit the east coast brought us our first relaxing snow day of the year.
Emma braved the cold & snow in her little vest. She lasted about 5 minutes before coming to stand by the door – it was freezing!
I know we will enjoy filling up our Happy Jar this year – and our plan is to sit and read through all the memories next New Year’s Eve!
I hope your 2014 is off to a great start, and that you have a wonderful weekend! This post is scheduled to hit the air waves while I will be halfway to Pittsburgh on a quick little weekend flight to visit my BFF. I’m super excited to spend a few hours back in one of my favorite cities with my best bud Eric. I will be sure to enjoy every moment- IN the moment!!
Till next post!
– xo Laura