Tag Archives: New Year

A New Year

31 Dec

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’m staring a new tradition: each January I’m going to update my life list to make sure it truly reflects my current goals. I’ve noticed as time goes by the things I really want on my life list can change and my list has been due for an update for quite awhile. January is a perfect time to revise and revisit this process. I’ve never been able to keep resolutions, anyway.

I’ll post an update later on in the month. I hope everyone has a happy and safe night and a wonderful new year. Here’s to 2012.

Best of 2011: Scrapbook

29 Dec

These are my favorite Scrapbook and Adventure posts from 2011.


Best of 2011: Bat Country

27 Dec

These are my favorite Bat Country posts from 2011.

Organization: Before

2 Jan

In keeping with my New Year’s Goals, Anthony and I are aggressively going through the house on a cleaning and organizing crusade. Here are some of the Before shots in all their sordid glory.

Above we have the desk. It’s a large, vintage, all-steel desk that was made in the fifties and used by my father in the warehouse where he worked for nearly thirty years. It’s giant. It’s a behemoth of metal and the matching chair alone probably weighs more than I do. It’s huge, which sometimes just means there’s more room for junk. Behind it is my bulletin board. If you sent us a card in early December, you might find yourself on it.

Also if you are a Star Trek: TNG fan, prepare to be very jealous. Note the screen saver. Anthony also set the computer up to all the vocal responses of the computer of the Enterprise. In fact, our whole computer is Enterprise computer-themed. Yep. The two of us? We’re bringing dorky back.

Clutter has been building up all over the house. Behind the chair in the library is one of the areas that I shove things when I don’t want to deal with them. I call it my Secret Shame.

The majority of the Christmas toys still live in the family room. The nursery needs a total makeover into a little girl’s room.

This is what happened when I pulled all the toys out of Isobel’s room to sort and redistribute. Thank goodness for naps.

Not only are we taking out the crib and leveling up the bedroom, I’m also trying to sort through the chaos that is the closet. This was the state of things before she was born. Now it is no where near as neat, but it is just as full. She has clothes in her size plus larger and smaller. It’s a nightmare and I need to get stuff to storage, donations, and to pass on to my friend’s baby Abby. God, what a nightmare.

Before I return to work I we’re also going to tackle the garage an the attic. I hope the After photos are worth it.

As of this revision, the desk area is mostly done. I don’t have flattering After photos to share with you, but this might do for now:

So This Is The New Year

29 Dec

I’m soured to the idea of making resolutions (simply because I’ve failed at so many) but I like the idea of making goals. The thing about goals is that even if you only accomplish them half way, you’ve still made all kinds of progress so it’s not a wash. Resolutions are so black and white, pass or fail–I’m defeated before I begin. But a To Do list I can handle.

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in the New Year and what I want my life to look like. I’ve also pulled out the old Life List to remember that life isn’t just about accomplishment, it’s about enjoying the time you have.

Write Every Day
Even if it’s just for fifteen minutes, I’d like to develop a daily writing practice.

Family Dinners
Making time for regular family dinners is something I believe in strongly. It’s hard, I make no mistake about that. You have to have the discipline to open up the cupboards after a long day of work and create a meal. You have to put in the work, every week, and perpetuate the cycle of shopping, planning, and cleaning. You have to have enough skill to make food your family will actually eat. You have to take the criticism in stride when you fail. I’m off to a pretty good start even if mentioning it here will possibly jinx it. I’ve found that success at dinner comes after a long string of failures. Honestly this has been something I’ve been attempting off and on for years, with varying degrees of success. I talk about my struggles here and offer solutions and tips here. I believe that a family needs dinner time in order to nourish the body with good, healthy food, but also to nourish the soul of the family.

Organization is another one of those areas in which a string of failures has lead to some successes, and in some cases, some great successes. My goal for this year is to maintain the organization I have worked so hard to establish as well as to identify areas that need organization before they get out of hand. This is the thing that surprises people most about organization: it’s not static. It’s not a matter of setting it up once and there you go! Organized for life. As your needs change and your life changes, your systems of organization need to reflect that. Here my goal is focused on the organization of the concrete things in life, like closets and paperwork and dishes, but equally important for me is the organization of data, media, and files. Technology is the life blood of my creative work, and it’s useless to me if it’s not organized.

To Do List
Although this ties in intimately with the concept of Organization, what sets my To Do list apart is that it creates the focus and momentum I need to get things done. This has been very important because I go back and forth from being on top of my to do list and having tasks go and embarrassingly long amount of time before getting accomplished. Did I ever tell you it took 5 years for me to order wedding photos? No? I’m someone who desperately needs to stay on the To Do List bandwagon.

WP Download and Ads
There are (hopefully) some big changes on the horizon for this year. I feel like talking about it would mean jinxing it, so let’s just say I need to level up my blog as far as technical knowledge goes. I need to acquire the skills to take blog management into my own hands. Scary.

Grow My Photography Business
I’m not exactly sure what success in this area would look like for me. I’m still trying to figure out what I want and balancing how much work I want to do with how much time I spend at home. But I want to see this business grow in the next year so I can develop the vision and decide what I want. I need some new equipment. I want to stay inspired.

Household & Seasonal Decorations
Money has been tight since, well, forever, and so my house has been sorely neglected. Slowly I’ve decorated areas of the house with thirfted treasures and things I’ve inherited, but we need a major overhaul. Paint, flooring, a new roof and furniture—these are the things we’ve needed but have had to overlook while Anthony went to school. I’d love to make our home more comfortable and beautiful on a daily basis. The past three years I’ve barely done any decorating for the holidays which makes me sad. It’s my goal to revive that tradition this year.

Life List:
9. Create a seasonal calendar with our traditions and celebrations
10. Decorate Isobel’s bedroom
11. Own a wardrobe I can be proud of
28. Eat one of Valerie’s desserts at her restaurant
45. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
56. Visit my friends Dave & Stef in Reno
71. Plant a dwarf orchard in the backyard
93. Meet our financial goal so I can be a SAHM
97. Take a Mommy and Me swimming class with Isobel, Angela & K
99. Throw my parents an anniversary party

What are you focused on in the New Year? What do you want your life to look like?