This year, I think I want to keep them together. Not only because it’s easier to squish them both into one post, but symbolically, I think this is part of my overall goals for 2013. Keeping my home/DIY life and actual life separated just doesn’t feel like something I want to do anymore.
2012 was such a busy year. Overwhelming, stressful, and exhausting even. But it was also the best year of my life. And I want another best year. I want to keep doing the things I love and see my hard work amount to something I’m proud of. To do that, I think I need to do the following:
Focus on making my house a home.
My house isn’t just meant to be renovated. It’s meant to be lived in. I think I sometimes forget that. I need to create new memories in this house, and for the last year, I don’t feel like I have a lot of them shared with other people. This means inviting people over (even though the house is trashed most of the time). I need to focus on bringing the heart back into the home.
Work the entryway.
When I come home from work, I want to walk through my front door, put my stuff down, and feel relaxed. The entryway is being spruced up little by little, but the chaos that greets me when I first walk through the door starts the entire evening off on the wrong foot. I think if I create a sense of balance and calm right as I come home, I’ll finally stop feeling like I go home from one frenzied activity during the day (my job, then school) to welcome another at night (the house).
Get the kitchen together.
After the dining room, I’m diving head first into the kitchen reno. Parts of the kitchen can be seen walking through the front door, so I think redoing this room will have a tremendous impact for me mentally – to see this done and know I have a place to cook and gather with friends for meals will really help me work toward goal #1.
Move projects that belong in the garage into the garage.
I just picked up the top for the work bench I’m building. I’m hoping this will help me to create a specific area where it’s acceptable to work and create messes in, which by default leaves the other areas of the house off limits to create more messes in (again, a hope).
Do more races this year.
In 2012, I discovered that running made me feel incredible. I especially love mud and obstacle runs. I have more energy, feel better about myself, and stay more positive (and do better on tests!). So instead of creating any new goals for this, I just want to do more of the same. I’ve already signed up for two races during spring semester and am checking my school schedule to see if I can plan a few more during the summer.
Get it done, not perfect.
I’m supposed to graduate with an MBA (with a majority of my studies in Finance) in December 2013. It seems so long away, but I know from this past year that school flies by in a heartbeat (I start classes again tomorrow!). And between here and there are a lot of smaller goals. With chaos as a daily companion in my life, I need to focus, but I need to remember to be flexible when ‘done’ isn’t ‘perfect’. I can be my own worst enemy in that regard.
Try a few projects just for the fun of it.
Some of my most popular pinned posts in 2012 were from doing projects just for fun. Experimenting. I like that. Small projects (like putting down a rug or building a wooden couch sleeve for entertaining) tie me closer to my home. And thanks to a few Christmas gifts, I’ve already got a few ideas in the works for early this year.
Turn the corner.
More than anything, I want to get the house to a point where it doesn’t feel like there’s more still left to do than what’s been done already. I think this my year to make that happen. From a personal perspective, this goal also means that I want this to be the year that my personal life stops taking a back seat to everything else. It’s a nice thought (I have my doubts until graduation). But, I can’t really accomplish it if I don’t work for it. So I am making a start by having that goal on this list.
Here we go! What are your goals for 2013? Are you making actual resolutions, or just hoping for a more positive year in general?
P.S. For those that have asked, I’m planning on going to Haven again this year. It looks like there are fewer than 60 spots still left. And I’m also planning on staying at the hotel this year, but haven’t purchased a room yet. If you’re looking for a roomie, shoot me an email please (just fair warning, I’ll be drinking, wearing nerdy t-shirts, and have a foul mouth; convincing, right?).