Let’s start where we are..” Wise words taken from Shauna Niequist’s 365 devotional “Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are“, which I highly recommend if you are in search of a new daily devotional. She gives credit to her dear friend, Laura, with this statement. It spoke power to me and gave me just the motivation needed to start 2016 with purpose.
Happy New Year to you all! Beginning this new adventure in September has proven that stepping out of my comfort zone not only opened new friendships but a whole new world of inspiration. Thank you so much for joining me and encouraging me along the way. I truly value each and every one of you.
When someone asks you what your New Year’s Resolution is, do you cringe or are you quick to respond with positive optimism? I personally do not like it when someone asks me this question. For one, I hate failing, so by not projecting a new goal, I can’t fail at it… right? Two, I get caught up in the Christmas rush and before I know it, Christmas is over and the new year is upon us and I haven’t slowed down enough to ponder how I can improve in the new year. (sigh) With that being said, this blog has forced me to think ahead, soo I compiled a list of “hopefuls” and I am going to share each one with you. I will “hopefully” stay accountable and maybe inspire you along the way. One thing’s for sure, I am determined to SIMPLIFY and try something new.
My list includes 6 “to do’s”. That’s a project every 2 months. Some can be stretched to work through all 8-9 weeks (as to not be so overwhelming) and some will hopefully be accomplished quickly and leave some time for fun!! 😉
1. Kitchen Organization – This is a big one, but don’t write me off yet, we can stretch this one out 🙂 and hopefully feel really organized in a short time.
Counter tops, drawers, cabinets, pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
2. Bathroom Organization – This one could be a big one if you have more than one bathroom that needs organizing or you can just simply tackle one.
Linen closet and drawers and make-up organization
3. Start and finish a DIY – I have a buffet from my late godmother, Mona Post, that has been sitting in my parent’s basement for many years. I am going to shadow my friend, Pam, and re-purpose it all on my own. Well…. hopefully! I am excited about this one, so start thinking about a piece of furniture you have been putting off re-finishing and re-purposing!
4. Home Office Organization – This just sounds intimidating, so we’ll gently approach this one.
5. Re-paint a room – Our oldest daughter’s room is the last room to be re-painted. It is a grandly cheerful Sherwin William’s Dragon Fruit and Cotton Candy pink as of right now and it will soon join a more sophisticated and neutral palette. After all, she is in college now, and is looking forward to a change as well. I definintly want to finish this room before the Born in the Barn sale! She needs 2 bedside tables 😀 .
6. Meal planning – I have become a lover of crock pot meals, how about you? Busy moms and grandmas need a strategy when it comes to cooking, at least I do anyway. In the last 2 years, I have compiled quite a list of crock pot recipes, so it only seems natural to share my favorites.
In between those motivational tasks, through-out the year, I am excited to share a few DIY projects moving forward and not necessarily in this order 😉 and featuring some dear friends and their passion!
- How to build a bar – the counter top is a vast array of pennies! Showcasing a dear friend of mine and how she and her family created a fun place to gather.
- Re-purposing tin from an old farm building (my parents’ farm)
- Painting ceramic tile – How I gave our fireplace a fresh look
- Succulents – It’s a love/hate relationship, and so much trial and error!
- Re-purposing old ship lap (my parents’ farm)
- Featuring Nettie’s Petals – A beautiful flower garden that started as a simple passion for flowers and grew into a business. If you love fresh flowers like I do, I can’t wait to share this beautifully crafted garden.
I hope you will join me each week as I tackle projects and feature some gals close to my heart and how they inspire me. I hope to open up conversations, and build on these relationships. Together we can inspire and motivate one another <3 .
Author – Martha Knake
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