2014 Goal – Refreshing Our Home Among Other Things

I did say I would be back to share with you my goal list for the new year.  I really didn’t forget, I’ve been spending much needed time with family, and honestly I’ve been trying to formulate a reasonable list.  πŸ™‚  

Since we managed to get the house cleaned out and organized in 2013, I now feel like I can focus on decorating.  We have lived in this house for 12 years now and aside from a new coat of paint here and there, there still is the same list of things I want to change that I had when we bought the house.  You know little kids, money, time, kids, just didn’t allow me the energy or brain power to get it done.

I have had trouble committing to many of these projects, because I don’t want to do them half-way.  I want what I want and I don’t like to compromise.  But, I have learned that you can’t always have everything exactly as you would like, and “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” (thank you Nester).  So, this year I have decided to dive in, and do some of the projects I have been putting off.  Piece by piece, as finances allow, and maybe compromising a bit here and there where finances won’t allow.  

So, I am naming 2014 the year of “Refreshing”.  I have plans for basically every room in the house for at least a touch of refreshing.  I’m excited and not the least bit overwhelmed.  Looking back over the past year was helpful in that I realized how much I had gotten done, even though it felt like the list was still long!!  I think it’s good to pat yourself on the back now and then!!  Along with our home, I am also hoping to refresh myself personally.  These past few years have beaten me down and wore me out, to the point of me forgetting about myself altogether.  This year I plan to live a healthier lifestyle – mind and body.  More good stuff in, more good stuff out.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about that later just as I will be sharing the home refreshing!!  πŸ™‚

As far as the home, I am not giving you a list per-say, but I will tell you I have a kitchen, two bathrooms, living room, master bedroom, and three kids rooms to put my loving touch on, and I just couldn’t wait to get started!!  If you follow me on instagram, you got a sneak peek of the first project I am diving into…the kitchen.

My kitchen is plenty big, and pretty functional.  I have tweaked placement of things over the past 12 years and I think I have it down to a science!!  But, the look of it is stuck in the past.  

I have wanted to change it for years, but I haven’t done anything because of the all-or-nothing disease.  “If I can’t have granite counter tops and new appliances then I can’t do anything because it won’t look right.”  I have been telling myself that for too long. So, about a month ago I finally picked two paint colors – one for the cabinets and one for the walls.  And…Friday I started priming.  After 12 years I have finally committed to this project.  The list is long, and who knows how much of it will actually get crossed off, but at least for now there is a start!!

Kids go back to school today and I think I am ready for routine again.  I have been so blessed by relaxed schedules and time together, and I hope you were too!!

Blessings friends!!

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