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11 Words: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Life & Home

11 Words: New Year's Resolutions for Your Life & Home

 

Happy 2014!

In thinking about New Year’s Resolutions for my life and home, I found this quote from Alexandra Stoddard (one of my favorite authors!) which sums up so much of what I need to remember to embrace and what I have already learned about life, homemaking and creating a home I love.

It may be ELEVEN WORDS instead of the popular ONE WORD for 2014 (heheheh, I’m often a woman of MORE words, not less), but I think they hold great wisdom and thought-provoking insight for us as home-creators!

Most of us probably want to slow life down in 2014, but at the same time we also have goals and dreams! Right? I do! We want our homes to be more organized. We want them to be cleaner. We want our homes to be fixed up and prettier. Maybe we want to be more creative or confident. We want to be content with where we are, but we want to dream about the possibilities and we want to have hope that we might actually arrive at a home and life we love.

We probably don’t actually expect to be perfect at everything but at the same time, we want things to be better than they are now.

And likely along the way we have aspirations to be a better spouse and parent, perhaps to be healthier and to provide a healthy home for our family, to reach our personal or career goals, maybe even to start a blog or a business. We want to be successful in some way.

So how can we reach toward our goals while still keeping up with what needs to be done or is thrown at us on life’s journey (without freaking out, being stressed out, over-committed or never arriving where we want to go?). There are always roadblocks and setbacks and unrealistic expectations to overcome. Being intentional about homemaking, decorating, our career or goal setting sounds good on paper, but can be so hard to keep up with the day to day challenges we face!

I’ve found so much peace in the process over the years of homemaking, blogging and other areas of our life. I certainly haven’t arrived, but the beauty and value in the day to day journey is becoming more clear and focused as I get older and hopefully wiser and more experienced with what works for me and what doesn’t. I know what mistakes I’ve already made and how I can learn from them. 

I cannot wait to share more of the how to’s and the process of creating a home and life I love.

I really am excited for 2014 — and I have so much to share here on The Inspired Room! You’d think after 6.5 years of blogging and a very long time of decorating and managing my home I’d run out of words or ideas to share, but no. My husband teases me because my most frequently uttered words at our house are “I have an idea…!” heheh. I feel more inspired than ever.

ONE word apparently can’t sum up my expectations or goals for 2014, but ELEVEN might be a good start!

Let’s share!

What are your dreams for 2014?

What are some roadblocks you hope to overcome on your journey toward a home and life you love?

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

And, I’m back with PART TWO of my projects from around the house in 2013!

You can find PART ONE right here. Even though it took me forever to look through a year of posts and get the links together, it was very fun to look back at all that has been accomplished around our house. I don’t like to rush through things and not take time to enjoy them. I’m S-L-O-W to complete projects but at the same time, I love getting things DONE! The best part is, I love every minute of making my house a home!

If you are new here, you’ll see that most everything I do around my house is simple, affordable or pretty easy to accomplish. I am big on puttering around the house, tweaking this and that until it feels right! My house has been evolving a little bit at a time, and of course I try to keep you updated along the way so thanks for following along with all my crazy whims.

Enjoy browsing the links and catching up on all that happened around my house in 2013!

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

The Family Room:

With the remodel of the kitchen came a sprucing up of our adjoining family room.

We added new bamboo blinds, embellished IKEA curtains, and a new ottoman, and a gallery wall among other little tweaks to our space. You can find many of the related posts below!

Family Room Bamboo Blinds

Embellished IKEA Curtains

From Blah to Bling: Dresser Hardware Makeover

Gallery Wall in the Family Room

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

Fiddle Leaf Fig

New Chair in the Family Room {Ektorp}

Updates in the Family Room

New Tufted Ottoman

TV/Media Room:

I owe you another post on the TV/media room, but this post on our new wall sconces is where we left off!

New Wall Sconces in the TV Room

 My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

The Dining Room Evolution Continued

The dining room has evolved more times than any other room in the house and it is still in process. Hate me. Heheheh.

It’s not that I haven’t liked it along the way, I have. I just have had a different end goal in mind.

You’ll notice how something quietly evolved even just this year as you check out these posts. I didn’t even take time to fully blog about the changes yet, but I will catch you up soon!

But rest assured, I’m heading somewhere good. I hope.

My Spring Dining Room 

Slowing Down to be Thankful

How to Hang Plates on Walls

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

Bed & Bath Projects:

This year we tackled TWO bedrooms and we are so happy we did! We had wanted to work on these rooms for years!

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

In 2014 we will be finishing up the details of these rooms and working more on our upstairs, too (among other rooms!).

We also did a quick mini-makeover of our powder room!

Cozy New Guest Room & Library Shelves

Teen Boy Bedroom {The New Bed!}

Powder Room Makeover

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

If you missed it at the tale end of the year, our Christmas house tour showed lots of pictures of our home!

We also had fun decorating our front porch and are pretty proud of our Boxwood Wreath Chandelier!

Christmas & Winter Projects:

DIY Craft: Birch Bark Monogram

How to Layer Wreaths {Simple DIY tips}

Christmas House Tour

Christmas Front Porch & DIY Winter Boxwood Wreath Chandelier

My House Projects in 2013 Part 2 {Family & Media, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Bath & More}

. . . . .

While I may have missed a thing or two, that was our year of projects in a nutshell (and two posts — here is part one if you missed it!).

I’m quite excited about moving forward on refining our home even more in 2014, so thank you all again for following along with the transformation.

Happy New Year!

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