I always love to hear what others' goals and ideas for the new year are, so I wanted to share mine with you as well. It took me a little longer to get going this year, but I am starting to (trying my darndest to) feel better and get on with the show.
My daughter Kara (who is six) said the cutest thing on New Years, and I totally have adopted it: "Mom, what are your New Year's revolutions going to be?" I dig it. Let's overthrow last year and bring in a new and improved us!
I've realized over the years that clutter in the home makes me very nervous and anxious. I have pretty much halted any home accessories purchases and am now focusing on decluttering and then improving upon the foundation. For example, my goals for my home this year are: painting all interior walls, replacing carpeting in bedrooms with the same flooring we put in the living spaces last year (here's a pic), new light fixtures for entry and hallway. And that is just the shortlist. If we get all that done, I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.
Organizing of course is always high on the goal list. My main problem is keeping track of and finding good systems for the girls' schoolwork and activities. Having two kids who are now in full days of classes (first and third) brings home tons and I mean TONS of papers and to-dos. I have a really hard time throwing away any of their work, so if you have any ideas or tips, lay them on me!
I've also gone big guns with my planner purchase this year and bought a Kikki K Personal Planner. I've fallen way down the rabbit hole of planner organizing and decorating instagrams, blogs, youtubes, etsy shops, you name it. It is my new obsession. I am currently trying to get my system all set, and my goal is that my planner becomes my go-to central hub for everything that is going on in my life.
I had to fit my title in with the rest of them, didn't I? Health has been a major focus so far this year. My daughter Kara had some bad reactions to too much dairy over the Christmas break (visiting relatives who did not have lactose free options, and making the mistake of letting her have milk and ice cream), so I have been researching dairy-free recipes, which has then led me to lots of research on how what we eat effects our health in myriad ways. Of course I have always known that eating healthy is best, but I have not been strict enough with getting my family on the right track. I'm starting to incorporate a lot more fresh fruits and veggies, and am cutting out as much processed food as I can. I've read a few books in the last year that were eye opening: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan. I am currently reading Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out by Jolene Hart after seeing it recommended on a few blogs.
The easiest way for me to get my kids to have fresh veggies is by slipping them into smoothies. I bought a Ninja blender last year, and it works great at blending up whatever you throw in it. Yes, if it turns green my girls look at it sideways, but they are becoming more and more open to my concoctions. I have a smoothie pinterest board if you are interested in a few recipes, but generally I just throw in whatever I'm feeling like at the moment. I have to tell you an amazing discovery though. I suffer from migraines, and I had a really bad one yesterday. I had the ingredients to whip up this "Migriane Reliever" smoothie and it totally worked! I had taken my meds already and they weren't helping at all, so I gave the smoothie a shot and ten minutes later my headache was gone. Coincidence or not, I'll be drinking one of these next time a migraine starts.
This really goes hand in hand with simplifying around the house. Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've found that I can do much more with less. Am I still a shopoholic at heart? Yes. Do I control it more now? Yes. I guess that makes me a recovering shopoholic? I don't know. Should we start a support group? Anyway, I'm loving a simple base wardrobe of neutrals, mostly black, that are easily mixed and matched. That closet up there in the photo is a total dream.
Tell me, what are your '"revolutions" for the year. Do we have any similar goals? Thanks for reading!