How Are Those Resolutions Going?

by jennifer

So I spent some time updating my big life list as I ramped up for 2012. Getting rid of stuff and organizing are on the list – again – and I’m still optimistic that this will be my year to literally rock the house. But I’ve been saying I’m going to do this for years with very limited success. And talk is so very, very cheap.

Perhaps it’s a good thing I have these two goals memorized because I have already misplaced the new Moleskin (pictured here) that I wrote my updated list in. No joke. I haven’t spent much time trying to locate it, but when I realized that I have absolutely no idea where it is, I did said: “Come on!” which woke up my perpetually sleepy cat, Justine. She looked irritated, too, but I’m quite sure it had nothing to do with my missing notebook.

While I haven’t made much headway in the area of organizing and clearing out this week, I think I’m going to give myself a pass on this for the month of January and save the house revamp for after my newspaper column ends. The gig is up Feb. 1 and it’s going to feel really strange not to be part of the newspaper anymore because I’ve been writing for newspapers consistently since age 17. (That’s 18 years!) So, I’m going to need a big distraction (CraftSanity issue 6 should do the trick) and a little break before I keep right on writing about art and craft in West Michigan (and beyond) on this blog.

While I’m not attacking every goal on my list simultaneously (nor do I recommend this approach), I am very happy to report that I have been running or swimming every day, reading daily and moving forward with plans to grow my handmade business. We can’t do everything at once. The key is to keep moving forward and get traction where you can. If you feel like you’re starting to slip on a goal or two, take a deep breath, give yourself credit for not eating 50 Twinkies in one sitting and start again.

Some of the changes on my horizon are going to be difficult and chances are good that you may be facing a few challenges, too, but we will adjust and pull through. And I’m hopeful that 2012 will rock regardless.

It’s only Jan. 6 and I’ve already spent quality time chatting with a very nice hobby farmer, mama and crafter and a talented husband and wife team who share an inspiring love story that has lasted for decades and gotten them through some rough times to a very beautiful place. Stay tuned because I’ll be writing more about that later.

It’s late and I have a bit more TV prep to do, so I better sign off. Check back around lunch time tomorrow for the DIY organizing ideas that I’ve been working on with my kids or watch me talk about them live at 9 a.m. on this morning’s “Take Five” show on WZZM Channel 13. And, yes, I know it’s a little much for a woman who just confessed to misplacing her goal list in her house to be dishing out organizing tips. Humor me and maybe we’ll both learn something. : )

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