Monday, January 24, 2011

52 Weeks of Organizing!

Yes, you read that right. I'm taking on Org Junkie's 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge! I know I've been in my "new" house for 2 years now (okay, almost 3), but I still have boxes of things with no home and my poor closets are a hot mess!

At first I thought 52 weeks of organizing - what in the world! But I printed our her organizing checklist and it really made me focus. I have already listed projects through Week #30 and I'm sure more will creep up along the way. I'm already excited and kinda want to do all of them right this second. Most are simple things, but just writing them down really helps you focus and Iloveputting a check mark when I've completed something!

I plan on posting before and after photos of my projects, both big and small, so that you might get some inspiration to organize your home too!

"Order is a lovely thing; on disarray it lays its wing, teaching simplicity to sing."
-Anna Branch

Thursday, January 20, 2011


This year is my year for goals. Not huge goals, but attainable goals.

The last couple of years have been devastating to my ability to plan. When everything you had planned out for your future suddenly explodes in front of your face it's really tough. I basically lost my ability to plan things, to look ahead. Now, that had it's good points and bad points. One good thing that came out of it was that I haven't worn a watch in over 2 years. Ha! Another good thing was "Go-With-the-Flow-Amy." I rather enjoy her. Much less stressful to just enjoy the minute you are in than worrying about what's going to happen next. My old self still stirs within whenever travel comes up b/c you just can't go blind into a new place, but I've learned not to plan out every minute of my time there.

The negative things were that since I couldn't plan, I didn't have any goals. Everything I wanted was now no longer an option and I just didn't know what I wanted anymore. So I just kinda floated through the last year - just going to work and church and hanging out with friends in-between.

But this year is different. I feel like I've gotten through the worst part and now endless possibilities are out there waiting for me. But I'm not ready to go all out just yet. Still a little gun-shy. But the good news is that I'm making plans for myself - goals. Not huge ones, but ones that I can truly accomplish. I'm hoping that by meeting these tiny goals it will build up my courage and strength. Then I will make bigger goals. I hope by that point, even if I fall short, I will be able to handle the disappointment.

So here are my goals so far for this year:
  1. Take a cake decorating class
  2. Complete 1 craft project a month (from my ever-growing stack)
  3. Have a date night with my niece once a month
  4. Write 1 inspirational blog post per week
  5. Complete one task from my 52-Week Organizing Challenge (post to come) per week
So far that's all I've got. I think it's plenty to work on right now and hopefully add to it in the coming months.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Well, I'm jumping on the bandwagon, folks! I love reading other blogs and thought I'd start one myself. Now, I know I'm not super interesting or anything like that, but I have had a rough couple of years. But with God behind me (and my family & friends), I've gotten through the worst of it. I want to share with others the beauty in the little things and share my inspiration with others.

So at least once a week, it's my goal to share something with you all that makes me happy, or smile, or even just something favorite things.

Right now these are 3 of my favorite people (and myself)! My niece and 2 nephews. This was taken last summer and they've all grown so much since then. I'll post an updated picture soon.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll stick around!