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01.09.13 / 2013 Resolutions

The two-day photo shoot that I’ve been hinting about wrapped up today. Everything went soooooo smoothly {even after a small breakdown on my part just a few hours before the photographers arrived!} and I can’t wait to see the final pics. I owe you a more detailed post all about it but tonight I’m forcing myself to go to bed before midnight. HH and I have had several weeks of very late nights and very early mornings trying to get parts of the house ready for the shoot and we’re beat. I’m thoroughly enjoying fresh flowers all over the house leftover from the photo shoot.

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I took a few moments the other day to nail down my 2013 resolutions and thought I’d share those with you.

Get a passport. Specifically, get my passport. Would you believe I’ve never been out of the U.S.? HH travels abroad for work quite frequently and there’s some talk about me joining him this year. I need to be ready!

Finish my design course. I’m enrolled in the Sheffield School of Interior Design. I get a lot of emails wanting to know if I’d recommend the course. The truth is, I don’t feel comfortable recommending or not recommending the course until I’ve completed it. I will say that I contacted Lauren Liess and Layla Palmer, both Sheffield grads, before enrolling and that I’m learning A LOT.

Create a gallery wall. Or two. It’s about time we got some stuff up on the walls in here and I can’t get enough of mismatched, eclectic gallery walls. FYI – I may have already started work on this resolution. And we’re only nine days into the year. Go me.

Take more pictures. Of my kids. Of my HH. Of my house. Of me. Of things that inspire me.

Be less serious. Too often I find myself approaching daily tasks, blogging, decorating and even parenting {gasp!} with a stuffy, all business attitude when what I need to do is find joy in those things.

There are other house projects we’re hoping to take on this year as well – finishing the second bathroom, fixing up the boys’ room, repainting the master bedroom, building a deck, repairing the front door, etc. – but the bolded items above take precedence.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

P.S. Thanks to everyone who shopped my Joss & Main event! Did you know Joss & Main has an online magazine called Plume? I didn’t until last week. Check out this brutally honest Plume article which includes my tips for surviving a renovation. I’m still not sure how the author, Donna Garlough, was able to put together anything coherent from my nonsensical ramblings during the phone interview. Thanks Donna!

Click here to see who won last week’s Ace Hardware giveaway.

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

16 Comments

09.January.2013

I can’t wait to see the photos from the photo shoot! I made a list of resolutions too but I look at them more as goals of things I want to achieve this year.

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09.January.2013

I can’t wait to see the photos! Your nonstop energy inspires me!!

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09.January.2013

I can’t wait to see the pictures! I look forward to seeing the gallery wall idea, I am thinking about one in my office. When you get too serious, just remember to think about all of the shenanigans that we had at the pharmacy, that should make you smile. Hope everything is going well.

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09.January.2013

The one and only resolution I made was to be less serious. I’m always waiting for things to be ‘done’ before enjoying myself, but I’m changing that! I’m starting school this year along with a new job and I think the only thing that will get me through it all is finding joy in what I’m doing instead of feeling like everything’s a choir. I wish us good luck on this one this year. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing your beautiful new photos!

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replied on January 10th, 2013

*chore, not choir. See why I need to go back to school?!

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09.January.2013

Great resolutions!! I actually relate to a lot of them! I too have never been out of the US so you’re not alone!! Thanks for sharing these, and I’m stoked to see your photo shoot!!

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10.January.2013

Great resolutions! I’m really curious about this shoot! Can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it will inspire me :)

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Beautiful article! I’m so happy that your doing a photo shoot, even though I have no idea what it’s for yet I am just so excited for you! Yay! I just wanted to let you know that I took the Sheffield courses many years ago and I believe it took me 4 years (I was slow with it…really slow) but I’m so proud of you for doing it, and this blog, and parenting. It’s a lot! After Sheffield I’ve moved on to design school and I’m now in my final semester of graduate school. I wish you the best with your success!!!

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10.January.2013

I can’t wait to see the photo shoot! My resolution this year is to eat more whole food. We went through and cleaned out our processed stuff and are doing great at cooking with real ingredients. I was also forced to go gluten free so that’s helping as well, although I do miss my gluten filled red velvet cupcakes. They don’t taste the same, no matter what anyone says.

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10.January.2013

I’m very excited to see you photoshoot pictures, I love your home! I always find it interesting when you follow a blog where they regularily show pictures of their home and then to see the shoot ones with it all syled up. I find the styling process really interesting though,lol I’m also working on a gallery type wall for my living room. Trying to finish it up ASAP so I can get it posted on my blog but with two little kids it doesn’t always happen as fast as I’d like. I have mad respect for you doing all you do with three!!! Congrats on the shoot!!

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Such a cool post. My wife and I have talked about so many similar things for this year: more photos of the kids (4 yr old daughter and 2 year old twin boys!), work on the house – but definitely relax and enjoy our family more. Some times it feels like we don’t have time to breathe – both working and trying to keep the house and improve and be great parents…sometimes your own personal projects get lost in the mix. Here’s to hoping we can all bring it to the front burner this year…Cheers !

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11.January.2013

Great Resolutions! :) If you are ever traveling to Vancouver, let me know!!! :)

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replied on January 11th, 2013

I’d love to visit Canada!

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14.January.2013

How do you guys paint your walls and get a crisp edge where the wall meets the ceiling? Any tips?

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replied on January 15th, 2013

HH swears by those specialty ceiling rollers – you know, the ones with the pads and little wheels? I, however, prefer to do it by hand with an angled 2″ brush. And that’s what I did in Mabrey’s room. All by hand. But I don’t mind painting and actually find it sorta therapeutic.

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15.January.2013

Can’t wait to see the photos from your shoot! Please post how you did your gallery and where you found those lovely gallery frames! I’ve searched and searched looking for unqiue gallery walls and never found something quite what I was looking for until now! Love yours!

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