How in the heck is it almost 2017?…we’ve all been saying it, or at least thinking it.  The end of one year and beginning of another always seems to bring forth a certain amount of reflection, good and bad.  For 2017, instead of “making resolutions” I decided to think of it as focusing on goals…mostly because I like this definition (thanks Google!)  Below are a few of my goals fro the upcoming year geared towards home, design & food.

ɡōl/ noun noun: goal; plural noun: goals

the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

synonyms: objective, aim, end, target, design, intention, intent, plan, purpose

1.Finish cottage remodel

This may be a little optimistic, but given the progress made last summer I see no reason it shouldn’t be in working  order for us to be able to stay  there this summer, even if every last detail may not be complete.  First priorities will be the bathroom and  finishing up all of the mechanicals.  Considering that my parents house is right across the road, we can sleep there without a kitchen, but I would prefer having a working bathroom.  In the meantime, we have a beautiful deck with a view to sit on and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a cold beer in the evening with each other, family, & friends…a reminder of what all of it is for.

2.Explore Cooking

I already enjoy cooking, but I find myself getting stuck in ruts.  I want to stay out of the ruts.   Also, now that Mark’s schedule allows, we are trying to cook together more often.  We decided to try the fresh meal delivery service Plated (thanks to a great promo offer)…I’ll make sure to post our first experience.  Depending on how that goes, we may give Blue Apron a test run as well. In addition to this I want to try out new recipes, and maybe venture more into foods I’ve never cooked before. 

3.Refresh Living Room

No major changes here, just some updates needed.  Looking into new curtains, side tables, etc.  Several of the pieces have been with us since I moved into my apartment when I moved to Indiana over 7 years agoMark has been working on convincing me to rearrange our living room once we finally get the larger TV he has been wanting, and I am slowly coming around.    

5.Simplify & Organize

I consider myself to be an organized person, but there is always room for improvement.  I have been reflecting this past year on how organization is much easier with less stuff (here comes the simplify part)   I’ve looked into the KonMari method, not sure if I need anything that extreme, but I do see plenty of Goodwill trips in my future.   I want to limit clutter, focus on quality over quantity and invest in pieces that will be attractive, functional, and long lasting.  Not only does this pertain to our home décor, but I want to carry this focus into my wardrobe as well…and life in general. 

Do you have any goals for 2017? I’d love to hear about them

Last, but not least, I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read, shared, commented and supported this little blog of mine this past year.  I appreciate it and wish you great joy and many blessings in 2017!




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