12 in ’12

I’ve made 12 goals for myself in the year of 2012.

I can’t wait to blog about them as I go!


Here’s my introductory post.

And here are my goals!

1. Work up the nerve and take a beginner’s ballet class for adults. :::gulp::: I think I just admitted that publicly… {I figure I need to do this before another Q baby comes along, so there’s no time like the present!}

An update on my first ballet class!

{The Ballerina IV by Torrie Smiley found here}

2. Read at least a book a month. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering the sheer amount of books I read last year. {Grand total of 64!}

{Image from here}

3. Join up with Booking It {an online book club} and {for the most part} read each suggested book of the month.

My review of the January book – One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider {it was excellent!}

February book – The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paineand my review

March book – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Millerand my review

April book – The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball – and my review

May book – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – and my review

June book – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – and my review

July book – Desserts in Jars by Shaina Olmanson – and my review

4. Finish up the master bedroom all ready! The big things I’d like to accomplish are: artwork, accessories, and something for the TV.

5. Polish Mr B’s room. I haven’t spent any time on it since we first moved him into that room, and it could use some love. It’s got great potential, and some great things already going on, I just need to polish it up. I’d love to add something like this light:

{from Barn Light Electric}

I’ve been busy in Mr B’s room!
Here’s the first post of how I painted his closet nook. It’s looks great! {If I do say so myself.}
And the details on making custom chalkboard paint.
And the closet nook with fantabulous art!

6. Tackle the projects in One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider the blog author of Simple Mom. I just finished reading it {in two days! who knew this kind of book could be a page turner?}, and it was excellent!! Now I need to go back and do the projects. I don’t think I’ll be able to do one project a week, but I want to work towards completing as many relevant projects as possible this year. Some of the topics include: drinking more water, establishing evening and morning routines, get more sleep, organize your files, switch to non-toxic chemicals, dump your brain, and so, so, so many other wonderful projects to help streamline and simplify your life. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this book from me.

7. Paint the master bathroom. I’ve had the paint for over a year. I need to get it done!

Finished! Check it out here!

8. Work hard to spend less.

{Image from here}

9. Get away – somehow, someway – long or short. Just take some time to step back and recharge.

{image from here}

Nolan and I got away on our first vacation without kids since we’ve had kids! It was wonderful!
Here’s some snapshots.

10. Organize my closet. Purge. Buy staples that I need. Get rid of stuff I never wear. I’d love for it to look more like Nicole’s closet from Making it Lovely.

{Image from here}

11. Buy hampers for the master bathroom and T’s room {and maybe the kid’s bathroom}. It’s the little things, people. These are pretty much out of my price range, but I’d love a couple of them anyway!

{from Pottery Barn}

12. Make or buy window treatments for the living room. {Extra credit if I get to the family room too.} I love this fabric, but I haven’t decided if it’s “the one” yet.

{from Premier Fabrics}

Talked about my new curtains here. Woop, woop!