Friday, December 27, 2013

:: Home Goals 2013 – A Review ::

I posted my list of ‘goals’ for 2013 in my Home for this year and I thought I’d take a quick look back and see how I did…

I always pick a word I’d like to let be my focus for the year…
for 2013 it was-
SIMPLE pm

While I tried to let it be the focus… most days it wasn’t.
There is always something the keeps SIMPLE just out of reach for me.  Why is that?!  
I tend to make things harder than they really are, but when complete and utter frustration crept in;  I just kept it simple.
and I’d bake a pie!

State Fair 2013 005

Did I worry that it wasn’t perfect pie?  No!  I baked it.  And I ate it.

~4 HOME PROJECTS I’D LIKE TO WORK ON:
  1. KITCHEN: floors, papered (?) painted (?) or just sealed (?)  HAD A HAPPY ACCIDENT IN THE KITCHEN AND WE ARE “TESTING” LIVING WITH PAINTED FLOORS!
  2. DEN: painted, arranged, & decorated purposefully! Still have NO ‘OFFICIAL’ DEN…
  3. DECK: (back porch) New screen door, screens on windows, and porch cover (screened in?) GOT THE SCREEN DOOR ON THE BACK
  4. Paint House Exterior – GOT ABOUT HALF THE EXTERIOR PAINTED –3 inches at time!
~4 AREAS I WANT TO ORGANIZE:
  1. Sewing –DIDN’T GET ORGANIZED BUT BOUGHT A GREAT VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE!
  2. Etsy/ Office
  3. Guest Room
  4. Den
sewing machine 001

Still need to work on the ’getting organized’ Phase of my Goals…  :/

Which brings me to the last bit of the GOALS FOR 2013---

~TRADITIONS OR MEMORIES I WANT TO MAKE IN OUR HOME:  STILL NEED IMPROVEMENT IN THIS AREA!!!! SEE GOALS HERE

~THE ONE PROJECT I WILL COMPLETE THIS YEAR: Upholstering and recovering my Antique Settee and Chair—and moving it to the living room to be USED AND ENJOYED!!! BIG OL’ CHECK!!!!!! While I still haven’t done the chair—the couch/ settee is finished and I am using it in my living room.  that makes me smile!

~ A NEW SKILL I'D LIKE TO LEARN:
UPHOLSTERY! (and improved sewing skills for the task!) Last year, I tried TATTING...didn't get very far. This year, I'm hoping for better!!! AND A BIG OL’ CHECK HERE TOO!!!!  I learned lots of new skills to finish the job.  I honed my sewing skills and we even created a hand tool needed for the job instead of spending the cash for it. 

settee black and white ricphone

So, while I chose a Simple word for 2013—I don’t think I chose ‘simple’ tasks; but I did learn something. 
Just because something isn’t simple doesn’t mean it can’t be done.  Just because you didn’t check everything off the list, doesn’t mean you failed. 

I’m already considering what my word for next year will be and some of the things I’d like to see accomplished in my home. More importantly I’m looking at things I’d like to see accomplished in Me!  And isn’t that what it’s really all about?  Being the best we can be and putting our best out there? 

I mean anyone can make and set goals.  But unless you are willing to try and possibly fail; then you’re sights just may be set on the wrong goal.

Do you look back and take an assessment?  I don’t mean with regret. I mean with earnest—in order that you may take something from it and grow from it.

Do you look forward with anticipation and set goals for yourself?  Set goals for your personal best? 


Til next time, Be Blessed!



Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. ~Colossians 3:23-24

9 comments:

Diane said...

Has it really been almost a year already? Wow. I'd say you did pretty darn good. I don't know what my watch word will be for 2014. "Slower" sounds good. Ha!

camp and cottage living said...

I'm a secret goal setter!
You did pretty well on your list, I'd say.
That settee was a pretty big project.

Patty Sumner said...

I think looking back and assessing our lives is biblical... as you said not to seat regret in our hearts but to move us forward... I like that! Yes, I want to look back and make a check list... get things done.. I complete things more successfully if I have a list.. I want to learn upholster too. I have several chairs that I bought cheap.. would love to change them....Word for the year?...... I am not sure... simple sounds good.. I would love to make like more simple...... Blessings!

katy said...

What a wonderful list of accomplishments and fun! I'd love to borrow your idea of mapping a year 'a goals on my blog. I love your word - do you have one for 2014?

Audrey said...

Congratulation on a successful year Pat. I think you did well and should be proud of yourself.
I did not set goals for 2013 and if I looked back I might be disappointed ... but I did accomplish a few things and learned important things along the way. Hope 2014 is just what you want it to be and can meet all the goals you set.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Looking over your list...I'd say you did pretty good and the sewing and settee were certainly not easy, but wow what an accomplishment they were! I always make goals for the year when we quit...It's over!! Happy New Year!! I have really enjoyed your blog and humor this past year, thank you!

Carol

Gail Wilson said...

good for you! so happy you checked back in with your 2013 goals. I don't even remember my word from 2013. I think it may have been organize or commitment ??? I did so well with diet/exercise and clutter for the first 3 months.... then it was down hill all the way. :(
I have no idea what the word will be for 2014. 2013 was such a fabulous year for me, I really do look forward to 2014 to see what it has to offer.
My wish for you is that you get to get together with bloggers, whether it be locally or at a blog conference. :)

gail

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Congrats on getting those goals completed. My husband doesn't work that much in winter, being in construction, so goals around here will be things such as repainting rooms and fixing some things that get put off, and lots gets put off!

A Daughter of the King said...

I love your attitude! I haven't chosen my word for 2014 yet. Last year's word was kind of a flop. Maybe my word will be opportunity. C