Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goals for 2015 {Lots of Lists}

Happy almost new year everyone! I’m not really big on New Years Resolutions, but this time of year I like to look back on what I accomplished in the previous year compared with what I set out to accomplish, and make a list of all of the things I would like to do in the coming year. Unfortunately, this year it doesn’t seem like I got too much done around the house, but I am giving myself a pass because I got a whole lot accomplished on a personal level.

This year I want to share with you my personal goals as well as my home-related goals to help keep myself accountable for everything!

Looking back...

Here was my list of things I wanted to do around the house in 2014 with an update on where they stand today:

1. Install kitchen lighting. Complete! I added under cabinet lighting, which you can see here and a pendant over the kitchen sink, which I have yet to take a picture of!

2. Complete the study. Complete! You can check out the room reveal here. There were a lot of DIY projects in this room too, including the built-in desk and bookshelves, a fabric covered corkboard, a craigslist desk makeover, and a file cabinet makeover and a home-made pillow to match the corkboard.

3. Complete the guest room. 0% complete…. Whomp, whomp :(

4. Paint and install decorative trim the foyer. 0% complete. I still can’t decide whether to hire someone to do this or attempt it ourselves.

5. Install trimwork in first floor doorways. 0% complete. Not that I would have gotten to it anyway, but we decided to push this off until after we put hardwoods in the living room and dining room.

6. Paint master bathroom. Complete! Check out what color I picked here.

7. Build landscape/retaining wall. 0% complete. This was the ONE thing I REALLY wanted to get done this year and we dropped the ball. Hopefully we can do it in the early spring of this year!

8. Plant more trees/shrubs. 35% complete. This will probably be on my list for the next 5 years. We have a huge lot (1.5 acres), that was completely bare when we bought, so we have a lot of planting to do to fill it out.  This year we planted 5 crepe myrtles, an oak tree, a red maple in honor of the baby we lost, another Japanese red maple, and a purple plum.

Moving forward to this year... In 2015 I would like to complete the following house-related projects:

1. Build landscape/retaining wall.
2. Install hardwoods in the living room and dining room.
3. Re-paint the morning room with a darker color.
4. Paint and install decorative trim in the foyer.
5. Remodel the laundry room.
6. Plant more trees.

I also have the following personal/profession goals that I’d like to accomplish in 2015:

1. Lose 20 lbs.
2. Complete 3 real estate transactions.
3. Actually learn how to blog… to make this a more measurable goal, I’m going to aim to do the following:
    a. Double my followers this year.
    b. Create an editorial calendar.
    c. Read up on and practice connecting with other bloggers.
    d. Read up on and practice how to take better blog photos.
4. Create at least 10 new products for my etsy store.
5. Participate in two craft shows.
6. Do a strict pull-up and 5 unbroken toes-to-bar (crossfit).
7. Rx a workout (crossfit).

It's not going to be easy, but I think I can do at least most of the things on my list by this time next year.  Thank you in advance for all of your support along the way!!

What are your goals for 2015? How did you do on your 2014 goals or resolutions?

And to close out the year, here were my top 5 posts from 2014 (click on the photo to go to the post):

DIY Giant Chalkboard Calendar

9 Pieces of Advice for Buying a New Construction Home

Home Office Reveal

DIY Fabric Covered Corkboard

Built-In Desk and Bookshelves


  1. Hi Collette! Long time no "chat!" Do you go to a crossfit gym? I've made a decent gym in the basement and almost there for crossfit equipment. I still need a pull up bar, been using bands in the meantime. And I've asked my husband to build a box for me by the end of January. Perks of new construction, plenty of free wood lying around if dumpsters if you aren't opposed to hopping in!

    1. Yes Chrissie! I had started in April, but then hurt my back and was out for like two months and I just started again in Sept. I really love it. That's awesome that you have so much stuff at your house. I definitely want to get some equipment for home for those days I can't make it to the classes. Where do you buy your equipment from?

  2. I enjoy your blog, Collete, and the items in your shop are great! I totally encourage you in pursuing your blog/etsy goals and will try to pin and share them as I follow along :) Also, those built-ins were so well done -- I'm not surprised at all that it was one of your top posts in 2014!

    1. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. It really means a lot to me seeing your comments. I can't wait to see what you guys have in store for 2015 too, and to learn some more blogging/etsy tricks from you!! I hope I can be as successful as you at some point in the future!

  3. I think your pictures are GREAT :-) However that is one of my goals for this year too....taking better pictures. It would help tremendously if I would break down and by an actual camera instead of using my iPhone!!! Here's to us kicking butt in 2015!!!


    1. Same here! I have been going back and forth for so long about investing in a good camera. Maybe I will take the plunge in 2015!

  4. Great post Colette. I work great with lists and something like this would definitely motivate me to keep rolling towards completion...and then change it all again lol. By the way first floor casing is easy to do pre hardwood. When the flooring guys come they will simply trim and 1/8" off of your trim if its in the way, it most likely wont be if you match the carpet height. House looks great! I havent migrated upstairs yet (been working in the basement) but we havent forgotten about your great piece


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