Over the holidays, Chris and I sat down on many occasions and talked about our goals for this blog in 2014. It’s a little funny, because we have never really had goals for our blog. If you ever dive into the archives, you’ll see this used to be a simple blog about our lives to keep family in the loop and then it started to focus more on DIY and home stuff shortly before we bought our first house and it grew just as our passion for renovation grew. This past year, we felt like we were scrambling at times to keep up. Half way through the year I had to close my Etsy shop because the amount of emails and opportunities and partnerships and projects (all great things!) just became too much for me to manage on top of the art and my priorities as a mother. But, the thing is, I love painting. I want that part back. I feel like I need that back.
We also decided we want to incorporate more of “us” back into the blog. Feeling especially inspired by our friends Kim and Scott’s The Week’s End posts, sometimes sharing a tidbit of our life outside of projects and this house of ours that we pour so much time into will not only be healthy and encourage us to get out (!!), but we think it will allow us to open up and be more personal with all of you as well. A few other changes coming: a new look, we’re in the process of making the switch over to WordPress, a couple tweaks in our posting all in an effort to responsibly grow our blog in a way I can actually manage with Greta and our new little girl at home with me (that thought has my head spinning non-stop right now), and bringing back more art as soon as I can find a place to set up a studio. We’re excited! 2014 is going to be wonderful.
And speaking of incorporating more “us” into the blog this year, I wanted to share with you a little video my sister, Andi, captured of our Christmas with my side of the family. We were all able to get together a few days before Christmas to play in the snow, eat, laugh, and open gifts. You’ll see all of my sisters in this video, their spouses, my parents and their 6 grandchildren.
Some of our other goals this year include unplugging on Fridays after work to spend some quality time together, putting together some sort of job chart for Greta, and going to bed and waking up earlier. During the holiday, we also put together our house project goals for 2014! You can look for that post tomorrow.
Any goal-setting on your end? Or snowball fights for that matter. ;)
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