Hi my friends! Do you remember me? I haven’t blogged in several weeks (a first for me!) and I’ll admit, it’s a little weird to sit down after a few weeks off and write a post. I feel so rusty. I decided to just enjoy the entire season with my family and not stress over getting posts up (a first in 4 years). It was refreshing.
First order of business… I am on TV today! Yup, I braved my biggest fear and filmed a short segment on the local Austin Time Warner Cable News for a segment called House Proud. The 2 minute segment is about clearing out your clutter and having a garage sale. You can find the video here but you will need to have TWC to view it. If I find an alternative way for the masses to see it I’ll let you know.
With the New Year I am feeling refreshed and hopeful. Every December I seem to become overcome with fatigue and crippling lethargy (I’m thinking it’s the allergies?) but come January I am feeling the spring in my step again. Today I just want to rehash 2013 one last time and then talk about what 2014 has in store for us.
2013 was a very big year for us (hence the December burnout). Ben and I worked our tails off in 2012 and by mid 2013 we had all our debt paid off thanks to Dave Ramsey’s plan. We are officially 100% debt free except for the mortgage. The credit cards are (still) cut up, the cars are paid for. It took a lot of sacrifice and we ate a lot of humble pie, but being debt free has been the most rewarding thing we have ever done.
In addition to the TWC segment airing all day today, I was also blessed to be featured in papers across the US and Canada when the AP ran a story about DIY bedding. In addition to that, I was a guest on Frank Fontana’s radio program talking about DIY disasters. I also got to be a part of Kirkland’s big grand opening event.
I think my most favorite project of 2013 was the kids’ bathroom makeover in our previous house.
This project was a lot of work, but the results turned out beautifully. I’m sad we only enjoyed the bathroom for a few months before we moved to our new home.
In May we moved to our new home.
It was more of an adjustment for me than I assumed it would be. We always wanted to move further out from the city, but when push came to shove I was not quite as ready as I thought I was. It has been a long road, but I’m happy to say that I love living in our new home. We’ve been here 8 months and I already feel very settled. The house needs a lot of work, but I feel very at home in this new community, in this quiet country, and in our slower paced life. Life is good.
So, what have we done to this new house? Mainly I’ve been busy just trying to make it feel like a new builder-grade home. We painted all the baseboards and trim before we moved in:
Replaced the carpet:
Changed out all the shower heads and spruced up the bathrooms enough to actually feel comfortable using them:
The kids rooms got painted:
I’ve been trying to swap out all the switches and plug outlets in the house. It’s slow going because I have to shut off the power to do it, but it’s going:
We added some outdoor mood lighting thanks to True Value Hardware:
I’ve been busy painting all the doors in our house black. And I LOVE them!
The cabinet above the toilet was too big, so I crafted a unique way to remove the heavy cabinet by myself:
All the showers received some much needed storage solutions:
We had some fun this summer cleaning up the backyard and demoing an old table:
Ben turned his neon green office into an at-home office and workout room. He’s still on the hunt for a well priced professional grade treadmill. Any suggestions?
One of my words for 2014 is Simplify (I’ll touch on this more in a minute). I’ve been busy getting rid of as much crap as possible. Less is more, and I want less crap.
We are loving our new door knobs. Only a few more doors need to be painted black before I can install the final few door knobs and call this upgrade done.
The family room is coming together thanks to removing the blinds and adding a fresh coat of much needed paint.
I even shared a few recipes this year. My goal for 2014 is to share at least 6 new recipes (every other month).
And on the crafting home front, I made some artwork for a friend:
What does 2014 have in store?
Well, as I mentioned above, one of my words for 2014 is Simplify. I have become obsessed with reading blogs dedicated to minimalism. My favorite is called Becoming Minimalism. This blog inspires me to spend less money and own less stuff. His Weekend Reads are my favorite, full out outgoing links to other great blogs and articles about living with less. It’s not about being a cheap-wad and never spending money. It’s just about simplifying your life, getting rid of all the extra baggage, and living life to the fullest. It’s okay to spend your money, but spend it on things that add value to your life, not on things that clutter your life and steal your time.
This post is long enough already, so I’ll touch on my other 2014 goals in another post. Now that the holidays are behind us I plan on getting back on my regular posting schedule of every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a few additional days randomly here or there. Here’s to a year of simplifying, organizing, and being the best selves we can be.