We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.


New Year - New Me

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

A new year equals new resolutions. It is a time to kick bad habits and start anew. According to the Internet (so you know it must be true), the top resolutions usually involve promises to exercise more (37%), increasing the time devoted to study or work (23%), losing weight, stop smoking or drinking (alcohol and/or coffee), and eat healthier. Well, not me.  Here are mine:

1 - Gratitude journal - which I started in November
2 - Live with less

Gratitude Journal. You can read about my gratitude journal here. I am still writing a few things in it every night that I am thankful for and I resolve to continue this through the new year. I try to remember things that happened throughout the day and list those. However, if I can't think of anything, I can always list the good ol' standbys - mine and the family's health, having a great job, etc. The journal helps me focus on the positive things that happen in my life everyday. And I hope the gratitude journal will help me to notice the little things in life that might normally go unnoticed.

Live with less. I plan to accomplish this by organizing and decluttering my house, donating my time and items to a good cause, and being more "green - basically editing out the unessential. I want to make more room in my life for what is most important, my family, and I want my focus to be on what’s essential.

For example, my over-stuffed closet:
This is just my side. And I couldn't even begin to tell you what all is in there, or under there. This is an embarrassment to show...so not like me. My clothes are hung up by color, which is a plus. But everything else is stuffed in there in no particular order...and that creates chaos. I don't need chaos. So, I am going to go through every closet and figure out what is essential and what is not. And then I can live with less.

The plan is to be a better person by the end of next year by completing my two resolutions.


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