Sunday, January 6, 2013


To most people, 13 is an unlucky number. But it's always been one of my favorites. In fact, I got married on Friday the 13th, so obviously I'm not superstitious about the number--quite to the contrary, it's a cherished number to me.

So I'm taking it as a good omen that this is 2013. I think it'll be great. In fact, I'm pledging to make it awesome. Here are thirteen things I plan to do to make that awesomeness come to fruition.

1. Soak up our last few months in Montana. With Ryan's graduation in May, we only have a little more time here. We want to do some hiking and more exploring. Once the weather's warmer, expect me to be outside a lot more!

2. Get a good job in my field. I absolutely LOVE my job here in Missoula (I work at a preschool and I love the children, their parents, and all my coworkers!), but when we head back to KC I hope to get a job in marketing writing, editing, or publishing.

3. Write more--meaning stories, and also here on the blog! I had a good run going for a while last year, but lost my footing this summer because we were so busy, and with my full time job this fall it's been hard to keep up, too! I don't know if I'll be able to get back to 3-4 posts a week, but am sure going to try to!

4. Work on my photography skills, since the hubs and I bit the bullet and bought a camera with our Christmas money. I'm excited to start playing with it!

5. Start cleaning messes soon after making them. Now that I have a 7:30-3:30 job, things around the house have kinda fallen to the wayside...and it's a bummer having to clean stuff up on the weekend, then dirty it again, then clean it again, etc...I just want to get better about keeping my projects in check so they don't clutter up things! But on the bright side, the biggest culprit (the dishes--our dishwasher doesn't work well) has been conquered by Dawn Power Clean! Best soap ever. For real. Also, I have been on a major cleaning/decluttering/donating kick lately and we've gotten rid of a LOT. I have many organizing posts to come!

 Remember my terrible closet? NEVER AGAIN.

 6. Continue following our budget and saving. I've gotten a lot thriftier than I've been in the past, which is great! I don't want to fall off of that wagon, though, so I'm keeping this in mind as a goal.

7. Really launch my business with my sister. As I mentioned briefly here, we're starting an event rental and styling company. We've done a lot of work so far in terms of compiling, photographing, and organizing our inventory, but have more work to do on our website, marketing, and all the legal/business-y mumbo jumbo (securing permits, writing client contracts, etc.) I would love for us to do a bridal show this summer!

8. Follow through with more of the projects I take on. On the docket--our wedding scrapbook, some Montana string art, and a painting. I'll share details when they're all done :) I'm hoping to add a lot more to my DIY portfolio this year!

9. Try out some new recipes in the kitchen! Thanks to Pinterest I've tried some in 2012 (and really enjoyed a few), but I want to keep expanding my repertoire. This includes adding some more healthy items to our favorite recipes list.

10. Allow myself time to do nothing. Sometimes (usually on the weekends) I find myself feeling lazy if I'm not accomplishing something every hour--which is kinda silly. This is a time in my life when I should be allowed some unproductive moments. So I'll try not to feel bad if every moment isn't dedicated to checking off an item from my to-do list.

11. Travel somewhere new. I would love to road trip to Chicago, Nashville, or Louisville with my fam!

12. Kinda like #1--I want to explore Kansas City more once we move back there. Eat a few more local places, go to some of the museums, see what festivals or events are in town, go to live theatre more often. I love the farmer's markets and vintage fairs in Missoula, so I want to continue going to things like that when we're back in the Midwest! And it'll be fun to do so with family and friends.

13. This is a little one, but I made a perpetual calendar last year similar to this one, and it's really easy to fall behind on writing on it! I need to be better about keeping up with it.

So there you have it. Have you made any resolutions for 2013? 

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1 comment:

  1. I like your 13!
    Yes, we need to do more exploring of the fun things in KC - that will be a good group activity!
    I'm right there with you in the work and messes department!
    So far, Dad and I have stuck with our diet plan. He's lost 11 pounds since January 2nd, and I've lost 5. We are discovering prebiotics and probiotics that we can infuse into our S4L diet plan - and that we believe we should continue for the rest of our lives.
    When we arrive in MT to help you and Ryan move, we both hope to be slimmer and fitter than when you left us at the end of 2012.
    Let's hope 13 is good luck!


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