2014 goals


Because resolutions seem so, well, resolute, I’m giving myself some wiggle room with regular (and adaptable) goals for this year. Last year I did the same. I accomplished some and abandoned others, but it was good to have some guidelines to help focus my year. (#fatcat resolves to nap more and harder.) This year, I’d like to…

  • Sew some kind of article of clothing using a pattern. I like to sew but haven’t done much work with patterns. It’s about time I tried a few things.
  • Knit a blanket for my own house. The baby blanket was a huge learning experience for me, and I’d like to have a grown up-size blanket of my own. Not sure when I’ll get started on this because of time and expense, but hopefully I’ll make it happen later on this year.
  • Make my home a small cool space again. I’ll be redecorating this year, more details on that later. But as always, I want to decorate my home in a way that is comfortable, functional, and represents me. I may not make it in time for the official Small Cool Spaces contest on Apartment Therapy, but either way my space will be small and cool.
  • Continue to focus the topics I blog about and plan more posts ahead of time.
  • Read more new releases. I have a long list of books to read that I’ll keep adding to, but I will make sure to include some brand new books released this year.

What do you think? I love reading everyone else’s goals too, so if you have some to share, let me know!

snapshots: happy new year

holding my niece

cat nap

I’ve been traveling with friends and family this week and I can’t think of a better way to welcome the new year. Obviously the best part was meeting my niece, but eating our way through Columbia, Mo., and toasting at midnight with some of my favorite people was also fantastic. Hope the new year is treating you just as well.Continue reading “snapshots: happy new year”

10 goals for 2013

New Year’s resolutions are so intimidating. You’re supposed to make a list of things to do the whole year automatically be a better person!? Whoa. Let’s just, whoa.


#fatcat is exhausted just thinking about it. So these are not resolutions. These are more like guidelines. Goals to help me focus, but nothing to stress over.

  1. Get my apartment ready and enter Apartment Therapy‘s Small Cool Spaces contest. I did this a few years ago with my old studio, and it’s one of my favorite things to look at on the whole internet. I look forward to seeing it every year.
  2. Focus on book-inspired crafts and outfit ideas. I did that a little bit more this year (here and here, for example), but I want to incorporate more of my reading into these posts.
  3. Read more than I did in 2012. I’m obsessed with Goodreads‘ book stats. It tracks how many books–and even how many pages–you read over the year.
  4. Continue exploring my personal style and sharing it here.
  5. Learn to crochet. I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet for a long time, so it’s past time to make it happen.
  6. Host a dinner party. I have the space now, and I’d really like to have friends over more often to share my home and have fun. I’ve just signed up for How To Plan A Better Party at the Brooklyn Brainery, so I’m on my way! Sign up if you want to take it with me!
  7. Host an online book club. I really love the idea of reading a book and opening it up for discussion here. Any books you want to read? Let me know!
  8. Plan to host a real life event. I also love the idea of hosting a real life event somewhere. I’d like to make a concrete plan of action before the end of the year and see what/when something could be possible.
  9. Start a thankful list. I’ve read a lot about how stopping to note what you’re thankful for can help set the tone for your day and improve your mood and happiness. Plus it just sounds like a good idea.
  10. Create some weekly features. For consistency and fun and consistent fun!

Whelp, there we have it. Any suggestions? LET’S DO THIS 2013.