1. Keep challenging myself and pushing forward with my dream: to become an interior decorator. I’ve definitely done this and am still doing this. It truly is a continual process. One drawback though, is that I planned on going back to school to become an interior designer… and I didn’t do that last year.
2. Makeover my bedroom. I made over my ho-hum bathroom into a beachy Zen haven.
3. Finish decorating the bathroom. Originally when I set this resolution, I was going to make over a bathroom full of lots of mint green. When I moved in June, this resolution became a new decor project. Check out how I turned that bathroom into a tropical and earthy space here.
4. Makeover my entry way. I accomplished this, albeit on a smaller scale than originally intended. The best part of the makeover was painting these Ikea Rast dressers.
5. Re-organize my closets. Check!
6. Create more tutorials. Done! You can check out all my DIY tutorials here. I may even venture into making video tutorials in the future.
7. Continue networking with other bloggers. I really stepped up my game with this resolution. A huge part of this has been posting to link parties. There’s so many lovely bloggers out there who host these parties and it’s always a great feeling to be featured in one!
8. Continue learning about this blogging world. This may be an eternal resolution. There’s always something new to learn, is there not?! Thankfully, I’ve met this challenge and continue to.
9. Learn about more decor styles, especially the ones that don’t interest me. Helping my mother decide on how to make over her kitchen was a good lesson in this, as her preferred decor is a lot different than mine. Through this process, I learned a lot about the Arts and Crafts style and even found I liked it!
10. Start a regular feature/series regarding decor on this blog. Done! I created my first blog series, Get Your Color On!, which provides lots of inspiration for how to decorate with a particular color. I pick decor items small and large that can be used, spotlight tutorials from other bloggers in the featured color, and offer tips on how to decorate in that color.
Aside from putting off college, I feel pretty good about what I’ve done. Here are my resolutions for 2014:
1. Get back to school. This is crucial to me building my knowledge of interior design. While I can be an interior decorator without any certification, I’d much rather have more skills as an interior designer and be certified.
2. Use it or lose it. Focus on creating new decor with what I already have in my stash. Next time I feel the urge to shop, I can just head over to the closet in my office instead.
3. Cook more. I’m happy to report, I started this out last night by cooking a dinner for me and my honey. Shrimp fajitas, nom nom nom.
4. Be more discerning on my decor purchases: look twice, buy once. This is my adaptation of the “measure twice, cut once.” I have a tendency to accrue impulse buys that usually don’t end up being a good investment of my hard-earned money.
5. Create another blog series. I’ve already planned what it will consist of and am quite excited. Stay tuned as it will be very informative!
6. Start using Twitter. This is something I’ve been putting off because I know it will be an investment of my time. However, investments are called such for a reason…
7. Decorate a practical, yet appealing laundry room. I moved into a brand new apartment in December and now have my own washer and dryer. I was so excited the first day I did laundry here… but it would more exciting if the laundry room had some more pizzazz to it. That means a whole ‘nother place to decorate! 🙂
8. Try out a creative kitchen storage/display. In my new kitchen, space is a bit more limited than my last home. So far, I’m thinking pegboards à la Julia Child…
9. Continue building my web presence/branding. Tools like Facebook, Twitter, guest posts with fellow bloggers, etc.
10 Paint the walls. Another plus of my new home is that they allow us to paint the walls, as long as we prime then before moving. This is the first time I’ve been able to paint the walls of my home, so I’m pretty geeked!
How about you, do you have any creative resolutions for the new year? Do you like resolutions or just find them to be major pain in the rear? Did you accomplish what you wanted in 2013?