It’s January friends. The month that we enter into with the loftiest of intentions and the highest of aspirations. Much like the month of March, which comes in like a lion, we enter January like a raging bull. Our heads high, our gym memberships paid in full, our new calorie tracking app geared up and ready to register all those chia seeds and kale we’ll be ingesting. Ahhhh, the smell of optimism is in the air.
Until…about January 20th or so. Then, the smell of optimism is extinguished when you realize that it’s not optimism you’re sniffing at the gym. It’s body odor. And you don’t like that smell. Therefore, we’re cutting that whole experience out. Gross. Who wants to hang out in a place that smells like a 14 year old boys’ sock drawer?
It’s about that same time that you will also realize that chia seeds are, in fact, absolutely disgusting. And regardless of any superpowers they may in fact have, you’d rather go back to eating Fritos. What? They’re gluten-free?
By the time February rolls into town, we are raging bulls no longer. We’re more like Bassett Hounds. And I’m ok with that. Given the choice between hanging out with a raging bull or a Bassett Hound, I doubt there are many of us that will be choosing the former over the latter. Hell, I’d even do that race they do in Pamplona every year if I were only being chased by a herd of Bassett Hounds.
But since it’s still early January, and I’m still drinking the Kool-Aid from my half-full glass, we’re gonna throw caution to the wind and set some
ridiculous inspired, unobtainable world-altering goals for our home in the year to come. *This post contains affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy HERE.*
Goal #1: Finish our Daughter’s Room
This item has been on the docket since we moved into this house in 2012. I’ve had some form of a plan in mind for a while, and I’ve posted about it before, but it just isn’t coming together quite right, so it remains partially done. Part of the problem is that I ADORED our daughter’s room in our last home. It came together just how I wanted. So now, I feel like a 3’2″ squirt who is running headlong at a high jump bar that’s set about 10′ in the air. I set that darn bar way higher than I can clear. Regardless, this project is far overdue, so we’re gonna push through!
Goal #2: Do SOMETHING with our Formal Living Room
This room is on the list, but in all honesty, I’m already hedging my bets here. I have NO idea what to do with this space. The picture above was from the real estate listing when we bought the house. Right now, it looks MUCH worse than that. It’s pretty much a total @#it-storm. A catch-all for toys, the guinea pig habitat, home for 18 train sets, craft supplies, you name it. There is no rhyme, reason, form or function in this space. Soooo…we’ll see , whether it be a full, brilliant makeover, or perhaps I’ll just vacuum it for once, SOMETHING will be accomplished (maybe).
Goal #3: Install new windows in our family room
Chances are, this will absolutely not happen. Thanks to this fun-suck called a B.U.D.G.E.T. But in the spirit of optimism, we’ll throw this into the mix. We have this great fireplace in our family room. The room we put the faux beams in this past year. I feel like that fireplace is begging to be flanked by two giant windows and some little window benches below them maybe? What do you think? I know. This is aiming high. But I feel happier when I’m not altogether realistic.
Goal #4: Help our parents remodel their master bathroom
I love to remodel spaces. But I love it EVEN MORE when I’m not paying for it!! We’re going to help my in-laws renovate their master bedroom this year. And this project is so deserved. My mother-in-law, bless her heart as my southern friends would say, she is such a saint. Raised six wonderful kids…all of whom are incredibly kind, fantastic humans. She’s very modest and humble and the list of her virtues could go on for miles. So, she’s going to get an updated bathroom and possibly even closet space as well, and I can’t wait to help them put it all together. Hubs already helped my father-in-law with the demo, and Mom and I shopped for tile (spoiler alert: I think we’re gonna go with THIS tile), so we’re moving along swimmingly with this project already.
Goal #5: Create and organize some sort of home office space, somewhere, somehow
I have no idea how this will happen or where, but I believe in magic.
Goal #6: Finish our basement remodel
CAREFUL! This image may hurt…
I give you…our basement! Now I know there are some wood panel lovers out there. Let it be known RIGHT NOW that we WILL NOT, I repeat WILL NOT be leaving this on our walls, no matter how you wood-lovers will moan and groan. It will be salvaged, of course, but it will not be gracing this space any longer. I’m gonna feel like William Wallace/Mel Gibson in Braveheart yelling “FREEDOM” as I yield my sledgehammer down here. Oh yeah, IT’S ON.
Goal #7: Exercise more and eat healthier
Just kidding. This is an insane goal. Who would even attempt such atrocities?
So that’s it folks! The sky is the limit here at the Nest! If you’re ever in town, stop by. We’ll give you a sledge hammer to wield and fill you up with lots of kale and chia seeds while you’re around. Something tells me we’ll have a lot of extras of that fare round here in T-minus about 7 days and counting! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!