30 December 2016

2016 In Review and Looking Ahead

2016 was a dramatic year, wasn't it? 

I'm counting down the hours until I can wake up to a fresh beginning and a brand new year. I've been counting the time in hours for a few months. Is that weird?

It was a very slow year at 58 Water Street, but plenty busy behind the scenes. I purposely took time off to consider where I want to go, the types of projects I want to tackle, and how I want to spend my time. In short, I felt confused. My favorite projects serve as a visual guide when I lose track of my own style. It is difficult to figure out where my style fits in the giant world of Pinterest, with so much beautiful influence. When I lose focus I revisit my own creations, and the projects that feel the most like my style. The goal is to transfer this aesthetic to our house, which has left me with an overwhelming sense of 'meh,' thanks to beige carpet, beige tile, and off-white trim.

Following Haven...

During the time I stepped away, I was able to clean up a number of literal and figurative messes that required my full attention. The new school year started days after I returned from Haven, and those precious hours in the empty house allowed me to deep clean and organize. The storage area in the basement, now about a third of the size of its former self, is finally organized, and it required three days and countless donation trips. A bedroom situation that needed tending to was finally resolved; I swear the kids switch beds and bedroom furniture like it's made of cardboard, no big deal. The powder room and master bedroom were painted and I got a head start on the design process for those rooms.

After Haven, which I barely mentioned attending here, I had a lot to think about. Some bloggers leave feeling energized, with a solid plan, and a tribe of blog BFFs to offer their support every step of the way. I left feeling conflicted, and I understand that is also very common. I met up with some of my favorite eclectic decor friends, and they are as lovely in person as they seem in blog life. My struggle is more about how to effectively share, how to find my place, and whether that is ultimately the best use of my time.

I decided to step away from the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest after co-hosting and judging for more than a year. It was an honor to be a part of this group, and I loved watching the various projects and different styles roll in each month. I value the friendships I made through the contest, and there are some serious rock star talented people who hosted and participated each month! Of course, I will continue to watch and cheer and share from over here.

The Plan for 2017...

In 2017 I have a number of projects planned for the house, some are simply for the fun of home projects, and some are necessary because the house needs to be updated and improved upon. I also plan to include smaller DIY posts, write about my adventures in travel, and share a few of our family's favorite vegetarian recipes.

I am that person who chooses a word or phrase to encapsulate my goal or hopes for the New Year. 

The phrase I've chosen for 2017 is Focus on Quality. I will not post for the sake of posting; I will not post fluff or filler. In life, I will focus on quality in every way. The common thread in all of the lists and brain dumps I've written over the last few weeks, tells me the fluff is making me tired and weary. So, I choose to refinish rather than buy new from the store, I choose family game night rather than separate rooms and electronic devices, I will have conversations with eye contact rather than staring at my Instagram feed, and I will spend with intent rather than mindlessly spending just to quiet and appease (the kids and myself). I have learned from rocky friendships and disappointing family dynamics over the last few weeks, that if it doesn't bring an ounce of happiness or positivity, it should be left in 2016.

And with that, I'm off to Detroit for the final hoorah of 2016, or the first hoorah of 2017, depending on how you look at it.

See you next year, friends.
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  1. LOVE your outlook and feel very much the same!!!! let's do this, 2017!

    1. Yes, I think you and I are on a very similar journey, Cassie!


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