Sunday, April 29, 2012

List :: Resolutions, Revisited

One-third of the year is over, so I thought it'd be helpful to go back and look at my list of 12 goals for 2012. If you missed the post (or don't feel like squinting at my handwriting) here they are again, along with updates on my progress. Some items are similar to those on my new 25 before 26 list, but nothing's wrong with a little reinforcement!

1) Start a novel. This hasn't happened yet. I have plenty of ideas, but it's hard for me to sit down and begin a big project like this. Although once I start, I know I won't stop! Maybe that's my fear.

2) Complete a scrapbook. I haven't started this, either. I need to get photos printed and take a trip to Michael's for supplies. I used to scrap all the time as a teen, but adult priorities have gotten in the way over the years. I've been documenting my life through cameras since I was seven years old, and I miss the days when photos were for my pleasure only. Of course I love sharing my life with the world (or else I wouldn't be doing this) but sometimes I catch myself taking photos strictly for the blog instead of for myself. That, however, is for another post.

3) Remix more often. I don't shop nearly as often as I used to, which has made remixing a breeze. And as the weather changes, I'm delving deeper into my closet and making combinations with pieces I haven't worn together before. Have you gone shopping in your own closet lately? If not, try it! I'm sure you'll find items you forgot about.

4) Create a new blog layout. I've been tweaking my blog for the past couple months. The layout isn't 100% new, but I'm happy with the way it looks right now. I added a border, changed the header, and switched up the way I present my features. What do you guys think?

5) Cook dinner. This has been one of my favorite resolutions to explore! You should know by now that, as much as I love eating, cooking has never been my thing. However, setting this goal in stone has made me a changed woman. I actually look forward to making a good meal for myself at the end of the day -- it's become therapeutic. And since I'm only cooking for me, I have plenty of leftovers! Keeping a well-stocked kitchen has been a huge help with this. I try to go on a big shopping trip every Sunday.

6) Take it slow. I'm an on-the-go gal, but I'm getting better at taking things one step at a time and focusing on the moment. I've been compartmentalizing my thoughts -- only thinking about work at work, about blogging when blogging, and about friends while with friends. We can only multitask so much, so why think about things at the times when we can't do anything about them?

7) Get an iPhone, a Fiat 500, a new apartment (by myself), and a dog (in that order). On the contrary, I'd like to replace this one with 'be smarter about spending.' I could probably afford one or two of these things right now, but instead of using my money for something new, I'm paying off the debt I already have. For six months last year, I was only working part-time, and it's impossible to pay bills that way in LA! It's going to take awhile to catch up, but I'm finally on the right track. I don't want to mess that up just because I want material things (though it'd be nice to have a cuddle buddy).

8) Visit San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, New York, and (of course) Michigan. I have an aunt near San Fran, a cousin in Austin, and my parents in MI. It's time, not money, that has kept me from visiting these places; I need both for the other two. Though it's not on this list, I did go to Myrtle Beach, which I posted about in detail.

9) Be on top of the little (but important) things. I'm proud of myself for recently visiting the doctor for a check-up, the first time in over a year! Next up is the dentist. Yikes! Wish me luck.

10) Re-open my shop, making it bigger and better. I'm actually not sure if this is something I still want to do. For those of you who don't know, I had an on-line shop for a few months last year. It was fun and I got rid of some unwanted items, but it cost me too much time and money! I'm not sure if it would be worth doing again... thoughts?

11) Always forgive, never forget, and stay positive. This is something I work towards every day. Even though I've been hurt time and again, focusing on those instances only hurts me more. Some days are harder than others, but I like to believe that I'm building character and becoming a better person as a result. I have much to be grateful for, and I try to concentrate on that!

12) Make time for me. I'm a busy lady, and in the past, it was hard for me to take a moment to myself. Now, I make sure that I have at least an hour at the end of each day to unwind. I used to think that I didn't have time for this, when in actuality I just wasn't using my time wisely. It sounds silly, but something as simple as cutting out Facebook has allowed me more time for me. Instead of zoning out while clicking through party photos of people I barely know, I've been reading books and even writing in a journal -- yes, by hand! Do you have any time-wasters that you need to rid your life of? Think about it -- there might be something keeping you from focusing on you.


  1. I love your updated resolutions! It's so hard to fit everything in and the big things are very hard to achieve. I've been wanting to move to a larger home for years and years, but it's so difficult to even start looking for places to rent. I know well get there eventually, but sometimes I feel stuck. It's good to see what has been accomplished though, which is why your list is so nice. Good work!

  2. Awesome post. Makes me want to sit down and write all the things I want/need to do. I love scrape-booking and I haven't done it lately either but I promised myself that I will this summer. I also would love a bulldog but I need to wait until I am out of college and can give it the love it deserves. Very inspirational even if it wasnt intended to be.
    Carlee J

  3. About the novel...maybe this article will help you start. I originally saw it through Gala Darling's weekly link-up. And this is really a wonderful list. Do you have someone holding you accountable? Ahhh and making dinner, it's great isn't it!

  4. it feels as if you're writing about me! haha, most of these resolutions could be put on my list, too. it's always good to revisite them half way, and see if you're where you planned / want to be :) i've been thinking about my resolutions a lot lately, and your post is very inspiring! i don't see me buying one in the near future, but gosh, aren't fiat 500 the cutest cars? and i love your blog layout, i think it looks great!
    xo, cheyenne

  5. I love so many of these, where do I begin? I am so proud of you; you are so awesome. And you are not only a wonderful, but also very wise young woman.

    Love, Mama

    PS You could also go visit Monica in CO.

  6. It's so nice to see that you are keeping up with your resolutions! I am not much of a cook either, so when I eat at home (which is quite often) it always ends up being breakfast food, rice, pasta or grilled cheese. Not a very refined palette. haha. Getting a little more ambitious in the kitchen is definitely something I would like to work on.

    Also, I'm not sure how we didn't know that we were both April babies! That seems like something we should have celebrated ;) Hope you had a great birthday!

  7. These are all great resolutions! I want to write a novel as well but like you, I am hesitant to start writing because I know that once I do, I will not stop for anything! I am also trying to learn a little bit about what to do after the novel is written.

    I use to scrapbook but now it is just too much work for me. I have found that getting books printed is faster and I can still leave places to glue or tape in things if I need to. I use the same pro service that I use for my clients but Snapfish is awesome, too. =)

    Cooking...I'm just like you. I love food but I normally would prefer not to cook. Luckily my husband loves to cook and does it about four times a week so that really helps.

    I have cut back on facebook a lot and it has made a huge difference with how much I get done. I need to get the balls to just get rid of it completely! I feel like if I do I will miss out on something but if I am not checking it a lot, it shouldn't matter anyway, right?

    Great post! It has definitely made me want to go back to my list and make sure I am working on things!

  8. 1. Visit OHIO!

    2. I'm so glad you're being smart about paying off your debt. It will feel so much better to have that weight removed and those new purchases will feel better too!

    3. I vote yes for the shop...because you are someone who is aware that not everyone is a size S, and I appreciate that...because you have really great taste that falls outside of what is current in fashion blogs...because I think it could really compliment what you're doing. BUT, BUT, BUT...if your goal is to make a living as a writer, then I don't know how a fashion shop fits in with that goal. Also, if you don't make enough money for the effort put in (and you are very busy), then it is not worth it.

  9. wow - 1/3 of the year over?! Considering there is much time to go you're doing well with your resolutions and most importantly seeing how when in practice they might need to be revamped a is a process! Like the layout...and only do things if they make your heart feel free (your shop, etc.)

  10. This is an excellent list of goals. I think they all mean something rather being a frivolous list for the sake of writing a list. I think 11 is my favourite, and one I want to apply to my own life the most!

    Emily Jane xo

  11. Nice list!

    I was wondering what happened to your shop, actually! Bummer that it cost you too much money... and I totally understand the time thing. Wondering if you could find a way to have a different host that doesn't cost anything, or costs a lot less? Were you using Store Envy before?

    Since I've gotten into graphic design, I've been tweaking the layout of my blog little by little, too, but still trying to keep it "me". I really like the layout of your blog. It's simple but seems really "you" from what I gather from reading it. Also, not too cluttered!

    The iPhone is on my list of things to get this year, too! :)

  12. I love the honest check-in! It is great to see where you are at and how your priorities have changed.

    Lukus and I made it a priority to get out of debt over the last two years (even student loans!!!), we were lucky enough to leave LA debt free----- such an amazing feeling (even if it meant we also had to pass on a pet!)

  13. I like your layout, man. I'm like, never satisfied with mine and I'm constantly changing something.


  14. Lurker coming out of hiding here! I really enjoyed the honest outlook in this post and as a fellow artsy-fartsy-in-debt-LA livin'-lady i can relate to more than a few of your goals.
    I too, had the urge to start scrapbooking and I seriously fell in love with Smash books. here's the unnecessarily motivating video for the product line:
    each book is something like 14 bucks and you can use those handy michael's 40% off coupon. super budget friendly and no-nonsense.

  15. I think it's always a smart idea to reflect back and see your progress ... evaluate what you need or want to do more of. I love to cook, but have been quite busy lately and want to start having dinners with friends like I used to. I also want to do more travelling for pleasure and not business this year. Great list. :)

  16. I'm over from Skunkboy's Blog and i love this post!
    For the scrap booking thing I'd suggest checking out a Smash* Book. Its taken the pressure out of scrap booking for me! I don't feel like I have to plan out a whole lay out, I can just glue things in and go!

  17. LOVE this post! I did 52 things to do in 52 weeks in 2011, meaning I do at least one thing I've wanted to do once a week. It wasnt always easy to fit the time in but a lot of my sweet little goals were things like "bake a cheesecake" or "visit my little sister at university". Sweet, loving life goals like that!

  18. stopping by from Skunkboy's blog! Love your blog!

  19. Love the Ad giveaway very thoughtful. I am stopping by to be entered.

  20. You're so fun! I'm so excited about your ad giveaway and excited to get caught up on your blog. you're gorgeous !!

  21. Hey-
    I just learned about your blog through the skunk oh relatives post about your ad giveaway.
    I'm so glad I checked it out, you have a really great voice that makes me want to keep reading, plus I feel that as a 25yr old blogger we have something in common. When is your birthday?
    Anyway, please stop by my blog and check it out, and I woul love the opportunity to be entered in your giveaway.

  22. What a great idea, I often set resolutions but don't follow through, I think we're all guilty of that.Rx

    PS- please enter me for a lovely add.

  23. Hey Stephanie,

    Just found your blog via Skunk Boy and will be following you on Facebook and Bloglovin. Looking forward to reading more. :)

  24. Haha love lists!
    Found you via Skunkboy too!
    Would love to enter too!


  25. I always tell myself that I am going to make lists of things to accomplish and then never do. Serious lack of commitment here. lol. Good luck crossing things off your list!

    I found your blog via Skunkboy and would love to be entered!

  26. Came over from Skunkboy(:
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae

  27. Hi Stephanie! I saw your post on Katie's blog.

    I feel the same way about taking the time to slow down. I am also on to the next thing and not living in the moment. I'm great at multitasking but sometimes you just need to relax and focus on being in the moment.

    It's also awesome that you moved to LA. That's quite a great step! I'm going to go back through your archives and read some more. Cheers!

  28. Hopped over from Skunkboy. Really enjoyed reading through your goals and your progress! I'm attempting to cook better meals for us too. Yours made me hungry! :D
    Catherine Denton

  29. What a lovely post! Your goals sound wonderful and I love the fact that you're giving yourself room to see if they actually still apply or not.

    Good luck with the remaining ones!

  30. I saw your post on Skunkboy, my blog is still small and an ad would really help.

    I think cooking more is a great goal. I'm always so surprised when people don't cook much, because I love eating and to me that mostly means cooking.

  31. stopping by from skunkboy creatures, stephanie. you are beautiful! oh my! so pretty.

  32. Stopping by from Skunkboy Creatures for the giveaway. :]
    xx. Jillian

  33. Hey, I would love to participate in your giveaway from Skunkboy Creatures.


  34. i deleted my facebook about 5 months ago and never looked back. i hear ya!

  35. What a great list. I love making lists, but my issue is I never actually go back and revisit them like you are doing! (Usually they are written on the back of a receipt, a napkin, etc, and get lost before I can do much with them!

    Anyway, just want to stop by and say hello! I saw you over on Skunkboy today and would love a chance to win an ad space on your blog! Crossing my fingers :)
    xo Hannah

  36. Skunkboy sent me your way and I'm so glad she did!!

  37. I came over from Skunkboy and I'm so glad I did! I love your blog, and your goals are great! Keep it up. ;>

  38. I also came over from Skunkboy and have really been enjoying looking at your blog!

    I love lists like this; am fascinated and inspired by seeing others' lists.

  39. Yum! The food in the second pic looks delish! I came over from Skunkboy.

  40. I absolutely love Fiat 500s!! They're my new obsession. I know it's something material and can always wait until more financially secure, but it's still in the back of the mind. I really should start making more lists to adhere to. Maybe my life would feel like it has more direction than it does... Keep it up!

  41. Great post and very happy to have found you via Skunkboy! I really need to re-examine my goals list from this year. I need to see where I'm at and change up goals that have definitely changed.

  42. Stopping by from Skunkboy! Love your blog, and great pictures!


  43. Popping by from Skunkboy! :)

  44. I totally agree on the Facebook thing, it has lost its luster to me. And get that debt paid off girl. I'm working on the same thing. I've got to get free from the man he's getting me down. Your on the right track for sure. Keep it up.

  45. Hi Stephanie, just found you via Sunkboy but can I just stop for a sec to tell you how freakin cut you are! I am new to the blogoshere and really trying to meet new like minded individuals! I am excited to read more and get to know you better. Being very LOUD seems to be something we have in common! Thanks for the opportunity to win a large ad space! Please stop by and check me out over at Searching for Something!!! Xoxo

  46. hi my name is jes and i found your blog via skunk boy and i'm really glad i did because if we met in the street we would totally get along! i look forward to continue reading your blog and if you want to check out mine its from the land of whimsy have a lovely day

  47. Hello! Over here from Skunkboy - loving your look, by the way! x

  48. Hi! I came over from Skunkboy & am glad I did! I'm another Michigander- but I'm happy to say that I'm still here. :)

    Loving your blog so far & am off to check it out some more!

  49. Hi there from the Skunkboy :-) Following you on bloglovin now :-)

  50. Greetings from Skunkboy, following you now, and SUPER excited to *meet* you -- I'm in Los Angeles, too -- welcome! :) xx Emily @ annadelorse |

  51. I really need to revisit my resolutions. They are fading fast! I love yours- very adult yet fun.

  52. Love your list doll!! Very inspiring and makes me want to start one of my own. :)


  53. I guess this is where I let you know that I am entering your giveaway?! And you should oh so get that apartment by yourself! It was one of the best things I ever did in my adult life! I've never had a roommate- a live in boyfriend- but, yeah, I got rid of those heavy baggages and living on my own (before being married) was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and my peace of mind! -Jessica


  54. this list is really good. i didn't do one this year but i guess i need to be brave enough to make big decisions. that would be mine.

  55. Such a great list!

    #3 I so need to do this.
    #4 I so need to do this.
    #7 iPhone: You so need to do this.
    #13 You so can do ALL of this!

    That was the worst murder of the English language, but you get my drift. And San Diego...gorge. Get to Coronado.

    Happy weekend, honey!

  56. It is a good idea to reflect! I need to do this!
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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