Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Me?


Wow,  what a crazy wonderful year 2010 has been!  I’m kind of sad to see it end, to be honest with you. 

My friend Gail (My Repurposed Life) introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging when she started her own blog in July ‘09.  Until that point, I didn’t really know what a blog was!

My Repurposed Life

Then she asked if she could show some of my projects on her blog.  Sure, why not?

She even let me write a couple of the posts myself.

I was hooked!

So I started blogging myself last April, with lots of help from Gail.  (she was my very first follower too)

What a fun ride this has been!  I’ve met so many new friends along the way, and even met one in real life!  Deb, of Proper Prim came to see me, and it was one of those instant BFF things.  You just can’t predict when that will happen, and I’m so grateful it did.

Deb - closeup 008


For this brand new year, I have settled on a few resolutions of what I want to improve on or do this year. 



Top of the list? 

Meet Gail in real life! 

We have been best friends for 3 years now and have never met.  It’s time, don’t you think? 

Gail and Jamie


Next up?   To be a more regular blogger.  3 times a week at least is my goal.  Sometimes I have a hard time getting my act together and actually blogging!  I start posts nearly every day, then run out of time and never finish.  Perhaps if I kept them shorter….. ;)


Continue Work harder to use or clear out the junk I have collected from all my curb-shopping adventures.  I still have a rented storage space chock full of all my treasures.  That doesn’t even count what is in the garage, basement and house!  Does this mean I’ve quit curb shopping?  Nah, I’m just on hiatus, soon as I get my space under control I’ll be back at it, for sure!  I’m just doing some reverse curbshopping these days!




  Stop and smell the roses  peonies.  No, really.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my little projects and stuff I forget to enjoy the moment.  While projects are fun, so is spending time with my husband, family, and friends.  I need to remember to keep a balance in my life.  I just have to manage my priorities better.  Why I have friends I haven’t seen all year!  How does that happen?




Lose the procrastination habit. 

I had the best Christmas ever this year because I actually got ready a few days early.  That felt soooo good!  While I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those super organized get everything done ahead of time people, it would be great to at least reduce some of the stress of trying to do everything at the very last minute. 



Last but not least, get better about visiting your blogs on a more regular basis.  And commenting more, and of course replying to comments.  I must confess, I get so far behind sometimes I just give up!   I’ll do better this year, promise!


So there you have it, my New Year’s Resolutions. (I can’t believe I’m not including taking off all the pounds I put back on last year….)

How am I doing so far? 

For starters I managed to get all my Christmas stuff down and PUT AWAY (that’s a first for me) yesterday.  Why, I even went thru and set aside a whole box of decorations I don’t use anymore to go to the Salvation Army!


(and went to 3 parties this weekend, and got to 63% in my Stephen King book……)

Happy New Year!




  1. Sounds like a great list to me...I'm right there with you on the "balance" thing. Good luck to you...happy New Year :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  2. What a great year you had. I hope that 2011 is the best year yet for both of us! YES, we must meet irl sometime this year.
    My major resolution is to get control of the c-l-u-t-t-e-r in my life and home. We'll see!
    My Christmas decor is still up. I was busy this past weekend, although that's no excuse seeing that you were VERY busy and still got yours taken care of.
    I plan on taking the lights off the tree, so it's going to be quite a chore.

  3. hahaha... what a shock when I scrolled down... yes it has been an action packed year... funny, I had a dream last night we came to visit you but it was summertime... oh how I want summer back. Hopefully we will be able to get out and see you in the spring sometime. I really miss you and your posts.

    Yes, you absolutely have to meet Gail in person, I hope that happens for you this year for sure.

    Good girl, you are ahead of yourself and not stressing and running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

    I am so happy you had a nice Christmas and a great new years, so happy to see you went and had some fun.

    Take care my dear friend and I look forward to your tri-weekly posts.

    Have a great day sweetie.

    Hugs, Deb

  4. Great list and you can do it! I don't do resolutions but choose some goals and my number 1 goal is organization. I'm working on my Christmas decor and once that is done, on to the rest of the house. hugs, Linda

  5. Best wishes! And if you ever need to get rid of some of you junk - Interstate 80 is real close to my place in Iowa : ) (I'm so jealous of your stash!)

  6. That sounds like a list you can accomplish. I look forward to seeing posts from you.

  7. That's a great list and a few of those are exciting for us followers. I know I would enjoy more posts from you. Be careful, more posts might make it hard to keep up with number 4! Good luck!

  8. Great list Rose. I'm right beside you on all of them. Especially #5. How did you get to know Gail 3 years ago? That is so great, I hope you two get to meet. Looking forward to more posts from you. Did you know we both started blogging the same month?

  9. Those are some good resolutions, Rose. All very do-able. :) I need to adopt a few of those, myself.

  10. Great list...gonna hold you to it:-)
    Sounds to me like you are just like everybody else, so we all understand. I'm fighting my *projects* clutter and trying to keep my blogging head above water too! Happy New Year and can I see that donation box first, please? Vicki


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