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2017

January 17, 2017
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7 is my favourite number and this year it is 2017 so I’m really hoping for the best this year and even though we are only 17 days in, so far it is looking pretty good. 2016 I slacked really hard and I think I wrote four posts? It wasn’t the great year and I didn’t leave myself much time to do things that I enjoyed. I worked a lot, I said yes to projects I wasn’t totally into and dragged myself to events I probably should have skipped. Because I didn’t know how to say no. This year I’m saying no. A lot. I talked about my plans for 2017 a bit in my last post but I wanted to go into more detail. I’m not making monthly goals or even yearly goals – this time I’m just making plans. These are the four things I PLAN to tackle in 2017. 

Focus on myself.  

It is January 17th (Happy birthday Mom and Uncle Mike) and so far I have been doing a pretty good job with this one. Last year I spent a lot of time doing things for other people that did not bring me any joy. I felt obligated to say yes to every request and ended up with little to no time for myself each week. This year I am changing that! I was not the happiest in 2016 and I think this had a lot to do with it. This is going to be as simple as taking one hour to myself before bed to read a book. Going for a walk. Taking a bath. Drinking an uninterrupted glass of wine. Something that I WANT to do WHEN I want to do it. So far I’ve managed to find time in weeks 1, 2 and 3 so GO EMILY! Still a lot of weeks to go but I’m on the right track right? 

Finish my house.  

I’ve owned my house since December 21st, 2015. I moved in at the end of March and since then I haven’t really done much. So over the holidays I hung a few lights and it made a huge difference. I want to continue to make my house feel like a home this year. Those plans include finishing my basement apartment so I can stop living pay check to pay check and actually afford life. Growing up sucks… a lot. I also want to hang photos on my walls, put up doors on my closets, make my bathroom prettier and finally change the sink in my kitchen. 

Travel.

In 2016 I went nowhere. In 2015 I went nowhere. Well I traveled to Toronto and Ottawa a few times but I didn’t experience anything new. In 2017 I plan on changing that. A few times. This week two of my girlfriends asked if anyone wanted to join them on an East Coast road trip and I said YES! I booked the time off of work and we are booking our flights to Halifax in a few days. Travel plans are already in the works and it is only January 17th. 

Create more.

Last year I really only created things when I was asked by someone. I didn’t do much for myself. I didn’t finish a single project for my house and I can’t remember the last time I knit something that was for me. Over the holidays I started knitting myself a blanket and I realized how happy it makes me to CREATE things so this year I plan on doing just that – creating to create. Not because someone asked me to. Another thing I want to do is teach myself to cook more meals. This is sort of creating right? I’m obsessed with smoothie bowls again and I’ve put together some pretty delicious ones. Maybe this year I will actually share a few recipes.

So those are my plans for 2017.  I’m not going to force myself to set goals but I am going to encourage myself to accomplish all of the things on this list and hopefully document them along the way. I’m also challenging myself to read 25 books this year but I’ll share more on that challenge in another post.

What are your plans for 2017? 

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The story of 2016

December 31, 2016
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I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to come back to this space but after a lot of time debating I finally decided that it was time. I loved blogging for a long time but in 2016 I took on way too much and my blog took a back seat. Far back. Like the back of the bus back. I should have known when I woke up on January 1st with Norwalk that 2016 was going to be lousy. But even then I couldn’t predict just how lousy it was going to be. Ten days into 2016 we lost my grandmother. Almost exactly 6 months after we lost my grandfather. I spent the majority of 2016 trying to throw myself into everything I could to keep myself distracted and somewhere along the way I lost sight of what was actually important to me. But thats in the past right? 2017 is a few hours away and I’m choosing to focus on the great things that happened in 2016…
 
The Highlights:
  • In 2015 I purchased my first house but it wasn’t until 2016 that I moved into my own house and made it a home.
  • We launched Our Crater and the first year has been a definite success. 
  • We hosted our first Our Crater event and it was crazy! It turned out better than we could have imagined and we are in the process of planning our second party. 
  • I joined the YPA Sudbury Board as the Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy. 
  • I was the Maker-in-residence at the Greater Sudbury Public Library and I got to teach some pretty great craft workshops. I’ve also been working on a community weave and it’s been a lot of fun.
  • I participated in my first (and then my second) craft market. 
  • I figured out how to adult (sort of) and pay all of my bills all by myself. This isn’t a fun highlight but still a highlight because HEY – I’m a real adult now! 
Although all of this was really great, it definitely kept my busy and I didn’t have as much time as I would like to work on my own projects or even set up my house. I’ve lived here for almost a year and it still doesn’t totally feel like home. I have doors un hung, light fixtures missing and not a thing on any of my walls. 
 
Every December 31st I am excited for the start of the new year but this year is definitley the most excited I have ever been. I have finally figured it out. Instead of making a long list of resolutions that I am unlikely to follow through with I’m making ONE – more time for Emily. I’ve made a list of all of the things I wanted to do in 2016 but never had the time for and this year I’m going to knock off as many as I can. If I were to participate in Ali Edwards one little word challenge – mine would be No. Does that count? This year I’m saying no to the things I don’t want to do, the things I feel obligated to say yes to but get no joy from and instead saying YES to the things that I want to do. 

Plans for 2017:

  • To focus on myself. Spend more time doing what makes me happy. Setting a goal to have at least one uninterrupted hour a week for me. 
  • Finish my house. Hang those doors, lights and pictures. 
  • Travel. I put all of my travel plans on hold for 2016 and I’m going stir crazy. In 2017 I plan to go on at least two big trips and a bunch of mini weekend get aways. Because in 2016 I think I left Sudbury a total of 4 times and all of those were to Toronto.
  • Create more.

Tonight I’m celebrating New Year’s Eve with a few of my favourite people and I could not be more excited to see what 2017 has in store!

 
Life

So I bought a house… Now what?

April 14, 2016
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As I mentioned here, here and here (I’m so exciting lately) I bought a house at the end of 2015. December 21st… 4 days before Christmas, I forked over a hefty down payment for a house I probably couldn’t afford. But I was determined (and naïve) and I made it happen! Go Emily!

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Currently, Life

2016 So Far

March 14, 2016
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The first two and a half months of 2016 have been spent attempting to get settled into my new house. Unfortunately, we had a few family events that had postponed the renovations and we are still in the process of moving in. I definitely didn’t think that nearly three months after getting the keys, I would STILL be camping out in my parent’s basement. Yet here we are – March 14th and I am currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a basement filled with boxes waiting to be moved… BUT we are close! Like days away from moving in close. We had planned to make the big move this past Saturday but I decided to buy a vanity from IKEA that does not fit with the plumping in our bathroom and now has to be cut and therefore we do not have a sink in our bathroom and who can get ready for work in the morning without a sink? Not I.

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Goals

February Goals

February 1, 2016
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In January I shared my goals for 2016 instead of monthly goals so instead of an update on my goals from last month, I’m going right into sharing my goals for this month (2016 is not the year of organization for me obviously)

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