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A Beautiful Life: 12 Months of Goals

A Beautiful Life: 12 Months of Goals

Hey all you beautiful people!

I am starting something new for 2009 and I would love it if you joined me in whatever way you would like to.

Here is my plan: I am going to set twelve key word goals for living the kind of life I want in 2009.

I am talking simple stuff here (no 40 mile marathons, I’m not that disciplined!): Things like trying to add more beauty every day, create more ambience in my home, living a life of contentment, nurturing an attitude of gratitude in my family, incorporating goals for healthy living, focus on financial freedom, creating a welcoming home, organization, practicing regular solitude and quiet times — nothing too complicated or out of reach!

Each week at home I will incorporate as many of the goals to every day living as I can,  but will also focus intently on the particular goal for the month. My blog will continue with its regular content, but I’ll share ideas and inspiration for the 12 months of goals from time to time.

Because I had so much fun with Friday Holiday Linkies, I’d like to keep them in the new year. But instead of Holiday Linkies, they will be Beautiful Life Linkies. Every Friday there will be a Mr. Linky where you can link up posts showing how you are striving for the life you want at your own home.

Everyone may have different ways of making life beautiful at home, so it will be fun to be inspired each week by how you all are trying to savor the life you have. We can all go about this in any way that works for you. Or, feel free to just be inspired by others and not participate. Totally up to you.

Friday Linkies will be up each week so we can keep ourselves focused on the positive traits or goals we’ve set. And, by sharing our journeys together I think we can get to know each other better and be an inspiration to others. If you don’t have a blog you might want to set up a journal at home to record the positive steps you make each week.

Does this make sense? Remember, I am moving tomorrow so my brain is a bit fuzzy (shhh…don’t tell my hubby I am in here talking about living a beautiful life and not CLEANING with him, heee hee hee!).

I really want to start this year off fresh and focused on living a beautiful life. That doesn’t mean an expensive or perfect life, or setting unrealistic resolutions, just living a life that is intentional on finding contentment and beauty every day. So often in the rush of life we miss out on what is really important. This is my way to keep myself enjoying life everyday with no regrets.

A Beautiful Life: 12 Months of Goals

Here is the plan:

The first step will be setting 12 goals for living the life I want in 2009. I’ll share those with you (below) and you can either use mine or set your own or just enjoy the inspiration others will share.

The second step will be looking at the 12 goals and seeing how many I can fit into my week right from the very beginning of January, paying particular attention to the specific month goal as we go through the year. Little successes are all I am hoping for!

The third step if you want to follow along is to share the positive ways we are creating the life we want. We can link up posts through Mr. Linky or in the comments on Fridays. You can use my focus word or use your own.

The end result:

Hopefully by the end of 2009 we will have formed some new habits and feel all twelve goals were a regular part of our life.


Balanced Living

I think balanced living will set the right tone for the first month. It is usually the word I think about in January! I want to spend the month of January looking at my 12 goals and finding small ways to incorporate them right from the start. I think living a balanced life is really important and the key to being successful in all the other goals I will have.

Here is the complete list as it stands now!

January: Balanced Living
February: Ambience (finding beauty every day)
March: Organization
April: Solitude (regular quiet times)
May: Family
June: Healthy Living
July: Financial Freedom
August: Contentment
September: Routines
October: Hospitality
November: Gratitude
December: Giving

Looking forward to sharing 2009 with you all!

Our first Beautiful Life Linky will post on January 9! If any of this is confusing, I’ll try to clear it up by next week. Feel free to ask questions. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

photo: HGTV

Laundry Rooms

Laundry Rooms

Pretty laundry room inspiration!


Laundry Rooms


Laundry Rooms


Laundry Rooms


Laundry Rooms

Ta da! Introducing my new laundry room!

For the first time ever, I will have a real laundry room! I feel so grown up! It is not very big or fancy, but it is a real laundry room with a window! And a little closet! On the second floor right by all the bedrooms–not in the basement!

Just thought I’d give you a sneak peek and some inspiration photos…more to come soon little chickadees! Back to packing for me! Gah!

Laundry Rooms

UPDATE: See my Laundry Room Makeover here (and a sneak peek above!)