Thursday, January 5, 2012

How To Do It All in 2012 ?

Wow!  It's been a long time since my last post.  As I reflect on the past year, I can only say that it has been overwhelming.  I continue to work a full time retail job, (and if you have ever worked retail, you know how exhausting it can be), I started my booth at the antique mall, and sent my daughter 850 miles away to college.  I had no idea how much time the booth would require or how much fun it would really be. But, I had hoped it would give me more material for blogging, instead of keeping me from blogging.  And I miss doing projects in my own home.

I dream of one day not doing the retail thing, so I am going to keep trying to do it all.  How?  I have no idea.  Right now my new motivation is "baby steps".  I have been wanting to repaint my kitchen and great room for some time, but I just can't start because I know how much time and effort it is going to take.  "Baby Steps".  I will just look at it as one wall to get done.  I can paint one wall, right?  Right.  I won't worry how long it takes to get to the next wall.  And I really, really want to grow my blog.  But instead of saying I need to post everyday, why not just try for once a week?  That's an achievable goal ( I hope).

All that being said, I took a baby step.  I have been wanting to replace the desk in my kitchen with a piece of furniture. A cupboard finally showed up on Craigslist and I bought it.  It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it will work until I find something else.  Here is my kitchen desk before.

Since we have a home office, it was not being used and I'm moving away from those colors.  The hutch pictured at the top of the page has always been one of my favorites and it was a perfect fit for the desk area.  So I moved it over and put the cupboard in its spot.  Here is what I was left with.

No turning back now!  The walls will have to be painted.  I hope to show you a pretty "after" soon.

So...with a fresh new year as inspiration, I will continue to take "baby steps" to achieve my dreams.   Good luck to all of you in this new year.



  1. Oh what a great idea. I can do Baby Steps, but big projects seem to stop me in my tracks. Good luck, I am rooting for you. Hugs, Marty

  2. We sound so much a like. I work retail too and I have a booth as well. These last couple of months have been exhausting! I also dream of not doing retail one day.....except for my booth. I've been in retail since I was 15 and I am now 45. I'm getting ready for a change.

    I have also been remodeling my old house in baby steps. I just take my time and never run out of projects!

    Love your blog!

    Lee Laurie

  3. I love that. It is so inviting. I want to go up to it and touch all the pretty little things. So sweet. Love your blog. Deb=^..^=x4

  4. Baby steps is good, Janet! I do know about retail, my hubby is in retail and I hardly saw him for the months of November and December. Since we moved, I'm not working, so that has given me plenty of time to do some projects and ponder new ones for this year. Happy New Year! Glad to see you post!

  5. Baby steps is a great mantra for a lot of us I think! Me at any rate. Lovely blog, I'm following along now. Deb

  6. Baby steps. Great concept. Taking big steps takes a lot. We can all move forward in baby steps. Love your decor.

    - The Tablescaper