2015: Checking Off the List

I'm a great list-maker. I love to write out lists of things to do, things to buy, things to wear, and of course things to accomplish. Every January I eagerly make another list, goals for the new year. However, for the past couple of years, the "checking off" step in the list-making process hasn't quite happened for most of those goals. I know I'm not the only one with this problem, but for 2015 I'm determined to do more than just start projects.

To go along with the "Never have I ever" theme for this month's The Circle linkup at In its Time, here are 5 things that I've never done but plan to do this year. 2015, I'm ready for you! 



1. Reupholster my dining room chairs. Right after we bought our house in 2010, I found an amazing dining room table and chairs at a garage sale, in near-perfect condition, for a steal. Over the years the cream-colored fabric of the chairs has gotten increasingly dingy. I'd love to recover them with a fun printed fabric (preferably one that will wear a little better than off-white). 

2. Take a photography course. I mentioned this one in my 2015 Goals post, and it's one that I'd really like to check off my list this year. (Surprise surprise, it's made an appearance on my January list multiple years in a row...) I'm thinking about this one from A Beautiful Mess. 

3. Create a media kit for Shea Lennon. I've been blogging for way to long (over 4 years!) not to have already done this. However, if I'm serious about wanting to grow my blog and possibly partner with brands, it's time to get on the ball. 

4. Find the perfect red lipstick. I do own red lipstick, but I rarely wear it because I'm not convinced that it's quite the right shade for me. But I'm 31 years old, it's about time I have a gorgeous red lip in my beauty arsenal dang it! 

5. Keep a current scrapbook of my family for the year. Current is the operative word. I've done a pretty terrible job so far of keeping a baby book up to date for Jona, unless you consider Instagram a baby book. Yeah, me neither. But this year I bought a Project Life binder and plan to fill it with each month's highlights and happenings. 

Check out other bloggers' Never Have I Ever lists at The Circle linkup at In its Time. 

17 comments:

  1. Good luck. These are all awesome goals! I was horrible at keeping up baby books for both kids. I think I got about 3 months in for Mimi and didn't even try for Ben. I wish I had been better about it. I love the idea of a family scrapbook!

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  2. It can be so hard to keep up with scrapbooking. It's really fun, but difficult for me too. I never thought about an online photography course but that seems like a great idea! :) I love ABM. I also want to reupholster chairs and my couch.. It seems pretty daunting though. : / Good luck this year! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  3. Those are great goals - I'm with you, I should really think about a media kit for my blog too as I'm also coming up on four years! And I really need to get a scrapbook going for my family too! I had every intention of doing one for Oliver's first year but it didn't quite happen.

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  4. Thanks! Yeah, baby books are hard! I kept a calendar for Jona's first year and planned to transfer information and put in pictures into his actual baby book and it just never happened. We'll see if I can do it this year...

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  5. I know, scrapbooking is something that I've always wanted to try to do but never manage to actually find time for. I'm hoping to do it, but simplify it a little. Thanks Alexandra!!

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  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't get a 1st year scrapbook done!! It's so hard to find time! The media kit is something I've wanted to do for a while but just haven't done...this is the year...hopefully! Thanks Beth!

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  7. I'm doing Project Life for the first time this year! I'm really excited about it. Although I plan on doing it monthly, not weekly. I love the idea of it because I love scrapbooking. I also have made Shutterfly books for the past few years, and I love those too.

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  8. I'm excited to do Project Life too (although I'm just doing monthly too...baby steps here). I've done a Shutterfly book which I also liked, but it took me forever to put it together. I thought it would be quick since it's all digital, but I was wrong!!

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  9. That is the truth. Those Shutterfly books take me forever and a day to make! It's crazy how long it takes. Still shorter than my old scrapbooking (Creative Memories back in the day), but yes. I think Project Life is the perfect mix of those two for me.

    *Amanda* | The Lady Okie Blog

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  10. You speak my language with these lists... being a list-maker can help a girl be productive, but I have tendencies to just make new lists instead of actually crossing things off the original one. These are 5 excellent goals though - definitely interested to see what you come up with for a media kit! Probably something I should have on my list. Still haven't done Hendrik's 1-year album either, which I intend to do each year for his birthday. Whoops. I did manage to order an album made up of Instagram photos though, so those are actually printed out! It's something, anyway... (And makes me think I really should get around to the real album, because he loves looking at the Instagram book photos so much.)

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  11. The media kit is a funny thing. I felt like the worst blogger in the world for not having one for the longest time. Then I finally buckled down and got to it. I think about once a year someone actually asks to see it. At which point I have to go through and make sure all the stats are up to date!

    Definitely take a photography class, once you have a basic understanding of how things work, you can start to get more creative.

    When you do the chairs, please share your process! That is the kind of project that has always intimidated me. Not that I have anything to reupholster at the moment. but I might if I felt it was something I could actually do...

    Chic on the Cheap

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  12. Great check list! I need to sit down and make one of these!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. Great 2015 list!
    Get yourself to a MAC counter/Sephora and grab a consultant to help you find the perfect red lip! I love blue-based reds because they make your smile look brighter. :)


    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  14. Yep, that's what I do too. Why does no one tell you that keeping up with/creating a one-year baby book will be next to IMPOSSIBLE?? They sell cute baby-books and albums to all these well-intentioned first time moms and we think, YES! I'm going to make a baby book documenting all the things from my kiddo's first year!! And then, well, we spend all our time trying to take care of the kid, house, job, etc. and the baby book doesn't happen. Oh well. Better late than never, right? And I LOVE the Instagram book idea, I may have to throw in the towel for the first year book and do something like that with Jona's baby pictures.

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  15. Oh that's interesting about the media kit--I thought people would request it from you left and right! I think it's probably a good thing to have, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who's late getting on that. Any tips on putting it together? (Or great resources, etc.)
    And I will definitely share the process for the chairs once I take the plunge. I'm a little intimidated to do it too, but I hear at least that it's not too difficult. We shall see... :)

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  16. Thanks Melanie! Well, I'm good at the list MAKING part, I just need to get on the DOING part. :)

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  17. Thanks Ashley! You know, that's exactly what I planned to do--head to Nordstrom and go to the MAC counter. I hear "Ruby Woo" is a really good red, and even if that doesn't work from the looks of things they have quite the selection of reds so surely I'll find something.

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