Friday, January 3, 2014

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2013 is over. Thank fucking god.

Normally when people are all over Facebook talking about what a bad year it was, I've always been the optimist, thinking sure, there were some lows, but there were also some highs! For 2013, however, I am totally fine with saying that the year fucking sucked and I'm very glad to see it go. 

I know people are split on resolutions, with some thinking they are a waste of time, and some thinking that are a great chance for self-improvement. I'm going to try and take the latter route, because I want to end 2014 as an optimist again. So, in the immortal words of Aaliyah, we need a resolution. Or several.

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Personal Resolutions
  • I'm going to lump all the cheesy ones into their own bullet point - lose weight, eat more veggies, floss more.
  • Remember that comparison is the thief of joy. This is one I make and struggle with every year. Towards the end of last year, I just stopped blogging, stopped creating, stopped so much of my life because my art wasn't as good as other art, my blog was boring compared to all these great blogs out there, I felt just like a boring dud. But stopping didn't help anything, it just made things worse. 
  • Create once a week. Whether it's a full DIY or just a sketch or a painting or a diy manicure, just do something.
  • Grow my hair back out. Goodbye pixie! I do love the ease, but miss having the security blanket of a hair cape.
  • Keep up with music. Usually I am on top of every new release and the subsequent reviews, but I was a slacker in 2013 and spent most of it just listening to old Fleetwood Mac records instead.
  • READ. I'm not even setting a number of books to read, I just need to read more, because again, I was too busy feeling sorry for myself and listening to Fleetwood Mac in 2013 to get much reading done.
  • Go to a museum once a month. I only get to the museums about 5 or 6 times a year, which is insane because our museums are so good.
  • Learn how to use my camera. I have a nice DSLR but keep defaulting to my iPhone, just because I'm not comfortable with my DSLR at all, and always end up getting better iPhone shots.
  • Take at least 3 classes. Woodworking, painting, yoga, whatever. Just more learning! 
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Home Goals
  • Keep the house clean. I'm happier and more inspired in a clean space, for sure, even though my default state is naturally slovenly. 
  • Actually remember to change my Stendig over each month. 
  • Do something about my fucking horrid kitchen. Now that we've resigned the lease, it's time to make a change in there. (I talked about some options here, but now I'm rethinking that strategy all together!)
  • Buy a plant. Keep it alive.
  • Buy more fresh flowers. They are only $4 at Trader Joes and make me SO happy. 


Blog Goals
  • Blog More! Going back to what I mentioned up in the personal goals, towards the end of last year I just stopped blogging because nothing I made felt up to snuff, or I felt like no one comes here for personal posts, or various other self-created roadblocks to posting. So this year, posts may look a little different, they may not all be DIYs, but since this blog isn't really a career or a moneymaker, I figure it's okay to post what I like and stop worrying so much about if I'll lose followers or get a lot of pins from a post, etc etc. You know how when you have writer's block, you just need to start writing? I'm just going to start blogging.
  • Facelift - Things need an update around here, which I'm working on now! I had actually bought a whole other URL to change things completely, new name, new host, etc, but that process overwhelmed me, so for now I'll work with what I have! It's good to know I have that url secured if ever I need it though! (If you're reading this on a Reader, click through to see some of the updates!)
  • Actively engage! With you guys, and with other bloggers. I used to be better about replying to comments, but again, hard end of the year. I miss engaging with you guys! I also read so many blogs that are wonderful, and never tell the bloggers that. I love getting comments, so I don't know why I don't leave more comments too! 
  • Take more pictures. I've started taking Fujifilm Instax Mini portraits of friends and family, aiming for one a week, which I'll share here on the blog. 
  • Find a good groove. Find a design style I like and can achieve and stick with it. Find a photography style that works. Find a posting schedule that I can keep with. Just find a groove.

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40 comments:

  1. Good Morning Meg! Welcome back! I for one have missed your blog entries. In fact Radical Possibilities was and still is one of my inspirations to start blogging myself. Have wanted to for awhile but basically I'm scared as shit to do it. My kids bought be a domain name and a year of hosting to help get me off my ass and do it. Now I'm really overwhelmed just trying to figure it out. Reading your entry this morning has given me renewed enthusiasm so please hang in there, I need you as my cyber mentor. Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! That's so, so nice to hear. You should start blogging! It's a little scary, totally, but it's also really therapeutic and fun. You should just start by documenting your work on rehabbing furniture! I've mentioned it before, but Molly from almostmakesperfect.com has a shop of premade blog themes that would be the perfect jumping off point, since your kids were nice enough to get you a domain! DO IT DO IT DO IT

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  2. All I have to say about 2013 is WORD. Sayonara, suckers, don't let the door hit ya. And, really, I think resolutions are great, even if you only look back a year from now and say "Wow, I was such a goober for thinking that was really going to happen, and damn all that pasta was delicious." (ie, what I say every year to my "Lose 30 pounds" resolution)

    That being said, I LOVE reading your blog! Reading it is like hanging out with a cool new friend (or.. stranger...), and your DIY projects totally inspire me to get off of my ass and do something. (This past summer I made that picnic blanket you talked about and it was a hit at the bazillion free outdoor concerts we went to!)

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    1. lol if anything, resolutions at least make me feel like i haven't given up on *trying* to be better, aha even if i totally bomb nearly every year. at least I usually have a productive january haha

      thank you so much for reading, and for commenting! i'm so glad you're around, and i'd love to see the picnic blanket you made!

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  3. All I have to say about 2013 is WORD. Sayonara, suckers, don't let the door hit ya. And, really, I think resolutions are great, even if you only look back a year from now and say "Wow, I was such a goober for thinking that was really going to happen, and damn all that pasta was delicious." (ie, what I say every year to my "Lose 30 pounds" resolution)

    That being said, I LOVE reading your blog! Reading it is like hanging out with a cool new friend (or.. stranger...), and your DIY projects totally inspire me to get off of my ass and do something. (This past summer I made that picnic blanket you talked about and it was a hit at the bazillion free outdoor concerts we went to!)

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  4. Happy New Year! We are our own harshest critics so keeping doing what you're doing. I found your blog via the AT feature, and stayed because I love the content and realness even if I don't comment on ever post. So hooray for 2014! Also one of my "resolutions" is growing my pixie out. The day to day care is awesome but I'm freakin' tired of going to the salon ever 3-4 weeks (and my wallet is too). Take care!

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    1. YES thats the hard part is like, i love waking up and going in the morning, but hot damn man the regular haircuts are exhausting. i have an amazing stylist who gives me a great deal, but even still, its so much maintenance! haha but i never knew how healthy my hair could be before i got all these regular trims haha. can't i just be lazy AND spoiled??

      and thanks for reading, and sticking around :)

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  5. I like your resolutions. I too have been feeling so discouraged and in a big funk that I haven't even bothered trying to be creative. I had all these plans for things I wanted to try last fall to make for Christmas. I even bought all these craft supplies, but then I got sick and then I felt down in the dumps and I ended up not doing anything. It was like I was stuck in a rut. And I didn't want to try anymore because I would just mess up. Well, no more of that! I am determined to make this year better than the last. I want to stop feeling depressed and feeling blah... all the time. I want to just let go and let my creativity flow. I know it might not turn out well, but you know what, it'll me mine. And it'll mean that I actually tried. Perhaps if we get our creative juices flowing again, our creations will get better and better over the course of the year, just because we're using them, even when we don't feel like it. Whether it is writing, drawing, or some sort of DIY or craft project. Maybe just pouring out our thoughts and ideas will spark newer and better things.
    Anyway... sorry for blabbing. I really like your blog. It has inspired me to not hold back this year. Thank you for that!

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    1. UGH YES I BOUGHT SO MUCH XMAS STUFF AND NEVER EVEN TOOK IT OUT OF THE BAG. I just couldn't find the will / energy / creativity. I mean, i guess its there for next year (which i am counting on being super fucking awesome, because something has to balance out this year haha) but still! i'm glad im not the only one but im sorry you found yourself in the same rut!

      let's do this. lets just make shit, even if it sucks. and thanks for encouraging me to not hold back either <3

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  6. Meg, your writing is so good I would probably read about various ways to pick up dog poop if you were the one writing it. I love your DIYs and house stuff, and it's why I came in, but why I stayed is because you write like how I think- something a lot of home blogs can't do for me.
    tl;dr-- keep on keepin' on.

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    1. aw man, what a nice thing to say to someone. thanks so much, katie <3

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  7. I have a lot of the same goals. I put 'buy more fresh flowers" on my list too. I've pretty much accepted that I'm always going to be a plant killer though.
    -Miranda
    www.missmirandawritesblog.blogspot.com

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    1. lol idk why i cant just accept it. at this point its cruel and selfish of me to keep buying plants BUT WHAT IF ONE DAY I SUCCEED???*


      *i won't.

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  8. Ugh. FUCK 2013 is right. Our December was such damned volatile and a mess that I'm still sort of spinning from all the drama. BUT it is over and a new year and reading this post was so refreshing. I can't remember the last time I just WROTE on my blog, which for the past few years was my favorite thing to do. I've been letting emotional and physical exhaustion win at the end of the day and lord knows sitting in front of the TV can be healing but also life sucking.

    Thanks for such a great kickoff to the new year. Feeling inspired. :)

    xx,
    Eileen

    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

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    1. it's over! we're here! we made it out of the shithole that was december and now its january and we've got this, eileen. i'm looking forward to what you've got to show the world in 2014 <3

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  9. Ugh. FUCK 2013 is right. Our December was such damned volatile and a mess that I'm still sort of spinning from all the drama. BUT it is over and a new year and reading this post was so refreshing. I can't remember the last time I just WROTE on my blog, which for the past few years was my favorite thing to do. I've been letting emotional and physical exhaustion win at the end of the day and lord knows sitting in front of the TV can be healing but also life sucking.

    Thanks for such a great kickoff to the new year. Feeling inspired. :)

    xx,
    Eileen

    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

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  10. Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity. You're an inspiring bad ass chick. Happy new year duder.

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  11. Looking forward to more of your hilarious and inspiring posts. Following your blog makes me want to visit Chicago. Happy new year you bad ass chick

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    1. happy new year to you too, erica!! come to chicago, you won't regret it.

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  12. Keep writing. Your hilarious, foul mouthed descriptions of life in general is what brings us all to the yard. No one writes like you. Keep it up!

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    1. hahah don't you worry, 2014 may be happier but will be just as foul. xoxo

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  13. I miss your blog when you take your little breaks. Your DIYs are useful and do-able and your voice is real. Thanks for the inspirations and laughs over 2013! Seriously. If that was a bad year for you than your 2014 posts are sure to blow my mind (and possibly make me pee my pants).

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  14. This is one of the few blogs I really do check almost every day, and every post is like a present. Everything is real and beautiful and accessible - I am so sick of bloggers whose only job is to blog and every DIY they offer seem to take a crazy amount of time and absurd skill. I guess what I am trying to say is that I really appreciate the simple crafts and don't get down on yourself, you're awesome.

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    1. lol dont you worry, never will i have an abundance of time or skill :)

      thanks for reading and for the kind words daniela <3

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  15. Hi Meg!
    Happy new year!
    I love your new year's resolutions and I'm excited to hear more from you either diy, personal or whatever related.
    You feel like a cool I-wish-we-would-be-friends real person, and when I only have yhl and the like to read, I miss you.
    I never comment but I thought you deserve to know we appreciate you.
    Greetings from Spain!

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  16. Hi Meg, I have an idea for you...why not combine two of your resolutions into one and take my photo class at the Beverly Arts Center? I'll teach you how to use your DSLR, and you'll be taking a class, with me, your old high school art history teacher! Becky Healy (PS-Nikki told me about your blog, and I love it. Please fire it up again in 2014! I laugh and get great ideas every time I visit.)

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  17. One suggestion I have for the DSLR learnin' is to find a friend who knows something about cameras and ask them to teach you some basic stuff. Shutter speed, aperture/f-stop, ISO (or whatever settings you don't really know yet). Doesn't have to be an expert, but walk around together one afternoon and take photos. Don't worry about understanding the mechanics behind everything, just know what sort of change you need to make for more light, less blur, etc. Aperture-priority mode could be useful - you change how much depth of field you have, and the camera adjusts the shutter speed automatically. Hopefully you'll get a little more used to the manual settings, but then you need to take a TON of photos every day to really get comfortable.

    This is what I did a few months ago, and I'm no expert, but I almost never go back to auto now. Most days at work I spend my lunch walking around taking photos. I then delete most of them later, but the experience helps.

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  18. your blog is a relatively new find for me, but i have totally gone back and read through all the posts, and follow you on instagram too. thanks for being a real person, not a blog-zombie with an impossibly chipper tone. you feel like a friend (is that creepy? ...yes). also, bikini kill rocks.

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  19. Woot! Woot! for new beginnings! Happy New Year to you! Loving the new look of the blog so far. Can't wait to see what you're getting up to in 2014! (Resolution suggestion: entitle all posts with hilarious homages to Arrested Development. Eh eh? You're starting out pretty strong!)

    Xoxo,

    The ladies over at Foxtail + Moss
    www.foxtailandmoss.com

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  20. I can tooootally relate to "comparison is the thief of joy" whether it's from pinterest or instagram, sometimes I get down on myself because my life isn't fit for a magazine shoot at all times and all my furniture doesn't match. And I also told myself I'd buy more fresh flowers from Trader Joe's! There's just something about fresh flowers in the house that makes you feel good. Best of luck in 2014, I enjoy reading your blog! :)

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  21. Hells yeah, baby girl! Keep it up and welcome back. You have readers that are going through the same things. You are NOT alone out here!

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  22. Hells yeah, baby girl! Keep it up and welcome back! You have readers who are going through similar things even though we don't always let you know. You are not alone out here!

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  23. I think one of my New Years Resolutions should be to comment more on blogs that I like. I love reading your blog and seeing what you've done. I'm also super psyched because you live in Chicago, so what you do and find is totally real to me. I can find it too!!!

    I can't wait to see what you're up to this year. This year will definitely be super crazy awesome and better than last.

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  24. You are being too hard on yourself, I think. You have a unique voice, an enormous amount of creativity and yours is a blog I always look forward to reading. Nothing wrong with wanting to be a bit better, but you're already pretty damn good.

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  25. I've lost interest in a lot of creative blogs but yours I'll definitely be hanging on to in the new year . I never feel like I'm being droned at by a perky robot with infinite money and no originality. Your projects are fun and inspiring, even the ones that don't work out. (pretty sure your lobster wall hand me on the floor) I hope this new year is exceptional for you.
    looking forward to the new posts!

    ps your blog actually makes me want to move to Chicago

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  26. Hi Honey,
    I am a much older woman and I love your blog! In fact, my son lives in an apartment in Chicago while I am in the frozen Motor City. I think your Chicago posts first attracted me, but your sensibility brought me back. Your point of view is fresh and unique and accessible. You are a wonderful, albeit salty, writer! Please stay with it and with us. I just know that 2014 is going to bring you wonderful things.
    Motor City M

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  27. Hey Meg, I found your blog through your apartment therapy deal last year and have been reading ever since! I am not a crafty person but I do desire to make more things because it seems cheaper and cooler to be able to make stuff rather than buying whatever it is for a million dollars. While I haven't actually gotten around to make anything (aside from your pumpkin puppy chow YUM) from your blog yet, I check it almost every day because your style of craftiness makes me think that I can make stuff if I really want to. You are talented and can draw and are creative in ways that I am not- but the way you write about your endeavors and show your "failures" makes the whole crafty thing way more approachable. Also you are hilarious. Also your dog is cute. And I am a TOTAL sucker for personal posts :D So thank you and happy new year!

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  29. It's like you read my mind. My 2013 Stendig is still on the wall. I got a fancy pants camera for my birthday and leave it in auto 90% of the time because I don't want to mess up. I listened solely to Fleetwood Mac and Haim the entire year. And though "comparison is the thief of joy" was at the top of my 2013 resolutions... I sure did a lot of comparing and it didn't make me very happy. I vow to do better at all of these things in 2014!

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