Every time the New Year comes around it really gets me motivated. I want to overhaul everything in the house, with Birch Landing Home, and my fitness goals and this year is no different.
I've decided to take most of January to focus on our home: it's time to do our yearly closet purge, deep clean all the carpets, and reorganize the dumping ground that our basement has become. While I haven't read the book myself yet, I have read a lot of articles on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I'd like to try to use these techniques to purge more unused items from our home. Though I can't make too many promises on this front.. I can be pretty sentimental about little things so we'll see how far I get.
I have big goals for Birch Landing Home too and I want to grow my Etsy shop and blog in many ways. I'm planning on expanding to more New England-inspired decor in the shop including signs, handmade boxes, and painted sap buckets (don't worry, we'll still have our signature hand-etched ornaments available). I'd also like to get our products carried at more local retailers too.
The blog will still be a mix of DIY projects, product reviews, and lessons learned as first-time parents but there will a be a stronger underlying New England vibe to it. I'd like to blog more about our favorite places to visit in NE as a family as well as showcase more great local products and makers (by the way, if you're a New England-based maker and want to collaborate this year please send me a message).
And then there's fitness goals.. every year I say I want to get back into running and while I did run a lot more this year than I have in a while, I still didn't get to where I want to be. So this year I want to make the push to finally run a half-marathon! For those of you who aren't familiar with my running backstory, I was training for a half-marathon about six years ago when I suffered a couple stress fractures, mostly due to a structural issue with my foot (which I now wear orthotics for).
We're hoping to expand our family again within the next year or two and so I feel this year will be my last chance to try for a half marathon again before I'm too pregnant or busy with a newborn to seriously run for awhile.
Whew, so those are my top goals for 2016! Wishing everyone lots of health, happiness, and success in the New Year - cheers!