Looking ahead

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I’m a to-do list type person. I’m not saying that I always accomplish what is on my to-do list, but I definitely seem to enjoy jotting items down on tiny scraps of paper, losing those scraps of paper, and then driving myself nuts trying to remember what I wrote down on my old to-do list so that I can re-write it down on my new to-do list. Yes, I’m crazy.

The hubs gave me a tablet for xmas and I have been scribbling furiously the past few days, noting all the things I want to do this year. Most are boring business-focused goals (anyone interested in reading about SEO analysis? Anyone? Anyone?) But the others seemed to fall under a corny tagline that has been floating around in my head as my theme for this year: live better.

So in case I lose my scraps of paper (or somehow delete the files on my notebook), here are just a few things I hope to accomplish in living better this year.

  • plan weekly dates with the hubs
  • volunteer at an animal shelter
  • photograph a starry night
  • throw a dinner party in the woods behind our house
  • wear lipstick (I’m pretty hopeless in this department. I don’t even brush my hair)
  • paint our kitchen
  • keep an ongoing sketch/process book

The last goal will most likely take place on this blog, which was a result of last year’s goal to start blogging again. I started blogging back in college (so a really long time ago), then more seriously when I moved to SF as a way of documenting my (mis)adventures in a new city. I burned out, got tired of myself, and my blog and went on hiatus for a long time.

Last year I decided to approach blogging as a way to document our newlywed life — the bigger moments and the quieter ones. It was a way to force myself to do something with my photos other than store them on a backup hard drive, and a way for me to push myself to get in the daily practice of photography, because that’s the only way I really know how to get better at something.

This year, I hope to expand on this blog by creating more sketchbook-like posts, from things that inspire me, to daily photos, to behind-the-scenes photo shoots, to our ongoing home improvement projects, and of course lots and lots and lots of food posts.

Because *some* day I’m going to finally put our cookbook of family recipes together…

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  • Kevin
    January 9, 2013 at 10:05 am

    …and oodles of cat porn.

    Keeping good thoughts…

  • veronika
    January 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

    that doesn’t sound quite right.

  • Kevin
    January 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    They’re always tastefully done.

    Keeping good thoughts…

  • colleen
    November 15, 2014 at 6:36 am


    Love your blog (especially this list page!), If writing lists makes you “crazy” then I must be crazy too. 🙂

    I am just getting started in 3 online businesses. Actually, one of them I’ve been doing for a while – sharing the best pet food, treats and supplements etc. I’ve ever come across. So naturally I had to visit your kitties page. They look well loved. 🙂

    So I’m giving this blogging idea a try here at Weebly. That is how I ended up on your blog. They give your as an example of what TO DO! I can see why, it is awesome! Looks like you have been doing this quite some time! (okay, I just read that too)

    Good luck with your photography (you look pretty good to me!) your newlywed life, your blogging and kitties and gardening and recipes! I like to cook too, but rarely follow a recipe (mostly because I never have those exact ingredients) so I just make things up – usually things turn out pretty good.
    Take care,

  • veronika
    November 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hi Colleen! Good to meet another ‘crazy’ list maker! Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one!