Are you glad to see me???? I hope so. I know, I know, it's been a long break, but I found it nearly impossible to do much blogging while my family was in town. To tell you the truth, I didn't look at many blogs either, so if I visited yours regularly before Thanksgiving and you didn't see many/any comments over the holiday, please know that it wasn't personal!! I've had my mother & grandmother in town since December 15th (to Jan 7), and my sister has come for an extended vacation, so it's been very busy. To those of you who emailed and sent well-wishes, thank you!

I'm excited about the start of this wonderful new year. I'm believing that great things will be happening for me in 2010 and hope you are believing much of the same for your own life. Good things are already happening around here since my scanner is FINALLY working! It's been good to have a bit of time to take care of things that have been a bit neglected around these parts. I'm not into making resolutions, but I am trying to get better about being more intentional with writing my goals down this year. I know that the statistics don't lie when they say that people are more inclined to accomplish their goals if they're written down, so I hope that this will help as I continue my long journey on the path to my destiny.

Here are a few of the goals I hope to accomplish in my little crib this year:

1. Organize my kitchen pantry by adding this door storage (that I originally had until the guys who installed my flooring cut the door and threw the piece away!!!).
2. Paint my guest bedroom (I tried a modified Tiffany blue, but it just didn't feel right. I think I need to stay focused on warmer colors . . . ), and find/finish nightstands. Hopefully I can find a way to salvage my curtains . . .
3. Finish my master bedroom, which means either sucking it up and paying the $400 for crown moulding, or busting out the paint and finishing the 2-3 inches of unpainted space at the top. I also want to get rid of my head/footboard, move my bed in front of the window, and frame my sea fans that I've had for 3 years now. While I'm at it, I figure I'd say the outrageous and add bamboo flooring, because you never know--it IS possible!!
4. Install shelving in my office closet to help me keep up with my paperwork and provide additional space for my books and magazines. My 3rd bedroom/office only has one uninterrupted wall space, so the furniture layout is funny (I have a couch in addition to the desk) and I'd rather not waste a bunch of space with bookshelves when I can optimize my awkward closet.
Don't let your office look like this!!
On another note, I'll be making some changes to my blog in the coming weeks and months, which I'm VERY excited about. I'm looking into redesigning my blog in the coming months and will be adding something like some inspirational posts (think Oprah's "What I know For Sure" feature) with comments, quotes, and ideas pulled from different sources. I'll still be blogging about design and refinishing furniture, but I know we can all use a bit of inspiration & hope (or at least I can!) to help make it through all of the days in between. I hope you'll enjoy the changes and will continue to follow me throughout the year. Thank you for making my first 6 months of blogging a wonderful experience! It really is something special to have your ideas & efforts validated by people who probably wouldn't know me if they passed me on the street! I feel loved!!
**I accidentally posted this last night without photo credits--oops! Photos are courtesy of Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Boston.com, and Canadian House & Home, respectively. It also posted about 3 times, because it took me forever to figure out that it's 2010 and not 2009--duh! To those of you that received multiple emails, SORRY!