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So far, in 2013...

  • I have made a conscious effort to see what my laundry room floor looks like. One of my dirty little secrets of  2012 was that there was never a time where I didn't have a pile of laundry building up on my laundry room floor. I promised myself I would a) keep up with our laundry by doing a little each day and b) throw away or give away all clothes we aren't wearing and c) organize our laundry area so I actually enjoy being in it and d) stop using a new towel every time I shower and e) stop forgetting about the wet clothes in the washer for days at a time and f) just kidding, I'm done now.

  • I started the decluttering process. Inspired by Amy at Rainy Saturday, I decided it was time to get rid of all the makeup, perfumes and other beauty products that are taking up space and not being used. I've also given away two of my four hair straighteners and tossed at least ten razors that I no longer buy blades for. Another one of my little secrets is that I have two too many junk drawers in my kitchen. Oh, and a junk closet. That's three drawers and one closet that most definitely should be used to organize important things, but instead they're full of dead batteries, old bills, loose change, light bulbs, pens, pencils, notepads and other junk. As for the linen closet upstairs that gets stuffed with laundry when company comes unexpected, unfolded fitted sheets and curtains I will NEVER hang in my house... I'm coming for you.

  • I haven't been drinking alcohol or soda. I'm telling you, waking up on New Years Day without a hangover felt amazing and it challenged me to see how long I can go without drinking. Unlike some people, I can have fun without drinking and when I do drink, it takes me days to recover. So why even bother? It's never worth it anyway. My water intake in 2012 was horrible, in fact, I rarely ever chose water over something sugary. So far this year, water has been my number one choice and I can already feel the benefits.

  • I'm eating breakfast! Yogurt, bran buds, berries and a drizzle of honey. Healthy and a great start to my day.

  • I've been hungry for change. I always considered myself to be a healthy eater, but boy did I get a wake up call. After watching Hungry For Change, I realized what I thought was healthy is actually not healthy. We learned we have to pay close attention to what we're eating and to always look for healthy alternatives. So far, our meals have been balanced and we're feeling better overall. We want to live a long life, that's all there is to it.

  • I'm reading a book! Yep, diving into a book any chance I can get. It's not a computer, it involves quiet time and I'm wishing I did more of it in 2012.

  • We're planning a vacation. We don't know where, or when we're going but we're going. I need to feel heat on my face and sand in my toes and a mojito in my... I mean, a tall glass of water in my hand...

  • We're insulating our basement and installing a new heating system. Which means the pool table will finally go downstairs and we'll no longer have a man cave on our main level! Oh yeah, and I guess it's important that we'll stop losing heat and stop paying ridiculously high oil bills.

  • I'm watching too much TV. #TheBachelor, of course. The first episode promised a winter of drama so my #mondayblues don't stand a chance. Don't roll your eyes at me, have you seen this guy?
 Also, GIRLS on HBO, The Big C and all that other MTV and E! junk. Guilty.

  • I have been sharing my Blog. I have to admit, for the longest time I have avoided talking about my Blog with people for fear of being criticised. I decided I would be more confident this year, and if given the opportunity, I'd be proud to show people my work!

So I guess 2013 is off to a good start for me. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?

Rachel Emmilee


  1. I love this! I'm 100% percent on the same page as you with a couple of your goals. The Laundry thing.. omg..... I'm horrible.. except it ends up being like my whole basement floor (it's an unfinished basement that no one sees anyway.. right.. haha) and with 5 people to do laundry for.. man that adds up fast haha. Also the junk drawers and extra makeup.. FEELS SO GOOD to not have it there, and making a mess for you. The kids toys too we've been donating a TON of them.. less clutter, and they don't play with half of it anyway! The water thing I started last year, and it's been my favorite goal I've ever made. I made it through every christmas, every christmas party.. WITHOUT a hangover.. and it just feels so good.. and just being completly sober at these parties too feels good.. you NEVER know what kind of stupid drunken conversation you can fnid yourself a part of .. and I was just really sick of that!!!!

    (My biggest goals is to remember to shut cupboards.. that may have been donny's suggestion.. hahahaha)

    I'm glad to hear your goals are going smoothly!! KEEP up the good work!!

    1. Thanks girl! My laundry room is also in my unfinished basement, so it's FAR from being a place I want to spend my time. I've asked G to help me make it into a nice space, Pinterest will help, so that I can stay on top of the laundry pile!
      Good for you for not drinking, AT ALL! I thought it would be tough, but I'm actually having a fine time choosing water over everything else! :)

  2. 1. I'd like to come de-clutter your home. I'm a compulsive organizer. I even organize our junk drawer. I really should go into business as a professional organizer.

    2. Congrats on kicking alcohol and pop (I'm from Chicago) to the curb! I gave up pop years ago, but I still have it once in a while. Only when I'm out though - I never actually buy it and bring it into the apartment. As for alcohol, I've been trying to cut back on this too. I was never a big drinker, but my boyfriend and his friends love them some beer. When he moved in, I noticed I started drinking more since most of our socializing revolved around it. I've been pretty good so far in 2013, but I'd like to continue making progress.

    3. So glad to hear that you're sharing your blog! It's a big step - congrats!

    1. Believe it or not, these are the only cluttered areas I have. The rest of my house is organized, neat and tidy. I could still use someone like you to come in and tackle the junk drawers and bathroom cabinets though, that has been tough!
      I think it will be hard for me if I'm surrounded by drinkers, but then again, all I have to do is remind myself of what my morning will be like!
      Thanks for reading :)

  3. I'm trying hard to get my boyfriend to quit the pop, it's all he drinks!! In with the water, which is all I drink. But my goal is to get off my but and really start exercising. At 25, I'm not getting any younger and my body isn't what it used to be!

  4. No resolutions here just like every other year for the past couple of years...does that makes sense? I LOVE lists but a list of resolutions for some reason are meant to get lost from my posession as soon as they're written down. So, I say to myself, "Don't be a lazy know the things you have to do. Don't lie to yourself!" That's the worst kind of guilt. ;)

  5. I have read multiple posts on your blog and just wanted to say that I love it all!
    My resolutions are somewhat similar to yours, for example the water drinking. I definitely need to start drinking more water, and to be honest that should have been my resolution last year. Something I really want to accomplish this year is to get all my bills and loans paid off. Also keeping myself organized and getting rid of LOTS of junk before my big move to Hawaii in March.

  6. OK. WHAT are you supposed to do with dead batteries? I have a billion of them lurking around my apartment and I know there's some proper way to dispose of them but I never seem to have time to look it up when I'm taking one out of the smoke detecter or whatever. So I never wind up getting rid of them! So dumb.

    Also, you should not be nervous about sharing your blog. It's delightful!

  7. I love the bachelor. I will never give it up.

    I drink plenty of water and rarely have juice or soda but I do love the booze. I've been trying to cut back. Being hung over sucks.

  8. I love the bachelor and will never stop watching.

    I drink a ton of water and rarely drink soda or juice but I do like the beer and the wine. Trying to cut back. Good for you for cutting it out!


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