2017 Goals and My Word of the Year

This year, I’m planning to simplify my goals a bit and only concentrate on a few for our home. Instead, I’m going to focus on a word this year. In years’ past, I’ve definitely had a major, overarching goal that could have been summed up by one word. For example, last year would have been school or MBA. But I’ve never publicly shared that word — until now!

My Word of the Year

This is going to be my year of WORK. I’ve finished my master’s degree, and it’s time to crush it professionally. This means I plan to work extra hard this year to make myself indispensable to my company. I work remotely, and I absolutely love my job. I want to make sure this year they know just how important they are to me. After having a career with some serious ups and downs, I feel like I’ve finally found a workplace to call home. Working from home sweetens the deal!

I also purchased a small business at the end of 2016. I know, Crazy! I haven’t decided how much to share about this new business venture here on the blog, but I’m sure there might be some crossover at some point. For now, let me just summarize a bit: I purchased a consignment event business from a person who started it from the ground up. This meant I purchased all of the equipment as well as the intellectual property. I have a business partner, and I really love knowing I can lean on her. She’s definitely part of my tribe. However, my business partner and I definitely have our work cut out for us. We’re changing the business name, creating a new website, implementing new banking and tax procedures, and moving the consignment sale events to a new town all while learning how to run a business.

Additionally, I’m setting a goal for myself to blog a minimum of 18 times this year. This means I must post at least once a month. I would really like to find a blogging rhythm this year. I have plenty of post ideas to share!

House Goals

  1. Add deck skirting to the front porch.
  2. Paint the last door in our house black.
  3. Tile the kitchen backsplash. (Check out some of the options I’ve been considering here.)
  4. Work on the overall curb appeal of our home.

It’s definitely going to be a busy year, but I’m really excited for what’s ahead!

I Owe You an Explanation…

In 2011, I began a blog: this blog. I wanted to write about how my husband, Travis, and I share our weekends, or the days Between Weekdays, so I could remember all the projects we’ve accomplished together and maybe inspire someone along the way.

I enjoyed blogging very much, but soon my day job became more of a priority. I was up for a big promotion, and I just didn’t have a spare bit of energy or time to give to my precious blog anymore. I stopped blogging just as I felt I was hitting my stride.

I got the promotion and a great deal more work stress. Life continued on blogless. And then I got the call that ultimately changed my life.

Travis and I were getting ready to leave on a Bahamian vacation we had been planning for nearly a year.  We were taking care of those last minute errands the day before our flight left, when my boss called and curtly laid me off.

It was a company-wide reduction of force, so I was never bitter. I was shocked and, then, sad. I had worked hard for the promotion and even harder after receiving it. It felt like I had been slapped in the face at my career’s funeral while on vacation.

We couldn’t cancel our vacation at this point, so we went. We scaled back our plans; no golf for Travis and no spa for me. I spent the first day of our vacation moping, crying and calling my Mom a lot.

The next day our cruise ship arrived in the Bahamas, where we would stay for three days, and my perspective changed. It’s amazing what a change of scenery and losing contact with the rest of the world can do for a person.

It became clear to me that losing my job was actually an opportunity to focus on priorities and what I should do with my life. God is so good.

Our vacation became one of the best we’ve ever shared together.


I still don’t have it all figured out, but we’ve been blessed since losing my job. Travis finished school and topped out in pay making it possible financially for me to stay home during this season of our lives. The purse strings may be a little tighter, but we’re both a whole lot happier.

After Travis graduated, we decided to sell our home and move closer to our family. We’re currently waiting patiently for the perfect buyer for our first home. From here on out, I plan to blog about where life takes us and all of the DIY projects along the way. I hope you’ll join me in our next big adventure.

Stay tuned…

Update: Since writing this post, I’ve spent just over a year at home. I’ve picked up some freelance work and enjoyed this season of my life blogging. We sold our first home and purchased our blue house, where we’re now only minutes away from all of our family. We have been blessed beyond measure since my lay off in 2011. 

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