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Well, Hello There 2013

February 18, 2013


Well the New Year has come and gone and I am off to a great start with my blogging. It’s amazing..I’ve written a total BIG FAT ZERO posts so far this year. Yikes! So to kick start me back into the blogging world, I thought I would look back a year ago, to a post I wrote on my Birthday of all the things, both big and small, that I wanted to focus on  >> Read the post here<<

This is the part where I blast myself, in front of you all, to either share my success, or make myself vulnerable and accountable to work on the things that didn’t quite happen last year.

So here we go…a reflection of my list of 26 on 26 from year ago..

1. Buy higher thread-count sheets – Maybe we have a 5-year wedding vow renewal celebration and register for gifts?

2. Play more games – My sister got me a new group party game last week, and my friend got me a mini travel game of scrabble.. Who’s ready for game night at the Hansen’s?!

3. Spend more time at the library..even if it’s just to browse – We got really into books on CD this summer on our road trips..I can now tell you all about Steve Jobs and the creation of Apple…and also, with no shame, I can tell you all about The Confessions of a Shopaholic.., variety is the spice of life, and library’s got a good selection 😉

4. Complain less – Ehh..well.. probably not. And to be honest, I haven’t really thought about this one until just now, so it’s safe to say I need to file this in my “to work on in my 27th year” file.

5. Find the right church for us – This is the one I feel the most eager about. Not disappointed that we haven’t found the church, and not that it’s not out there, but the fact that we didn’t put as much time or effort into this as we wanted to. No reason..busyness…tiredness…out of town…all very bad and lame-o excuses. I certainly don’t want this to be a forced thing, but it’s something that is important to Nick and I and we can’t expect it to happen without our efforts. We actually went to a church this past weekend, didnt get that good feeling, but found a different one that we are going to this Sunday. We have a good feeling about this one.

6. Get more sleep – As I type this at 11:45..the answer is no. Although I do have to say, we have been doing the Insanity workouts in our household, forcing me to wake up earlier and get my booty moving in the am…causing me to crash earlier in the evenings. I have never felt more rested as when I’m in that routine.

7. Grow out my hair – Well I was on the right track..and then the Aveda Institute where I work needed a haircut model for a famous guest educator (free $200 haircut..ok!)…so I did this…


and I loved it! But now I’m back to wanting to grow my hair out…Which we all know will reach a certain point, and I will make a last minute call, without much though, and chop it off again. It’s what I do. An endless cycle.

8. Call my friends and family more – I try…I really do because I know that it is important and I value y relationships to the highest degree… but the truth is, I’m just not a phone talker. Never have been. I LOVE to talk in person..could chat your ear off…but there is just something about a phone. I have to amp myself up to call someone “just to chat” – Is that weird? Anyone else out there like that?

9. Send  more snail mail – I have been buying more cards when I see them on sale or just to have..and have been adding more birthdays/anniversaries/holidays to my calendar to make sure to get those cards out. I LOVE sending cards and I LOVE receiving them so this is something that will always be important to me.  PS Did you know Target puts their nice cards on the clearance end caps? You know the fancy ones with die-cuts, glitter or little embellishments..the ones that I normally have to skip over because they are more than $5 a card. Look for clearance cards after the holiday..and save them for next year.

10. Keep my nails painted…. nope but I think if I got one of these cute spring manicure it would help


11.  Eat More healthier foods – even if it costs a little more As much as I would love to shop all organic at Whole’s a little too expensive so we at least try to stick to the Dirty-Dozen when grocery shopping (think of it as eating “poorganically”) and we actually completed a 3-day detox cleanse last week.


I loved the cleanse and felt great to re-set my body. I was never hungry and had tons of energy.


12. Volunteer I am SO happy to say YES to this one. With two other women, I have started a Milwaukee Chapter of Dining for Women – an organization that meets once a month, 10-30 women that “dine-in”, raise money for grassroots organizations and discuss topics that aid suffering woman around the globe. Read more about it here on my friends blog  and watch the NBC story that originally inspired us here >>


13. Learn to knit...not even close..and I’ve moved onto wanting to learn the art of calligraphy. I adore the scrolling handwritten art and would love to be able to address envelopes and gifts with beautiful swirly goodness.


14.  Make more time to pray..not any less..but not any more and Im hoping this will go hand in hand once we find our church

15. Pay for someones coffee behind me at’s fun..I encourage you all to try it!

16. Travel more –We took a great trip this fall to the east coast to visit our friends who are living in Boston. We spent a few days in the city with them and a few days exploring Maine and hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We had an amazing time, the weather was beautiful and have the itch to Jet set again soon.


17. Learn to trust my instinct – Nope. Still too much {over}thinking and not enough just doing.


18. Wear  lipstick – Yes! Ive found 2 Aveda colors that I love for the spring / summer..not as life-changing as I thought, and Im probably that girl you see in public with lipstick on her teeth, but makes you feel a little more put together none the less.

19. Break my habit of magazine hoarding..It’s come to the point in our house that I don’t even get a warning anymore..if i don’t read / clip from them in time..i know they will be gone

20. Listen more.Wait…what did you say?

21. Better posture..maybe I need a post-it note on my computer…Does anyone have any suggestions for better posture at an all day computer job?


22. Learn lots more about photo post-processing..I’ve taken a few classes and have learned lots but have also learned that I have SO much more to learn..and that everyone does it differently, I’m hoping the more photos I take and work though, the more I will develop my own workflow.

23. Get to know our neighbors better..YES! We are SO in love with our neighborhood and our neighbors. We had a few different block parties for the holidays..regularly get together with our neighbors, nick joined a neighborhood softball team and we are starting a Friday Happy Hour on our front yard this summer. You are all invited. BYOB!

24. Fold the laundrynope.. Instead my husband built us a wonderful large closet so I have room to hang everything instead of struggling to fold…maybe I should get a part time job at Abercrombie folding tees? This just in ..I just came across this video How To Fold Like Holister Sign me up little tween…teach me your skills with your tightly fitting graphic tees 😉

25.  Tell my husband, my family and my friends how I really feel about them..You can never say or show them enough. I need to constantly remind myself that.

26. Learn the art of relaxation I don’t like baths, I dont like naps, I cant lay on the couch without doing something..Im not great at relaxing, but I’m trying what I can. I’m getting better at actually going to bed when I feel tired…trying drinking caffeine tea at night..and I have a new spa Pandora station that I love playing on the ipad when I’m laying in bed.

So there you have successes and failures as a 26 year old. Not too shabby I would say and look forward to a lot in my 27th year.I’ve got lots of fun stuff to share with you…things Nick and I have been up to, photos to share, room reno’s and etsy shop design..stay tuned!


What about you? Do you come up with New Years resolutions? What about trying Birthday Goals instead?


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2013 8:55 am

    Great post Katie! How do you plan to stick to these? What kinds of reminders do you set for yourself to stick to your plan?

    • February 18, 2013 9:15 pm

      Thanks Jim! I think a post-it note goes a long way “Posture!” on a note on my computer…or “send grandma a letter just to say hi” It also doesn’t hurt to put my business out there via blogging and making myself more accountable.

  2. February 18, 2013 3:52 pm

    Fantastic post KitKat! I have to confess I used to listen to “Confessions of a Shopaholic” audio books on my iPod during transatlantic and transpacific flights. I laughed out loud, ackwardly, too many times to count!

    • February 18, 2013 9:16 pm

      Hah! Hey – It’s a great series and it makes a long car ride go a lot faster! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Stephanie Zaruba permalink
    February 20, 2013 3:24 pm

    Okay, I love your blog-you are such a great writer. What was in your 3 day detox? I desperately need ti eat healthier and would love to try it:)

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