On the last day of the year, I always find myself looking ahead. Looking forward to a fresh start… a blank chapter to write, an empty canvas on which to create, things I’d like to try, and a master to-do list of all the things I’d like to accomplish in the coming year. I’m honestly not big on New Year’s Resolutions (mostly because I think they’re negative and overwhelming), but I definitely believe in setting goals and starting the year on the right foot with positive affirmations and an optimistic mindset. Click through to see what Emmett and I have planned for the year ahead, what you can expect to see in our home, on the blog, and a few of our personal goals.
- More Video & IG Behind-the-Scenes // I’m not going to lie, I felt really frustrated and resistant to “keep up” with social media in 2019. It seemed like no matter how hard I worked, nobody was seeing my posts, commenting, or messaging. I felt discouraged and honestly wondered why go to the effort, but I’ve had a change of heart. My new mindset is this… the people who want to follow along, will. The people who aren’t interested, won’t. It’s as simple as that and I’m not going to let algorithms get me down this year! I stand behind my work and will be proud to share it. For those of you who like connecting via video or seeing BTS in real time on IG stories, I promise to do better and be more active with that- even if social media feels frustrating or like a lost cause at times.
- More DIY Projects // You all sent SO many praises for my DIY projects and their originality in the annual reader survey. I really appreciated that feedback and it has inspired me to tackle more DIY projects in the coming year. Furniture makeovers, home decor, sewing projects, art…. I have lots of fun things to dream up and I actually love sharing those types of projects. This should be fun!
- A Better Mix of Quick Makeovers and Full Blown Renovations // This year I want to mix more high/low and easy/complex makeovers or renos. The quick projects are so fun and challenging for me, while the big renovations are a longterm solution that we really save up for and work hard on. I think you guys will enjoy seeing both types- or at least having multiple options for different budgets and scenarios!
I heard you guys loud and clear… based on the reader survey, you want to see more home, interior, renovating, and makeover posts. Given larger projects take so much time, I think it would be fun to tackle more budget-friendly updates throughout the year (like the laundry room), alongside 2-3 large room renovations. It’s the best of both worlds and I’m excited to try to push the limits with quick projects that show instant change and gratification. I think this is where the additional DIY projects can come into play.
- Formal Living Room // We swear we’re going to finish and SHARE the formal living room next week. It’s happening. Haha! It took forever, was one of those projects that just took wayyyy more time, effort, and money than we had planned, but sometimes that’s how it goes. We’re working in real time over here. I’m going to style and shoot it once our holiday house guests leave this weekend and begin the year the best way I know how- with an incredible room reveal we’re extremely proud of!
- Powder Bath Mini Makeover // After the response to my mini laundry room makeover, I promised you guys I’d update the attached powder bath in a similar manner. All of the materials are here and ready for me to get started. Stay tuned for that!
- Basement Bathroom // We already spilled the details about the basement bath, but that will be our first BIG project of 2020, and I couldn’t be more excited!
These are the home projects you can expect to see in the coming months and year. We really haven’t planned out much more than that because we’re trying to achieve better balance this year- plus, we’re open to seeing what projects present themself… from a budget or necessity perspective. We had no idea we’d be able to renovate our kitchen in 2019, but thanks to Lowe’s offering us a wonderful partnership, we were able to tackle that much sooner than we expected. I like having loose plans, but nothing too serious in case there is a room that needs immediate attention (like the basement bath because of plumbing issues) or a brand reaching out to work together that we love and just can’t turn down. I’m excited to see how this year will play out! Who knows what we’ll tackle.
- Design // I shared this same goal last year and I’m pretty sure it will forever remain on my list because that’s how creative people think… push the limits in terms of design (get more creative, think bigger & bolder, take more risks). Just keep thinking outside-the-box, really! I want people to see my work and think it’s unique or know that it is mine, just by looking at it.
- Share More // This mostly pertains to Instagram and BTS stories / videos. I let myself get overwhelmed and frustrated with social media, and this year I’m going to throw the rules out the window and just share as I feel. I don’t care about the algorithm, I’m just going to document and talk about things that inspire me as they happen… more impromptu posts. I think that’s a healthier mindset that sounds like way more fun!
- Balance // I mean it this year! I failed at work / life balance in 2019 and I promised myself (and Emmett) I could do better. I’m training myself to say “no” more often, take on fewer projects… the ones I’m truly excited about, while not overcommitting myself to things I’m not as into. Anyone else out there have a similar goal? Being stretched too thin is stressful and anxiety inducing, so I’m taking a different path this year.
- Millwork // Improve my crown moulding installation skills.
- Project Planning // Better execute project planning and sticking to a construction timeline.
- Skills // Learn how to install a custom shower pan.
As you can see, Emmett’s goals are always short and sweet. I have no doubt he’ll accomplish all of those things. There you have it! Our 2020 ambitions, goals, and renovation docket. I have a feeling it’s going to be an amazing year and I’m already feeling the positivity, good energy, and am excited for a blank slate ahead. Let’s do this 2020! Everyone have fun celebrating tonight. We’re headed to our neighbor’s house for a party (remember Emily?).
MichelleDecember 31, 2019 at 6:13 am
At the end of the year, I tend to look toward the next one and try to set an affirmation of what I would like to see happen, rather than set goals right now. Goal setting at such a busy time just for me just feels forced so it never really pans out. So right now, my words for next year are Wellness, Prosperity, and Health, which do summarize my wishes for 2020. I really look forward to setting new goals for the year in the springtime when my mindset is more positive and I feel a sort of “rebirth” in terms of energy and attitude. I love the blog, the projects, your designs, AND your IG (sorry if I’m not a big commenter) so please keep up all you do! Happy New Year!
SarahDecember 31, 2019 at 9:17 am
My thoughts exactly, Michelle! I’d much rather focus on words of affirmation. Health & Wellness are also on my list for 2020. Much like you, springtime feels more positive and goal-driven for me… once the weather changes. Happy New Year!! xo
LauraDecember 31, 2019 at 6:20 am
Hi Sarah, I love your goals and plans for the new year! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading about the DIY projects, mini makeovers, and full blown renovations. Happy New Year!
SarahDecember 31, 2019 at 9:18 am
Thank you, Laura!! So appreciate you showing up to read :) Have the happiest New Year! xo
LizDecember 31, 2019 at 7:58 am
It’s going to be a good year. Looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects. I automatically read your blog everyday and I will seek you out more on IG and try to comment more on both. Thanks for all your hard work and giving us so much inspiration. Happy New Year to you and the fam!
SarahDecember 31, 2019 at 9:20 am
It IS going to be a good year, Liz! Thank you so much for showing up here to read each day :) I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I hope you have an incredible NYE and New Year! xox
Molly JohnstonDecember 31, 2019 at 8:38 am
I love, love, love your blog. Your mix of high/low projects, your photography, your design aesthetic, your round-ups, your writing style. All of it! I especially love that you post something every. single. day. Thank you for continuing to produce high quality work. I look forward to reading you every morning and can’t wait to see what’s up for 2020! Cheers!
SarahDecember 31, 2019 at 9:20 am
Thank you so much, Molly! This comment made my day. What a perfect way to wrap up 2019. Thank you for that! Cheers to 2020- have an incredible New Year :) xo
ArliDecember 31, 2019 at 12:26 pm
I’ve just started following you rather recently, and just wanted to say thank you for sharing your beautiful work with the world. Love your creativity and design. Happy New Year to you and Emmett.
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Aw thank you, Arli! I’m so glad you’re here :) Happy New Year!
MelissaDecember 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm
I love your blog and your Insta Stories. I’m happy to hear that will be posting more in 2020. Happy New Year!
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:27 pm
Thanks so much Melissa! Happy New Year :)
PeggiDecember 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm
I come here every day because you deliver inspiration and information in a beautiful, professional and authentic manner. I especially appreciate your consistency and engagement! My goal for 2020 is to keep showing up every day and cheering you on. (I like to set easy, pleasant goals.🤣) I have a few jumbled thoughts on the topic of social media. I love to comment on IG posts and send messages on stories; they feel like the spontaneous reactions I would give a friend! But I worry about being a nuisance to people who use IG for their business. Also, sometimes I see stories much after they’re posted, so then it might seem weird? What kind of interaction do you enjoy? What’s motivating? As for pushing design limits and thinking outside the box, I say bring it! I especially enjoy hearing and seeing people’s process and thinking. Anyway, THANK YOU for a beautiful 2019! Happy New Year & Cheers to 2020!🎉💖
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm
This made my day! Thank you Peggi :) I truly can’t believe you show up here everyday to read and chat with me in the comment section. Honestly, thank you so much for that! I had no idea so many people felt like a nuisance on social media- that’s not the case at all. I enjoy any and all interactions!! Hope you’re having a happy Friday and a great new year so far. xo
KimDecember 31, 2019 at 2:18 pm
I love everything you do! Keep up the fabulous work!! Happy New Year to you both! 🥂
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Thank you so much, Kim! Happy New Year to you :)
Melissa ShealyDecember 31, 2019 at 3:22 pm
I can’t even remember how I stumbled across your blog a month or two ago, but I am so glad I did!! Love it!!
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:35 pm
Aw, I love hearing that Melissa! Thank you :) So happy you’re here! xo
MindyDecember 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm
I hate that social media stuff has gotten you down. I look forward to reading and seeing every single thing you do, but rarely comment or hit the like button for anything or anyone. I just never really realized how important that is for you and your business. I will quickly change that! Can’t wait to follow along on all your creative brain dreams up for the coming year!!
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm
Thanks so much, Mindy! I really appreciate that more than you know. Here’s to a wonderful 2020… I hope your year is off to an amazing start! xox
AnnDecember 31, 2019 at 4:53 pm
Speaking of custom shower pans, I’d love to see you guys install a curb-free shower with one of those long, hidden drains. You break a leg and realize how inconvenient stepping over a curb to enter the shower really is. (Ask me how I know!) Along the same lines, do you photograph the studs in a shower prior to tiling, in case you need to install a grab bar (in case of broken leg….).
I really REALLY like your design. Especially the laundry room!! Having a long counter to do all the folding would be the BEST!
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Great talking points, Ann! We actually will be installing a square center drain that will look nice with the floor tile. As for the shower pan… I’m not sure what Emmett ordered or has in mind. We do record where the studs are in all of our rooms, just in case we need to know for hanging things. Happy Friday :)
MadelineJanuary 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Love ALL your posts, Sarah! You are doing an amazing job. I tell everyone about your blog (aka my main daily inspiration).
Re: Not getting a lot of comments: One explanation might center around the fact that women are more likely to be “lurkers” online. I studied online intimacy and relationship-building as part of my masters (a few years ago), and it was common for women to opt out of commenting/interacting. Obviously that’s a pretty big generalization, and *of course* I’m not saying that men aren’t part of your reader base—just throwing out a possible explanation.
I tried to find the original paper, but I’m on mobile and not having luck. But here’s another paper about commenting/interacting vs. not commenting/interacting that may be interesting:
(Note: it’s old, from 1999. And notably, it did not find any distinction across genders. But my personal takeaway is that not commenting is more about the user and less about the producer, if that makes sense.)
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:39 pm
You are so sweet, Madeline! Thank you very much for the referrals! I really enjoyed reading your comment and the science behind commenting. Thanks for sharing :) xo
MelanieJanuary 2, 2020 at 4:41 pm
You know, I appreciate the real-talk from bloggers and influencers who have recently talked about how much comments and engagement mean to them. I don’t think I really realized that my making a comment on the post of someone I don’t actually know is important. In the past few days I’ve been unfollowing accounts and hashtags that I normally just scroll past so that I can better engage with the accounts I do care about.
As a fellow Utahan, I especially love finding out from you about local sources where I can find decor items and materials.
SarahJanuary 3, 2020 at 1:53 pm
It’s true… those comments, likes, and messages go a lonnnng way in making us smile and helping our small businesses, so big THANK YOU for that Melanie! :) I’m also trying to remove some noise, so I can focus on what’s most important and inspiring this year. I’ll have to work on some local Utah posts this year!