Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Tuttle To-Dos for 2012

Here it comes y'all. It is the obligatory end of the year list of goals and whatsits for next year.  This list isn't so much a list of resolutions as it is a list of things we are going to accomplish over the next year. Jared and I discussed them together and this is a plan of sorts.  At the end of 2012, I'm going to re-post this list with the things we accomplished crossed out. This is kind of a long list, so I apologize in advance if it bores you or whatever, but this is the best way we could think of to hold ourselves accountable! I've broken the to-dos into different categories to keep us organized!

House/Yard Goals
  • ·         Decorate the hall stairs with funky frames
    • I have a ton of framed pictures, but I don't want the stairs to look plain and boring, so I'm planning on painting them and thrifting some other cool frames to hang up.
  • ·         Finish the deck
    • The deck is almost finished, but we still need to add some more pickets, a concrete landing and stain as well as decorate and move my giant fountain I made over to the house to put on the deck! How exciting!
  • ·         Fire pit
    •  Jared and I really want a fire pit, but we want it big and we want to do it ourselves, so we're still in the planning stages.
  • ·         Fix the bathtub 
    • It does weird things. It needs fixing. 
  • ·         Build a gun room
    • Jared loves guns and has envisioned a room with jail cell doors and the way he describes it sounds really cool!
  • ·         Fix the attic for storage
    • Too many Christmas decorations, not enough space.
  • ·         Replace light fixtures
    • We've already replaced several, but the ones left are builder's grade and UGLY AS SIN.
  • ·         Finish insulating the garage
    • Jared started but he's got big insulation plans!
  • ·         Landscape front and back yard
    • This would include a flagstone stepped pathway to the fire pit as well as some nice bushes, perennials, yard elements, etc.
  • ·         Build swings from old kitchen chairs
    • I found it here on Pinterest, and it leads to a website in a mystery language. It looks awesome and Jared and I already bought the chairs for it!
  • ·         Have a better compost set-up
    • I currently keep a compost keeper on the counter and when it's full, I take it out behind our fence and dump it. It's better than throwing all that food away, but it's not a very effective way to compost.
  • ·         Find a stained glass window to hang in our home
    • I just think they are beautiful and I stalk Craigslist looking for one out of an old church or something. and I will find one some day.

Personal Goals

  • ·         Get more organized
    • I have a crafty corner that is in such disarray it is embarrassing and ridiculous. 
  • ·         Set a schedule for housework, crafts, music and business
    • I really need to do this. Poor Jared ends up with no clean clothes because I hate laundry, so I put it off to the last minute, and then he's got his 7th grade basketball uniform to wear and nothing else. Maybe Wednesday could be laundry day. 
  • ·         Setting aside more time for bible study
    • I fail miserably at this, and Jared and I both want to make this a priority in our lives.
  • ·         Be healthier 
    • Jared suggested this while eating skittles.

Business/Financial Goals
  • ·         Try to average a certain amount of sales each month
    • I'm still trying to figure out what number would be a reasonable goal and what I should do to help me get to this goal.
  • ·         Set aside one day a week to craft towards Upcycled Downriver stuff
    • Maybe Wednesday when I'm done with laundry?
  • ·         Get more music students
  • ·         Get more work like I do with Parrie
    • I love working with Parrie. She is so wonderful and I'm learning so much about gardening and life and how to be awesome. 
  • ·         Do more freelance work for different publications
  • ·         A new job for Jared
  • ·         Set up more booths
    • This is already in the works! Stay tuned for new locations!
  • ·         Start investing our money
  • ·         More computer business for Jared through advertisements, etc
  • ·         Collective income increase by $500 a month by year’s end 
  • Save more money with more effective couponing and homemade cleaners, etc.

Travel Goals
  • ·         Go to Savannah
    • The plan is to go for our 1st anniversary!
  • ·         Go on a road trip out west
    • June 22!
  • ·          Go to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida
  • ·         Go to the Bryson City cabin twice
  •      Go on a Crafty Day Camping Excursion to Blue Ridge in April
  • ·        Go to to better festivals as well as the old standards
    • I'd like to go play music and sell my arts and crafts at a bunch of different festivals in the coming year! I love the festivals we go to now, and I want the chance to make new friends and see new faces!

Craft/Skill Goals
  • ·         Learn to knit
    • Connie has promised to teach me!
  • ·         Make my own bath scrubs and salts
    • Found cool recipes on pinterest!
  • ·         Learn Linux
    • This is obviously one of Jared's goals! I didn't even know how to spell Linux.
  • ·         Improve my painting skills
    • I got so much painting stuff for Christmas, and there's no excuse for me not to become a better artist!
  • ·         Learn to be a better cook 
    • Jared and I both want to improve our skills! I'm going to try for 3 new recipes a month and see how it goes.
  • ·         Build a found object mobile
  • ·         Use my welder
    • Jared gave me one for Christmas last year, and  I haven't had much of an opportunity to use it.
  • ·         Build a go-cart
    • Jared is obsessed.
  • ·         Make more things I've pinned on Pinterest
    • PINTEREST IS WONDERFUL and is basically a giant to-do list in itself.
  • ·         Practice and improve on guitar and mandolin
    • There's no excuse for me not to be a better musician than I am. This is on every list of goals I ever make.
  • ·         Banjo improvement
    • Jared says ditto for him on the last bullet.
  • ·         Jared’s mom’s windchimes
    • Jared made us some windchimes that are taller than I am, and he promised some to his mother.
  • ·         Make bunting
    • I love bunting and want it hanging over every available surface in our home. 

So, there you go. The Tuttle To-Do list for 2012. I don't think these things are impossible to accomplish, and I think we can do it. 

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