Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tuttle To-Dos for 2014

If a resolution is a firm decision to do something, a goal is the actual evidence that you accomplished it. I love reaching my goals! It can be empowering when you accomplish them, and seeing unresolved goals can inspire you to keep moving toward them, so, let's check out last year's goals. 

1. Finish the deck. 

  • We made good progress, but we still haven't finished staining all of it yet. 

2. Install new floors. 

  • Again, good progress, but we still have a small space upstairs to finish.

3. Continue growing our businesses. 

  • Yes! This I feel like we really have done a good job of doing! I have made bouquets for several brides this year. In fact, my last order in 2013 in itself superseded my entire bouquet business in 2012. God has blessed in a great way in that aspect, and I hope to continue the momentum in 2014. I'm hiring a photographer to do some professional shots of the several different types of bouquets I make in order to have photographs for new business cards, postcards with pricing, etc. I am so excited!
  • Jared got a new job that he started this week, but he was actually hired in late November. He now works for Bear Mountain Custom Painting and is a Senior Sales Associate there. He also has continued growing his audio enclosure business. In fact, there's a box in our kitchen right now. (It's inside because it's so cold outside, it wouldn't be able to cure if he left it outside!)

4. Be a better blogger by posting regular and original content.

  • Yes! I feel really good about this one as well. I went from randomly posting to posting three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Well, for the most part. September and October were extremely busy, and I let it get away from me, but I am hoping to get this year started on the right foot and stick with it!
5. Better ourselves physically and spiritually.

  • Not so much on this one. I can definitely say I haven't been doing what I should be doing in these respects, and I need to do so much better. 
6. Continue landscaping.

  • We landscaped the front and part of the back yard, so I'm counting this one as a success. 
7. Figure out permanent garage organization
  • Not even close...
8. "Remodel" bathrooms. By "remodel" I mean repaint, replace lighting, and adding shelves.
  • NOPE.
9. Go on as many camping and cabin trips as possible. 
  • We did go camping and to the cabin, but we didn't squeeze in as many as I'd have liked. 
10. Find a healthy work and life balance.
  • This is still a work in progress. 
11. Host a group craft night sponsored by Upcycled Downriver.
  • This didn't happen in 2013, but maybe in 2014!
12. Be featured on a website like offbeat home, design sponge, etc. 
  • Yes! This actually happened, and I was so pleased that they featured our bathtub project on their front home page! 

And now to 2014's goals!

Jared and I think we should really focus on finishing up the important goals we should have finished by now, so this year's list is a combo of projects that we should have already finished and some new ones to accomplish. Remodeling the bathrooms would be nice, but it isn't absolutely necessary and leaving it on the list seems a bit ridiculous to me at this point because we don't need new bathroom stuff, but if I don't figure out some storage in our kitchen, I'm going to lose it. So, I've taken off some projects and added new ones to this year's list. 

  1. Finish the freakin' deck.
  2. Finish the freakin' flooring.
  3. Continue growing our businesses by: selling more bouquets/Sips of the South, more marketing for Upcycled Downriver/music lessons, exploring more options to involve Upcycled Downriver in community events, etc., and getting more exposure online through features/home tours. 
  4. MAKE ACTUAL EFFORT to better ourselves physically and spiritually. 
  5. Create some kind of food storage/open shelving in our kitchen. It needs it. BAD.
  6. Manage my time better/ become more of a morning person. Now that Jared's not waking up at the crack of dawn anymore, I think I should be able to wake up and get the day started when he does. Mornings are so ridiculously hard for me to get going, and I really want to make better use of my time, and this should help. 
  7. Have the house at least 75% paid off (if not more).
  8. Start a family! With the state of my uterus being what it is--the doctor described it as an abandoned house covered in kudzu, thanks Endometriosis!-- we don't know what to expect baby-wise, but we've decided to give it a shot!
And there you go! Obviously, these are not in any particular order of importance, but these goals seem do-able. It's funny because the first year I started The Tuttle To-Dos, I had a ton of stuff on the list, and we accomplished nearly nothing on the list. Last year, we didn't necessarily accomplish a ton, but what we did, we did well. I think each year, our goals get more and more simple, and I like that. Maybe this is growing up? I'm not sure, but it feels good to me. 

What are y'all's goals for the new year? 


  1. Hi, just wanted to drop by and say thank you for using my image (and crediting it!)
    I wish you all the best with your 2014 goals. Kerry

    1. Thank you for making such a cool image! I, admittedly, lack the skills to make my own, so I'm more than happy to credit people who are much smarter than I am to do it! Thank you!


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