Saturday, December 31, 2011

12 Goals for 2012

1. Blog 
After a year of absence from the blogger community I'm amped to start back up again! I'm filled with ideas and plans for future posts. I especially cannot wait to get back in touch with my fellow bloggers. You're the ones that offer the most encouragement and inspiration.
2. Re-open Sewseas Etsy Shop
This was a big debate after closing last year. I have a lot of handmade and vintage items floating in my apartment that needs to sell! I know that they deserve to be in good hands, rather than in storage in my home. This will bring in additional needed income and as usual give you readers advantage on steals and deals first!
3. Get Organized & De-clutter
Anyone that knows me reminds me that I'm unaware of all that I own. I know that my lack of organization is partially to blame. I buy the same color nail polish six times and the same color cardigan four. (Anyone else do that?!) It's time to go through everything, little by little, reducing and organizing!
4. Craft, Craft, Craft  
Yes, I already do this plenty, but I want to even more! I plan on making a DIY feature on my blog with a little something for everyone. 
5. Bake
Hey, you can always bake more! This goal isn't really to bake more, but to try new and even unusual recipes. I of course plan on sharing recipes and experiments here on the blog too!
6. Open Shop Stacey's Closet
I have been fighting this, but finally after having no room and wanting to de-clutter, it's time to! I know some of my friends will be excited on this news as they've been asking me to for years. It's a pretty silly, but tough decision for me because I hold onto everythinggg. As in the cool sweaters from Goodwill that I still don't fit into 4 years later and the cutest shoes that were a size too big but too cute to pass up. It's time to let go and share the wealth! 
7. Start & Keep a Budget
This is another no jokes, but necessary goal! I recently decided to quit working entirely. I have to pay rent still as well as all my other bills. I'm living on school loans which is a limited and fixed budget! I can nooooo longer buy anything I fancy online for no reason other than liking it. (My mom and boyfriend would be very happy I'm making this goal!) I have always been pretty careless with money because I've been fortunate enough to not need to worry, but without working, things are going to have to change!
8. Travel
I'm not going to be unrealistic and say I must go to Paris in 2012, although that'd be lovely! I just need to travel a bit more out of the city to get away from the same old. This past year was so hectic I never made it out of the state. I don't mind if it's a midnight run to the state border, let's do it!
9. Eat more Fruits & Veggies!
I'm on that college meal plan, Ramen noodles, Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, macaroni, food from vending machines etc. It's not good! More cooking dinner, less going out. More fruits and veggies, less snacks!
10. Graduate & Pass my Registry
My Ultrasound program has high demands. I've only been in for three months and I can't go into details the stress and changes it's already brought. However, I know it will be worth it! I love what I do and hope in a year to have another degree and pass my registry!
11. Time Management
This goal will be one of the hardest next to budgeting! I'm pretty much the WORST procrastinator on the planet. I'm the girl writing 10 page papers at midnight the night before they're due. Also, this year I was sewing Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve! >_< I neeeeed to plan ahead and set specific times for priorities! (IE: STUDYING!)
12. Use Film Cameras more
After having purchased my Canon 60D and upgrading to the iPhone 4S I admit I've gotten really lazy with photography. Digital is a lot easier especially with so many presets and filters available for the same appearance that film cameras offer. I have a large collection of vintage cameras and Lomography cameras that were put to no use this last year and I feel awful about it! If I can just shoot a roll a month of film, I'll be proud! It is pretty rewarding having real film and developed pictures in hand. =]

Hope you guys all have a great New Years! 
PS: 13th Goal is for Shane. <3 
To keep impressing him and treating him like the awesome boyfriend he is! ;)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Starting Fresh

I've decided to bring my blog back! It's only been an entire year! Whew. After breaking off my engagement I realized that I needed a lot of time to figure things out starting with myself, which ended up being the hardest and the most rewarding. I'm not saying I have it all figured out, but I am feeling more confident and happy than I ever have before. I have a lot of goals this year for blogging and hopefully I'll be able to stick to it!

As for a mini-update to wrap up an entire year of not blogging...

I am now in a relationship with a lovely sweet fella named Shane. He went to school for Graphic Design and DJ's at local bars in Akron. He's also in a band called Cities and Years and makes mixes on the side. =] We had our first date at Caroline's Cupcakes (best first date place ever!) and yeah, he pretty much swept me off my feet from there. I remember feeling like I would never move on from my ex after dating him for six years, but now after being out of that fog and with Shane I've realized all the things my old relationship was lacking. I thought I was happy then, but I can't believe how much happier I am now.

This is from our first date at Caroline's Cupcakes in July
Random photos of us

We're a pretty quirky couple I admit, but totally awesome! Haha.

I also graduated from college in the past year! Wahoo! However I'm already back in college for another degree. Why not, right? I am now going to be an Ultrasound Technologist or Sonographer.. whichever you'd prefer. The program is rough and harder than I ever imagined. I partially blame the work load for having kept me from blogging sooner. I graduate in one year and then hopefully I'll be done for good! I am so grateful I was accepted into the program because I absolutely love Ultrasound way more than X-Ray. It's a blessing doing what you love and getting paid for it! I still love Graphic Design and would like to get back into that later in life, but fear it will never be as stable as the Medical field is, so for now I'm happy!

I still live in my cute little apartment in Cuyahoga Falls with my two kitties Margot & Isobel, but I'm sure you'll see more of them later. You've probably already seen a ton of them if you follow me on Instagram also! (username: sewseas)

I'm really excited to start blogging again and most of all catching up with all of you! I know I've lost a lot of followers, after all I was gone for an entire year. Thanks to those of you that have stayed around though! Here's to a fresh start and getting back to blogging!