One Little Word 2019: HOME

My word for 2019 is – HOME.

throw back to closing day!

While we’ve owned our house for two years now, we’ve finally hit the wall with how we set things up when we first moved in. We need to focus on rearranging rooms and upgrading little things like light fixtures in the bedrooms and fresh paint. We didn’t take a family vacation in 2018 – we had a lot going on emotionally and financially; but, it really bummed me out. It isn’t on the horizon for 2019 either but I’m hoping a focus on home with help me feel about that.

One Little Word 2017: BUILD

This year’s word is going to be BUILD. The Year of Rooster is advises caution for Rabbits and I’m going to focus shoring up a firm foundation for us across several areas. I felt very stagnant in 2016 – despite all the wonderful changes that happened for us, our son, a promotion for me, a new job for M, a new car, you name it. It’s like when you’ve been on a long haul flight to somewhere awesome but you’re still an hour or so away from landing and you just want to get up and go. I’m ready to be more prodigious and hope to tackle some creative projects this year like finishing a vintage double wedding ring quilt and painting a mural for Baby C’s room.

We bought a house! It’s been a swirling dervish of dreaming, ideas and plans over here. Who knows where we’ll get started – the kitchen? the bathrooms? the bedrooms? the garden and backyard? Stay tuned!

I always, always have big plans to crush our student loan debt and want to work on building more freedom into our financial lives.

Lastly, but most importantly, I will be building into my political life. My country and my state need me to help build a more inclusive, vibrant future. I am proud to say that unions have kept the men in my family alive while digging coal, I’m proud to be a public school graduate and I will be speaking truth to power, even if my voice shakes. Those calling skills and showing up at marches and rallies and town hall skills need shoring up.

I’m also refocusing on my daily life – I need to fill up my cup mindfully in order to build better. I love Gretchin Rubin’s 7 Essentials as a framework to get started.

  1. Eat and drink more mindfully – 2 servings of veggies a day
  2. Exercise regularly – 20 minutes of movement daily
  3. Save and spend wisely – update budget weekly
  4. Rest, relax and enjoy – #readharder2017 with #NoWhiteDudes2017
  5. Stop procrastinating / make progress – monthly home projects
  6. Simplify, clear, organize – be mindful of what enters our home
  7. Engage more deeply – phone a friend weekly


Check out 2016and 2015’s OLW

2015: One Little Word

Inspired by oh-so-many bloggers I read who do One Little Word, I’m giving it a try for the first time in 2015.

It just came to me and while I don’t think it’s really ‘sexy’ enough to be my OLW, I can’t shake it. So PUSH, it is. I looked it up and a few of the definitions really stuck out to me.

Push: verb, 1-exert force on (someone or something), 2-move forward, noun, 2- a vigorous effort to do or obtain something.

This will guide my other resolutions, which I’m not really putting out for global consumption, but this will be the year to push myself with making local friends, push myself in my career (I’m finally working on my job goals, woohoo!), push our budget and put in a vigorous effort.


2014: Year in Review

Whew! What a year 2014 has been! I know that everyone says that but seriously how did the year go by so incredibly quickly? Here’s a look at the year that was…

Let’s start with books, shall we?
Book count: 37

Most moving book – I Shall be Near to You

Most recommended book – tie between Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hr Book Store and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Most Reread: Harry Potter series – SO glad I did this this year!

And now for movies…
Movie count: 129

Film wise, this was the year of the SWINTON, at least for me. I realized halfway through Snowpiercer that she can literally be anything, anyone. She is magic.

My top films of the year are…
1- Only Lovers Left Alive
2- The Grand Budapest Hotel
3- Snowpiercer
4- The Imitation Game
5- The Lego Movie
6- The One I Love
7- Maleficient

family vacation

Life wise, this was our first full year of living in Ohio. Last January, we went to Minnesota for cross country skiing and family time. It also brought a seasonal lay off M and a new car for our family. Spring was job hunting and hunkering down in the insane polar vortex. We started our journey to hit up all the Columbus Metro Parks, one we’re still working on! April meant a return to outdoor education for M. June brought a work trip to Atlanta for me. My favorite time of the year -SUMMER- brought the 4th of July was spent at an awesome party at my parents, with a walk down to Whetstone Park for fireworks. My older sister came up for the State Fair in August and then M and I headed up to the South Shore of Lake Superior to his family’s cabin to see his parents, sister & her family and his aunt. Fall brought both of us busy seasons at work but we snuck away for my birthday to Pittsburgh, our first trip alone in over two years. We’re wrapping up a busy holiday season with eyes on 2015. I’m going to do a ‘one little word’ for 2015, for the first time, so I’ll be sharing more on that soon too.

pittsburgh~the comyn space

Welcome 2014

We spent New Year’s Eve just the two of us, something we’ve never done before, watching The Way and opening the good stuff, a bottle of beer we’ve been saving for a while (I can’t remember…it was a saison of some sort). On New Year’s Day we had dinner with my family and then took a nice long drive to get out of the city for a bit. It was a pretty relaxing day.

I know that I said that I usually don’t make resolutions at New Years but rather spend the time around my birthday thinking about the type of person I want to be when the next one rolls around. However, there are a few things I really want to work on and I know that if I don’t say them out loud, they’re not going to happen. Also, my mom and step dad have really good ones this year, I gotta step it up!

Now that my Life In Color blog circle is over, I’d really like to complete a 52 week photo challenge. I’m still looking for a good one, otherwise I’ll probably try to stick with a different theme each month (like composition, color, texture, etc).

I have more than a few cookbooks but I haven’t really gotten to know any of them, except for our Joy of Cooking, which is splattered, torn and well loved. I’d really like to cook my way thru about half of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I picked this one over some awesome vegaon ones because there aren’t a lot of ingredients I can’t get Aldi or Kroger. Also, I’m going to let myself write in it so I don’t have to keep track anywhere else (a la my amazing friend J who writes in all her cookbooks).

This is pretty much how my kitten spent New Year’s Eve and I suspect it’s her only plan for 2014. It isn’t like M and I both separately filled a stocking for her with toys. I guess we like her 🙂

vivi in a bag~the comyn space