Vaguely kicking off 2014: projects, non-resolutions, and plans

I can't stand new years resolutions so I avoid making them.

This year, however, is slightly different. I've got ideas marinating in my brain – and they just happen to coincide with January 2014. Does that make them resolutions, then? Maybe I'll just call them projects.

Project 1: Wedding Planning
It's only fair to call this a project, since it's already taking up a lot of my mindspace. Since my post in November, I've voraciously researched and planned aspects of the event and have (so far) been able to stick with our budget.

We found a cute little Italian restaurant called Caffino in Liberty Village: it fit perfectly with what I'd been looking for aesthetically and has mostly great reviews on Yelp. What's more, Rosa — the owner — has been wonderful to work with: she was flexible with making adjustments to the dinner service to accommodate us. Double win.

Pretty sweet, right?

Next up will be confirming with our officiant, who will hopefully be one of the former pastors at the church where we first met; figuring out our flower situation — which, as it stands right now, will likely be all DIY with some expertise from a florist friend of a friend and a wholesale order in August; and locking in a photographer.

My main idea for the wedding is based around the concept of our story and our family, so I'm doing my best to look into the past to weave in elements of our individual family histories and traditions. I also want to include the present and, importantly, the future, so I'm always on the lookout for opportunities where we can include our guests in the memory-making process.

(Want to follow along with my brainstorming process? Check out my board on Pinterest.)

My sister is also engaged, so I'll be helping to plan her wedding as well. More details on that for another post.

Project 2: Le Shop
It's been more than a few years since I made the decision to close up shop on Etsy, but I miss it and have been planning some shifts in focus for 2014. With that, I'm excited to announce that I'll be reopening in the late spring with a new focus. Stay tuned for a sneak peek and a more official announcement in posts to come.

Project 3: Get Crafty (Again).
Tied with Project 2, I'm getting back to my crafty roots. In the past few years, I've wandered away from them and tried a few other things, but it's proven to me that the heart always finds its way back. For me, my heart is always happiest when it's being creative.

To get started, I've signed up for a 6-week photography course to fine-tune some of my skills, have a slew of home decorating projects marinating in my head, and am planning two weddings. I think it's fair to say that I'll have plenty of opportunities to work an above-average amount of craftwork into my life.

2014 is shaping up to be a wonderful year.

What do you have planned?  

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