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june small goals

I mentioned in this post that we’ve decided to stay put at the Rosedale apartment for the next year. After Matt and I made the decision, we were sitting around talking about the pros of staying, and he said, “It’ll be so nice for you to not have any projects, since everything’s done!” I paused, looked at him, and laaaaughed and laughed and laughed. He now understands that the projects may never end. (The limit does not exist!)

fiddle leaf fig with credenza

In the spirit of never-ending projects, I thought I’d try out a new series on the blog-monthly small goals. I saw this series originally on the site of the super lovely/stylish/fun to read and fellow Austin-blogger Writes Like a Girl, and I love the idea. I do better with goals when I write them down–hello, physical monthly planner book that I still use on a daily basis. Also, lists. Sign me up. I’ll do my best to make these somewhat related to the blog and not list things like “For the love of God, schedule that dentist appointment already.”

SO. Here are my small goals for the month of June, including one I’ve already completed LIKE A BAWS.

  1. Sell furniture/decor items on Craigslist. Done! A while back, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I used it mostly to clean out and organize my “things,” but realized during the process that some of my furniture and large decor items were just taking up space and didn’t bring me joy. It’s always kind of sad to get rid of things that you have a history with, but I ended up selling four things- two rugs, an armchair, and a side table that we never used. The place feels roomier and happier already.
  2. Paint TV wall black. I’ve wanted to do this since moving in. Our living room is so bright that I think it’s the perfect room for this experiment, and the black will really make the art on the wall pop. You can see my inspiration here. We started the process by putting a couple of paint samples on the wall, and neither of them are quite dark enough. Really want to get this done by the end of the month!
  3. Shoot before/afters of the black wall and submit them to publications. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made any submissions, mainly because I’ve just been enjoying creating content for the blog and not focusing on promoting it. I think these before/afters will be too fun not to share, though.
  4. Make these basil lemon drops and enjoy them on the finished patio. This checks off several mini-goals: 1) actually using the herbs I’ve planted/successfully kept alive, 2) basking in the glow of the completed patio and 3) ree-lack-say-shee-on. Plus: “Basil Lemon Drops.” Just saying it out loud makes my mouth water.
  5. Finish Fates & Furies. Bonus: could combine this with goal #4 for a very enjoyable evening. I kind of had a hard time getting through the middle of this book, but now that I’m reaching the end it’s really ramped up and made me excited to finish it. Plus, I need to finish it so that I can choose my next book. Any recommendations? I’ve got a little list going, or there’s the ever-present option of re-reading the Harry Potter series for the eleven hundredth time.

Next month I’ll circle back and I’ll either be successful and lord it over everyone, or I won’t be and everyone can point and laaaaugh and laugh and laugh like I did when Matt assumed I wouldn’t drive myself nuts with projects over the next year. I’ll try and cling as hard to my goals as Finn is clinging to his best friend, Harvey, in the most adorable candid photo of all time. Just kidding, I staged it. OF COURSE I staged it, guys. Do you think these photos just happen?

finn and harvey




  1. Carolyn Carolyn

    Adorable picture of Finn. Love your blog! Love the black wall idea. I have a high gloss black wall that is beautiful with only a wall sconce.


      Oooo a high gloss black wall sounds so dramatic and pretty!

  2. Holly Twitchell Holly Twitchell

    Can’t wait to see the black wall. Check Harvey? Looks like he can’t breathe. xoxoxo


      Harvey has remarkable stamina even with fully squished lungs.

  3. Those Harry Potter books tho. They are up there with re-watching all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire for the 5th time.
    I just finished ‘Broken Monsters’ by Lauren Beukes. It’s a murder/thriller kind of book? Idk, basically if it involves fictional characters that make me feel like a better human being by comparison, I’m all for it. Really well written, too.


      Oooh I definitely wouldn’t mind a well written thrillery type thing. And nothing says weirdly comforting like Buffy. You get me ?

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