Psst- thanks SO much for the like with our bit statement this morning guys. You rock our socks. For reals.

Well, we aren’t going to make 2,013 resolutions, however right here are five of them. You people understand that annually we like to broadcast them to the world to light a terminate under our arse in the really hopes of accomplishing them (you can inspect out last year’s here, 2011’s here, as well as 2010’s here). So let’s get cracking…

#1. Hold On. Let’s just state that for any individual who concerns we’ll run out of things to do or spaces to makeover or jobs to tackle… this is going to be our busiest year yet. Chock fulla new diy undertakings. We can’t expose whatever yet (there are some quite huge cats in some quite huge bags) however we can’t wait to complimentary the kitties! So beyond having a ton of untouched areas to tend to right here (like Clara’s huge woman room, the front porch, the carport, the guest bathroom, etc) let’s just state we’re not going to stop there. We have some other major things, as well as we can’t wait to over-share every detail with you guys. as well as no Mom, I’m not pregnant.
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#2. chat things Up. Without a doubt, you people put the “you” in young home Love, as well as we’ve pointed out that we’d like to work a lot more of “you” into our bit diy diary. We’ve really heard from a great deal of you who’d like to see forums over right here as a friendly as well as practical method to share photos, advice, ideas, inspiration, as well as all that great stuff. So we’ve been researching exactly how to get those going without crashing our site or costs hours every day preserving them. We’d truly like to provide it a try, so our goal is to focus even a lot more on making that occur in the spring (after we’re made with book excursion craziness). cross your fingers as well as whisper “no crashies, no crashies, no crashies” (that’s our equivalent to “no whammies”).

#3. Be Realistic. As much as we like to prevent blog stage fright by pretending that we’re just speaking to 10 readers, the reality is that there are a great deal a lot more people dropping in. as well as a lot of sites with over 5 million hits a month tend to be coded, written, as well as run by a team of people. Meanwhile, we’re just a person as well as a gal with a young child running around who are juggling diy projects, publish writing, an in-progress book tour, site coding, as well as a lot of secret-project spheres (wait, that seems wrong). So this resolution is just about reminding ourselves that we’re only two people. two extremely devoted people who like what we do, however two people who can’t do the work of ten people, no matter exactly how difficult we try. as well as this year we’re gonna stop beating ourselves up about it.

Since we like our lawn roots technique (we have no wish to hire people to response comments, compose posts, or program the site) that indicates that we requirement to be as effective as well as sensible as possible as well as stop pressuring ourselves. We’re not HGTV or BHG, we’re John as well as Sherry from the block blog. as well as amazingly, you people tell us that’s a huge reason that you like YHL, so it’s about time we embraced it.

#4. Reclaim Our Lives. This kind of links to resolution #3, however we’ve publicly struggled with discovering balance for a few years now (here, here, here, as well as here) as well as responded to “how do you do it all?” concerns with “we just don’t sleep – perhaps we’ll sleep next year.” Well, it’s officially next year, so it would be great not to be up up until 1am completing jobs as well as composing articles as well as juggling book stuff together with keeping up with typical things like laundry as well as cleaning as well as grocery shopping. We never aspired to be people who work on nights, weekends, as well as even on holiday (in truth we moved from nyc to Virginia back in 2005 to getaway that lifestyle) so the irony isn’t lost on us.

But although lots of of you chimed in during our blogiversary to state that you’d be delighted with one publish a day, we aren’t rather prepared to scale things back that much, so we’ve made a decision to go from 8 articles a week down to 7 articles a week (along with 2 a lot more over on young home Life as normal of course). At the end of the month whenever we glimpse back at our monthly roundups we’re always shocked at exactly how much we’ve done, as well as this modification shouldn’t impact that extremely much at all. It mainly indicates we’ll area out articles like window Shoppings, home Crashings, budget plan Blooms, or visitor Redesigns a bit a lot more so there’s one less of those articles to write, photograph, edit, proofread, as well as response concerns about each week.

Hopefully you won’t notice the shift extremely much (we believe we’ll publish twice on Monday, when on Tuesday, twice on Wednesday, when on Thursday, as well as when on Friday together with two a lot more articles every week over on young home Life). as well as that speed will enable us to spend a lot more time brainstorming ideas, really doing projects, as well as recharging with the household – three things that add as much as happier bloggers, which will ideally cause even a lot more thought-out jobs as well as innovative ideas. It likewise indicates we’re less likely to throw in the blogging towel. We absolutely want to play the long game as well as not shed out considering that we genuinely like this odd bit occupation we’ve built, particularly when we’re balanced as well as wise about exactly how we run this bit two person ship of ours.

#5. Be Free. You people never stop working to surprise us by responding to the most random of articles (like this I composed about breast feeding as well as this John composed about running). They both got numerous comments a lot more than any type of other diy associated publish around it, as well as they remind us that sharing a lot more than just painting as well as sawing as well as gluing as well as sanding is as fun for you people as it is for us. Heck, even a random Friday publish such as this one about five odd things about me elicited over 1,000 comments – as well as they’re without a question the funniest comments on our entire site. Seriously, take ten minutes to scroll through a page or two as well as I assurance you’ll be giggling. This blog is our delighted location as well as these spontaneous articles keep it light as well as fun. as well as we believe blogs that are a lot more stream-of-consciousness than polished-and-perfect are the most fun to checked out anyway.

So those are our five putting-them-out-there resolutions for the coming year. What are you people resolving? any type of personal ones? personally I’m resolving to simplify things like crazy (something I’ve stated before, however I’m feeling even a lot more figured out to master it this year). I have as well lots of gadgets as well as decorative objects as well as pillows as well as gift bags as well as pens as well as about a million other things that add as much as a whole lotta clutter, so I can’t wait to pare down as well as attempt to online as just as John as well as I did back in nyc when we each had small studios without attics as well as basements to hoard clutter. less truly is more, in so lots of ways.

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