Projects for the Home and Heart

Watercolor bird painting for above the couch.

I hope everyone’s holidays went well and that you have recovered nicely. I’m happy to say I survived, even with the ongoing migraines and on and off flu-like symptoms which is a mystery yet to be solved. I stayed home from a couple gatherings, went to one, but also had some company and one-on-one visits throughout the month of December so that was very nice.

I have been getting into little projects around my apartment. In December I wanted to make over my living room. I made a painting for above my couch, figured out a slip cover for my couch, and got new pillows. I also decoupaged my old, damaged coffee table with old book pages. It took a lot of work and I ran a lot of errands, but I’m very pleased with how it all turned out. I did all of it on a pretty small budget, too. I am in my apartment so much that I want it to be nice and comfortable and have pleasant things on the wall to look at. It’s all good for my mind and mood!

In late December I started thinking about everything my kitchen needs so that was the next project and it is ongoing. I really needed to replace some pots and pans and get new knives. But I also got some new utensils and measuring cups and spoons. I even made a dinnerware change. The new towels complete the look and now I have an aqua/turquoise themed kitchen. I do a lot of cooking so this room is quite important to me. It has also helped me kick off some healthy eating habits in this new year, too.

My next project is in the bedroom where I hope to reorganize some things. I also want to go through packets of photos and put the ones I want to keep in albums and get rid of the rest. I think I can even free up some space in that room.

I have always liked the start of a new year and resolutions. And I’ve always liked organizing. It’s nice to do little upgrades as you have the time and money.  I am careful though to not become attached to “things”. As quick as they come, they can go away in an instant.

This new year, I want to keep up with some projects for my heart, too. I want to continue to “upgrade” my spiritual life as I grow my relationship with God. The prayer binder I put together last year has been very helpful and I want to keep up with it, along with daily Bible reading (I have found using an app or website to track reading is very helpful) and attending church as often as I’m able to. I have quite a few books by Christian authors to read as well. This will help keep everything in perspective for me and will remind me who, not what, to put first in my life. I will keep on going with my little projects and upgrades at home but know and realize that it’s God who is most important in my life and in my heart. “Stuff” may seem really important now but things come and go. I will come and go. But my journey with the Father is forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Do you have any home projects planned this year? What do you need to get organized? What does your heart need this year…more time with God, volunteerism, or more random acts of kindness toward others? I would love to hear your goals! Happy New Year!