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2013 In Review

January 2nd, 2014

Hi All,

I hope and trust you had a great festive season. Ours was manic with two birthdays, a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, it was pretty much a blur. When I get a chance I’ll get a few pics up, suffice to say it was lovely spending time with our family and loved ones.

In the meantime I wanted to recap the year that was and say a big thank you for your support and encouragement, both here and via Instagram and Twitter.

WordPress’s JetPack Stats does this thing once a year and tally’s up all your posts, visits and crunches the numbers in a fun, motivational way and shared this about the blog.

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

So thank you, thank you all for attending the performance that is my life, Opera House or not!

Here are links to the 3 most popular posts, not surprisingly they’re DIY/Craft related.

Make Your Own Chalkboard Wall Organizer

Make your own chalkboard wall organizer, an old post that has been pinned over 12,000 times!

Make your own modular plywood storage

Make Your Own Modular Plywood Storage

The Organized Life: The Laundry

The Organized Life: The Laundry

I had visitors from over 148 countries, mostly the USA, South Africa and surprisingly, France, Merci!

I’m not sure what this year will hold for me blogging wise, truthfully, as I shared in my last post I’m have a big rethink on where I spend my time and energy, which leaves little time for blogging in a personal capacity, but will continue to update CTS as and when I can.

All the best for 2014, I hope it is a wonderful year for you filled with adventure and new experiences!

The Thing About Change

December 18th, 2013

So, I woke up this morning having struggled with only 2.5 hours sleep, with a new idea.

Ideas come fast and hard, I often have trouble getting them all out of my head, it seems they are all screaming for attention. Truth be told I’ve been burning the candle at both ends in so many areas of my life to the point of overwhelm over this past year.

I blog on at least 5-6 different blogs, and a host of social media platforms. I also raise two kids, run a home, cook and am involved in a myriad of freelance vocational tasks… I NEED to SLOW down.

As a family we have some pretty major life changes ahead of us, nothing I’m willing to share just yet, but in planning for the future, I need to address my present situation.

I’ll be cutting back on a lot of my blogging responsibilities, not only by choice, but out of need as I’ve enrolled in on-line studies for 2014. I’m finally going to do what I’ve always wanted to do, my diploma in Interior Design.

Some of you may know I’m a graphic designer by trade, having worked in new media and on-line for over a decade, but truth be told, as much of this website reflects, my passion is in interiors.

Looking back at this blog, it’s always been a little here and there, it doesn’t have a particular theme, more of a literal outpouring of my various creating endeavors.

So back to my big idea. A new blog. Wait, what? I thought you were trying to slow down not ADD things? Well yes and no. I’ve always felt the pressure to blog weekly, bi-weekly and then go through bouts of daily blogging, but I can’t maintain that rhythm with my current lifestyle and responsibilities.

So I’ve decided to start a new blog in Jan focusing purely on interiors, weekly home features, creative homes from friends around the world. Why weekly? Well it’s all I have time for, and truth be told I’m a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of on-line content these days, never having enough time to internalize it all. Weekly seems to be a good rhythm for both creation and consumption.

Why home tours? Well as I look back over the past year I’ve become a lot more visual, my preferred mediums of social media these days are Pinterest and Instagram and so a no-fluff, largely image based blog seems to be more in step with where I find myself.

I’ve already closed the door on two blogs this year, and will continue to keep this one up here, but will probably blog less frequently (well there have been some months where it’s been a month between posts!), and use it to continue sharing more of my personal life and adventures.

I’ll share more when I can, just wanted to get the words out of my head on onto these virtual pages.

Need a Lift app?

December 12th, 2013
Lift app

Lift app

Image courtesy of Lift – Daily Motivation

I’m often asked how I get things done. Those closest to me know that I’ve been a self-employed entrepreneur for well over a decade. Added to this I’m now the primary caregiver to two kids, managing a work-from-home workload as well as the cooking, cleaning and household chores.

Routines work for me and many other productive life hackers. I keep a short to-do list, focus on three things a day, mapping out all that I need to achieve in the 3-4 daily work hours I have between my parental responsibilities.

Most of these habits I’ve enforced over years of practice, but statistically habits form within 21-days of starting them, but it’s starting and maintaining them for that is the hardest part.

Enter the Lift – Daily Motivation app. Prior to having kids I set out my day on physical paper, though these days I’m largely digital, but accruing new habits can be tricky.

Adding them to my diary is a chore and I can’t always achieve them by a set time or in a specific order. Lists help, but are not daily reminders like calendar entries.

The Lift App aims to accomplish this and more by adding to it a social element, for friends, even strangers to empower each other by giving ‘props’ and even commenting, adding a word or two of encouragement to each other.

You can select a list of habits from predefined categories like Fitness Plans, Health Plans even Productivity Plans, or add your own.

A few of my current daily goals include: Take Multivitamins, Drink more water, Set priorities for the day, Be grateful for something or someone, Daily devotional, Pray and Get to bed by Midnight.

As I achieve these I tick them off, the app then keeps track of them as you do and even mails me a list at the end of each day of what I’ve accomplished and any comments I may have added along the way.

So if you are wanting to make sense of your life and start preparing for new habits in the coming year, download it today, best of all it’s FREE and available for the iPhone, Android and even through a Web-based interface.

What new habits would you like to commit to?

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