Sweet 20-Sixteen

2016 has hit the ground running.

We’re officially one week into the New Year.

I have spent the past seven days meditating over what I really want the next 365 days to look like . . . or I guess I should say the next 358 ;) either way, I now know what I desire in myself for [what some are calling] “Sweet 16,” so here are my six 2016 to-do’s:

– Complete the 52 Lists Project.
– Be a better bathroom mate to my husband.
– Put things back where they belong.
– Routinely make plans and execute them daily to help achieve my life goals.
– Shop less but create more.
– Realize a task takes as long as it takes.

I really took the time this year to decide on what I wished to accomplish. The first is ultimately a gift to myself. I read about this book by Moorea Seal in the latest issue of Real Simple magazine and just had to have it to help further my personal relationship with myself [thank you, Amazon.com!] I mean at the end of the day each of us needs to be our own best friend and frankly I’m pretty mean to “Jenna” at times.

The second I wage might sound a bit weird because I am what I would call a “neat” person or someone who has a bit of O.C.D, but as my husband has quickly discovered, it can be a bit selective at times and I’m honestly not a great person to share a bathroom with [literally hair everywhere] when getting ready, I almost always come through a little like a twister and leave the place in cosmetic shambles :/ and although D keeps a very good head about it, it isn’t fair to him and needs to be resolved A.S.A.P.  which leads into my third of just simply putting things away in general after I’m done with them. Take my upholstery studio for example, I work and work and then just leave things strung all about at the end of the day = making the next day unmotivating and a bit painful in getting things started. So, yes, I am an avid cleaner and top-notch organizer but more tidiness from this nerdy girl is must.

The rest of my goals are deeply seeded in my artistry or my need to be creative. Us, artistic types have great imaginations and are equally as good at procrastination. The putting-off of tasks then also makes us the worst judges and juries to ourselves. I need to be a better planner. I need to be a better executor. I need to be patient. I need to be kind. I need to see the good in what I already have and the greatness that lies ahead.


Glasses: Dior / Pearls: Vintage / Sweater: J.Crew / Jeans: G-Star RAW / Pumps: Kate Spade New York

“Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.” — Sarah Bernhardt

What are your 2016 resolutions, goals, and/or to-do’s?

Please, share your thoughts about this post. Be kind & play nice.
  1. Amber says:

    Hi Jenna!
    I love your blog. This is my first visit and it’s very fun and colorful and inviting. These sound like great goals to accomplish over the next year! I love the one about shopping less and creating more. Great idea! That fits well with me, too, though, I don’t really shop that much I’m definitely seeking to create more this year!

    I ended up making quite a few resolutions, but a few of them are: travel out of state somewhere with my kiddos, blog regularly all year (just started my blog, so it’s only the beginning!), and take a dance class (either ballet, swing, or salsa!). I’m excited about 2016 so far. Even though it’s cold and snowy outside, I’m still feeling motivated and optimistic about the good things to come!

    Happy to have discovered your blog. Happy new year!

    • Jenna says:

      Awe! Thank you for your kind words, Amber :) it’s nice to hear that you are staying motivated even through the winter. I used to struggle with that in Nebraska . . . luckily, San Diego doesn’t have much a winter ;) thanks again!

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