January 12th: Hang Curtains in Living Room

If I keep up all these home projects my house might just look like a home.

One of my biggest things since moving in has been not having a curtain in the front of my house. I actually completed this task a while ago but forgot to check it off my list, so today, I will lazily mark this one off.

I will say, it is ridiculously hard to pick out curtains. There are probably 16 million different options. I am simple and like rustic, so I went with this cheap but cute style.

I like it because of its simplicity but multi-fictionality.

January 11th: Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch

I have gotten a little backed up on posting but it does not mean I have not been actively checking things off my list. I suppose one task I should add to the list is keep my blog up to date. So I suppose today I will aim to make that happen and back date my postings.

So Friday, January 11th seemed like the perfect day to make some homemade hot chocolate! We had six inches of snow in Denver! Although much of it did not stick because it was so warm out, it still felt like a great day for some cocoa!

I found this super simple recipe online: Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch and went for it!

Gathered ingredients:

Started by heating whole milk and sugar:

Melted down the chocolate in the microwave:

Mixed it in once the milk started to slightly simmer:

Added a touch of vanilla. And boom- Hot chocolate!

It was decadent. And so easy! Definitely a great thing to do on a cold, winter day!

January 8th: Make a New Essential Oil Blend

I had this on my list last year and checked it off around this time of year, but I loved it so much I made sure to add it back to the list this year.

I made nearly the same one but left our the peppermint this year. After reading some effects of peppermint it can be very invigorating… which absolutely can be a good thing but when trying to make a blend for pain relief I wanted something that was calming. So I just blended eucalyptus and lavender. Both are said to have calming and pain relief aspects to them.

I still have major nerve pain and inflammation my hands on a regular basis, so I’m hoping using this blend can help with that.

For those that have never made a blend, it is pretty simple. I always research what oils blend well together and for what purposes and then use the recipe with a carrier oil, usually fractionated coconut oil.

This is all I needed to make my new blend and I am already using it!

I found a lot of other recipes I cannot wait to try out this year too!

January 7th: Take Amtrak to Glenwood Springs

This is such a great experience and another one that I actually crossed off last year but never input, so on another day when I am super busy with work I am crossing this off the list.

Anyone that lives in Denver, I highly recommend this. I went with a wedding party. It was a BLAST!

Here are some great pictures from the train! I would love to go again this winter or fall to see a different scene.

January 6th: Say No

This might sound like a simple thing but when I added it to the list I meant for it to be a way of taking a stand.

In the instance of what I did today- I was asked to work a shift for someone. I always say yes, probably because I am a workaholic. But also because most of the time I will put other people’s time above mine. But today I said NO!

I plan to take a stand and say no more often when I want to, even if I have a sense of guilt about it.

January 5th: Build Shelves in my Kitchen

I love DIY projects, especially since I bought my house. Many blah posts over the last couple years often show that.

When I first moved in I knew I would be making a lot of changes. The kitchen at the front of my mind.

This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

I quickly moved my refrigerator, took down some of the cabinets and painted the remaining ones. This quickly showed that I needed some more storage areas.

I found these shelves on Etsy

But all the ones I found were either too small or far too expensive.

So I decided I could make them myself!

I contacted a friend who I Jew had an abundance of reclaimed wood, found piping online at Essential Hardware and went to work.

This is what the kitchen has become. It is amazing how some colorful paint and a cheap DIY project can transform a space.

I am pleased with it. But will always continue changing things up. I already have changed how the shelves are organized to make them look a little more decorative.

I have a few more to put on another wall but am having problems attaching them because of the type of material the wall is made out of. Hopefully a project for another day.

January 4th: Treat Yourself to Lunch

I started this journey two years ago on January 1st of 2017. The December coming up to that new year I compiled a list of 365 things that I had either never done, goals I wanted to accomplish or resolutions I wanted to set for the year. In that first year I accomplished just over 200 of them. It was hard some days… other days it was super easy.

Coming up onto 2018 I realized I was never going to cross them all off. So I added new ones and in some cases repeated ones that I wanted to make sure to repeat. 2018 was hectic. After crossing off “Buy a House” in 2017, 2018 became a lot about renovating and costly expenses, particularly mortgage costs. Through the year I only crossed off 60 things.

Now that 2019 is here I am restarting the list and hoping to spend the year concentrating on positive reinforcement things and goals. Continuing DIY projects for my house, garden and property will be a major part but I will also concentrate improving myself through month long resolutions, like purging one item a day for a month that I started on the first. But I also want to make sure to think about things I can do for myself that positively reinforce life. I do not want everyday to be about what I can do to improve or “fix” myself. I think it is also important at to do things that make me feel good or give me a sense of positivity.

So, really, that long wonder blog for the day just boils down to my thing for today- “Treat Yourself to Lunch”. I went out this afternoon and had a nice lunch at Buchi Cuban Cafe. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive- but a nice change up from either not even eating lunch or something thrown together at home. I went and had a delicious lunch by myself. I just set out from my house with no known destination and as I drive by Buchi’s (which I had been to before) I remember how much I enjoyed the establishment. It is owned by a Floridian and kind of reminds me home.

Nice how such a simple thing for the day gave me a positive feeling and put me in a good mood about having to go to work tonight.