My 2017 New Year’s resolutions…

Office desk

Call them New Year’s resolutions or just goals but I’ve been thinking about the year ahead and what I want to achieve.

They say it helps to tell people your goals… it makes them more real and holds you accountable… so while part of me wants to just write these in a journal at home where no one will see them, I’m instead sharing them with all of you eeeek!

From career to relationships, finances and health, I like to start the year with clear intentions of what I want to achieve.

Except last year. This time last year, I was the size of a house ready to have baby Patrick and then I blinked and it was 2017… so I kind of missed the whole goal setting thing.

While I don’t have any complaints about last year — and amazing things still happened like we launched our interior styling service, won Best Australian Interior blog, collaborated with incredible brands and so much more — it constantly felt like I was winging it.

I’d like to find a bit more balance in my life and I also have big dreams (for me, anyway) that I want to accomplish so without further ado, here are my goals for 2017:

1. More quality family time

With both hubby and I running our own businesses, it seems at times we’re like passing ships in the night.

Juggling a young bub and work and family time has been a challenge but this year I want to make more time for the 3 of us to be together. Bring on weekends away, beach trips and long family walks.

2. Finish our home

I know I should be patient and accept that building a house takes time but the unfinished parts of our home (picture dirt patch for a front yard) seriously bother me. I think it’s the Libran in me.

It’s been 18 months since we moved in and while we’ve been making strides to finish and style our home, there’s still a lot to be done. Here is my list of to dos that WILL get done this year:

Front of house:

– finish front fencing
– grass and pave front of house
– mulch and plant garden beds
– treat myself to a PROPER DRIVEWAY!
– create more of an entry area around the front door

Outside of home
I can’t wait to kiss our dirt patch front yard goodbye!


– create outdoor dining area
– build outdoor kitchen
– create outdoor bar area
– create path along side of house
– fix up planting

Alfresco area:

– create outdoor living room
– string up lighting and bring a festive feel
– hanging planters or lanterns
– hanging chair or other relaxed seating


– move Patrick’s nursery to a larger room downstairs
– create a feature wall (perhaps wallpaper?)
– find a way to display and organise toys and treasured pieces

I’m quite happy with the other rooms in our home and just need to make the odd buy here or there, like a floor lamp in our living room. Oh and I also just bought more blinds which will be going up in the dining/kitchen and downstairs bedrooms soon.

3. Launch an online shop

I know I’ve been talking about this one for a while but it is coming, I promise!

By the end of the month, get ready to start shopping right here. YAY!

4. Get back into regular yoga

I’ve been doing yoga off and on for about 15 years and always feel better when I do it consistently.

I recently started classes again and am already feeling my core strength and posture improve (it went down the toilet after having a baby) so my goal is to stick to at least one class a week.

5. Launch my own homewares line

This is the scariest goal on the list. Where do I even start?!

But since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to design and create my own homewares line so it’s about time I got on with it! Stay tuned for this in late 2017.

Have you made goals for 2017? I’d love you to share them with me!


  1. Great list and you’ve certainly got a busy year ahead! I’m looking forward to seeing your outdoor spaces come along. My yard has been looking like a dirt patch or weed jungle for about 4 years so I need inspiration to do something out there 🙂

    • He he, eek yes, definitely have a lot on the ‘to do’ list 😉 Hoping to get the first of the outdoor spaces finished within the next month so hopefully you’ll find the inspiration you’re looking for xx

  2. Sounds like a super exciting year ahead! Congrats on all your achievements last year, bring on 2017! I will be especially looking forward to the online shop opening, I have a long list of homewares to buy for the new house 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jane, your support is so lovely!

      Last year was the craziest of my life, such a blur in my sleep-deprived state but wouldn’t change it for the world. Now that baby P is sleeping through the night, I’m feeling really optimistic about what I’ll be able to achieve… The countdown is on to launch my shop… wish me luck 🙂

  3. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the front garden. Your achievements in 2016 were inspiring. I’ve no doubt your 2017 will be just as stellar. Can’t wait for your homeward creations.

    • Thanks so much Diane, I’m feeling excited and positive about 2017 and hope you are too! Eeep the pressure is on with our front garden, especially with your background in horticulture 😉 It’s a bit overwhelming because we have a huge front yard that wraps around a corner block but fortunately I have my step-father who is a landscape architect to help! We’ve already been making a little progress on this space so I’ll post an update about how it’s tracking soon x

  4. What a wonderful list of goals, lovely!

    Oh my goodness, I cannot WAIT to see your homewares line! I know it will be absolutely incredible! I’m looking forward to seeing your outdoor transformations too! We’re buying our next family home this year so I know where I’ll be looking for inspiration!

    Family time is key – we try to make the most of the little, precious time we get together now we’re both working fulltime so it’s a challenge but when you make the time to just be together, it’s so fulfilling! xx

    • I don’t know how you’re juggling full-time work and your blog! #supermum

      Absolutely think more family time is my most important goal this year. Little P is growing up way too fast and I don’t want to take this time for granted. We’ve already spent way more time together this year than last and we’re all feeling happier for it.

      How exciting you’ll be buying a home this year. Keep me posted on how the house hunting goes and what interior inspiration we can help with.

      I better start planning this homewares line now that I’ve said it 😉 xx


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