Friday, January 7, 2011

Change is Good

Change is good.  Change keeps things exciting.  And different.  And sometimes scary.

I've been a bit restless, knowing that many changes will be taking place in 2011 for me and my family.  We are preparing for my upcoming kidney transplant, changes in employment, and reduced income.  Of course, I have so many things to be thankful for.  I'm surrounded by a large group of loving people - my family, my friends, and my church.  People around the world are praying for me.  I am blessed. 


I have seen how God is at work in my life and I know He is preparing to do more.  Way more.  I guess that's why I'm feeling restless.  I want to get the party started!

I've been using a notebook to jot ideas down in.  I call it "My Brain Dump".   If I don't write things down as they come to me, I either forget about them or they rattle around in my brain and make noise while I'm trying to sleep.  Do any of you have that same problem? 

So, today I thought I'd share some of my ideas with you.  Some things I'd like to change.  Some things I'd like to do.  Some things I'd like to learn. 

Here's my list:

1.  Monday Motivation:  I'm going to post Monday Motivation in a more organized fashion.  Basically we'll be going through each room of our home (one a month) to organize and clean.  I'll be doing it with you so we can all keep each other accountable. 
     January -Foyer/Entrance
     February - Kitchen
     March - Bathrooms
     April - Bedrooms
     May - Closets
     June - Kid's rooms
     July - Family Room/Living Room
     August - Paper Work
     September - Car
     October - Garage
     November - Laundry Room
     December - Dining Room

2.  Since money is going to be tighter than ever, I'll be posting weekly about saving money. 

3.  I'm considering starting an additional blog that will be more of a spiritual nature.  This blog is primarily about homemaking and organizing.  I feel a little bit restrained by that so I think I'll enjoy a new blog.  I'll let you know when that happens.

4.  I've neglected my little Etsy shop lately.  I've got tons of projects in the works but nothing finished, photographed, and listed. 

5.  I'm working on some workshops to share with church groups.  I've got one lined up for the end of January and am hoping for more opportunities.  As I teach the workshops, I'll post the material on my blog so you can learn too.  It will also be a resource for those who attended the workshop. 

6.  I'm continuing to focus of eating whole, organic, and local foods.  I'll be sharing what I'm learning about this healthy way of eating.  I truly believe that the reason I'm functioning so well with minimal kidney function is because my diet is "clean". 

7.  I've got some home projects that I'd like to get done this year.  With money being tight,  I'll have to get extra creative and resourceful but that's what makes it exciting.  I'll be finishing up my craft room and hopefully redoing the upstairs bathroom.  I'd like to finish the kitchen island and our guest room.  We'll see what happens.

8.  I really want to learn to be a better photographer.  Well. . . I can't really call myself a photographer.  Right now I'm just a "picture taker" - but I'm determined to learn.  Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife wrote an excellent post this week with some photography tips. 

So, that's what's going on with Tidy Brown Wren.  Drop me a line to let me know what you think.  Are you ready to party with me?



  1. Change can be very good, and I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for you in 2011!

  2. I'm excited about you starting a blog of a religious nature. I understand your comment about feeling a bit restrained in this blog. Good luck on all your resolutions -- I have a few I'm working on too.

  3. Where did you get the Blessed necklace? I would like to get one.

    Love you lots

  4. Hi Kelly, I am a silent but frequent reader of your blog and I also pray for you and the upcoming kidney transplant. I keep my fingers crossed.
    Your ideas for this year sound great and I will try to follow you to get more organized. But don't forget to take your time and relax. ;-)

    Big hugs

  5. I don't actually own the necklace - it's on my wish list. I have found several shops on Etsy that carry necklaces of that nature. I love the added pearl.

  6. You're an inspiration to us all, Kelly. I'll be praying for you.
    I received a necklace for Christmas like the one you showed above. It has the names of my children on it and I love it.

  7. i love how you listed your goals each month! i need to do that...if you like a religion 'bend' on a post, you might want to check out our recent one about the raccoon. jill

  8. All of your ideas sound great and I'm excited to hear about them. I keep going over to your Etsy shop and just checking things out LOL I think that scarf purse is beautiful and was a good idea!

    Do you already have a donor kidney? Because if so, yay! Still praying!

    And I love Jo-Lynne's photo tips too, they were really helpful for this picture taker!

  9. I am excited to get started!!! Bring it on!

  10. LOL, I can TOTALLY relate to this - ideas that "rattle around in my brain and make noise while I'm trying to sleep."

    I think a new blog will be great for you, especially with everything going on right now.


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