Plans and goals for 2020

2019 is OVER and I’m tired.

2019 is OVER and I’m tired. I feel like I ended this year with a fizzle, but I’m feeling refreshed after the holidays and I am ready to tackle some serious projects.

I love New Years resolutions and always have a hard time choosing just one thing, so this year I’ve divided it into two sections. Plans are the things that we have—well—planned. Goals are the more personal goals that won’t be as easily measured.


By the looks of it, we are going to hit the ground running in 2020 by transforming our silly bathtub into a closet.

It took us all of 2019 to make a decision about what to do with our shallow bathtub nook. After getting extremely high quotes to swap it out for a standing tub, we decided that a closet would be the best solution. It’s the most budget-friendly option and we were already using the tub as storage, so I’m sure that we will make good use of the extra storage.

The current condition of our bathroom.

We are planning a pretty major kitchen renovation.

Our space could be used so much more efficiently, and we are going to do something about it! I feel like the kitchen designs are all done, but stuck in my head. The first part of the year will be me trying to articulate the vision, and then we will execute! So far, I’ve collected a few inspiration images that I basically wish I could copy + paste into my house.

Our yard.

It’s a disaster and needs some major TLC. We added some garden beds, but need to get moving on adding some greenery. It’s currently a mud pit. The good thing is that it can’t get much worse and at this point anything we do will be a huge improvement.

Another bathroom project.

We are hoping we learn enough from removing the bathtub in the master bathroom project to confidently be able to replace the other shallow bathtub in our guest bathroom. It won’t be my dream freestanding tub, but it will be a big upgrade to get a deeper tub! I’m also going to try to convince Michael that we need new floors in here. Totally unnecessary, but I’ve been pinning these hexagon tile floors for as long as I’ve had a Pinterest and it’s always a fun challenge to get Michael on board with my ideas

via Pinterest

Adding a fireplace to the master bedroom.

For some reason this seems like the epitome of luxury to me, even though it’s 100 degrees most days here in Houston. I have a pretty good idea of the design of this project already. I just need to refine the plans and actually do it! I’m especially excited to tackle this project.

Fireplace plans rendered in SketchUp


I want to host more often!

A few weeks ago, we had some friends over to make candles and Christmas ornaments and it was so much fun! I definitely love crafts more than most people, but I want to make this into a thing. I’m planning on hosting a quarterly gathering to invite my friends to do simple crafts with me. I know this sounds a lot like being in a girl scout troop, but I’m determined to make it not lame. Also, I earned my Girl Scout Gold Award when I was in high school, so this is totally my scene.

Eeeeee I’m scared to publish this, but I want to aim to post at least 3 times each month on my blog and at least 3 times a week on Instagram.

I have a hard time prioritizing this outlet when I’m busy with work, but the honest truth is that I can make time for it. I want to treat this more like a job and just remind myself that it’s okay to take myself seriously.

Take better photos.

Photography has always been my weakness on this platform, and I am doing something about it! I recently bought myself a camera and have been loving playing around with it! I can’t wait to be even more capable of creating great content.

Refresh my wardrobe a little bit.

I’ve had a capsule wardrobe for the past year and have almost completely worn through most of my clothing. I am aiming to buy a few higher quality basics to have a more sustainable foundation for my wardrobe. I’ve never felt particularly stylish, but I know I feel more confident when my clothes aren’t on their literal last thread.

Go camping.

We’ve put off all camping trips for the past two years in the pursuit of weekend house projects. It’s always nice to get out of the house, so this will be a good thing to prioritize this year. My goal is to go on at least two trips!

Open a little shop.

My sister and I have been talking about opening an online pop-up shop for next Christmas. We have a long time to plan for it, but I think that it will be a fun way to channel some of our creative energy and I’m sure we will learn a lot along the way. Stay tuned for the grand opening after Halloween!

It’s going to be a great year! I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!

This post was written for the  Collected Eclectic blog.

Collected Eclectic was a passion project focused on recording the process as Grace and Michael van Meurer transformed their builder grade home in to something special.

124 blog posts were published between 2018 and 2021. Explore the complete Collected Eclectic archive here

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