Dec 21, 2015

Preparing for 2016!

Although I'm not a New Year's resolution type of woman, this year I have started thinking about the new year in advance.  I want 2016 to be a game changer for me and I expect it.  Some of the changes I want to make are mindset driven.  Others will require me to take action and be disciplined, but the common theme for all of these changes is they will serve to increase the quality of my life.

Organization will be at the top of my list.  I now realize there are so many little nooks and crannies of my home that receive no care.  My server and coat closet are jumbled up with random items and each lacks an organizational theme.  The unfinished side of my basement has been a dumping ground for years.  One half is filled with unfolded laundry and the other half is simply a cluster f*** (excuse my French).  The day after Christmas I'm heading into the basement to prepare excess sheets and comforters for donation.  I'm also going to Walmart to pick up a few small, clear storage containers for my seasonal decor.  Once I've situated the basement to my liking I will start projects on the dining room server and coat closet.

Life and mindset changes have also been pressing down on me.  I've spent the last 2 years refocusing on bringing my appearance up to par with a new wardrobe and lots of new makeup.  Looking around my bedroom recently, I came to realize that I have ENOUGH and the funds I've been spending on self (not all of it) need to be redirected to creating memorable experiences for my child and myself, as well as saving and home updates.  The last week or so has been spent talking to my child about having enough and being satisfied with having enough.  However, I also have to remember that my habits and behavior serve as her mirror to life so it's time for me to be more cognizant about the way I do things.  In 2016, I have vowed that I will take her to the bank on a regular basis and teach her how to fill out a deposit slip so she can start putting more money in her bank account.

Last, but certainly not least, my interactions with others need some adjusting.  Stress is a real thing and affects us in so many different ways, namely for me it has resulted in me being unorganized and shopping too much.  I need to seriously practice not allowing others to displace their stress onto me. Enabling others to not stand in their truth gives them the green light to dump all of their "stuff" on me.  The soft heart I have for people whom I love and care about has created a handicap for all parties involved, but in 2016, if I'm going to stand in mine, everyone who enters my sphere is going to have to stand in theirs.  The only assistance I will provide is honesty.

Comment below about some of things that have been on your mind going into the new year so we can motivate each other to claim 2016 as a game changing year!  Voila!

Dec 7, 2015

Holiday Home Decor Haul!

Merry Christmas!
love, The Diva Plan

Between The Dollar Spot at Target, Dollar Tree, Ross and Walmart I simply cannot get enough of shopping for home decor items.  Today I came to the conclusion that with all of the affordable home decor available these days, there's absolutely no reason why I shouldn't be able to decorate every room in my home.  In 2016, I plan on being hyper focused on home (with a little style hauling mixed in of course:).

Light up reindeer $3 at Target
Gold garland tree $1 at Dollar Tree

During the holidays, the stores I mentioned above are excellent resources for spot decorating those special places in your home.  I started a tradition of restyling a gold tray on the dining room table and that has expanded to the server in the dining room and bookshelves and end tables in the living room. For some reason, I'm feeling like next year I will be expanding to the bedrooms.  At any rate, I'm always about affordability and this has allowed me to bring holiday cheer to my home without breaking the bank. Check out some of the items I was able to score for Christmas 2015.

Wooden "oh deer" wall art $3 at Target
Stocking holder $3 at Target
Wooden 'home for the holidays" wall art $3 at Target
Plastic candy dish and candy $1 each at Dollar Tree
Throw pillows $7.99 and $8.99 at Ross.