Amber’s Favorite Things for 2012 – Just Like Oprah, But With Less Free Stuff

I’ve spent a lot of time this past weekend thinking about the year ahead. I’m not one to make resolutions, but the end of a year always make me think about what’s next.

As I make plans, I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you some of the things that are part of my plan for 2012.

Organization, Cleaning, and General Home DIY:

Remember when I talked about the cleaning kick I’ve been on? It’s growing. To that end, I’ve encountered this great calendar for organizing your house across the entire year. I have a tendency to forget to pace myself when I start on a kick, which is why it usually is just a “kick”. It lasts for days, maybe weeks, then I return to my old ways.

This schedule breaks organizing the home into smaller daily tasks. Over time, your entire house will be together (and some charity will likely be very happy). Very excited about getting started

In line with keeping the house organized, I’m also on a quest to keep it super clean, and finding ways to do it without spending a fortune on chemical-laden cleaners. I’ll be experimenting with herb-infused vinegar, baking soda, and even some homemade detergent.

Pinterest has become a special kind of drug in my house-helping madness. So many amazing DIY ideas, including ones like this. My bathroom and kitchen are on the schedule to be renovated by little old me, armed with paint, brushes, and sponges. I’ll be sure to blog about it, failures and successes.

Speaking of projects, I’ve already begun one, a budget rehaul of the hubs drab office into a geeky man cave. Pictures and details to follow in the new year.

And I won’t even begin to list the many crafty projects ahead. Let’s just say that I discovered CraftGawker.

Blogging, Writing, and all that:

This week I wrote up a review of a fantastic book on blogging for writers. Which, being that I had pretty much written off books like this, is pretty amazing. I’m a critical student, so any book that ventures to teach me something gets an extra critical eye. However, upon completion of Novel Blogging, I actually see myself putting a lot of it to use. Strike that. It has me excited about putting it to use.

Now, being excited about Novel Blogging, setting goals for my writing is going to be very important, so I’ve decided to join up with the ROW80 crew again, and put my goals out there for all to see.

I’ll use the goal setting group to help me work through the non-fiction project I have brewing, with the aim of having it written by the summer. ::gulp::

30 Day Challenges 

Also while on Pinterest, I’ve come across a lot of 30 day challenges. I kinda love the idea of giving myself one little assignment each day across the span of a month that helps me work on something. Whether it be my love of drawing and photography, or a plan to help me be more fit. (Couldn’t link to the original on that one – if you are on Pinterest and want to see that 30 Day Challenge, check my boards.)

I may even create some of my own.

Social Butterflying

No, I am not talking about Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, G+, or any other way of socializing online. I’m talking about in real life. I have a bad habit (particularly in the last 3 years) of being a bit of a hermit. Which, while I am an introvert, isn’t completely healthy for me.

I’m motivating myself to do more with people with new recipes. What good is cooking fun stuff if there is no one around to eat it? I may have a tea party with the ladies so I can bust out this quiche, or a pajama dinner where we all indulge in yummy breakfast treats.

Whatever I make, the key is there will be people there to enjoy it. And I’ll be there to enjoy them. (That sounds creepy. See? Not around people enough.)

What tools will you be using to accomplish new things in 2012?