Top Mistakes When Setting New Year Goals

I know everyone has had this happen to them, the clocks ticking down to the New Year and you look back and realize you didn’t do ONE thing on your goal list. Don’t feel bad, the large majority of adults don’t end up keeping their resolutions. This year I have a long list of goals that I’m hoping to accomplish but first let’s talk about the top mistakes people make when they do set goals.

Mistakes when Making New Year goals

First, setting goals that are too vague. For example “I want to travel” . While I won’t deny that’s a good goal be more specific! Set a deadline and a place to create more urgency in achieving this goal. “I want to travel to the grand canyon by summer” is better.

Second, Not writing goals down. Truth, I have the WORST memory and I know a lot of other adults do as well. We are pulled in a million directions every day. If you don’t write down your goals chances are you’re not going to remember them. Don’t set yourself up for failure by not writing them down! I use to stick mine on sticky notes to my computer screen so I had a constant reminder.

Third, Trying to attain all your goals at once. It’s one thing if you only have a handful of goals. but if you have several it would likely work out better if you only work on a few at one time. I have 20 goals for 2020. I will likely only Focus on a few goals at once to help accomplish them and get them out of the way.

Lastly, Be realistic with your goals! Setting eccentric goals sounds like lots of fun but if they are too far out of reach you’ll likely be let down. Don’t get me wrong, I like setting goals that are just a tad out of reach and really make me work for it. But, for example, I wouldn’t set a goal to run a half marathon by February since I can currently barely run a half mile without feeling the need to pass-out. Baby steps!

By avoiding these simple mistakes when making your goals for 2020 you’ll set yourself up for success. Have you made these mistakes in the past? What did you do to set yourself up with success?

Makeover Monday- Vanity

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I found this adorable Vanity at an auction and I just HAD to have it! I bought it and promptly put it in my warehouse where I forgot about it. I finally got around to painting it! I knew it would be a good time to get it done now because Christmas is right around the corner and it would make some little girl (or women) a GREAT Christmas present!

Supplies Used:

  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Chalk Paint in “Sawmill Gravy
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Easy Peasy Wax
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Gilding wax in “Sterling Silver”
  • Sponge (or any ling gree rag for wax)
  • Paint Brush (I use cling on)
  • spray bottle for water
  • Electric Sander
  • Sandpaper (I used 120 grit)
  • White Lightening Cleaner
  • sponge

First off, this wasn’t in that bad of shape at all. Typically I prime all of my pieces, especially if I’m doing a lighter color but this one was already a light color and in great shape except for a small spot so I decided to take a chance.

The rough spot was sanded down using my electric orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper. I did a few once overs on the top to make sure it was all even and smooth though.

Freshly Sanded Wood Surface
The ugly spot is all gone!

Next I used white lightning to clean my entire piece. Make sure if you do use this you also go back over it with water to get off any residue. I will say I LOVE this cleaner, it does a great job and there is NO SMELL. I also store some in a spray bottle in my paint bay to clean pieces more easily there too. BUT, you HAVE to make sure to go over your piece after you use it and wipe it down with just water to make sure there is no residue from the cleaner left.

Dixie Bell White Lightning Cleaner
White Lightning Cleaner

Next Up, Since I’m not priming this piece I head straight to paint! As mentioned in my supply list I’m using Dixie Belle Sawmill Gravy, a beautiful smooth beige. I’m also using my S50 Cling On Brush. Cling On is my favorite paint brush company hands down. No shedding, I store mine hanging in water, never any issues! I also spray my piece with water as I paint occasionally. Just my opinion but it makes the paint glide on and gives me a buttery smooth finish every time!

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint, A Cling On Brush and a Spray Bottle is all I really use to paint!

I like to do thing layers of paint. I do long lines to give it a smooth finish. Like I mentioned, I also spritz my piece with water as well to make the paint go on smooth. Don’t over use the spritzer though! You don’t want to make your paint runny!

My first layer of paint NEVER looks pretty but I promise the second later makes it all come together.

After two layers of paint I decide to add a bit of gilding wax to my piece. I chose “sterling silver” to really make the details stand out! I used my finger but you can use a rag or paint brush too. Also, many local stores such as hobby lobby and Michael’s both usually have it in stock in different brands and colors as well!

Finally, I seal my piece. I chose to do Easy Peasy Spray wax. I use a sponge or a lint free cloth to wipe it off after I spray it on. . Easy Peasy wax is SO EASY to use! You just spray the area completely and evenly, let it sit for about 30 seconds, and then I wipe away. I do this in small sections to make sure I cover everything. Typically I do this 2-3 times to make sure to get a good even coverage of the area. I usually wait about an hour between coats.

That’s it! This was a fun project for me. I took it to my booth at Southern Home Designs. Priced it for $79.99 with a bench, and it sold within 24 hours! I like my fast flips!

Wise Owl Furniture Salve Foxtrot Scent

Wise Owl Furniture Salve Foxtrot Scent

If you’ve tried Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint Furniture Salve then you understand my OBSESSION. This stuff is seriously amazing. I’ve used it on, chalk paint, bare wood, my feet, my hair, and so much more! It’s all natural and has so many uses it’s worth keeping a jar around. Personally I have to be very careful about which one I use because certain scents can trigger a migraine for me so I don’t chance it and I’ve only used the Lemon Verbena and the Unscented (Which is food grade!). However, They recently released a scent called foxtrot and check out that hunk on the can! All scents can also be purchased at our etsy store as well!

Foxtrot Salve scent profile:

Cultivated by our great friend at Foxtrot Woodworks & Designs, Brent Haynes.

Saunter through an evergreen forest with an ax wielding lumberjack Cypress and Bayberry meets clean vetiver vibes. This salve has base notes of moss, fir, and eucalyptus. Middle notes of cypress and bayberry blend with rich undertones of citrus, musk, and earthiness. Packed with the power of Patchouli, mint, elemi, fir balsam, geranium, orange, patchouli, and vetiver essential oils that intensify the fresh foliage notes. This is a traditional masculine scent that had broad appeal due to the woodsy scents inspired by nature.

We carry 4 oz and 8 oz cans of it and a little goes a long long way! You won’t regret your purchase.

Wise Owl New Chameleon Glaze!

Have you heard? Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint released a new glaze. It’s called “Chameleon” and check out that photo of the magic it worked. I don’t know about you but I can’t WAIT to use this over some of their paint. Just my opinion, but this would be STUNNING over Poseidon. These are stocked on my etsy website so make sure to check them out if you’re interested!