2014 Word of the Year

Discipline. It’s as simple and as complicated as it sounds……..all in one word. Hypothetically, no one really likes discipline, but we ALL love the results that come from hard work, structure, boundaries, and being organized. As I thought about all of my goals for 2014, they all came down to this one word. Discipline.  More of it, better execution of it, and the process of using it, to build good habits that will result in the life I truly want for myself and my family. I’m not going to get into any nitty gritty details, but I will say that I’m excited for this year and all of the possibilities that are awaiting all of us. If you’ve chosen a Word of the Year, I’d love to know in the comments below or via social media. #woty


This, That and Life Word of the year 2014


  Onto other business, I’m beyond honored and thrilled to continue on as a contributor for Jen at IHeart Organizing in 2014! Woohoo!!! If you know Jen, you already know how ridiculously talented and sweet she is, so to be on her team along with other ladies I admire is purely a DREAM. Someone pinch me! You can check out my posts from last year by clicking on the photos below. I have some fun and exciting ideas in the works, so be on the lookout. Better yet, go follow along with Jen and the entire team because it’s going to be a fun year together!

IHeart Header

    DIY Dresser Makeover

How An Online Calendar Keeps You Organized and Saves You Time

DIY Kid's Credenza Organization


This, That and Life Bookcase Makeover


Also, being a pretty analytical person at heart, I found it really interesting and fun to look over last year’s statistics.  By far, my most popular post EVER, which you can click on below, is my Upholstered Headboard Tips post with thousands and thousands upon thousands of people stopping by to check it out. It kind of blows my mind how many people have found this post, used the tutorial, sent me photos of their finished headboard, and so on. It’s crazy and fun and I love it! But seriously…….this post was from 2012!!! With that said, I’m definitely thinking I need to bring more tutorials your way in 2014 that are detailed and easy to follow. I’m brainstorming like crazy and can’t wait to share these projects with you over this next year!

Upholstered Headboard Tips

Also looking at statistics in 2013, below are the Top 3 Most Commented On posts.

My Experience at the Haven Conference 2013

My Experience at The Haven Conference. Are you a blogger wondering if you should go??? Here’s your answer:  YES!  And while you’re at it, please say a prayer that our other home sells so Micahel and I can go too and hug you to pieces. Me, not him….don’t be scared.  ;-)  This was an amazing experience and well worth the investment! So yes, I highly recommend it.

Fall Inspired Living Room

My Living Room Fall Inspired Design

This That and Life Christmas Mantle

Christmas Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour


If you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to check out and follow along on my new Coastal Interiors page, not to mention my This, That and Life page. I love, love, LOVE connecting on Instagram. It’s kind of ridiculous how much I love it, but it truly is where I get to chat with  you all every day and where I like to share tips and tricks that don’t always make it onto the blog, so of course I want YOU there!

Coastal Interiors on Instagram

Remember, this is a page that I’d LOVE to feature you as readers, bloggers and designers and to connect readers to a person and not just a pretty photo. It is intended to be an inspirational design page and I can’t wait to add more and more photos for you!

This That and Life on Instagram

And yup….here’s the blog Instagram page. I even just posted a video of a new paint I picked up and am trying out. By the way…….LOVE IT!!!  So don’t miss out friends! Go follow along with other instabuddies to see all the behind the scenes and chat with me.

Ok, so come follow along and if you have a photo you’d like me to consider featuring,

either email me at thisthatandlife@gmail.com


TAG me in your photo on instagram with: @thisthatandlife #thisthatandlife #coastalinteriors

Remember, I have some FUN plans for this account in the future so the more the merrier!


Thanks so much everyone!



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  1. i love that word- i am in the same sort of place that you are right now and i chose dedication, which is similar i think. :)

    • I think that’s definitely relatable Cassie. I am so excited for YOU and your goals for this year. We should follow it all up with a fun Girl’s trip to Vegas or Hawaii or something. ;-)

  2. Loved that Living Room Fall Inspired Design board and still do. I’m planning on giving your Coastal Interiors page a shout out on Friday for ff!

    • I so wish I could see that design plan come to life! Someone put it together and send me photos!!! And THANK YOU SO MUCH! That really means a lot to me Julia!!!! :-D

  3. That’s my word for this year too! Not the most fun, but is definitely needed and can be applied to so many areas of my life!

    • That’s awesome Bethany! I think for me I’m just in this transition time in life with the kids getting into school and I need to discipline myself in making new habits. It’s going to be a GREAT year!!! Love ya! :-D


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