Melissa Michaels
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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Oh I’m excited about this! 🙂 Well, first, I’m making over our family room on the cheap. It’s going to be SO CUTE when I’m done with it. A breath of fresh air! When the weather warms up and I can be outside painting furniture, I am going to make over our master bedroom. I want it to really be a sanctuary for us, and not the topsy-turvy clothing-explosion bright-yellow-walls-I-have-come-to-regret room it currently is. We’re also finally finishing our downstairs bathroom. We’ve lived with only one bathroom for the past three years and it will be SO NICE to have a second toilet.

    We’re kind of doing a fitness makeover on ourselves too. After a season of a nursing newborn and my husband’s work schedule being crazy, we’re going back to the gym together in the evenings. I have a couple of very specific goals for myself but I’m keeping those a surprise. 🙂

    We’ve made some tough decisions recently, one of which being staying where we are instead of moving closer to my husband’s job (long commute, but tiny mortgage) and really focusing on getting out of debt. We are HAMMERING the debt. I am so excited about it!

    God’s going to do some great things this year. I’m certain of that. 🙂

  2. Every new year I want to change everything and sometimes I have been known to drive myself crazy after I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. This year I am taking it month by month, much more sanity around here now. For lent I will be cleaning and purging room by room, which has me way more excited than a 35 year old woman should be.

    I’ve enjoyed little bits of your home progress on the blog, can’t wait to see it all coming together!

  3. This could be such an overwhelming thing… But as a newlywed timing is so right for this. I have moved across the ocean, planned our wedding in 6 weeks. Now it’s time to settle down in the home and why not do it right from the start?! Even though a little overwhelming. How encouraging for you to work on your marriage this year, very beautiful. Bless you!

  4. Excited by your marriage makeover! We celebrated 35 yrs of marriage last year; and by December knew we were nonetheless rather in the doldrums! So we are working quietly by God’s grace to renew and rejuvenate during this year. First, to spend 2 hrs together each day – after over 30 yrs in ordained ministry we’ve not had many evenings in together so this is wonderful! Then, to hug at length (at least a minute!) whenever we can, whenever we pass, whenever opportunity is there – can be made. Thirdly, to kiss regularly – on waking, whenever one leaves or comes home, and last thing at night.
    It sounds very orchestrated – but already the difference is huge! Highly recommended. It just shows how easy it was to get stuck or take one another for granted.
    Try it – it works!

  5. Thanks for this post, Melissa! Wow, I love the idea of a new year makeover for any part of life that needs it–I’ll be keeping this in mind! Thanks so much for this!

  6. Only 7 years in and I already feel like my marriage could use a “makeover” lol , but aside from that I really want to get organized in every way- my house, my closets, my kids’ closets, my health, what we eat, all of it!!

  7. I love the idea of a “marriage makeover.” Thanks for the idea. And yes as for my house, “I want to just throw everything in the garbage and start over!”

  8. I agree with Penelope. My marriage only 9 yrs in and we can be in doldrums, sort of. For our make over we are going to spend time together daily (1hr at least). Then once or twice a month we will have a date day–something one of us planned–eat out & go to Lowe’s for home improvement ideas is on the agenda for Saturday.

    As for the house we have about 14 project to complete before it is in the shape we want. Little by little year by year we will whittle away at it and get them done as money permits. Some things are simple blinds in all the rooms, new doors upstairs, paint our paneling in basement. Others are huge like a new kitchen & a deck out front.

    As for health wise–we are going to lose weight & eat much more healthy. He is going to hit the gym at least 4 days a week with his nephew–weightlifting. I will do workouts at home following a recorded tv show. We will walk at least 2 miles daily, if not more.

  9. I love the make-overs in life, of what is important. Reconsecration to the Lord, while deepening my relationship with Him in prayer and Bible Study. Focus more on my husbands needs – heart issues. Really connect. Stop. Listen. Respond. Carve out more time for family events, and visits. Do our best to maintain and improve a healthy lifestyle. Pick our battles. We have been in the ministry (pastoring, assisting, etc) for over 25 years. There is where the battles need to be God’s; allowing Him to use our mouths, ears and hearts. But do better at leaving the solutions and miracles to Him.

    Enjoyed the post and all the comments. Here’s to a great 2013. Blessings ~Debra