Resolutions and New Year's Eve 2017

Before anything else---Happy 2018! We made it though the holidays and have come out in a brand new year. 2017 was fantastic, but I'm really looking forward to starting this new year.

Sunday night we had some of the family and Adam's friend Troy over, We made pizzas, played music, and partied. Everyone left or crashed in bed early, except me, who ended up being awake at midnight anyway #thankstosmallchilden.

Last week was full of preparing to welcome in the New Year. Adam and I both spent a lot of time deep cleaning (things like the stove, fridge, and mopping floors), organizing, planning (for me, my blog posting stuff/sponsored content) for the coming year, and budgeting (again, me, since I do the bills).

I'm not really a big resolution person, however I do always have a few goals I like to keep in mind for the coming year, and here they are:
  • Drink more water (always).
  • Try new recipes.
  • Get back to regular exercising (I slacked off when the holidays started).
  • Have a bigger garden this year.
  • Get some chickens.
  • De-clutter (we have way too much stuff).
And that's it! I feel like the more simple I keep it and the less I have on the list the more likely I'll be to actually accomplish them.

Now we are moving forward. Adam is back to work today, I have to run errands in town later, and some work this morning. There's still piles of snow outside and boy, is it cold. It's been in the single digits and below zero every day for over a week. Today it's going to get up in the 20s (we keep joking about how "warm" it's going to seem) and then plunge back down to 15- on Friday. Brrrrr.

Happy, happy new year!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

--Neil Gaiman


  1. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote, I shall have to write it down! Your New Year's goals are wonderful, I too believe that keeping the list simple makes it easier to accomplish. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful year ahead!

  2. I like your simple list. Mine's about the same 1, 2, 3 & 6. We already expanded the summer last Spring..and it's quite big enough for two. Blessings to you and your family ~ Linda


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