Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Goals for 2022

     Here we are already at the end of the first month of the year!  I know I am lagging behind, but better late than never!

    Despite the hardships of the last year, I think it is always good to take stock of all of the good things that happened, too.  We can look back and reflect on all of God's blessings and see the year as a whole.  One of the big things in our home was seeing James grow in his first year of life and watching our family relationships blossom.  This was SO good!  

    We also made good memories going on our first family vacation.  We traveled across the country to visit my Grandma, which I did every summer as a kid.  It was so good to relive those childhood memories but this time with my husband and children!  It was such a fun adventure.

    Of course, not everything is a big momentous occasion.  There is so much beauty in the little everyday things- snuggles and giggles with children, quiet moments with my husband, countless meals shared around the table, excellent coffee and conversation shared with a friend, watching the little antics of our animals, seeing the garden progress each day and sharing excitement over new sprouts or the first fruits- so many of these ordinary things are huge blessings if we really stop and look.

    The new year is also a great time to set goals, revisit our budget and routines, and think about the things we'd like to accomplish or change.  Some people like to have a sort of "theme" for the year. 

     In thinking over everything, I have decided that 2022 is going to be my Year of Finishing Unfinished Projects!

    This is really sort of twofold, maybe even threefold.  I'd like to finish the projects I've started, or gathered, while using (mostly) the things I already have.  So this will save money too, which is also a goal this year.  That is always a goal, really, but fresh budget sheets make me want to attack it with new fervor.  😉

    I know in my craft post I talked about closing the gap between accumulating supplies and using those supplies.  I am going to continue with this, but it won't stop at crafting!  I have also gathered quite a few books and many of them I still haven't read yet.  So I will focus more on reading those books and slow down on buying new ones.  It is the same with recipes!  I have so many recipe books and recipes pinned on Pinterest.  It's time to try those out!  I have a basket full of clothes that need mending, so that will be tackled before buying new clothes.  I hope I am not making it sound like I am a hoarder- I promise it is not that dire!  But I look around and see things that need to be done and need to be used, and instead of adding to that list, I'm going to be ticking things off.  This will also include organization and deep cleaning in the home, as well as maintaining the things we already have.

    There will, however, be a few "new" outdoor projects added in regards to our little homestead.  We have some big news in that the home we have been living in and the acre it sits on have been transferred over to Colton.  Colton's grandfather is still living with us, and out of respect for him, we are not making many changes to the interior.  But we now have the freedom to do whatever we please with the outside, so some of the homesteading projects we have been dreaming of are able to become reality!  I will share more on that throughout the year as we make progress.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful new year!  Do you have any plans or goals you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear from you!

New Beginnings



  1. My daughter-in-law introduced me to the Cultivate what Matter goal planners. It has helped dig deeper into the goals I set this years. At first it felt a bit overwhelming, but I'm actually liking it now.

    A year of finishing up projects sounds like a good idea, I'm wanting to finish up some this year as well.


    1. I think having a solid plan is key to accomplishing goals. It sounds like you have found a good system that works for you. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, Kelsey!
    Like you say, it is also in the everyday things that we find beauty. One thing I think about when I feel discouraged with everything I have to do at home, is remember the time my husband was in the hospital a few years ago and we were away from home for almost a month. How I missed our home and being in the kitchen making lunch and dinner, taking care of our house, ironing...
    When we finally came home, it was such a blessing and from that day on, I treasure this time even more.
    Like you, I have many unfinished projects and I'm trying to finish them too, this year! Writing, cross stitching, framing some pictures, loosing some extra weight...
    I'm happy for you and Colton, that you now have your own piece of land and home and that you are so respectful to his grandfather. Many people don't think about other people's feelings, these days. And I can't wait to see what you are going to do!
    Have a blessed week!

    1. It certainly puts things into perspective when our "normal" is upset. It can truly make us thankful for the routine of every day and the little things we may have taken for granted.
      I hope you are able to make good progress on your projects this year! Thank you for commenting, Paula!

  3. I too came to this mindset a few years ago, that there were just too many unfinished projects sitting around, and that I needed to focus on what I had in front of me instead of just collecting more materials for projects that I would start and not finish. I bought yarn the other day for the first time in ages, solely because I needed it for a project that's going to other people; otherwise I would have made do with what I had.

    It's a liberating feeling, knowing you're using what you have, I think. :)

    1. That is exactly where I am at, Stephanie! I agree, it is satisfying to use what we have. I certainly have plenty to work with! I am telling myself that things are only useful if I am actually going to *use* them. Otherwise it becomes clutter and a waste. So far I am making progress and it does feel good!

  4. Howdy, I have read this blog for a while but first time commenting. I love how devoted you are to your family and how down to earth you are. You seem like an old soul. I myself am a millennial who is more intoned with people of the past especially the mountain men and forefathers of Texas and the US
    Can't wait to read more this year

    Psalm 51

    1. What an incredibly lovely thing to say, Colton. It is your kindred spirit and old soul that first attracted me to you, and I'm thankful that you are so supportive of me and this little blog. I'm glad to have you here, my Mountain Man 😘


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