Time to get back at it. Our Christmas break was very calm and uneventful, with the exception of one quick trip to Charleston for a basketball tournament. We had an early January celebration here with my mom and dad since we didn’t travel to them this year. Over the years, I’ve learned that letting the blog go for a while to enjoy real life things is good for the soul–and my mind. I’m starting this year with a few “good things”, some blog business and my new year’s intentions (which are way more non-committal than resolutions).
My monthly list of good things.
These soap dispensers for my kitchen counter.
A heavy puffer jacket with a drawstring waist.
Art prints from this shop for my youngest son’s room.
Wide crossbody bag replacement straps in a ton of patterns.
This men’s hoodie (for me) that I kept seeing recommended on Instagram.
My kitchen countertop lamp is back in stock.
This denim shacket. (Runs big.)
A soft pajama set. (Available in a Valentine print.)
A couple of blog-related things.
- I fixed my email subscription link. (I think.) I’ve had a lot of issues with this and everyone stopped getting emails when I posted something new. You can now sign up on the sidebar under my profile picture (if you’re on a desktop) or scroll down to the bottom of this page if you’re on a mobile device. Just enter your email address in the box and hit subscribe. (Let know if you need more help.)
- I’m also reformatting my monthly newsletter if you’d like to subscribe. It’ll be a quick bulleted list of fun finds, what I’m reading and wearing, house projects I’m working on, and a recap of that month’s blog posts. My next one goes out early next week.
New year intentions (but not resolutions).
More walking. I’m a pretty regular walker anyway, but I recently discovered a podcast where the lady is around 60 and has walked every single day for the last 10 years. I love the idea of that goal, although I’m not sure it would work in my current season of life. But, I do believe that moving plus sunshine is magic.
Donating furniture and other things I’m not using. I plan to stop holding on to things for a “someday” scenario. My dad and I worked on cleaning out our attic storage while he was here. I donated a couch and a set of chairs that have been taking up valuable space for years because someone might want to use them at some point. News flash: they won’t. And, honestly, I could find another great couch on Facebook Marketplace in 15 minutes when the time comes.
Day reading without guilt. Why do I feel bad if I take 15 minutes to read any time besides before I go to bed? I’m going to do more reading while I eat lunch.
Hosting again. I haven’t had a group of people over since before Covid. The longer I don’t do it, the bigger task it seems to become in my mind. Order the food. Make the effort. Life is short and unpredictable. I miss seeing my friends.
Instagram. Figure out what the heck I’m doing. Or not. It feels like this big, annoying thing I’ve got to figure out if I want to keep up with it for my blog’s sake. But, it’s mostly filled with ridiculous things. I don’t want to share all of my business for “engagement” and you probably don’t want to hear about it, either. Just thinking about all of this for now. . .
Did you set any intentions for the new year?