For our family this summer marked two years without a television and three years with just one car. Living with just one car and no television might sound inconvenient and boring but we've been surprised at how much we love it. I can absolutely say I don't miss them at all!
A fresh year and a fresh batch of a dozen monthly goal posts is in front of me. It a good place to be. I've been collecting quotes for a while and thought that I'd pick one each month to accompany my goals. Just a little bit of inspiration for us all.
This might seem strange, but I'm already thinking of Christmas...next year. But then you remember it's ME, and planning for the distant future is my jam. And actually this idea came from Erica, my seasonal decor mentor. On a holiday podcast episode a couple years ago she mentioned making notes about what worked well and didn't during the holidays. Then she tucks that note into the holiday decor to find it next year. Isn't that such a genius future high five? Obviously I loved this. So I wanted to collect my thoughts and notes and what worked well, and didn't, this past Christmas.
I always look forward to the fresh feeling of a new year but this year I felt especially eager to put the past year behind us. Although it was a really good year for our family overall, parts of the fall semester were pretty stressful with Chris's new (more demanding) leadership role at work. And throughout the year, the state of our country and of the world weighed on me more than ever before. And so, usually I like to let Christmas linger but this year I was craving that slightly sparse feeling in the house when the tree, garland,...