Tuesday, November 14, 2023

November thoughts


Happy Tuesday, friends! Yesterday I was thinking about how fast this year went by. That led me to thinking about the end of this year, the beginning of a new year, and goals we always talk about here in the blog world. 

Thinking about this made me think of asking you a question about this—did you make resolutions for 2023? Or goals? If so, do you remember what they were? And how have you been doing with them? Here's what I said in a blog post from January of this year:

I really don't make resolutions, because I don't like to set myself up for failure. That being said, this year I am resolving to say yes more often. I am saying yes to new things, things that scare me, things that are healthier, date nights & my husband, new foods, and things that are good for me. 

I thought I'd give you an update on how I've done with mine, then I'd love to hear from you!

I said yes more often this year. I said yes to my husband so many times to all of his different questions (a new to him motorcycle and riding gear, his invitations to dinner and after dinner shopping), I said yes to girls' nights (a concert, movie nights, dinner out), traveling invitations, and things having to do with my sons (another new dog in the house, a matching tattoo). I said yes to a whole bunch of other things too, but for now, these are what I remember the most. 

I said yes to a few new things, mainly jobs in positions that I had to learn a ton of information for. And on that note, know that those things scared the living daylights out of me, because they took me so far out of my comfort zone. I said yes to living a healthier lifestyle and no to more things that aren't good for me. (That last part wasn't anything I resolved to do, but it seemed appropriate to add it there.) I do not succeed at healthy eating one hundred percent of the time, but I still do way better than I ever did before. I'm able to say no to unhealthy foods that I don't need; but I also don't feel bad when I do partake in something decadent. 

Todd and I went on many, many date nights this year. We tried new foods that we'd never eaten before, and some of those have sine become our favorites, like the Vietnamese food that we love. We found out that we love trying new things! 

It's funny what perspective gives you, isn't it? Nearly a year later, and I'm surprised at how things are ending in 2023. It's mostly been a great year, but it's been really hard in some ways as well. So, how are you doing with any goals you set for yourself, or resolutions you made for this year? I'd love to hear about the progress (or lack of) you've made. If you've not made the progress you'd hoped for, this is a judgment free zone. I have done just that so many times! Even though I don't make a lot of resolutions of lists of things I want to do these days, I do think it's good for us to do things like this and to have things to look forward to. How do you feel about such things? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Love to all! 


  1. I really do think you have said Yes more and you've had a full and fun year! I also said yes more - bachelorette trip with girls 20 years younger, being a bridesmaid, breaking from my routine to do things, yes to hosting the German family at a not great time, and probably a few more times.
    I'm not really a resolution in January kind of gal because my year starts in August!
    It's hard to believe how quickly this year went by. January was long, but the rest was fast!

  2. I stopped setting new year's goals several years back. I just know myself and it always ended in disappointment and I would forget what the goals were. I work better in the short term, so just challenging myself during the year, as life arises, is how it all works for me.

    As far as 2023 goes, my husband lost his job in February, so it's been a year of saying "no" :) It's been a year of learning to live on about a third of the income and staying home more, not spending, etc.

    It's also been the year of learning how important a good job is - one that treats you right, respects you and doesn't suck the life out of you. This year we learned that a lesser paying job is well worth the mental health you gain back.

  3. My resolution this year was "Grace." Practicing giving grace to others AND grace to myself- it is a work in progress :)

  4. One of my biggest goals was to come back to blogging this year and I am so happy that I have made it a priority. I love to write, to document things we're doing, things we're trying, things I enjoy. That I have met some new blogging friends is an added bonus and I am very thankful for those who take a moment to read my little corner of the blogsphere!

  5. You have definitely said YES to so many new things this year. Hasn't 2023 flown by?

  6. Thanks, Amy! You've had a full and busy year as well. It feels good to do things to make us grow!

  7. Debbie, I know you're both thankful to be on this side of 2023. Those are hard lessons to learn, but mental and emotional wellbeing is EVERYTHING. I am so glad to hear that David is steady in his job, and much happier. I know it's been a hard process for you both to go through!

  8. Holly, amen to that! That's a process we all go through daily!

  9. Pamela, it's wonderful that you've come back to the blogging world! I didn't realize you'd taken a break from it in the past. I'm so glad we found each other! I feel the same way that you do, friend.

  10. Tanya, YES! I am shocked that we're almost to the end of this year. It really does fly by once our kids are over a certain age.

  11. Thank you, Billie Jo! It's definitely been a year of personal growth and achievement, and proving to myself that I am more than capable of accomplishing hard things. I'm thankful for the opportunities that I've had! It's good to be stretched from time to time.


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