Here we are at the beginning of another new year. As a homeschool mom, I get to cast the vision for how our days flow and the New Year is a great time to take stock.
I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions, but one thing I do love to do is take time to think about how I want to improve what we already have happening in our home. Maybe it’s a hobby I want to take up or even just a shift in my attitude to make our days more peaceful… whatever it is, the New Year is a great time to assess these things.
Last Year’s Change
Last year, I had a humble goal of learning how to master sourdough. I am thrilled to say that I started my own starter and currently have a thriving starter that I love to use several times/week. Sourdough teaches you to be patient and to plan ahead just a bit, which is always a good thing. There were several times that I was tempted to quit and throw it away, sure that I wasn’t going to be successful with creating a starter, but I pushed forth and I am always happy to make yummy sourdough meals.
New Year’s Social Media Vision
Here’s the thing, my “job” is online, which makes altering my time online a bit difficult. But, if I’m being honest, I’m an old soul and I find myself wanting to retreat into the old days where technology is a phone connected to the wall. I enjoy my time online, but it wears on me and I prefer to not spend as much time on my phone as is, sometimes, required.
Mid-summer I decided to start limit my time on my phone. I needed a detox, so to speak, so I worked to get my online time down to 2 hours/day. I know… that seems like a lot, but time flies and before you know it, it’s been 2 hours. For me, that is too much time.
This fall, my goal was to work efficiently and get my online time down to 1 hour/day. It has been wonderful and I’d love keep that up for this year. It is enough time for me to get tasks done, but not too much time that it begins to feel like a distraction in regards to my ministry in the home.
New Year’s Hobbies
Hobbies… I love to think about them and they usually fizzle out. Just being honest. February is usually a great month to take on something new because it has been gray and gloomy all January and I need something to get me through.
In the past, I have done a small embroidery project, started seedlings in my home, knit a sweater (that didn’t turn out so well), read several Jane Austen books, and last year, it was sourdough.
This year, I have thought about mastering the art of fancy coffees- a latte to be specific. I’m not sure if that’s even possible without a fancy machine. I have also tossed the idea around of spending some time each day learning the piano. I know the basics, so I thought that I *might* be able to find a youtube channel to help me. Anyway, who knows… time will tell.
Attitudes for the New Year
One thing is always on my list for the New year- my attitude. I always have room for improvement in this area. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. Sometimes, it’s an attitude of gratefulness that needs to be improved… or an attitude of contentment… or an attitude of trusting in the Lord.
This year, I need to press into the Lord for comfort instead of seeking comfort elsewhere. I am looking forward to this the most. I know from past experience that this will yield the most fruit and I’m not mad about it.
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A List of New Year’s To-dos
- Limit time on phone to 1 hour/day
- Build raised beds and plant a small garden
- Read aloud to kids more
- Work on being consistent with blog
- Seek comfort from the Lord instead of seeking it from temporal things