Thursday, January 16, 2020

Happy New You!

We're only halfway through January so not too late, right? It never feels like a brand new year to me until somewhere around January 5th or 6th anyway. This year I'm still waiting. Still sipping tea, reading books, and finishing a jigsaw puzzle instead of tackling my 30 day home organization plan I was going to start two weeks ago. Not feeling guilty about it either.

Not too guilty anyway.

My grandson likes to wish us a happy new year when we Facetime, only he says Happy New You!  and it's completely adorable. Will there be a new me this year? I always have high hopes as January 1 approaches that there will indeed be a 'new me' in the coming year. An improved version of the old me, someone with grand plans to do all the things who then actually does them, but I think this year I'll be content with doing a few small things well.

Last year I made a list of 19 things to accomplish in 2019 (read it here) and it was a little depressing to look back and see I only managed to complete six of the nineteen. To be honest number one not happening threw us all for a loop in a hundred different ways and while I may not have done all nineteen I did a number of things that didn't make the list.

Giving myself a high five and leaving 2019 in 2019.

Have I mentioned my birthday? Hubs would say not so far today but the day's not over. Ha! I have a big birthday this year (months from now, but whatever) and I'm feeling some imaginary added sense of pressure to make every minute count. I read the most fabulous thing a gentleman shared online recently about how his 64 year old mother in law revealed to the family at Christmas that she'd spent the past year learning to play the fiddle and then she played (beautifully) a dozen songs without looking at the sheet music.

No one had any idea and they all were completely gobsmacked, it was something she'd always wanted to do so she did it. Keeping it a secret made it all the more special and while I don't want to play the fiddle I do want to think about what it is I've always wanted to do and then do it.

Let's go ahead and make a new list. I'm not going to get bogged down right now in the 'how to make it all happen', but we're sixteen days into the new year and I gotta start somewhere. Here we go-

20 in 20-

chase a dream
pray more
go somewhere I've never been
write letters
read books
be good to my skin
listen more than I talk
help somebody every chance I get
laugh a lot
clean up my phone
my closet
my desk
see waterfalls
our state capital
nearby historic sites
make some homemade gifts
try some new recipes
write stuff here
leave it in His hands

Happy New You everyone...may 2020 you be the best you yet!


  1. That is a great list! I will look forward to the countdown as you tic them off and tell us about it here on your blog. Of course, leaving it in His hands goes without saying. Happy new you!

  2. I love your list! It’s inspiring me to make my own.

  3. Looks like a great list Joyce. I have only one thing on my New You list! Lose weight and get back to my goal weight. So far so good. I am down 11.6 pounds!

  4. I like you list and hope I can do several of those also.

  5. It's not too late at all! I love your list. I need your motivation....

  6. Leave it in His Hands. Best one yet.

  7. Happy New Year to you too. Great list. I've done one too which I've tweaked a bit based on last year's experiences. I like to have a list to motivate myself but I have "Be kind to myself" on it so that I don't feel guilty when I don't achieve everything.

  8. Great List. You have inspired me to make one of your own. Thank you. All the best in 2020 and beyond!

  9. Happy New Year Joyce. I did not know that your daughter had not gotten married until today. So sorry. We are going through the same thing here (kinda) with my granddaughter. But her wedding was still months away. Kids!!! I love your list. I have started one of my own in my bullet journal. I should share it on my blog!