32 Small Things 2018

January 6, 2018 at 12:12 pm (Intentional living 2018)

I know, I know… I haven’t blogged since November 13, 2017.  I got busy with the holidays and as I simplify my life, when I add things (even temporarily), I take things away and extend myself grace. Here are a few pictures of the holiday season.


I normally don’t do resolutions.  I do have two words that I am using as I move through the beginning of 2018.  One is “brave.”  The other is “Intentional.”  This list is my way of being “intentional” in 2018.

I have a lovely friend, Tab Studer (hi Tab 🙂 ), who writes an inspirational blog.  I would recommend reading it, especially those with littles.  She did a post, 100 Small Things 2018,  I started thinking about writing my own small things post.  One problem… she is a very social person with 4 littles, a full-time job, and more energy in her little finger than I have in my whole body.  I, on the other hand, live in a kingdom of isolation and I am the queen!!

But, as I’m being intentional, I wrote a list of 32 things.  I used her categories as a starting point and worked from there.


  1. Read one book a month (instead of listening to it on Audible.)
  2. Write two blog posts a week
  3. Work on puzzles again (starting with the one on my puzzle table!!!)


  1. Continue walking at least 4 times a week (good for me, great for Jazzy!!)
  2. Add yoga to my mornings (In addition to my little nighttime routine)
  3. Be kind to myself when I step on the scale!! (8 more pounds until my goal!)
  4. Make sure to get 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies a day (my recommended intake) I miserably fail at this but want to make this small change!
  5. Seriously consider going gray (I will explain this in another post)
  6. Get at least 64 ounces of water a day! (There is a great app that is helping me with this goal — Daily water balance tracker: hydration by Grasshoper LLC)
  7. 9:30 bedtime and a 5:30-6:00 wake-up time (I am NOT a morning person!!)


  1. Make morning devos a priority!
  2. Get to church at least 1 time each month (for many reasons, we’ve gotten out of the habit of organized church)
  3. Pick monthly verse — plaster it EVERYWHERE!!
  4. 1 social-media free day every 2 weeks (baby steps… baby steps!)
  5. Work on 1,000 gifts list (explanation to follow in a blog)


  1. Intentionally make four meals a month for my Momma and Daddy.
  2. Smile more to people I see out in public (my very bad habit is to walk with my head down to avoid eye contact)
  3. Send 2 “thinking of you” notes each month
  4. Use one of my great skills, baking, to reach out to people (haven’t fully formed this kindness but who doesn’t like baked goods??)


  1. Initiate lunch/dinner two times a month (remember… queen of kingdom of isolation 🙂 )
  2. Call a friend 1 time a month (see above!! )
  3. Reach out to kids one time each weeks (we’ve gotten into a “no news is good news” routine


  1. Declutter basement (only space left to do)
  2. Re-think kids’ rooms (since both are firmly in their 30’s and won’t be coming home to live!!)
  3. Help DannyO with home projects (I usually just watch 🙂 )
  4. Work to complete new dish set (so I can finally rid myself of the heavy, brown Marcrest)
  5. Set financial goals
  6. Plan meals for every two weeks and buy meat at that time (Many little trips to the grocery store means money frittered away)

Creative Soul

  1. Participate in one sewing challenge (My friend Nat is already helping me with this one)
  2. Pick realistic sewing projects (i.e. stop making clothes I’ll never wear!!)
  3. Paint one hour each day
  4. sew one hour each day
  5. Finish my 100 small paintings project (I’m on #17)
  6. Try pastels as a medium (sweet son-in-law bought me a great set 🙂 )

There you have it!!  My practical list for 2018 — not too lofty, but I want to be always growing, always learning, always moving forward!

Be blessed!





  1. auschick said,

    Wow! That’s a lot of goals! But then, I have small children so setting too many just isn’t going to work for me lol.

    I can’t wait to see your sewing projects!

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