Before you get wrapped up in your resolutions for next year, set aside some time to reflect on everything that you accomplished this year.
Here’s a look at some of the things that my family accomplished over the last year:
My husband quit his job in February to come work with me. It’s been great to have the extra help and to have him home during the day, and I know he’s enjoyed having time to run our daughters to and from their after-school activities. My hope is that someday they’ll look back and realize how lucky they were to have both parents at home.
After thinking about getting chickens for years, we finally took the plunge and ordered five chicks. My husband turned a curb-shopped dog house into a coop, and we’ve been enjoying our hens and their eggs ever since.
With more control over how we spent our time, we built a bat house, a butterfly house and two mason bees houses for the garden. We also took our first ever two-week vacation – a road trip to New England to attend my sisters wedding and the July Brimfield Show. So much fun!
When things broke around the house, we learned how to fix them ourselves. That included two HVAC repairs, a dryer repair, replacing a bunch of hail-damaged window screens and probably several other fix-it projects that I’ve forgotten about (or blocked from my memory). I’m happy to report that we didn’t have to make a single service call all year.
And when we needed something, we rolled up our sleeves and made it ourselves whenever we could. This year, I made peppermint, orange and lemon extract for the first time, and I developed a recipe for bug repellent bars and homemade hair conditioner.
But best of all, we’re ending another year with a healthy family, all of our needs met and enough room in our budget for the occasional want, too. The fact that we’ve been able to achieve all of that, while working at a job that we love, makes me feel both accomplished and blessed. I hope you feel the same way, when you look back over your year.