Tuesday, January 10, 2023

23 Things in 2023

I don't feel that I did too well with my 2022 list, but I'm not letting that stop me from forging ahead and thinking about things that I'd like to do, and accomplish, in 2023.

I have struggled though. Usually, I have things coming up that are already on the schedule or that I know might actually be a possibility, but, honestly, 2023 is a blank screen. Other than family birthdays, holidays, and work, there's really nothing on my calendar. 

It took me a while to get there, but here's what I came up with...


1. Purpose to sow daily towards gaining greater health in every area (spirit and soul and body - I Thessalonians 5:23; prosper and be in health - 3 John 2).

2. Keep up with scripture reading and daily Bible study. 

3. Read 12 new books. (I wanted to say 23, but I know me. I'll be doing good if I read 12.)

4. Focus on simple and nutritious foods. 

5. Get 30 minutes of physical activity in, at least, five days a week (walking, hiking, dancing, gardening, yard work, etc.).

6. Lose at least 23 pounds.

7. Post my weekly master to-do list and menu plan here on the blog.

8. Practice hospitality by inviting family members and friends in to share a meal at least once a month.

9. Welcome a new grandbaby into the family.

10. Save money by using up gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, gift tags, and cards on-hand instead of buying more. 

(NOTE - I probably have enough of these items on-hand right now to open my own gift shop, but am already fighting myself on this one. Dayspring is calling my name with their after Christmas sale, BUT I refuse to give in! Thankfully, the wrapping paper that was really drawing my attention is already out of stock.)

11. Deep-clean, declutter, and organize every room in my home. (I think this going to have to be an annual, or semi-annual, event every year. There's just too much clutter!) 

12. Visit Hannibal, Missouri and take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River.

13. Visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. (We visited several years ago, but I want to revisit with fresh eyes and armed with more information.)

14. Visit Fort Rock Family Camp in Arkansas...either as a registered guest or maybe as a voluteer.

15. Create and keep a new nature journal.

16. Get the north shed cleaned out, repaired, and organized into a storage shed.

17. Redo the front porch.

18. Paint and hide rocks with the grands.

19. Log at least 12 new geocache locations.

20. Explore a new-to-me trail. 

21. Visit at least one Missouri state park that I've never visited before. 

22. Visit Bass Pro and Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield at Christmastime.

That's what's on my 2023 bucket list. What's on yours? 

Until next time...

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  1. Hi Rebecca! Glad that you’re not letting 2022’s list stop you from forging ahead. That’s a great attitude to press on! Love, love, love that. Your list looks good. Lots to reach for. Ours is to find a new home and get me back in the work force (aka day job). Also, I want to learn to make candles. Cheers, Ivy.

    1. Thanks, Ivy! I'll add your search for a new home and job to my prayer list. What kind of candles are you interested in learning how to make?

    2. Soya based sound good to me. Also interested in bee wax. Though soya and coconut oil are my first that I want to try. Thanks for asking. Just read your last post. Well written and engaging. Thank you for sharing all that you did withh us.

    3. I need to check into current candle-making methods. Growing up the choice was between plain ol' paraffin wax and beeswax, which I never got to work with. Soya-based I've heard of, but have never heard of, nor considered,using coconut oil as a medium for candle-making. Interesting! Thank you for your kind words about my last post. They mean a lot. Thank you, too, for piquing my interest about modern day candle-making. I'm curious myself now! :)

  2. Your list is great! I have a feeling a lot of us are going to do much better on our 2023 lists than the 2022 ones. Hannibal has been on my list of places I'd like to visit for a long time, hope you get to go! I need to go back and review my 2023 list already but going through all our storage tubs in the basement is a big one and we're actually making some progress so I'm excited about that.

    1. Thanks, Jean! I have a feeling you're right about a lot of us doing much better with our 2023 lists than we did with the 2022 ones. I hope I get to go to Hannibal this year, too! Amanda and I always have a theme for things to do when I go up to visit. We've done James Country, Little Dixie, Little Italy...and they all kind of overlap and continue on as time and place allows, but, this year, we're thinking river boats! And, let me tell you, I've sure been looking those river boat dinner cruises over at Hannibal! That would be so much fun! I want to visit Mark Twain's house and the cave, too, if possible. I need to review my 2023 list, too, and will probably do so now since I'm right here. That's great that you're making progress with the storage tubs and you have every reason to be excited about it! Keep up the good work and git 'er done! :D


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