Wednesday, January 17, 2024

23 Things in 2023 Update


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).

I struggled at times, of course, but, overall, I did fairly well maintaining my focus...especially during the second half of the year.

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

Am learning to make this a top priority daily. 

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

✅ I surprised myself! I ended up reading 24 books in 2023!!! 

4. Focus on simple and nutritious foods. 

For the most part anyway.

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

I did well most of the year, but really slacked off towards the end of the year...November and December. 

6. Lose at least 23 pounds.

Goal accomplished, but I gained a few pounds back over the holidays. It's time to get back on track and keep going.

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

Unfortunately, I failed to keep up with the weekly planning posts in 2023 as well as I have in years' past. I worked more hours than usual. and had other stuff going on, so just didn't keep like I should have. I hate that as this blog serves as a diary of sorts for myself and my family. I will try to be more consistent in 2024.

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

I didn't purposefully keep track, but, yes, I'm sure that this one was easily accomplished.

9. Welcome a new grandbaby into the family.

In 2023 our family welcomed two new babies...granddaughter, Sophia, and my first great-grandson, Cooper. Both are absolutely darling and I love them both!

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

I ended up buying a few things here and there, but, overall, did well with using items on-hand. Will continue this practice in 2024, as there is still much to be used.

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!) 

I didn't deep clean every room as I had hoped to, but I sure did do a lot of decluttering and organizing. I plan to continue the process in 2024.

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.

I did make it down briefly (one day trip) and got in a nice visit with my friend, Roxanne.

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. 

✅ I ended up visiting, at least, eight new-to-me state parks.

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

That's how I did with my 2023 bucket list. Did you have a 2023 bucket list? If so, how did you do with yours? 

Until next time...

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  1. Interesting list. I too want to read more this year. Last year I think I read 5 books. I just wasn't into it. I do have a winter project list however. I do not make a bucket list, as we cannot plan travel that far in advance, but I use lists to keep on target to finish the unfinished.

    1. Thank you, Kristina! I like the idea of a winter project list! What a terrific idea! I find that lists of any kind help me to, at least somewhat, stay on target! Thanks for stopping in!


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