Happy New Year!

Here we are again, a brand new year!  Happy 1st day of 2015 everyone!

I always love the first day of the year.  There is so much to be excited about.  I think that it helps me to get over the Christmas blues; to be able to look ahead at all the new and exciting opportunities for the New Year.

It also gives me a chance to start fresh.

The past several months I have been taking it easy.  That happens during your last trimester and the first weeks of a new baby, I have come to realize!  Taking it easy with the blog, taking it easy with homeschooling, taking it easy on food preparation.

Now, with the holidays over, I am ready to give myself permission to start a new rhythm, something I was holding off on due to having a new little one in the house.

I have a lot of goals in mind for the New Year.  I always have a lot of goals.  It is fun to look back and see my goals at the beginning of the year and how I did throughout the year.  I find that I often fall short.  I have long lists of changes I want to make, but actually making the change is sometimes the hardest part.  Not because I don’t desire a change, but because working through the steps to make a new habit is complicated and takes an amazing amount of diligence!

My biggest goal for this year is to get back to the basics.

When I started Townsend House, it was an extension of an old personal blog that I had.  It was about my life, about making changes to our diet, to live a more local lifestyle, to get organized and to really strive for simple living. 

What I found out was that living simply is not an easy task.

Simple living is difficult.  And it is a journey.

There are so many tasks that I do on a daily basis that are included in my idea of living simply, and I want to savor those tasks, but I also want to move forward.

When I think about getting back to the basics, I want to concentrate on what matters most to me. 

I want to concentrate more on homesteading on our little quarter of an acre, instead of thinking about when we may be able to move to a large plot of land.  I want to think about the food that I am making for my kids, and utilizing the local sources that I have found and savored over the past seven years. 

I want to make large strides in homeschooling.  I know how much my kids love to learn, but finding a good rhythm for us all to work in, especially with a new little one in the house, is my biggest priority.  We love to have supplies available for the kids to take off with whatever project they want to work on.  Lately, there have been fewer projects because I am too tired to clean up the very large mess involved with the projects. 

I want to concentrate more on “yes” this year.

My house is a disaster and needs a complete de-cluttering.  The tool that I have most used in the past is my homemaking binder.  I love my homemaking binder, but it needs an overhaul.  I created it when I was pregnant with my first baby, and now with three kids it is high time to give it a makeover.  Having three children is challenging, and I know that having this tool will help me move better through each day.

My oldest daughter is begging me daily to help her learn about cooking, sewing, knitting, and everything homemaking.  These are skills that she needs to learn, and wants to learn, and I need to figure out a way to teach her these skills!  Not only will it help her, it will help me to complete some new crafting goals for the year.

I am also working on a book list for the year.

It seems like I see amazing book lists at the beginning of every year from other bloggers, or by my friends on goodreads.  I have never taken the time to sit down and write out a book list.  What inevitably happens is I go through periods of time when I find a bunch of books I want to read immediately, and then I go through lulls where I have nothing to read, and no ideas for new books to read. 

The first place I will be looking is my own personal library.  I know that I have books on my shelves that I haven’t read, and ones that I want to re-read.  Those should be at the top of my list.  And then I hope to peruse some of my favorite bloggers and their lists.

I fell short of my 100 books read goal of last year, and instead only got to 70.  I am very happy with 70, but still am striving for that 100 books read goal this year.  Compiling a list of “to-read” books should help me with that…hopefully!

Here is to a year of getting back to basics.  I can’t wait to see what the year holds, and hope for many fun days ahead!

Have you written out your New Year’s goals?  Do you prefer resolutions?  Or a word of the year?  


  1. 70 books is pretty incredible gal! Sound like some great goals ahead or areas to focus on. I feel like this year will be one of hopefully settling, appreciating, and slowing down for me :) Or maybe sustaining but in a different direction. Much love to you! Happy New Year!

  2. I love the concept of getting back to basics and focusing on the most important areas of your life. I am one of those people with a continual list of goals. I seem to add to it more than I cross it off. But I am growing just the same. Good luck with your 2015 goals :)

    Thank you for linking up to the New Year Resolutions & Goals #linkup. I shared your post on StumbleUpon and Pinterest!

  3. Love, love, love your list! I feel the same at the beginning of the year. Everything is fresh and ready for a new start or at least a reboot! :)


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