There is so much pressure put on us at the beginning of each year.  Pressure to get out of debt, to lose 10 pounds, to get a job promotion, or even pressure to spend more time with our families.  It is a wonder most New Year’s resolutions fail within the first 10 days leaving us feel like failures.

I gave up making resolutions a long time ago, and now just strive to find ways to enjoy life each and every day without all the hoopla that is associated with New Year’s resolutions.


This year, besides allowing myself to dream a little about plans for our homestead, I created a storyboard on what I want my life to look like this year. I printed it out and have it hanging where I can see it every day.

This is what my storyboard looks like:

  1. Take more nature walks. – I get a real sense of peace when I go for a nature walk…I call them my meditation walks.
  2. Spend more time with God.  – I am just like everyone else, I tend to let the pressure of life and deadlines get the better of me. He is always there ready and waiting for me…all I have to do is open the door.
  3. Laugh more. – My husband loves to hear me laugh and has often told me I don’t laugh enough.  The strange thing is when I do give in and let myself laugh I feel wonderful.  Laughing is good for the soul.
  4. More beach time. – Two of my very dear friends love the beach as much as I do.  The serenity of sitting in the shade watching the water relaxes me and the time I get to spend with my friends is priceless.
  5. Cover my head more.  – I Corinthians 11:2-16 have been weighing heavy on my mind for years, and after a heart-filled conversation with my husband, I want to honor God by covering my head for him. 
  6. Weed free gardens. – I love the feeling I get when my gardens are weed-free.  The neat and tidy spaces bring me much joy.

As we continue to homestead and face the everyday challenges of raising and growing our own food, I don’t want to lose sight of who I am or how I want to live my life.  The things on my storyboard reflect the things I want to strive for every day.

What would your story board look like?  I encourage you to sit down and create your own storyboard. You may be surprised at what you discover.

Tracy Lynn



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