Notes on the Road Ahead

Greetings Friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday and turned the calendar to a new year of wonderful and exciting things to come.

I spent most of December in the panhandle of Florida, where I got to use my heater for the first time, saw my first water moccasin (up close and personal), and received the most unique Christmas gift ever.

Fresh from the tree, these tasty Satsumas were given to me by my new friend Rebecca, the campground host at Big Lagoon State Park.

I spent the week of Christmas with family – starting with the annual holiday party, followed by brunch with my brother’s bunch and a day trip to see my sister and her crew. We watched a marathon of Hallmark movies (all of which had puppies in them) and indulged in a lot of sweet treats. I mean a lot! I may have had more than one (or two) slices of some sinfully delicious creation called an Elvis Presley cake. But, I believe, in the end, a good time was had by all.

Along with the holiday hustle and bustle though, December was also a month of quiet contemplation for me. I started thinking about the road ahead and what I wanted 2022 to look like for me. Now, this is not where I’m going tell you all the places I plan to visit or the checklists I plan to complete or the big thing I plan to do with my life this year; because if 2021 taught me anything, it’s that life can take an unexpected turn at any moment and it makes no difference what you had planned.

So, I’m not planning anything.

But, I will tell you that I’m going to be staying in Kentucky for a while, and that I do have places I want to see and things I want to do. And that if there’s a theme for this year, it’s simply going to be me doing my best to live each moment to the fullest and savor the ordinary as if it were extraordinary. From the first sip of a hot cup of coffee in the morning to the feel of the sheets, all soft and warm, as I slide into bed at night, I want to enjoy these things as if they were the only things that matter in the world. Because, really, they are.

You’ve likely noticed the new blog title. For ten years, I’ve been blogging as The Minimalist Next Door, and while I still love the name, I feel like it’s time for a fresh start. I chose the name Small Things Beautiful because I feel it represents the direction I want to go with my life and my writing – embracing the joy and the magic of life’s everyday moments.

Will I still write about minimalism? Absolutely! It’s my passion. Will I still travel? You bet! Will I still do things I wish I hadn’t and share them with you so we can all roll our eyes together? Probably. This new blog is intended to be a life journal, so whatever happens – good, bad, or somewhere in between – that’s what you’ll see unfold here in these pages.

Welcome to Small Things Beautiful. I’m so glad you’re here!

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