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Feet Under My Table – What Brings You Joy in 2023?

I know that it’s the time of year when everyone has been thinking of New Year’s resolutions. 

There’s the “how can I get healthier”, “which diet will remove those extra holiday pounds”, and “which word do I need as a theme for my year” conversations. 

I get it. But planning took me elsewhere this month.  

A bucket list for what I want to learn this year became my focus. 

Sure, there will be goals set of what to get rid of and how to be healthier among the mix of January planning. That’s always in the works. 

But how do you plan to make changes that bring you joy? That’s my goal for the months ahead. 

Learning has ALWAYS been a part of my DNA and perhaps many of you are like that. Never has there been an easier time to learn new things. 

So how do you begin to find resources to learn?? 

  • Technology has never been better! Online classes and even YouTube can be your best friend…just be careful to make sure you are getting the right information from them. 
  • Local extension offices offer so many free classes from canning, quilting, gardening, wreath making, soil testing, and more that are often free. Need I say more? 
  • Community classes all provide us a wealth of opportunities to expand our knowledge for learning new things that are needed or simply fun. From bike riding, art classes, motorcycle safety, forging, welding, adult stretch and dance classes, and cooking for starters. 

Here are a few on my bucket list: 

  • Baking sour dough bread – I know…that’s so 2020…but…I missed the course and follow through with getting that one done! 
  • Free motion sewing – to create the most beautiful pillow covers for all seasons and holidays. All in for this one on my list! 
  • New furniture projects – painting and more. 
  • Taking a Master Gardener course. 
  • Learning to hang backsplash tile. 
  • Gardening skills for growing new foods.  
  • Planting dahlias and learning how to grow them. 
  • Creating videos and developing a YouTube channel. 
  • Writing a book. I said that one out loud and shared it with all of you. Yikes! 
  • Locating those best tucked away places that provide serenity and beauty which requires some travel and road trips.  
  • Taking a Master Class online…now which to choose?! 

What would be on your bucket list of learning? 

  • Scuba diving 
  • Fly fishing 
  • Grinding your own flour 
  • Food preservation – canning, freezing, dehydrating 
  • Kayaking 
  • Quilting 
  • Snow or water skiing 
  • Cake decorating 
  • Zip lining or parasailing 
  • Flying a plane 
  • Calligraphy 
  • Taking an art class – watercolor, acrylics, pastels, or pottery 
  • Delving into the world of ancestry and creating your family tree 
  • Furniture refinishing  
  • Remodeling skills 
  • Grilling 
  • Forging (Did you know we have a forge that offers classes here?) 
  • Crocheting, knitting, lace making, or macrame 

Have I hit any that interest you yet?  

Just a tip that works for me…write your list down…it helps to make it truly a goal.  

And at the end of 2023? Why not pull it out and see how much you learned this year. That to me, friends, is a win! 

To help you out, I have created a 2023 Bucket List form for you to use.  

Look at 2023 with a fresh new way to learn! Instead of setting resolutions that are soon discarded, try setting goals this year for learning that brings you joy.  

My list keeps growing. I so hope yours does, too. 


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