Last year I set forth on a quest, a journey, a mission: that for which I am destined. I conquered a few things last year, like the back yard. In 2023, I’m on a different quest.
It’s been tricky to narrow down what missions I want to make public. So in 2023 there are a few public goals, a few more secret goals, and some other odds and ends like a word for the year. Here are all of my Mission 2023 posts.
- August There was no mission post in August, instead I went to Bay City for a long weekend.
How Was The Year?
And so it’s the end of another year. 2023 started with a bang and the first half of the year was filled with adventures and excitement.
But by September and October, I was not feeling the same excitement about these
goals missions that had been established back in December of 2022. I’m not even sure if I’ll do any public “missions” for 2024.
I got the idea for doing monthly missions from Mavis Butterfield’s “100 Dollars A Month” blog. Her life and style are completely different from mine and I admire her ability to set and achieve goals. But am I a goal person? Nah, not so much.
I say that now, of course, writing this the last Monday in November. Everything can change by January.
Move More Sit Less
In October I wrapped up my virtual walk around New York City with the Conqueror Virtual Challenges and started walking around New Zealand.
In early November, I stopped wearing my FitBit and counting steps, and therefore ‘walking’ around New Zealand. For most of 2023, I was very obsessed with both of these things and looked at that FitBit throughout the day. But there’s a secret thing in 2024 that may make me get right back on the FitBit/Conqueror track…we’ll see.
All Things Writing
In 2022, I finished the first draft of a novel. In 2023, I wanted to finish the second draft.
In late September and inspired by the TikTok and podcast of My Grandmas Diaries, I started writing in a 5 year diary at the end of every day. I love the stories and research they’ve put into the diaries, and can only imagine someone using my five year diary for something similar in the future when I’m long gone from this earth.
And that second draft? Well, it went sideways. Shortly after I started editing I realized that what I’d written last summer was merely the background for the actual story. Sigh.
Finish All The Projects
If you’ve owned a home, you know that the list of projects never ends. And to be honest, I don’t think I’ll finish ALL of the projects. But this year, I’d like to knock a few of those things that I’ve been thinking about for a long time right off the list.
This part of the mission is more about consistently making an effort to do the things…all the things…even the little things like take that pile of things to the thrift store or break down the boxes and put them in the car and haul them off to the recycling center.
- You remember those two or three carloads of stuff that went to the thrift stores in October? In November I made many more trips to the thrift store with the car full of stuff. It feels so good to let go of things!
- With letting go of things came opportunities to reuse and repurpose existing things and spaces. The real freeing thing about letting go is that now my house isn’t as crowded with things I’ll never use anyway.
- And of course, I did more work in the garden – planting some fifty daffodil and tulip bulbs. Can’t wait for March (?) and April to see those come up. There are still a bunch of crocus to get in and that needs to happen very soon. We’ve had a light dusting of snow and the temps have dropped… I hope I can find another day about 30 to get these into the ground.
Well yes, 2023 was an awesome year for secret things, right?
- In April I was in New York City and marched in the New York City Tartan Week parade with a huge group of Bay City Roller fans.
- In May I was a guest DJ on Dedication: Fans Remember The Bay City Rollers.
- In August I was back in Bay City, Michigan for the weekend to meet up with friends.
- In late September I was in Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, to see Cowboy Junkies in concert.
- In late October, I was in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan to see Menopause the Musical and Loreena McKennitt!
- Oh! Oh my! There’s already a super secret thing scheduled for next year. (And if you already KNOW what it is, please don’t give it away in the comments.)
Year In Books
This year was a Bookshop affiliate. Bookshop actively supports local, independent bookstores and has even given more than 80% of their profit margin to independent bookstores. I even have my own store on Bookshop! (Thank you to those who’ve bought something from Bookshop through my affiliate link!)
I’m making an effort to buy some books from Bookshop, and others from Sleepy Dog Books, my local independent bookstore. I loved being a bookshop affiliate and plan to continue this in 2024.
(Disclosure: All of the links to books are Bookshop.org affiliate links. If you click through the link and finalize a purchase, I earn a commission.)
- The Missing of Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos
- Hagitude by Sharon Blackie
- The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos
- The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos
- Always In December by Emily Stone
- The Paris Daughter by Kristen Harmel
- Foster by Claire Keegan
And if you’re counting, that’s 61 books for the year, which smashes my 2023 reading challenge of 50 books on Good Reads!
Word of the Year
Action is the word of the year. I want to accomplish, do, go, make things happen.
Guiding Thought As I went through the process of thinking about my mission for the year, the one thing that I kept returning to was: what was life like before the internet? Do more of that!
Forget about it. I use the internet every single day.
Quote of the Month
Did you know there is a collection of thought-provoking quotes up at the top of the blog? Once that page displays and you’ve absorbed the words, click “Next Quote” to see another and another and another.
It is the natural instinct of a child to work from within outwards: “First I think, and then I draw my think.” What wasted effort we make to teach the child to stop thinking, and only to observe.Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
What’s good about your life right now?