(This is my best nine from my 2017 Instagram feed and I thought it was so cute how all the pictures mesh so well together!)

Hello from Alabama! I’ve missed you friends and this blog space. We got back from a wonderful trip to Wisconsin yesterday and I feel so lucky we get to go there during the holiday for celebrating but I always feel so ready to get back home and into the swing of things again! As you have noticed, things look a thousand times different here and they’ll be a few more minor tweaks in the next couple days but overall I’m so glad for the update. I needed something new and inspiring so it was time I rethink how things look on my blog. I’ve been working on this site for the last month or so and it feels like I’m releasing something beautiful into the world at last!

So welcome to Bakers Farm Blog! Everything from my last blog is still here. The biggest difference is how things look. I changed platforms and it should be much easier to navigate and find content on here. Between the category tabs on top and the search bar, it should be pretty easy to maneuver. I plan on being in this space a lot more than I have in the past and I’m looking forward to sharing everything I have planned with you. But with a new year I wanted to do a quick recap on last year and chat a little about my goals for this new 2018 year!

I love talking about goals and could probably make this into six different posts but I will refrain. 🙂

Last year was hard and easy and crazy and kind of a weird year but also really really good. Here’s a quick review about why it was all those things in a nutshell (mostly because I really didn’t blog much this past year so I thought I’d fill you in a little).

We started the year off with renting a house in Alabama.

Andrew and I celebrated five years of marriage in February.

In March, Andrew and I went to Puerto Rico for a work trip for being in the top dealerships.

We traded our pontoon boat in April for a much more exhilarating boat and it quickly became our favorite summer family activity.

Then Andrew expanded his business and moved to North Carolina in early May and I stayed back to let the kids finish off school and their other activities plus pack the house to move.

Andrew moved all our belongings in June (about two thirds to a storage unit in Alabama and the rest to North Carolina) to the new fully furnished rental house we were moving in to. The kids and I went to visit family for the month of June in Wisconsin.

We got settled in at the new house in North Carolina in July and had lots of friends and family come to visit. It felt like a giant vacation because the house was huge and on a lake so we would go out there all the time.

The girls and I went back to Wisconsin in August because Andrew was working so much and we thought it would be nice to spend a little more time with family and friends before school started for everyone again. I also tagged along with Andrew for a business trip to Los Angeles (he worked, I toured) and I have to say I got the better end of that deal!

In September we decided that perhaps North Carolina wasn’t the place we were meant to be and in mid October we had bought a brand new house, changed the girls school and moved back to the part of town we were in at the beginning of the year.

Like I said…hard, easy, crazy but really really good right?!

I learned a lot this year, especially about myself and how I deal with things and I thought I’d share some reflections on what 2017 taught me:

  • If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. For me this was blogging. I felt like I could barely keep my head afloat let alone make sure my kids knew and understood what was going on that I didn’t make blogging a priority. And that’s okay.
  • Nothing is permanent. If you don’t like something you have the power to change it because this is your life.
  • I’m a better person when I’m taking care of myself.
  • Physical things not having a home gives me anxiety. I’ve really focused on decluttering over the last four years and it’s helped me immensely. I’ll talk more on this later this week.
  • I thrive on having a landing place.
  • Friends are everything. And I’m always working on building my community but man I sure have a good one so far.
  • You only have one family so love the one you have.

I make goals for myself every year and if you’ve been around my space long enough, you know I use the Powersheets to make sure I achieve these goals. I’ll go into more about how I use Powersheets next week but for now, these are my 2018 goals:

  • Nourish my spiritual relationship
  • Make and stick to a budget
  • Stop spending money on things I don’t really need
  • Try one food or exercise challenge a month
  • Eat less sugar
  • Really try to get into running this year (I love the idea of running a half marathon but have always hated running)
  • Read 52 books
  • Attempt and achieve a round (or multiple rounds) of Whole 30
  • Finish all of my unfinished projects
  • Re-learn how to use my Nikon camera again
  • Make our house feel like a home (so many projects I have in mind)
  • Be a more intentional mom
  • Focus more on something I want (I have a few ideas for this but nothing firm yet)
  • Read the news or watch the news at least four times a week
  • Continue to work out regularly

If you make yearly goals or resolutions, I would love to hear what some of them are! Leave a comment below of one of your goals and I’ll drop a comment with an idea of how to achieve that goal! It’s always fun to help each other out when it comes to goal setting <3


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