From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the Front Porch, sweet friends.

If you’re one of the thousands of people whose Christmas or holiday vacation did not go as planned, you’re in good company.

We left for the cabin scrambling to get a COVID test after learning we had been exposed and came home to the thunderous clap of almost an entire box of vintage dishes breaking as we opened the hatch to unload the car in the dark.  

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Thankfully, it wasn’t all crazy though.

In between those two events, we celebrated negative COVID tests multiple times, spent quiet afternoons listening to the rain fall on the cabin’s metal roof and the rush of the river washing over the jagged rocks, bundled up for a winter storm, chose a word of the year, wrote down goals and dreams in our planners, gave a lot of grace, gathered for meals, celebrated Christmas, had tender moments with my sisters, drove through a bridge covered in lights, slowed down to enjoy a family of 9 deer grazing near the cabin, had breakfast with one of Santa’s elves, shopped our favorite stores, bought a gift for next year, hiked with Piper, and shared multiple “sparkle moments” that encouraged us along the way.

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It was not easy at times and definitely not what I had envisioned at all.

But those life moments and near joy-stealing interruptions forced us to be intentional with our time, and for that reason alone, the struggle was worth it. We will definitely be carrying these lessons into next year!

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If you’re feeling behind, stressed, or even bummed about how your holiday season went, take a few moments to honor those feelings and grieve what might have been.

Then take a deep breath.

Store Door Decorated for Christmas with Garland, Ornaments and Gingham Ribbon-The Crowned Goat

It’s not too late to make New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day one you’ll never forget.

It’s not too late to create the year you’ve envisioned, to step into your purpose, to live out your dreams, or to say yes to the life you’ve imagined.

You have plenty of time.

You just have to get started.

Are you ready to make your own kind of magic?

I was hoping you would say that – me too.

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A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

A gorgeous portfolio from Tori Rubinson Interiors.

This Heirloom Home Tour is the stuff dreams are made of!

Every year we try to make our vacation plans in January so we’ll have something fun to look forward to all year. This looks like such a relaxing getaway if Nantucket is on your list.

This B&B (and IG account) will make you want to book a stay in Tuscany ASAP!

Style Lessons From 35 Parisian Apartments

I love the way this photographer captures beautiful interiors.

A floral designer’s Chelsea home decorated for Christmas (the garland on the staircase and the wreath alone are swoon-worthy)

Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Walk a Mile Every Day

10 Fantasies to Let Go of Before the New Year

20 of the Best Retinol Creams and Serums for Every Skin Type

These Will Be The Top Decor Trends of 2022, According to Design Pros

Words to Live By…


Book of the Month

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Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking by Jon Acuff

Devotion of the Quarter

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**Just a heads up this book/series might be less expensive at DaySpring if you have a coupon

Courageous Influence: Embrace the Way God Made You for Impact  

Q&A Friday…

Everyone starts talking about goals and resolutions this time of year and it stresses me out. I struggle to make them because I don’t know where to start. Any ideas?

It’s not uncommon to struggle setting goals so give yourself lots of grace!

The best place to start is to think about what you DON’T want because it will help decide what you DO want.

For example, if you’re tired of a messy house (what you don’t want) you’ll need an easy-to-follow cleaning plan (what you do want).

If you feel tired, busy, and rushed all the time (what you don’t want), you need to sit down and prioritize what’s really important to you (what you do want).

It might seem counterproductive but knowing what you don’t want is a really helpful way to uncover those things you hold most dear.

That way, you’ll be more motivated and willing to put in the hard work and the extra effort it takes to create lasting change.

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On the Menu this Week…

Week of January 1st – January 9th  

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Luscious Lemon Cream Tart (Low Carb, Keto)

Healthy Start Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

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Body Love Journal * 5 Minute Journal * Large Dry Erase Board * Task List Planner

Smart Scale * Leggings * Resistance Bands * Water Bottle

Mattress Cover * Sleep Earbuds * Sleep Mask * Sleeping Pillows

Collagen Peptides * Meal Prep Containers * Vitamin C Serum * Affirmation Cards  

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…

The Most Popular Posts of 2021

(Thank you guys SO MUCH for supporting our Encouragement of the Month posts. I was BLOWN AWAY to see 2 of them make the list this year!)


10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for the New Year

Ten Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for The New Year

Rustic New Year’s Tablescape & Virtual Cocktail Party Blog Hop

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Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas & Winter Home Tour Blog Hop

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13 Ways to Feel More Organized Everyday

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It’s Up To You…

(My personal favorite Encouragement of the Month post in case you need a pep talk for 2022)

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January Bucket List…

  • Favorite Things on New Year’s Day
  • Celebrate my birthday and my Mom’s Milestone Birthday
  • Begin 5 Minute Journal
  • Establish Skincare Routine
  • Eat Greens with Every Meal
  • Drink Water Before Coffee
  • Create a Cozy Winter Home
  • Buy a New Sleeping Pillow & Mattress Cover
  • Begin (in)courage Bible Study/Devotion
  • Reestablish Morning & Nightly Routines
  • Transition to Afternoon Workout Routine
  • Plan Valentine’s Day Activities
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

January Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Health-Wellness Routines & Home Keeping Systems

  • 01/01 Morning Routine & Workout Routine
  • 01/08 Nightly Routine with 15 Minute Clutter Catcher
  • 01/15 Cleaning Schedule
  • 01/22 Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping
  • 01/29 Organize the Pantry & Spices
  • 02/05 Organize the Refrigerator & Freezer

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 01/01 New Year’s Day
  • 01/01 Buy January Birthday & Special Occasion Cards and Gifts
  • 01/02 World Introvert Day
  • 01/08 National Bubble Bath Day
  • 01/14 Buy Valentines Cards, Gifts & Countdown Calendar Supplies
  • 01/16 National Use Your Gift Card Day
  • 01/17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 01/23 National Pie Day
  • 01/24 National Compliment Day
  • 01/25 National Plan for Vacation Day
  • 01/26 National Green Juice Day
  • 01/27 National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 01/31 National Hot Chocolate Day

As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. So sorry to read about the dishes always makes me mad and sad at the same time when that sort of thing happens. I hope your new year goes smoothly, wishing you and yours good health. Take care.x

  2. Oh I want to go to Tuscany! Thanks for all these incredible links. Have a blessed new year.

  3. Loved today’s post. Just ordered the (in)courage and daily tasks books. 2 of my goals for 2022 are to do more Bible study and to stay on top of my “projects”; both suggestions came at a perfect time for me. I look forward to your posts and make time to sit and read (usually more than once) your Friday posts. Looking forward to 2022. Happy New Year

    1. I’m so excited you’ll be doing the (in)courage: Courageous Influence Bible Study too, AJ. There are 4 books in the series so reading one each quarter seemed like a good plan. Plus, I figured it would give us plenty of time to go at our own pace and put the things we’re learning into practice as well. I’m also excited about your goal to stay on top of your projects! It always feels so good to know you’ve been able to accomplish a goal no matter how big or small. The two things that help me most are setting aside Sunday afternoons to plan out the week ahead (you could definitely choose another day though) and breaking down big goals into tiny micro goals so they feel totally doable. I’ll be cheering you on so keep up the good work, and thanks so much for being such a sweet support of our Friday posts. They’re always fun to put together. Hugs for a happy weekend, Coco

  4. I always look forward to reading what’s happening from “the porch”.
    I wish you and yours a very happy new year!!!!!!!!!!
    Take care:)

  5. “National Use Your Gift Card Day” omgoodness that made me chuckle!!

    1. I know, Cindy! I swear there is a “National Day” for everything. I put it on my calendar though because it was a good reminder. I’m always forgetting to use mine and then wonder why it only has a $5 balance left after a year of sitting in my wallet 😂 Big hugs for a happy week and fun shopping trips ahead, CoCo

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