As I write this, the house is completely quiet save for my favorite weather event, a coastal nor’ easter, raging outside.
It’s been another rainy weekend. Parts of our road are flooded, we’ve had power outages, and on more than one occasion we’ve walked the property to check for downed trees, brush, and debris because the ground is so saturated.
It seems like it would be a huge inconvenience given all the projects we have going on right now.
But as I sit here with a steaming cup of pumpkin spice coffee, wearing well-loved corduroys and a cardigan, wrapped up in cozy blankets, breathing in the sweet scent of an apple cinnamon simmer pot, for the first time this year, it actually feels like Fall.
Tomorrow we officially usher in a new season and mark the last 100 days of 2020. And I can hardly believe the moment has arrived.
When I look back on the events of the year, I often feel a sense of nostalgia thinking about all we’ve been through.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been pure survival at times. We’ve had to learn how to pivot and reassess, be without basics we took for granted, deal with the isolation, parent while working and teaching, adjust our budgets and way of life, look for daily silver linings while adapting to a new normal, and in some cases we’ve had to learn how to completely let go.
It hasn’t been easy. But you guys, we’re making it and that’s worth celebrating.
I’ve often wondered why my grandparents never really talked about their lives during WW II. I always knew it was an important benchmark though because they referenced it often.
Mostly with phrases like, “before the war…” and “after the war…”
While I’m not saying our lives during the pandemic have been anything close to the horrors of World War II, this time in our lives has been significant and feels like a historical benchmark in so many ways.
For in years to come, when the days get really hard, we’ll be able to look back on 2020 and say, “If I can make it through that I can make it through anything.”
I know we’ve all handled this time differently. Some of you have taken the time to rest, some are working harder than ever before, some of you are reconnecting with your family and lost friends, while others are in the depths of grief. Some have sought out new adventures and hobbies, while others are quietly rediscovering the meaning of home.
No matter how you’ve dealt with the rollercoaster ride of 2020, there are only 100 days left to embrace.
And while there is no right or wrong way to spend the time, I want to encourage you to make the most of it. To shake off the past 265 days, whatever they may have looked like, and fully welcome the change in season and the good things that are on the way.
- Finish what you’ve started.
- Keep your word
- Find a way to get unstuck.
- Start something you’ve been dreaming about.
- Finally address those things you’ve been putting off for years, even the heart stuff you know will be painful to deal with.
- Find a daily ritual you truly enjoy.
- Stop doing the things you know are no longer working for you.
- Make new memories.
- Say you’re sorry and make amends.
- Buy bigger pants.
- Learn from your failures.
- Celebrate your success.
- Create, make, bake and decorate
- Decide you can.
Here are a few other things we’ll be working on in the last 100 days of the year…
Enjoy Our Fall Bucket List
This was the first year we broke our Fall bucket list into monthly activities as opposed to having what felt like an endless Fall to-do list. We’ve already crossed off most of September and have really enjoyed having small doable things to look forward to each week.
Finish The Crowned Goat Cottage
The countertop arrived over the weekend and even though we can’t install it yet (we realized we had made a tiny mistake once it was delivered) it’s exciting just to know we’re making some progress again after all the delays.
I also decided to stop calling it the shed makeover and give it a proper name. We already have plans to make it a gathering spot for creatives who need a quiet place to plan, dream, and grow which I’m totally pumped about.
Our Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Makeover
Given we blew our budget early on trying to turn the outdoor shed into a full-time office and meeting space, we knew we would have to save money by repurposing a lot of the furniture we already had on hand.
That notion turned into a fruit basket turnover of sorts. It means we’ll have to move furniture from one of the bedrooms, the garage, the living room, and the old office in order to furnish everything.
We’ve had an antique iron bed and custom mattresses in one of the walk-in closets for over 5 years now. And I can’t wait to install it in the guest bedroom once the workstation has been moved into The Crowned Goat Cottage.
Normally, it drives me bananas to undecorate a space that already feels somewhat settled but, in this case, it’s really the only way to work it out.
I wouldn’t say our garage has been horrible, but it’s not as tidy or as organized as I would like it to be.
It all came to a head a few weeks ago though when I couldn’t find something, I knew I had, and I found myself tripping over empty Amazon boxes.
It was literally the epitome of procrastination and delayed decision making and I was so mad at myself for letting it get like that!
As I shared above, most of our project budget is going to finish The Crowned Goat Cottage and the guest suite makeover.
So, while we’re not bringing in a big and fancy storage system, there are definitely budget-friendly ways to make the garage more functional and efficient.
No matter who your candidate of choice is, I’m sure we can all agree voting has never been more important than it is right now. We already have our voting plan in place.
If you haven’t made one yet I want to urge you to understand your rights, educate yourself on the candidates, and create a voting plan of action too.
It’s so important!
Creating a Daily Work Uniform
This might seem silly for someone who works from home. But creating a daily work uniform is a simple way to help cut down on decision fatigue so you can be laser-focused in other areas.
And honestly, I’m here for it 😊
Continue the Journey of Self Discovery
I probably won’t be able to fully articulate why I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery until the end of the year.
But if you’ve been following along on our From the Front Porch posts, you know my accountability partner and I have been reading a book each month in an area we feel we really need to work on.
The journey has not been an easy one, but it’s been a necessary one. And as we say each month, there is no better time to work on yourself than right now.
Celebrate the Holidays
The holidays will probably look a lot different for us this year than they have in years past. And as hard as it is to say, the sooner we change our expectations about the way we think they should be the easier it will be to get through them.
Different does not mean bad.
Different also means unique and distinct. So, let this year be the year you intentionally and realistically plan a holiday season that feels special.
I know at first glance 100 days might seem like a long time. It might even seem unnecessary to get so excited about a milestone in what has been a crazy year.
But on December 31st when we look back on 2020, I don’t want any of us to feel that we didn’t do enough with the time we’ve been given.
Time is truly our greatest resource.
And this year more than any other year we’ve been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to rise to the occasion and make it count.
How do you plan to spend the last 100 days of the year?
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.