Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

10 on the 10th | January

Are you a resolution writer? Like I wrote here, I don’t write out goals and things for the new year because I never seem to accomplish them, then I’m left with this overwhelming sense of failure. I think it’s contrary to my nature; I’m more of an Ohhhhh, the wind is blowing left? Then let’s go left kind of person. The Hubs is the planner in this relationship. He has lists for everything. I go to the grocery store and come back with everything but what I intended. However, since I decided to join this linkup, it’s only fair that I play by the rules, right?


10 on the 10th is hosted by Leslie at Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After and Marsha at Marsha in the Middle. In the tradition of old school blogging, they’ll share a list of ten questions or prompts to help us get to know each other better. The linkup goes live on the tenth of the month.

THE PROMPT: 10 Prayers, Wishes, Goals, and Hopes for 2022


  • Relocate my home office from downstairs to upstairs. My office is in the back entryway of our home, just off the carport on one side and the back porch on the other side. I also share this space with Bleu and Lola. And, while I love my office space, it’s also the dumping ground for coats, keys, shopping bags, empty boxes, etc. The rooms upstairs are currently going unused, so it makes sense that I move upstairs so that we’re using all of this house {we are paying for it with that monthly mortgage, right?}.
  • Be more present when I’m hanging with family. I noticed that I spend a lot of time looking at my phone. If I’m not scrolling Instagram or Facebook, I’m playing Bejeweled. I don’t get to see my kids very often, so when I do, I want to be fully engaged.


  • Follow a workout that will help me reach my weight loss goals. I bought a Peloton bike in October of last year and I love it. Hands down, my best purchase since my camera. Initially, my weight loss journey was going really well and, although, I still use the bike consistently, my weight has started to creep back up. I need to figure out a program that will help me lose the unwanted pounds. That being said, I have noticed a bit of muscle development in my arms {I do a 10 minute arm workout 3 days a week} and butt, so yay!
  • Develop consistent and health eating habits. My Christmas gift from my doctor was a prescription for high cholesterol meds. I was so worried about the prediabetes, that I didn’t even think about my cholesterol. Go, me. So I need to find a diet that I can follow that will help lower that. I know oatmeal is good, but I want something in addition to…


  • Complete a 52 Week Project. I have never completed a personal photography project. I’ll usually start and be all in, but the prompts almost always start to become more child centered. I don’t have kids at home and, while photography is about being creative, sometimes I just want straight forward prompts that are more inclusive. The group that I’m with now, although very child friendly, the prompts are generic enough that they’re attainable for those of us who do not have littles at home.
  • Learn videography. Although I HATE all the reels on Instagram, I love the idea of learning to make videos. I especially think this will be helpful with my job as the social media coordinator at our college.


  • Successfully complete my section of the SACS accreditation application. We’re at the finalization part of the application process and I am so over the stress. I did fairly well with the initial submission and just have to answer/clear up a few questions that our draft readers had.
  • Cultivate deeper professional and personal ties to the community. We live in a small town and I love that everyone knows everyone and I want to be part of that community. I love the idea of walking into the neighborhood coffee shop and people knowing my name or knowing the folks who frequent the local library.


  • People will come to know Jesus and understand that His love is deep, radical, sacrificial, amazing, and free. My faith is important to me and I want others to experience that all encompassing love and joy.
  • People will learn to not only discern truth but accept it. This is the key to mitigating the pandemic and moving towards a new normal.


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