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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Monday, January 2, 2017


days to...

be happy

love more


be kind

be grateful

simply be

laugh more

gently exercise

practice simplicity

discover new things

slow down

eat healthy

watch less TV

nurture the garden

enjoy life

learn something new 

share more

create more

watch sunrises

watch sunsets

appreciate more

take care of myself

do what i enjoy

blog more


learn to play a musical instrument

read more books

stress less

go for a bike ride

say thank you

pick flowers


practice yoga


have free days

spend less

walk along the beach

make a recipe book

care more

visit family more

say hello to a stranger

write letters

forgive freely

cuddle more

op shop more

travel more

find peace  (in a mixed up world)

rekindle family history

slow down

be a good human

camp out

hug someone

try a new hair style

look at old photos

go hiking

take more photos on my camera

plan a holiday

have fun

watch the clouds



star gaze

go to bed earlier

get out of bed earlier

limit social media

sit outside more

let go

send cards

plan more

make lists

have a cuppa with a friend

drink more water

This is my 2017 list.  

No pressure. 

Just some things I would like to do more of. 

What about you? What are you going to squeeze into the new year?


  1. Oh Tania - that is the best 'sermon' I have had for years....thank you. Just what I needed.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Phil :)

    2. Just re-reading it all again tonight and looking at the pictures properly....that Sturt desert pea is a real wonder. The handsome young chap in the third last photo...one of your boys?

    3. Hello again Phil,

      Those two boys are my grandsons. The eldest is nearly 13 and youngest nearly 1 and they are brothers. Love them to bits!

  2. Well that sounds like a tall order, but even if you only achieve half of that it will be a good year :)
    Love the new header photo.

    1. Dear Cheryl,

      It is a tall order, but I am not pressured by it. I will review it in six months to see how I am progressing. I felt I needed to put the list somewhere where I can check on my progress from time to time.

      I wasn't expecting the header to be that big. I will need to see if I can resize :)

      Have a great day!

  3. Recovering from an illness and feeling kind of blah today, this changed my attitude/mood completely and I am feeling hopeful and looking forward to 2017/ Thank you so much!!!!

    1. Wow didn't think this post would have that big of an impact. I am glad to hear it has helped you feel better.

      Take care of yourself Candace, hope you recover soon.

      Much love,
      Tania xx

  4. That's a wonderful list, Tania. So much to look forward to and to build happiness and contentment upon. Meg:)

  5. House maintenance is the order of the day here and in January we are at it from the get go. There are many other things on my 'list' but house renovating/maintenance is firmly in the foreground at the moment. I think your list is splendid Tania.

    1. Dear Sherri,

      Haha I keep a different list for such things! We have a bit of maintaining to do around here too, the most important being painting the walls of the house.

      Wishing you a lovely day,


  6. Sounds like a great plan. Simplicity is the key and something I'm working on this year I think. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2017.
    x Susan (I love the colour of that orange sky!! Amazing).

  7. Now that's a list. Mine is a mission statement I have borrowed from somewhere, 'Start with where you are, use what you have and do as much as you can.'

    1. I like that statement Jane, might have to save that one :)

  8. Just going to keep loving my family, living life to the fullest and enjoying the company of good friends
    Feeling very greatful for all my blessings xxx
    Happy new year to you and your family xxx

    1. Sounds really delightful Angela, Happy New Year to you and yours also xx

  9. Your list is wonderful Tania. I'll need to look at it regularly as a reminder for my own goals this year. The photos are spectacular, and those boys, oh!!

    1. Thank you Sally, those gorgeous boys are my grandsons :)

  10. Wow Tania, you have got a lot on your list. I haven't even made one as yet. LOL! I am a bit behind already and we are only four days into the new year. I blame the heatwave :-)

    1. I know it seems a big list Nanna Chel, but it is shorter than the one I originally wrote down LOL! I could have just kept adding and adding. I am not compelled to do all these things, it is just a list of things I would like to do more of throughout the year and the rest of my life. Mostly tied in with being a better human :)

      We have a heatwave at the moment, but cant complain as we haven't had too many hot days this year.


  11. Love your list - mine would be pretty much the same! Happy 2017.

  12. Beautiful Tania. Good plan. You would look awesome with side swept bangs. (re the hair one!)
    I hope you have a wonderful year! xxx

  13. Thank Annabel, I will keep that in mind when I go to the hairdresser :)



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