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HAPPY NEW YEAR…WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Posted on January 05 2024, By: Nancy Greene

I recently read a quote that stated…”Its ok if all you did this year was survive”. That literally sums up my 2023. I survived.
But you know what else I did? I loved. I created memories. I reflected. I grew. While yes…2023 was the worst year of my
life…I did in fact survive.

As the year drew to a close, I started to think about what 2024 was going to look like for me. The uncertainty was
terrifying but exciting as well. I am embarking on a new journey and learning to find my new normal. It is a normal that I
never wanted…but nevertheless…it is where I’m at. So how do I make the best of this new normal? How do I make 2024
a year of transformation and growth?

I had millions of ideas in my head….so many goals…so many aspirations. I needed to sort them out and organize them.
Thankfully, I have the most amazing best friend ever who knows what I need before I do. She gave me the best planner
for Christmas. It had everything I needed to organize my year…my life. I am a list maker to a fault. I need to see my goals
on paper and then have the satisfaction of taking my super aesthetic highlighter and marking it off of my list once
complete. Not only is this planner everything I need, the cover speaks to me daily. It says…”Edit your life frequently and
ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all”. I LOVE that!!! My life is my masterpiece and in 2024 I am going to prove it!

I have several categories of goals for 2024. I am discussing them now so you can hold me accountable and so that I can
put it down, in writing, for the world to see…so when I ring in 2025 I can look back and reflect and be so proud of my
accomplishments. I am taking them slow and understanding that Rome wasn’t built in a day. That brings me comfort. I
have 365 (actually 366 – Leap Year whoop) days to make my goals a reality. I will share them with you now.

ORGANIZATION
I have an overwhelming desire to be organized and to have a reset. I have said this multiple times, but I feel like the last
three and a half years of our lives have been out of my control. You can’t control cancer. As much as you try, you can’t.
Therefore, in 2024, I want to reset and organize, clean, purge and all the things but most importantly…take back control.

I have a list of all of the things that I am planning for our home. I can’t wait to bring you along for the journey. No project
will be crazy but just things that create simplicity and less chaos.

I will share my organization tips (as basic as they are) and any inspiration behind what I am doing. I can’t wait…first
project…the pantry!!!

HEALTH
I started my health journey in the summer of 2023. Nothing crazy, just eating better and taking care of me. Prior to that,
I was eating pretty poorly (I would like to thank UBER Eats…lol…and the ease of just ordering instead of cooking). But
this past summer I made the commitment to stop that! I have lost weight and feel so much better. I still have a ways to
go though and I can’t wait!!

For 2024, I am going to continue focusing on calories…while making sure that I still live my life and enjoy celebrations
and events. It is all about moderation. This year, I am going to add in exercising. I told Emma that I want to start doing
weight training and she said she wanted to do it with me. We bought some weights and are getting ready to start this
week. I am also making it a goal to walk daily and eventually make it up to 10,000 (and beyond) steps per day!

I would love for you to share your health journey too. What works for you. Let’s do this together! Accountability among
friends is always important!

LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE
This is the first year in 24 years that I will not share with my sweet Rob. To live a year without him hurts my soul. While I
know he is not here with me physically, he will always be with me in my heart and in spirit.

In 2024, I really want to spend it remembering and honoring Rob and the amazing husband, father, son, brother and
nephew that he was.

I want to decorate his grave monthly to make sure it is fresh and what he would like (Think Ford Mustang, his fraternity
and all things humor). I want to visit him regularly, let him know the updates on life. Also, I want to share with others
our story. Help my friends who are battling this same journey and advocate for Colon Cancer awareness, treatment and
a cure.

So that is my plan for 2024! Easy right? I am so excited. I have never been more excited about goals in my life. I will take
you on this journey with me every day. There will be highs and there will be lows and you know what… that is ok! A low
should never completely knock you off course. It is just a bump in the road. It might get shaky, but I will pick myself back
up and keep on fighting. Because that is what I do…I survive!

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