The end of the year has us looking back and looking forward. (Sounds like genealogy doesn’t it?!)”

The theme for this, the final week of the 52 Ancestors Challenge is “Future.” It’s also fitting for me that I have left this until the absolutely last day of 2021 to write anything. Perhaps this post could also fall under the category of procrastination for me? I don’t know what is with me this year that I seem to have a hard time getting organized or motivated enough to keep up with my family history blog. Is covid burnout really a thing?

There have been a lot of changes this year, including major changes to my daily routine. So perhaps that will be part of my New Year’s Resolution to myself? Finding a new routine that works for me.

I am going to continue to try and give myself some grace. It’s okay to not accomplish everything on my To-Do list every day. Besides I enjoy writing lists! Also, there’s always tomorrow (or the next day), to be fair there have been other really wonderful things distracting me from my well-intentioned genealogy plans.

One is that our daughter started her second year of University in September 2021. Her entire first year (Sept 2020 – June 2021) was online and she took up permanent residence at our kitchen island. Like most teenagers, spending time at home was not a normal thing. So, it was time well spent for me to be able to just be there and connect with her watching lectures, writing papers and helping her study at home. It was truly bonding for us.

I also have taken up a couple of new hobbies this year and I’ve been devoting time towards learning those. I started learning how to play guitar using YouTube videos. Truth be told it’s never really been a dream of mine…to play the guitar. Truthfully, I always wanted to play the drums. My obsession with drumming started with Animal from the Muppets! However, my Dad gifted his guitar to our son a couple of years ago as a Graduation gift and it’s been here hanging on our wall since. After walking by the guitar every single day, and whispering “I love you, Dad.” I thought why not? It’s been fun and challenging and is a way for me to feel close to my Dad who passed away in February.

I also started attempting cross stitch and embroidery. Again, not planned at all. I happened to be at a dollar store in Grand Forks visiting my Mom and picked up a small rainbow cross stitch kit for $1.25 – now I’m hooked. Coincidentally, this was not long after I was contacted via my blog and then very kindly mailed a beautiful cross stitch sampler made by my Great-Great-Grandmother. Somehow taking up the hobbies of my ancestors feels like a connection to me.

I’ve read a few really interesting and great books this year. To clarify, reading is not a new hobby, just taking time to sit and read without as much guilt is new to me, I still feel like there is something else I should be doing. Two reads that stand out are Uneducated by Tara Westover a recommendation from Mom and Five Little Indians by Michelle Good – recommended by my bonus Mom.

I have also made leaps and bounds in our family’s history this year, it is just that I haven’t found made the time to sit down and write it all out. So for the future, my resolutions are to continue to work on my hobbies, old and new. To continue to take time to connect with our daughter while she is here. To continue to take time to read a book if I feel like it. AND to carve out time to work on documenting and recording our family’s history because I enjoy it and it’s important to me. Writing this family history blog is a way for me to feel connected to my family, especially those who aren’t here anymore, but will always reside in my heart.

Cheers to the future and wishing you all the best in 2022!

xo Carrie

  5 comments for “Future

  1. January 1, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Happy New Year! Your cross stitch looks perfect! Funny how you came to your new hobbies.

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  2. January 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Quite a year in 2021 and sounds like your 2022 will be jam-packed and productive. Enjoy your stitching and guitar playing!

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  3. January 3, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Good luck with your goals. I really relate to the reading without guilt!

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