2021 A Year in Review

bride and groom taking a boat ride after the backyard wedding. They are sitting in the back of the moving boat, smiling with cocktails in hand, up in the air - cheers

I’m going to share with you 2021 A Year in Review today!

All the Things that Happened

  • I joined a Mastermind Group in February of 2021 with KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms who is my Mentor and our groups leader! It has changed my life and I have met some amazing women who have become not just my blogging friends but real life friends. I have learned so much!
Thistlewood Mastermind Group at Haven Conference 2021
  • I hit the one year mark of blogging full-time and consistently in 2021.
  • Emma graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Marketing and Spanish. She’s moved back home and has a job she loves with Scribble Software as their Marketing Coordinator.
  • We had a wedding! The best little backyard wedding ever. Our daughter Annie married her love Tommy Nellen on June 26th. The date had significance and you can read about that HERE
  • Emma and I launched our Podcast “Living Large” on August 16th – People from 11 different countries are listening to us. Isn’t that crazy?
Emma and I sitting in our "studio" getting ready to record our podcast with a glass of wine in our hands
  • I hit publish my first video on December 6th on my YouTube Channel and as of today it has had 5,200 views.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book,

waiting to be written”

Melody Beattie

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Top 5 Posts of 2021

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Make the Best Beef Bourguignon

How to Make Your Outdoor Living Space Inviting for the Summer

How to Dine Al Fresco with Fall Decor

Do You Know Why We Celebrate May Day?

How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cocktail

three christmas martinis

Goals for 2022

bullet journal 2022 yearly calendar on two pages

I posted my Christmas Home Tour to YouTube and it’s already gotten 5,400 views so it’s obvious to me that I need to continue adding video’s to my YouTube channel. You can see that video by clicking the button below.

I’m going to be more intentional with my posts. I’m going to post a recipe or food type post on Tuesdays. On Thursday, I’m going to post a Home Inspired post. I’m mulling over what the weekend will look like. Will I add back a post on Saturday and my Newsletter on Sunday? I’m not sure about what I will do.

If you, my friends, have an opinion, please contact me either via the contact tab or a comment. I read each and every one of them.

Most of my goals are behind the scene’s goals. All the computer things that sometimes make me want to pull my hair out :).

a harvest table set outside with Edison lights hanging between two vintage posts over the table. There is a burlap tablecloth on the table, beautiful white table settings and a floral arrangement with hydrangeas, daisies and other flowers from our fall garden

Thank You

If it wasn’t for my faithful followers, this would all be for nothing. I love sharing my life, my passions and my home with all of you. I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

Thank You * Thank You * Thank You

Happy New Year!


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  1. Lynn, it has been a busy and fruitful your for you, your family and blog! Congratulations! Looking forward to what the future brings to you and your blog.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! The best thing is that I’ve been happier than I have been in a very long time (work-wise). While blogging is challenging, I need to be challenged. It also is a way for me to share what I love the most!

  2. Well done, friend! Meeting you and working alongside you has been a great pleasure. You are so talented and so smart, thank you so much for pouring into me. You are truly amazing! Hugs to you, my friend. Here’s to hitting goals in 2022!

    1. You are too kind Renae! Here’s to 2022 – I think our little group is going to do great things –

  3. You had an amazing year and 2022 will be even better! It has been a joy to get to know you better through your blog! 🙂

    1. I agree that 2022 is going to be a great year for both of us. We learned a lot last year. Now we can put all of that hard work into action. I feel very blessed to be able to call you my friend.