The Daily Dutchess

an introvert's journey to a new life, one stitch at a time

The end of the year is almost here! Have you been thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions? I sure have but I must admit I have a love/hate relationship with them.
Probably because resolutions are mostly about things you should change about yourself and bad habits to break. Like quitting smoking, losing weight, things like that. But if there is one resolution I have made it’s to let go of the negative and focus on the positive.
So nobody’s goin’ to the gym any time soon folks. Just sayin’.

In the past years I have shifted more towards establishing goals instead and in 2014 has been kindof successful. Not sure if those two are directly related but I’d like to think so.


Celebrated my 50th birthday in Ameland. Boy was that a grand weekend.

Finally, finally sold our house in Amsterdam and got out with barely a scratch. Metaphorically speaking of course.

We decided to switch things around and make a dedicated effort to become debtfree as soon as we could possibly manage it.
This involved renting in stead of buying for the next few years and cutting back on our spending. TBBE is very very good at this.
I am still a work in progress when it comes to frugal living. Nuff said.

We decluttered ruthlessly and sold, gifted or downright trashed almost 70% of our belongings before moving.

I managed to phase out a huge part of my medication after consulting my specialist. Such a huge relief to be done with them and doing grand. One more med to go and I will be pill-free. Yay me.

Sold not only the house but also the webstore. This was not an easy decision to make but ince it was done… That sure took a load off. And the revenue made a good dent in our store loans. Not huge but a good start.

We managed to eat clean most of the time. Cook from scratch and cook ahead to make life easier and healthier. Feels incredibly good.

Started and implemented this blog with the help of Jolanda Keizer! Couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you for putting up with my foot-stomping, silly comments and unreasonable demands. You’re a saint.

Took up knitting after a 25 year hiatus. Not only has this not-so-new hobby produced a couple of lovely projects for a friend + a Christmas gift for TBBE, it has also reconnected me with my mom in a new way. Pretty unexpected but very comforting side-effect.

All of this has managed to make me happier in 2014 than I have been in years. And we are going to keep the momentum going!


Pay off the car ( last payment in January!)

Work on this blog and make clickable links to most of the items above. So you guys can finally see what this was all about.

Make even more lovely knits and zen myself out in the process.

Diversify my portfolio of clients so I can go and freelance properly in 2016.

Put my very frugal craig’s list purchased sewing machine to good use.

Put money away into savings.

Save up for my friends Bianca & Daniel’s wedding in Nassau in September. (She wrote casually)

Soooo far!! Let’s make it through New Year’s Eve in one piece first and see you on the other side!! Let me know about your goals and dreams for 2015 (unless you prefer to party and drink champagne which I can totally get behind of course).
Have a wonderful time!!


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