As I reflect on all that happened in 2018 both successes and failures, I can't help but focus on one word...growth.  I learned so much about myself, what makes me tick, what ignites my passions and what I don't want to repeat.

I floundered in finding my voice, trying different things that just didn't seem to ring true to my authentic self, I am casting aside what I thought I wanted to share with the world.  Those things, that while they are good and necessary things, they aren't who I truly am. 

The amazing thing is that even in the failures, maybe mostly in the failures, I found myself. 

Honing in on what brings me joy while encouraging others, is definitely where I see myself going in 2019.  Things like gardening, baking from scratch, sewing and learning old skills like soap making and herbal medicines are where my focus will be. 

Of course there will still be glimpses of work inside the cottage and plenty of friends and family because I don't ever want to lose sight of just how important those closest to us are in keeping us grounded and healthy.  Relationships will still be front and center as will you my online family.

Without your encouragement I would most likely have thrown in the towel when I stumbled but now looking back, I am so thankful I kept pressing on.  What is it that you feel discouraged about today?  May I be the encouragement to you to just keep at the thing...yes step back, reassess your destination but don't give up.   Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, often times the most important thing is that we keep growing even if we don't end up where we thought we would.

Happy New Year!  Now let's get out there and just do the thing!

xo, Patty

I'd love to have you join me over on YouTube where I share more of my cottage style in the home and garden.  Here's the link, Lemon Lane Cottage.


  1. Thank you for your words of encouragement and you are wise to re-think what you will share and what you aim for in 2019. Your photos are very attractive, by the way.

  2. This is a nice post
    Happy new year and have the best of 2019

  3. I always leave your blog with inspiration ~ thank you for that.


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