We are well into the new year, and for most of us, this is the ideal time for making plans and setting goals. I’m not big on resolutions, although, some would argue they are one and the same. I’ve had my fill of failed resolutions, which, in my opinion, are really just acknowledging one’s bad habits and doing nothing about them. Goals, however, involve intention setting, preparing, and taking realistic action. I’m ready to clean house, tidy those items in life, and start the new year with a fresh, clean slate. So yes, I will be cleaning my house, literally and figuratively. With more time on my hands due to the pandemic, there’s a never-ending list of things to accomplish; it’s difficult knowing where to start?

Pandemic aside, life must go on. I can’t help be an optimist; I need to believe that this year will be different, bringing change and hopefully there will be an end soon to our non-existent social lives. Having something to look forward to is essential, at least it is for me. At the moment, I’m a planner without plans. We missed out on a lot last year, now, just going out for coffee these days is pretty exciting. Unfortunately, travel is still in the distant future, fingers-crossed, not for long. But nothing is stopping us from making plans, right? I have a long list of to-dos (goals). I would love to make reading a priority, something I struggle to fit into my daily schedule. Typically, I save reading for bedtime, only to find myself asleep shortly after, can you relate? So, I’m not a voracious reader, but I find myself with an ambitious collection of books to read. Seriously, where do I start? Projects around the home? Where do I begin? Just testing new recipes from the NYTimes cooking is enough to keep me in the kitchen for months! While we’re at it, how about giving gratitude, I know, technically it’s not a goal, but it should be, appreciate all that you have and enjoy those little things, they add up, enriching our lives when we need it the most.

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The one project that I am very passionate about is creating a great blog. This is ongoing, and my goal is to make my stories relatable and fun, with informative content. I’ve had an incredible journey, and I love being able to share all my tidbits with you. I COVET started four years ago; I cannot believe it! Originally this was to be a journal of my trip to Paris, which it became. Life happened afterwards, and well, it became much more. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how I COVET would grow. It’s taken time, and in the process, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I have fifty-six years of life experience, so I know a little about a lot of things. That said, I know myself very well, but I’m no expert.

Over the years, I have developed invaluable relationships with a variety of multitalented professionals, my go-to team of experts, as you will. They have supported me over the years, in some way, helping me realize my dreams, or through a challenge, or with good old fashioned solid advice. Everyone needs a little help. I look forward to introducing a few of them to you soon on my blog, I COVET.

In the meantime, what plans are you making and what goals are you setting?


  1. I can relate a little, although there is a little magic about this time of year, as well as the whole pandemic — binged shows, culinary experiments shared with my significant other and friends, shoveling snow, getting my place in as perfect order as possible, sleeping as late as possible and in that warm little cocoon. Then there is the light at the end of the cold tunnel, that time when bicycling and tennis and swimming and camping and walking and sitting out on the balcony and grilling are almost reality. I LIKE IT!!!


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