29 December 2009

Goals for the New Year

The week between Christmas and New Years always has me thinking and reflecting. I go over in my mind what worked and what didn't, what I learned and what I still need to learn, what I did and what I still need to do.

Last year seemed to be a transitional year for me. Actually the last four years have been. I am still trying to find my way here. Each year I seem to be closer to having the life I want. Baby steps they say.

I'm not big on making New Years resolutions in the 'traditional' sense. I do however make a list of goals for the year.

My 2010 list includes...

-I will set aside more time to read.
-Make one new recipe each week and record that recipe and a photo and any notes in a notebook.
-Learn to make cheese.
-Expand our home grown veggies and herbs.
-Learn to can tomatoes, my salsa and spaghetti sauce for myself and Christmas gifts. For some reason canning tomato products scares me.
-Make more strawberry jam and pickles for myself and for Christmas gifts.
-Learn to knit scarves for myself and for Christmas gifts.
-Dust off my sewing machine and get re-acquainted with it, for myself and Christmas gifts.
-Have a 100% home made Christmas.
-Pay off all remaining debt. We are SO close. WOOHOO!!
-Take a 30 minute walk every morning before work to focus on my day and to get more exercise.
-Find a place to buy local eggs and dairy.
-Find a place to buy fish that is raised closer than Indonesia or Honduras.
-Find more people ( on line and in my community) that are trying to live a simple sustainable life also.
-Continue to purge and organize our home.
-Take my camera with me everywhere I go.
-Enjoy the journey, smell the herbs and take in the sunsets.


  1. I think this is a really good list of goals for the upcoming year. I really want to learn to make cheese as well! I don't know if you follow AMber over at unstuffed but she just posted a really easy Yogurt Cheese post that I want to check out.


  2. Thanks Tony. I will checck out her recipe...sounds good.

  3. Ummm...Can I borrow your list? Your ideas are better than mine!

  4. Hi Wendy...Feel free, but I am sure you have great idea's of your own.