By now, I’m sure that everyone has had the chance to reassess the previous year and decide, at least minimally, on what they want to accomplish in the new year. I am no exception. Here are my goals:
Mental and Emotional Health:
I am obviously not doing well with this one right now.
I will be sure to take the time to do for myself.
I will work through my depression issues, and continue to see Nicole at the doctors office to be sure that the medication is working properly.
I will be who I am; be true to myself. My beliefs matter, and I cannot be happy if my only goal is to make everyone else happy. I have to be true to my own beliefs.
I did not do too bad over the last year losing weight. I get many good comments from people who can see the results, even people whom I do not know but whom see me walking all the time. Much good praise comes my way from these people. I could have done better, but I am satisfied.
I will continue to lose weight.
I will build some muscle tone.
I will eat better: Watch serving sizes, less carbs, more water.
I will create a fitness program for myself for this winter.
I will try to avoid artificial sweeteners. I have taken time to research these things more deeply, and I do not like what I am seeing. Natural is best.
Simplify and Declutter:
I am such a pack rat. I may need help with this one. I have to decide what is important and what is not. Only keep what I know is needed.
I will simplify my life, even if it means a dreaded schedule! Too much going on…
I will go through each room (except Zowie’s) and declutter.
I love to write, but never have enough time to do so. While simplifying my life, it is my intention to make time every week to write. Not just blog, but write stories.
To continue with the Single Mother blog.
To finish my book of short stories.
Edit and retype where necessary.
Final edit and retype.
To try to sell some of my other short stories.
To try to sell some articles.
Finish outlines for other books that I am planning.
Use less plastic and replace some of the plastic items that we have.
Create less waste.
Purchase fewer products with plastic packaging.
Grow more of our own food organically.
Do more composting.
Start seeds early (outside) and cover for an extended growing season.
Learn succession planting.
Heirloom and Open Pollinated seeds, organic. I am begiining the switch-over from genetically modified seeds/foods to real, nutritious foods.
Choose and area of study for the year.
Rethink what the holidays mean to me. Certainly not commercialism, materialism. I want to get away from all of that stuff, without feeling guilty about making purchases. Making things for people and creating less waste will be my goals.
Continue to help homeschooling and low-income families.
I will also continue to learn as much as I can about the homesteading way of life.