We ended 2017 lounging in the hot pools of Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia, while snowflakes fell on our heads and the girls ate “shave ice” snowballs. It was surreal and the girls had so much fun, they would have stayed in the water all day until they were one big prune. We are also grateful that we made it home from BC in a small window between the snow storm and the ice storm.
I am not one for resolutions but I’ve been thinking about some goals for the next year, so since it coincides with the New Year, this seems an apropos time to write them down for posterity and accountability!
- Read more books. I’ve had a really hard time selecting, reading, and completing books since the girls came along. Blame exhaustion, short attention span, keeping little humans alive, etc. But I used to read constantly and I really miss it, and I realized I can make a conscious effort to make time to read. In the past few weeks I’ve read and listened to a few audiobooks that I loved and I’m inspired to keep finding new books and authors to enjoy. I’m going to do this reading challenge with a friend and track my progress on Goodreads.
- Reduce grocery bills and food waste. Our pantry and freezers always seem to be overflowing but I am always doing huge weekly grocery shops. Sometimes I buy things I already have. It’s a problem. Right now, I’m trying to inventory the shelves and the freezer and use as much up as I can. I don’t have any concrete ideas as to how to reduce food waste (anyone know how to convince a couple of preschoolers to eat leftovers? Or anything at all, really?) but I’m hoping to just be more cognizant of this issue.
- Raise chickens! This might be the goal I’m most excited about. In my dreams, I’m going to move to the country, live on a few acres, and raise Shetland sheep for fiber and wool. There will also be a few Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk and some ponies for the girls. But, for now, I live in a city with a small yard. I’ll start my micro farming adventures with a few bantam hens and a chicken coop. The chicks are due to arrive in April, the girls are going to love them! Matt’s going to build the coop and he’s already planning how to rat-proof it as a personal challenge. I can’t wait to eat our own fresh eggs.
- Grow vegetables. Eat local. This is also part of my new micro farm. I’ve got a hankering to build some raised beds and grow veggies. We have an ideal location in front of our house, facing west, that gets direct sun all day. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the planning that will need to go into this, as I’ve never grown a thing in my life before.
- Become a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers. This entails getting to my goal weight and maintaining it for six weeks, then with monthly check-ins. I’ve been doing WW since last March and have lost about 30 pounds, I have about 15 more to go to my goal. I’m not setting a time limit on this goal because I’m trying to see this more as a lifestyle change, eating healthier and changing my habits for the long term.
I’m going to try to keep checking in here to update my goal progress, and hopefully those updates will include cute pictures of fluffy chicks and kids eating veggies they picked themselves.