It's that time of the year again.  Have you thought about what you'll be resolving to do?  I looked at my resolutions from last year and see that I stuck to them pretty well.  The one I struggled with was breaking my Starbucks habit.  That darn Peppermint Mocha (minus the whipped cream and sprinkles please). 

The good news is I've had enough of them made poorly that my separation has begun.  They're too expensive to throw away without drinking.  Besides, I have a new love.  Yup, it's a Bosch Tassimo coffee machine and we are both addicted to it.  Sad but true.  I didn't think I'd ever buy one because when I've seen the commercials for the Keurig machine (similar) I thought how ridiculously priced the little containers of coffee must be.  Not to mention all the packaging waste. 

But then I saw it.  The Tassimo machine made espresso AND coffee.  It was destined to be in our family and the clincher was the day it was marked down by half.  They were flying off the shelves (literally) so I grabbed one, texted Jay to let him know the good news and got in the very long line to purchase it.  Now if I could convince Jay that coffee tastes fine with low-fat milk and doesn't require cream.  That, however, is for another day.

I look at resolutions as goals that I want to achieve.  Otherwise, lets face it, they'll fall by the wayside. These are the ones I've set for myself for 2011:
  • Add 2 more raised beds to the garden and try to get all our summer and fall veggies from it in addition to canning and freezing for winter and the following spring eating.
  • Continue our path to voluntary simplicity in the terms we've set for ourselves.  I've had a number of people ask if I would break down the steps I spoke about in the "What Constitutes A Farm"post so I'll write about them, one per month. 
  • Learn how to operate the manual settings on my camera.  I've been truly inspired by Laura's blog at  Live, Life, Love and have started a photography blog (it's here ) to challenge myself. I'm attempting the one photo a day challenge with the thought of trying something new on my camera each month. I've loved photography since I was young and have wanted to learn more, just haven't taken the time. I feel comfortable with the composition aspect, not necessarily the same feeling with the operations.
  • Take a writing class.  I've always loved writing and would like to improve my skills in hopes of one day publishing a book.  I'll never forget the year my passion really began.  All through elementary school I wrote short stories and poetry.  It got to the point that each of my teachers would expect me to write weekly to share with the class.  But in the sixth grade I took an elective creative writing class.  One of the projects that quarter was to write and illustrate a childrens book for a local elementary school.  At the end of the project our teacher, Mrs. Lineberry, would select 5 students to take to the school and read their book to a class of 1st graders.  I was thrilled to be selected and very proud when the elementary school principal asked if they could make copies of my book to keep in their library.  I've been hooked ever since.  I've still got a copy of that book...somewhere....probably in that stuffed storage unit.  This brings me to my next goal.
  • Clean out the storage unit.  Use it, toss it or donate it - 3 simple choices to make.
  • Go vegetarian.  Well, not completely.  I'd like to change my lunches to vegetarian and then change one dinner a month into a vegetarian meal.  Eventually I hope to make it one dinner a week.  I was vegetarian for years prior to meeting and falling in love with my meat-and-potatoes husband.  He is leery of this thought but willing to give it a try.  His actual response was (big sigh) "alright, I'll try it, but if I don't like the food or it doesn't fill me up I'm not doing it".  Nothing like a little pressure.  I'm up for the challenge though.
I'll set a couple of goals for Jay while I'm at it like finish the chicken tractor in the spring (poor Lucy Lou is BEGGING him) and finish my garden shed in the summer.  I'd like to add a goal of getting rid of the television in our bedroom, but that might throw him right over the edge (especially since he thinks I'll only be feeding him lettuce on our vegetarian days).

These are some of my goals.  What are some of yours?


Rural Revival said...

Great goals! I'd like to try doing more photograpy too. I bought a new camera last spring and have taken one course so far. It was a wonderful learning experience and I plan on taking another one this winter. When I began blogging I never thought I'd become so hooked on photography!

Be well ~Andrea~

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Boy, isn't that true Andrea. It's so nice to have a photo with the post so it really does become an important part.
Thanks so much for the comment!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

OH Staci what great goals for 2011! I haven't really thought about it as with hubby home since the 22nd I haven't had any time to myself to even think. I do want to learn to use my camera on manual...I have a Nikon DX40...I just need to sit down with the book and practice! I have been talking about having more vegetarian meals this past year but haven't really done more than that...I'll put that on my list too. Simplify is a good word for me for the new year...I need to sort through things I haven't even seen since moving from the Victorian over a year and a half ago. Thanks for the ideas! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and all the best for 2011! Maura :)