2013 Goals: A Year of Homemade Living

I've declared 2013 our year of Homemade Living.

I realize we currently do quite a bit "homemade", however, it's time to stop dipping in our toes and take the plunge.  I'm setting a goal to try 1 new thing a month.

Things such as:
  • Making Cheese
  • Knitting 
  • Making Candles
  • Composting With Worms
  • Although I don't think I'll be getting a beehive this year, I am hoping to get a lot closer {such as getting the hubby on board......}
  • Dehydrating
  • Canning With A Pressure Canner {I've never used one.....could be interesting....}
  • Saving Seeds
In addition to the homemade living goals, I'm hoping to continue my exploration of simplicity.  With simplicity, of course, comes living consciously and being "open".  Open to new ideas, new avenues, new ways of thinking.  I'm pushing myself to try different things - submitting photos to magazines {I've had 6 published so far!}, submitting articles, crafting again, challenging myself and looking at the different ways I can express who I am and what makes me happy.

I've also decided to spend 1 hour a day on project{s} working toward my dream.  I'm hoping this will enable force me to sit down, take a little breather, and focus.  If I don't make a conscious effort time seems to just fly by.  This is the year I need to work harder then ever before toward what I want.  There are changes happening in my work life that tell me I need to prepare myself to take control of what I want the changes, ultimately, to be.

Happy goal-setting!

Happy 2013!


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Composting with worms is awesome...they will even eat leftover oatmeal! I've done the dehydrating bit, especially good for camping. I have never done canning with a pressure cooker, that to me is a bit scary!
I would like to really develop my wool felting into a business. Here's to a new year full of adventures and crossing stuff off the list! Cathy

Jo's World said...

I don't have such a long list, but I am interested in making cheese. I found a recipe for Feta cheese and since that is a favorite, I want to try that. I need to find some rennet tablets first!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat, all feta eaters.

Unknown said...

I love the idea of sitting down for one hour every day to work towards your dreams! Fantastic!!

daisy g said...

How exciting! Congrats on getting your photos published! You take some amazing pictures.
I'm so with you on this. Ready to do more for ourselves and gettin' on with the dream of moving. I wish you the best!

Unknown said...

I have so many of the same goals on my list, I'll follow you!! lol

Meg said...

This is a great list! I think lists that leave one open to just exploring and trying new things are the best. I bought Ricki Carrol's Basic Cheesemaking kit the other day, and I'm so excited to get started with it! I just need more milk... :)

Ashley said...

I have been working toward these goals my self. Pressure canning is not difficult. A dehydrator is on my list of fun things to buy when we get our taxes back. My husband is dead set against bees though. Good luck with convincing yours and please share your secret if you do!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments! Cathy - good to know about worm composting. I'm really excited to give it a try. I think it will compliment my regular composting quite well. Oohhhhh...wool felting, that's another thing on my "someday" list. :)
Jo - I actually hadn't thought of Feta cheese, although we eat it in salads quite a bit. I'll have to add that to my cheese experiments.
Meg, that's exactly what I was looking at purchasing. I figured they don't call her the "queen of cheese" for nothing, so her kit must be wonderful. I've considered going to one of her classes for making the hard cheeses. We'll see....
Ashley - good to know pressure canning is not hard. It's quite intimidating although I thought regular canning was intimidating. Until I did it. As far as bees go, I think he's softened slightly {fingers crossed} so, we'll see.... I may try to take him to someone local who raises bees so he can see how the entire yard is not swarming with bees. I think that's his fear. :)