I’ve been loving chatting with friends and reading other blog’s takes on goals for the new year– whether it’s creating manifestations, setting intentions, or (i especially love this) establishing non-goals, I am inspired!
My take on the new year has actually been stewing for awhile. Goals I had written down and set on the back burner started to re-emerge when I noticed my pinterest “simple living” board slowly outgrowing my “things i must have” board.
It’s true, there are a lot of material things I want, but what I want even more is is to build skills and a life that speaks to a simpler time. I do work on a computer for living, so it’s not like I’m giving up wi-fi or anything like that–the horror!– but my ideal life includes more nature, more learning, more real food and natural materials in my immediate environment, more animals, more family, more quality time spent with friends, more quiet time, and less of all the other stuff that takes away from these things.
I created a list of goals for this year, and unlike past years’ resolutions (like no buying chocolate at checkout) I am actually excited to focus on and spend time working on them!
1) Cultivate a garden. We always had one growing up, but in my adult life I’ve only ever had (and killed) potted herbs. What a huge accomplishment it would be to grow enough goodness to make meals with and share with friends.
2) Learn to bake our own bread. It seems easy enough, how come we don’t do it?
3) Go vegan for the month of January (and we will see after that…) Its been 5 days so far and I am missing my lattes and greek yogurt big time! But on the upside I am enjoying looking more carefully at the foods I eat, and the challenge of eating in restaurants…
4) Become more active in the animal world by volunteering and supporting animal rescue and animal rights organizations. I don’t wear fur, eat meat or use products that test on animals but want to work more on helping the ones who still have a chance to live. I would also love to work with children who have a fear of animals and elderly or sick folks who could benefit from some puppy love… what do you think?? Nala the therapist dog?
5) Explore “freeganism” in my community. Embracing community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and an opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed sounds like a slam dunk to me.
6) Start composting. For the garden! Less waste! Plus this will look nice next to the sink, don’t you think?
7) Learn to ride horses. Not on a path or in a line. Through the fields and fast.
8) Take classes including pottery, writing, cooking and art. Basically my dream life. All day long.
9) Learn more about the artists who inspire me. Reading, watching, visiting, traveling.
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