Top 5 Goals for 2013

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the very end of 2012 already!!! What a year it’s been. I’m looking forward to forging ahead…applying what worked in 2012…ditching what didn’t! I like new beginnings. I’m really looking forward to the promise of a new year.

Last year I set several goals for myself and I’m happy to report, I kept a few of them:

Find local source for pork and chicken ~ check!

Start a new garden in a better location and plant an orchard ~ check!

Grow my blog ~ check! {thank you very much!!}

Take a vacation ~ check!

Walk to local errands ~ could do better ~ but, I think I did drive less in 2012 because I did a better job of consolidating errands and switched over to mostly once a month grocery shopping. so 1/2 check… 😉

In 2013, I have more goals. I hope to do even better this year and check them all off!

1. Get a handle on our trash. I really feel like our trash has gotten out of control. I’ve had a hard time recycling without a garage to put stuff in and our recycling service here takes limited items. I try to save our recycling and take it in myself, but it gets cluttered and messy and the recycling center is in a part of town I NEVER go to. I’ve got to get a better system in place for recycling in 2013. That’s one of my top priorities.

2. Learn more about composting. Until recently I had been saving our food scraps {which are substantial} and hauling them out to my garden. I have a big tumbling composter out there that I just chuck everything in but it’s mostly green stuff and no brown stuff. Well, you can image that the compost is kind of really nasty and I don’t do anything to make it compost correctly {like add brown matter}.

3. Read more. I used to read a lot, but don’t so much anymore. I need to get back to reading. I plan to make a list of books I would like to read to share with you soon, but here are the first two I am going to try to get through:

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parentsby Christine Carter~ I read a lot about pregnancy and babies, but I haven’t read that much about older children. I think it’s time to start and this book looks like a good place to start!

Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family by Mary Ostyn ~ her book Family Feasts for $75 a Week is one of my favorite cookbooks so I can’t wait to read the advice this mother of 10 has for poor ole me – mom of 4… ;-) I can use all the help I can get.

4. Clean up our toiletries and cosmetics. I’ve slowly been greening our lives but our toiletries need a bit of help. I want to eliminate as many toxic chemicals as I can from my house and toiletries is the next step! Be on the lookout for posts as I figure out what works for us.

5. Take time for myself. I need to start taking better care of me by exercising more and spending some time away from my family. Love them all, bless their hearts, but I need to stay sane. I’m taking a beginning Belly Dance class in January taught by a good friend of mine and I hope to start running again when it warms up. Yes, I am a fair weather runner. I used to run long distance and really enjoyed it. I think it’s time to get back into it.

I have more goals! Yes, I do. But I think I’ll keep it to FIVE for now. What are your top goals for 2013??

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Comments

  1. With regards to compost the ideal is to add brown matter (as you mentioned) such as dried leaves, shredded newspaper and cardboard, dried grass clippings etc. However, the easiest thing to do is actually to simplify. Get rid of the tumbling bin and either make a simple pile on the ground, or in a bin made of chicken wire or old pallets. By having it open and in contact with the ground excess liquid will run away and insects (including flies on the down side) will come and help break down your scraps. This makes a much more forgiving system that doesn't have to be managed perfectly to avoid getting really nasty. That said, I would still keep it away from the house (out by the garden is good) as it will still have some odor and flies unless perfectly managed (difficult for most people). Bins should be a minimum of 3'x3'x3', larger is better as the edges won't break down as quickly or effectively as the center. This was the system I grew up with and still use where I live. It doesn't ever seem to get too offensive despite just dumping in household waste and not giving it too much thought. We usually only turned it once or twice a year at most. Turning it increases break down speed, but if you have space you can just have bigger piles and not have to do as much work. I recommend at least two bins. When one is full, you move over to the next. By the time the second one is full (if it is big enough) the first is more or less broken down and ready to be applied to the garden. With an uncontained pile, it tends to be a bit untidy and you do risk attracting pests (particularly rodents) but if you have chickens they can turn it and suppress fly populations by eating the larvae.
  2. Reading more is one of my top goals this year too. I am cataloging all of my resolutions on my blog for 31 Days of Resolutions. This way, it will help me to stay accountable. I'm happy to have found your site from the Frugally Sustainable linky. Best of luck with everything!

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