Well, we are already a few weeks into 2013 and I have only just got around to updating my blog. We had a lovely simple calm family christmas and managed to keep the present giving to a sensible level, which can be a challenge with an 8 year old and 5 year old.
Last year we managed to move towards a more sustainable life with the expansion of the veggie patch and experiments with preserving, sewing, knitting and yogurt making to mention just a few of our little projects.
During 2013 (and beyond) I am aiming to move further along the path to a simpler and slower life, as it just feels completely right. The month leading up to Christmas was a frantic, stressful mess of social engagements, present buying, work pressure and much more - by the time the holidays arrived I was mentally at breaking point. A place that I don't enjoy being and that is not good for the rest of the family.
I spent the holidays investing in my health and enjoying time with my family doing fun and simple activities such as walking in the nearby forest, taking photographs, dancing to my favourite music, tending the garden and baking delicious food. I now feel a whole lot happier in myself and want to retain this feeling.
I have jotted down a simple wish list of ideas for the upcoming year to remind me of my goals and share with anyone else that is on a similar path (I'd love to hear from you no matter where you are along the path to simplicity).
My 2013 - plans for downshifting and upskilling
- Learn to say no! no! no! (note to self... this means not taking on more than you can cope with!)
- Focus on activities that make me happy and reward me, rather than those that drain me (within reason, obviously there will still be some unrewarding tasks that need to be done!)
- Map out longer term plans for the future - where do I want my family and I to be in 5 years / 10 years time?
- Try out solar cooking - this is one that I am very keen to try but I need to save up for a solar cooker first!
- Make more food from scratch
- Makes some green cleaners and maybe learn how to make soap
- Make some more progress with my fledgling home business, this requires me to be more organised and use my spare time more effectively!
- Spend more time being creative especially sewing and knitting.
- Consider completing a Permaculture Design Certificate if time permits
- Attend workshops and classes to upskill - cheese making is one course that I am particularly keen to do being a big fan of cheese!
- Move towards a more frugal life which includes streamlining our financial outgoings so that we can make additional payments to our mortgage.
- Plan the veggie patch better to maximise food production and store the excess harvest, I really need to get organised to have plenty of food in ground at all times!
- Maintain a well stocked store cupboard of essential food / household provisions.
- Strengthen my connections with the local community and the children's school.
and perhaps most importantly.....
- Focus on my health and wellbeing.