If I had one word to describe 2013, that’d be it.
But I’m not complaining, because as you know, we rather like a bit of organized chaos around here.
I’ve been doing a lot of pondering about the last 365 days and thinking about what I learned, the mistakes I made, and the adventures I’ve had. And instead of keeping them to myself, I thought I’d share them with you (cuz that’s what bloggers do, after all) 😉
20 Lessons I Learned in 2013
1. Perfection is overrated.
2. Thou shalt not die if your house is not perfectly in order all the time…
3. If you are a homesteader, the summer months are not a good time to decide to write a research-heavy eBook.
4. But finishing that 200-page research-heavy eBook is the BEST FEELING EVER.
5. A good camera makes all the difference.
6. I am not naturally talented at gardening. In fact, my thumb seems to be getting browner as time goes by.
7. You can’t do it all.
8. Finding a snake in your house is a good way to get your heart pumping.
9. Geese are mean, but definitely seem to deter snakes. (Except in the house…)
10. Water Kefir: If you have a bottle that’s been fermenting for a while, open it outside–pointed away from your face. And blueberry water kefir is not fun to clean off of your ceiling.
11. Having a wood stove in my house is even more awesome than I thought it would be.
12. If you are a one-year old boy, a toilet is the most fascinating item in the universe.
13. It IS possible to mix up your own GMO-free chicken feed. Not easy, but possible.
14. God answers desperate pleas for rain.
15. And a torrential downpour after a year-long drought is so beautiful it will make you cry.
16. I have a ton of readers who love small houses just as much as I do.
17. Being featured in an online conference with folks like Joel Salatin makes me slightly star-struck.
18. Essential oils work. For reals.
19. Rise above the drama and get back to work.
20. I have the best readers in the universe. Really.
My Homestead Goals for 2014
In years past, my list of homestead goals has been a million-miles long. But I’m taking a slightly different approach this year.
For the last 6 years, we’ve busted our tails getting our homestead property up to where it needed to be. We’ve painted, built, roofed, fenced, hauled trash, purchased animals, chased animals, mowed, trimmed, weeded, cooked, created, and organized.
Are we done?
But, the big, pressing projects are *mostly* finished for the time being, so we have decided to take 2014 at a slightly slower pace.
Instead of adding more projects to our homestead, we’ve decided to focus on mastering/completing the ones we have already started.
My list is slightly less-ambitious than years past. And you know what? I’m totally cool with that. Actually, I think I need that.
Here’s what’s on the docket for the next 12 months.
1. Implement the Back to Eden gardening method in my garden plot. The last 2 growing seasons have been a disaster for us. Starting in April I will start to prep the plot, and hopefully have all the seeds in the ground by May 31st.
2. Get Natural Homestead available in both Kindle and print format.
3. Research/implement an intensive-grazing type system in our pasture this spring/summer.
4. Repair the last bit of fence line that still needs work.
5. Go camping, play with my kids, sit on the deck, drink lemonade, and soak up summer on the prairie.
Happy New Year, my dear readers. I pray you are blessed abundantly this upcoming year. Thanks for sticking with me– you are more of an encouragement than you will ever know.
What are your homestead goals for 2014? Share ’em in the comments!