My Really Good Goals for 2011
I have set myself a list of goals for the year ahead – written up on my personal blog because they’re not all simple/DIY living related.
I did the same last year and found it useful – even if I did pretty much mentally abandon some mid-year. The most useful ones that weren’t a specific tick-off-done goal but one’s that helped shape my whole life – for example, I had a goal of “make a meal entirely out of things I’ve grown, raised, caught or killed” and in order to achieve that, I grew veg & herbs, raised chickens for the eggs and foraged for wild food.
My list is very simple/DIY living heavy this year! Here are the relevant ones:
- Increase the food output from our garden and cook a meal using things I’ve grown/raised/caught/killed completely off-grid
- Learn how to successfully take and propagate cuttings from every applicable type of perennial plant/shrub in the house/garden
- Make a piece of furniture for the house (woodworking)
- Make an entire outfit (to include conquering sewing patterns)
- Go fishing in the North Sea
- Buy no more than 12 items of clothing across the year*
- Specific food makery and/or eatery (because if I did them all separately it would take up half the list)
- Bake at least once a week
- Grow a sourdough starter and make bread from it
- Make a hard cheese
- Try ten vegetables (or veggie wild foods) that I’ve not tried before
- Build a cold smoking cabinet, try cold smoking more stuff & try hot smoking too
- Participate more in the real world – engage more with our local community and meet some internet people in real life
(* I’m going to explain this more fully tomorrow)
There were a few things I also really, really want to try but I didn’t think warranted goal status on that limited list:
- Keep records to track our usage of consumables – I mean, I want to know how many toilet rolls we use in a month, how much soap, how long it takes for us to get through a 10kg bag of rice etc. I might record absolutely everything we use for a month or so, and use that hardcore exercise to decide what is worth tracking longer term
- Have regular “eat only from the pantry & garden” weeks in the spring/summer, probably once a month
- Have more conscious “no spend” periods – minimum fortnights, possibly months, throughout the year
- Find a solution to the dog poo problem – something more useful than a cork up Lily-dog’s bum. Probably a dedicated wormery. Collect and store more rainwater for use on the garden – we can’t use the main gutter at the back for rainwater but could still collect off the greenhouse, from a gutter at the front and possibly off the extension area too. To be explored and implemented.
- Make my own soap – something that’s been nagging at me for a little while
- Make my own vinegar – for some reason, I have a really strong desire to make pineapple vinegar (probably the efficiency of using up the scraps)
- UPDATED TO ADD: Make conscious efforts to reduce food waste at home – probably a period of monitoring it closely to see what we throw out (which I’ll post on here) as well as better menu planning.
It seems like 2011 will be a busy one!
I’m hoping that the last goal – getting to know more people locally and meeting internet buddies in real life – will help me meet some of my other goals — I’d love to find mentors for some of my learning-new-skills goals. If you fancy mentoring me, let me know! :)
What have you got planned for 2011?