- Cook more healthy foods, cook from scratch, and try to be as sustainable as possible: This is pretty self explanatory and basic, but to break it down, I want to follow through with eating the way I should be eating, stop using processed pre-made food, and try to eat local, and in season when possible. My goal is to shop the perimeter of the store, buy less packaged foods, make what I can instead of buying pre made such as using dried beans, making bread (gluten free), and buying good healthy food and making sure that it tastes good not just healthy.
- Make time to be creative: I know how important it is for me to be creative, but I don't always make it easy. I am hoping to figure out a way to be able to make it easier to be creative (maybe if our house guest of 8 months leaves, I can set up something in the basement and keep it set up instead of setting up and taking down each time. I need to make set projects so that I am not trying to pull together everything when I find the time to do something creative. I also need to finish one project at a time instead of having multiple projects going at one time!
- Try to live as natural a lifestyle as possible: I am trying to eat healthier, more sustainable, and locally. I am going to try to make my own cleansers and bath and body products for me and my family. I am going to try use less paper products and use cloth products more.Sometimes, I find myself using paper towels more often than not just because it is easier. I am hoping to use towels more and paper less. I am also hoping to use my cloth diapers more consistently. I have been doing a really good job here, but I am using disposable wipes more often than I had in the recent past and I need to get back to using the cloth wipes (especially since I like them better). I have been using cloth pads for my last couple of cycles. This may seem kind of gross and a little TMI, but I actually do like them better and I like again that I don't have to throw them out I just wash them daily with my diapers for the kids. And again, a little TMI, but I want to use more family cloth instead of toilet paper. I was doing it for a while, but stopped for some reason I can't explain. The best part is I have a ton of flannel receiving blankets and fleece scraps that I can use so I will not have to spend money or waste material. As I find or think of more ways of living naturally I will work on incorporating them into my life.
- Spend more time in direct play with my kids: I have tended to let the kids watch tv probably more than I should. I sometimes feel like I have contributed to my kids speech delay, but I know that there are other issues that have contributed to it too. It has been a lot of work having 3 kids so close in age. As tough as it has been though, I am glad that they are close in age. Now that they are a little older (in 20 days, I'll have 3 three year olds for a month and a half), it is so much fun to watch them play with each other (that is when they are not fighting). We got a bunch of new toys for Christmas and I am loving how they play. We will be incorporating more structured play into our day as well as non structured play. My twins are being evaluated for public pre-school, and while I don't think that they will get in, I will not put them into pre-school for 2 years. I can't afford 2 in school for 2 years and I don't think that it is needed either, especially since I am home with them. That being said, I think that have a homeschool pre-school setting is a good thing to do. The only thing that I think will lack is interaction with other kids, but I am hoping that with playgroups, I can find kids for them to interact with.
- Get my stuff organized: Man, this is going to be a work in progress! A huge work in progress. I'm not even sure I know where to begin. This is one where I will need to start with one room, one area of one room and start small. I will add more to this area as I figure out what to do. One thing i do know is that I definitely need to have a system for cleaning. That may be the first thing that I put in place. How to keep up with the laundry, vacuum, clean the kitchen, plan my meals, etc.
- Start an etsy.com store: This is a goal I have had for a while. I want to try to make a little back from what I spend on materials being creative. I am hoping to make fun, creative small little accessories that people can feel good about buying for themselves or a gift.
- Learn more about the things that I am interested in instead of just knowing a little about a lot of different things: Wow, this is another area that I need to spend time figuring out how to be specific. I want and need to learn more about gardening. I would love to learn more about permaculture and how we can incorporate that into our gardening, both veggie and flower. I want to learn more about herbs which also goes along with learning more about gardening. I want to learn more about aromatherapy and how to use it in my day to day life as well as maybe using it professionally. I want to learn more about art therapy and how I can use it as a career. I want to learn more about sewing and other crafts that I can work on making and selling or maybe even teaching. I want to learn more about meditation and yoga. I want to learn more about journaling and how to incorporate it into my career path. I want to learn more about cooking and eating healthy (not necessarily traditional nutrition, but more alternative ways of diets). I'm sure there is a ton more that I want to learn, but for now this is where I am going to focus.
So I have spent some time figuring out more specifics to my goals. I now need to actually work on accomplishing them. I am definitely going to wrote these down in more of a care plan format, like I would do for work. Maybe once I get that done, I can share a couple. Maybe if I luck out, the twins will get into public preschool and I will have a couple of hours of free time that I can devote to making these goals are reality. Maybe I can spend time creating and selling so that I am finding time to be creative and also so I can make some extra money.
Thanks for listening (ok reading),