The things I want to improve on this year focus mainly on self reliance and increasing it. Biking over driving, having a larger stockpile of home preserved goods, extending our use of homemade green cleaners and body products..hopefully to include more herbal creations from the garden and the baking of more nutritious tween snacks instead of the sugar laden variety that we so love, just to name a few.
The main goals I have in mind fall under nine categories. I know, I couldn't make it to ten! Nine is enough though and because there are several I am thinking of collating these goals together monthly. Time, blogging time especially, is a precious gift to me and I don't think I would have the available window to keep this 'diary' updated weekly. Plus, this way, I can have the list in the back of my mind during the month and work on it when time permits. Projects DO take time, as I'm sure you know! Other goals in addition to those listed above are included in the list mainly to keep track of them and keep me motivated.
I'm also thinking that....Together we could inspire each other.
Below is what I've come up with. I will be posting 'diary entries' at the end of each month. If you feel you would like to take part with your own goals listed under the categories, please do! By sharing what we are up to and how we are making positive life changes, we can inspire each other further. Tips and hints never go astray. If you're a new reader and are feeling shy, don't! Bloggers don't bite (actually, that is one of the huge advantages with this medium - their teeth can't come anywhere near you!). Just kidding. If you are a new reader or blogger, you are officially invited to join in. Regular readers too, of course! This goes without saying.
So, by now I take it your're positively beside yourself with wanting to know what is on The List?
Ok, here goes..
SLOW LIVING - Month by Month 2012
NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch overpackaged, overprocessed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead. Share favourite links/recipes/tips from the month here.
PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve. Freeze extra meals or excess garden/market produce. Bottle/can, dehydrate or pickle foods to enjoy when they are not in season. Aim to reduce dependancy on store bought items especially those known to contain BPA and other suspect additives. Stocking up on dry goods when prices are low counts too.
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing. A ladder into a strawberry planter? A sheet into a dress? Share ideas and project links here, allowing others to be inspired.
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies. The options are endless, the savings huge and the health benefits enormous.
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden? Herbs in a pot, sprouts on a windowsill or and entire fruit/vegetable garden -opt for what fits space and time constraints. Don't have a backyard? Ask a friendly neighbour or relative for a small patch of theirs in return for some home grown produce, they may surprise you!
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others. Create something as simple as a handmade gift tag or something as extravagant as a fine knit shawl. Share project details and any new skills learnt here.
DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests. Trawl libraries, second hand shops or local book shops to find titles that fill the need. Share titles/authors of what is being read this month.
ENHANCE: community: Possibilities include supporting local growers & producers, help out at a local school/kindergarten, barter or foodswap, joining a playgroup or forming a walking or craft group. Car pooling where possible and biking/walking instead of driving. Even start up a blog if you haven't already - online communities count too! Or maybe just help out someone trying to cross the street! The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold.
ENJOY: Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment. Share a moment to be remembered from the month here.
It may look like a lot, although I imagine many of you are already doing things on this list already. Other things may need to be worked at a little more. By collating our goals and achievements together in one monthly post we can keep track of them and gain an idea of what we want to focus more on next month.
I do hope you'll join in with me! I'm really excited about it!
I'll update shortly with my diary entry for Month One, which already seems to have flown to the wind!
Where did that time go?
Slow Living 2012 - Month 12