It’s 2009, a fresh new year. My daughter, Aria, was thrilled to be told yesterday that it was the first day of the whole year. A change of month, plus a change of year was just so much fun for her. She kept saying, “It’s January, the coldest month of the year!” with great enthusiasm. Perhaps it helped that we baked a chocolate raspberry New Years cake together… but really, she just loves to mark the days.
I don’t like resolutions. They always seem birthed from the negative as in “I’ll eat better,” “I’ll exercise more,” or “I won’t neglect the garden.” But, in the spirit of the New Year, I’m reflecting on some goals for 2009.
- Build a set of compost bins and start composting
- Start dancing again for exercise (and therapy… oh, what an hour of ballet can do for my soul!)
- Get a flock of egg-laying chickens
- Research and plan our vegetable garden for 2010
- Develop my cooking skills with an eye towards economics and health. Specifically, I hope to learn to cook our sandwich bread and salad dressings, buy/cook beans in bulk, and find our way into a weekly dinner rhythm that allows our afternoons to fall together without stress and with savings!
- Enrich our lives with more Waldorf inspired ways – more simple traditions, more seasonal festivals, more time outside, more crafting, more beauty in our home. A lifestyle of togetherness, spirituality, and less is more mentality.
- Worship and honor God in all that we do.