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Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a great holiday season and a fun new years eve. If you’re like me you spent it doing exactly what you love; watching Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back) with my hubby and crocheting! While I’m not big into resolutions (they always seem like a set up for failure), I do like to have a list of goals for the coming year. I’m a goal and project oriented person so this helps keep me focused. I’m also a big dreamer so some of the things on my list might be a BIT out of reach but that’s perfectly fine by me. Dream big or go home!



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  • Design, plant and maintain my herbal medicine garden
  • Based on an assignment from my school days, I have 50 herbs that I would like to have fully in stock for my clinic (in tincture form)
  • Write my final exam
  • Look into local farmers markets for selling my products
  • Create and run herbal workshops on our homestead this summer (watch for them posted here)
  • Start myself and my husband on a herbal treatment and run through the protocol I was taught in school


  • Start a homesteading binder and thanks to Reformation Acres, I can do that with ease!
  • Get baby chicks and start raising our own free run eggs
  • Design, plant and maintain our 1200 square foot vegetable garden plot
  • Purchase and learn how to can using a Pressure Canner
    (affiliate link)
  • Build a mini rocket mass stove in the backyard for canning

And the dreamer in me also wants:

  • Hoop greenhouse built in time for fall next year
  • Solar dehydrator constructed


  • Go hiking more often – ideally twice a week
  • Share family meals together – one a day minimum and at least two on weekends
  • No phones, tablets or music players during meals (music player might be a tough one for Monkey Man to get rid of!)


  • Thanks to Nourishing Traditions (affiliate link) and Shaye over at Elliot Homestead, my family has been inspired to do the following in 2016:
  • Incorporate ethical and healthy meat back into our diet
  • Here is an awesome local CSA farm that we are thinking of joining – Stubborn Farmer
  • Eliminate soy products all together (except Miso)
  • Add more lacto-fermented foods into our diet
  • Source out and use grass fed butter
  • Make my own bone broths for soups and chili
  • Drastically reduce sugar consumption and change sugar sources – namely maple syrup, local honey, coconut sugar and rapadura


  • Journalling at night before bed – maybe not every night, but as often as I can
  • Reading books that aren’t kids books! Here’s my list:

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

The Mini Farming Bible: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself

The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (The Handbook Series)

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System


  • Take some time to do yoga daily – even just 10-15 minutes
  • Use my SAD lamp for light therapy 3x a week minimum
  • Meditation and working with my spirit guides


Well that’s my massive and exciting list for 2016! What are your goals for the coming year?