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With 2017 fast approaching we’re working hard on setting our goals for the upcoming year. Whenever I’m setting new intentions and goals I always take a few moments to look back at my past goals and dreams. After reviewing my goals for 2016 I quickly realized that I didn’t make my personal growth and health a priority at all! From a herbal and homesteading perspective we accomplished most of what we set out to do last year which does make me feel quite proud, but personally I have a lot of work to do at making myself and my own journey a priority (sounds like a resolution don’t it?) .


Just as I wrote about last year, I am a BIG dreamer. I love having new projects to work on and skills to learn. It’s just my nature to keep busy and always want to learn new things. Each year I set my goals quite high knowing that I won’t accomplish all of them, but I find it keeps me motivated to keep trying. So here goes it folks, Spiraea Herbs + Snail Trails goals for 2017:


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Herbal – Herbs & Education

  • Make the spiritual work in my practice a focus again
    • Meditate each morning
    • Choose ten core herbs to work with on a spiritual level over the next year
  • Start working on my hand written materia medica book again
  • Complete course work for Rosemary Gladstar’s course weekly
  • Attend a workshop: Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism
  • Create a section on the blog for spiritual entries and posts

Herbal – The Business End

  • Create and launch a new line of medicinal teas
    • Review and streamline product line by removing cosmetic type items and focusing on medicinals
  • Work on the shopping cart function on my website and finalizing all shipping costs
  • Research Etsy to determine it’s viability as a product selling option
  • Look for wholesalers to carry elderberry syrup in the southern end of my region
  • Redo the office (fresh coat of paint and move furniture around)
  • Set up a teaching space in the basement for classes and workshops
  • Work through the bloggers bundle I purchased and find ways to earn an income blogging


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Homestead – Outside

  • Experiment with winter sowing (winter seed starting)
  • Expand the garden plots and build new boxes
  • Experiment with new crops this year; sweet potatoes and sunchokes for sure
  • Build a greenhouse
  • Build a solar dehydrator
  • Look into a rain water filtering system for drinking water
  • Build a rocket mass stove for backyard canning (this one is from last year)
  • Fix the fencing around the main garden
  • Look into raising dual purpose chickens and research breeds
  • Learn how to pressure can meat (specifically chicken)


Homestead – Inside

  • Finally finish removing the wallpaper in the hallway, paint the walls and install the light
  • Create a system/space for hanging herbs to dry
  • Design and implement an off-grid laundry solution in case of power outages, droughts or further increases in hydro costs
  • Food
    • After accomplishing ALL of our food related goals last year I’m inspired to make some more changes:
      • Bake all of our breads from scratch
      • Homemade pasta to replace store bought
      • Save up for a flour mill so I can grind all of our flour myself
      • Increase lacto-fermented foods consumption/creation
      • Experiment with more wild edibles
      • Try my hand a cheese making




Personal and Spiritual Growth


Once again I start a year with a massive goals list, but instead of feeling overwhelmed by this I am instead excited! So much to learn and accomplish in 2017. I’d love to hear about your goals and dreams for the upcoming year!

Until next time,