It’s that time of year when many people begin to think about their New Years resolution(s). I gave up indulging in such thoughts years ago when I realized it was a sure set-up for failure and self loathing. What I am in the habit of doing at the end of the year is creating 1 year and 3-5 year goals. Since this is the time of year I usually travel to see family, this is a great way to kill time while on the plane or while taking a driving break.
Sometimes I look back at the previous years goals (if I can find the little piece of paper where the chicken scratch goals are scrawled) and chuckle to myself how unrealistic THAT particular goal was. Usually, there are a few items I can feel good about accomplishing. For the most part, I can look back and see where improvements can be made, either with the goal itself or how the goal is written.
Sometimes I lump the personal goals together with my business goals. I’ve decided they need to be separate, in fact, it’s probably time to re-do a complete business plan. This year I’ll also be starting college and preparing my own curriculum, so I’ll probably have to create a separate list for educational goals. So, I’ll have (3) lists I’ll refer to throughout the year as a map of where I hope to go: business plan, educational goals, and personal goals.
This years personal goals will include the usual: eat better food, exercise more, spend more time with family, etc. with the inclusion of defining “more” and “better”. Those terms are just too vague and can’t be accurately measured. My list will also be heavily influenced by the goal of sustainability in the event of energy decline as well as passive survivability in the event of catastrophic events, the most likely event for my area being a hurricane. *That was a lot of “events”. We are somewhat prepared in terms of boarding up and evacuation, but in case we are unable to leave, there are things we can do that will make our lives easier. Seeing as how we aren’t moving anytime soon, it’s time to at least go through the motions.
Here’s a few items from my personal list that I see as minimal:
- install 1 rain barrel
- increase garden sq. ft. from 36 to 50 sq. ft.
- 7-10 day foraging experiment
- learn to knit
- re-learn how to can and purchase necessary supplies
- purchase a bicycle
- build or purchase solar dehydrator and solar oven
- purchase hand crank radio
- purchase solar charger for cell phones
- Storm Stopper hurricane protection for second story windows
- assemble complete emergency bucket that is ready at all times
I’m sure this list will grow and be revised over the next few weeks. I’ll probably add a time frame to the items as well.