Over on CLFC we’ve been talking about making S.M.A.R.T. goals and resolutions.
I have a few goals not related to the other blog that I’m going to put on here.
1. Decorate the master bedroom.
Doesn’t sound like much of a chore, does it? Well, your thinking would be wrong there! My master bedroom is the size of my living room and dining room put together. It’s roughly the size of my first apartment. And my first apartment was a 2 bedroom!
So, in order to accomplish this in a budget friendly way, I will strive to purchase at least one thing towards my goal each month and plan to have my dresser and mirror (that I scored for free off of craigslist!) painted by the end of June. After all, I need good weather for painting! I will also have purchased fabric for or pre-made curtains by September and have my room painted by the end of August.
A completed master bedroom will let me feel as though I really live here and give me a sense of permanence, not that I’m only here temporarily. I want a relaxing, peaceful retreat that I can go to at the end of my day.
2. Search out and plant at least 70% of my vegetable garden as heirloom types.
I would like to break my family’s dependance on grocery store produce. I worry a bit about genetically modified foods. I’m not convinced they’re good for us. So, one way I can do that is to plant heirloom seeds, seeds that I can harvest, save and plant again the following year. However, I’ve not found heirloom plants, the vegetables of our grandparents gardens, for all the things I’d like to plant.
Actually, what I love best about heirloom vegetables is the sustainability of them. If I plan ahead, I may not have to buy seeds every year and certainly not the quantity I will have to purchase this year in order to get my garden started.
This goal should be accomplished by April. Because, well, I plan on getting started with direct sowing of some seeds in April.
3. Fence off two different pasture areas for the goats.
Wait! I didn’t tell you? We got goats! They were my Christmas present from Doodle. We have a pygora doe (Blah-Blah), a pygmy doe (Swirly) and a pygmy wether (Bullwinkle). They are just so adorable! So, we’ll have a bit of fiber for my mom to spin this spring and milk from the does once I find them dates, etc. Milk to make cheese and soap!
More importantly, we now have goats to start “mowing” the hillside behind the house so I can put in a bigger garden and eventually some day, pinot noir grapes. Right now, I’ll settle for them just taming the poison oak so I don’t have another incident like this past summer. Remember that?
The goats are in with Maddie currently and they’re doing very well together. But eventually, I’d like to have a pasture fenced for them before June so they can get to work. And, we do have plans to add more goats to our little herd in the pretty near future. More goats means more hay output unless we get them up where they can browse on the tasty stuff little goaties like.
4. Run a 5k.
There are several 5k races coming up in the spring. I’d like to run one and feel a sense of accomplishment.
While the farm keeps me somewhat occupied, it doesn’t always give me a good workout. So, I’m training for a 5k using the Couch to 5k program. You can read more about it here.
I used to love running. I used to run with my sister when she was preparing for basic training. I also took running back up when I was separating from The Marine. It was good for my mental health. But, outside of that and gym class, I have never bothered with a consistent running program. I’m going to change that! Actually, I have been working on changing that for about a month now. However, I still need to work on consistency.
Well, I think these are 4 really S.M.A.R.T. goals I can work towards this coming year. How about you? Do you have any resolutions or goals this year?