So, in keeping with my two inspirations for this blog change (Adina and Kara) I'm going to start by listing my goals for 2007. I'll work on my official 'pledge' next but for today, some rough goals.
I'm not one for resolutions, they seem to never work out, but when I have clear simple goals, they can be attainable and satisfying. So with that in mind, here we go!
1. Clear the clutter I have overflowing closets and drawers, with clothes that don't fit, clothes that I'll never wear, and things I'm just too old for. I have a kitchen filled with items we'll never use, and that end up falling on my head when I open a cupboard. I have a craft room filled with endless possibilities that I'll never get to. I have a basement with a lot of junk in it. So....Out it goes! Goal #1 is to clear 500 items of clutter a month. (whew, that is scary to type, but if they can do it, so can I!) Things can be gifted, sold, donated or just plain trashed. Obviously not contributing to a landfill is my #1 goal, so trash will be the last option.
2.Save money Financially, we are doing alright. Saving money isn't so that we can pay bills. Saving money is so that after the bills are paid, we have space to ENJOY life, and to plan for our child's future. All of the tenets of the compact will lend to putting more money away, and less in the system.
3.Grow my own foodIn our first house we had a huge garden, and enjoyed fresh veggies all spring and summer. Once we moved three years ago, getting the yard managed was a huge task we just couldn't seem to tackle. First it was a money issue, then the depression of infertility that seemed to keep us huddled indoors all summer. Finally, last year we invested in an amazing landscaper and had the yard mostly finished (mostly - except the veggie garden). So...Grow it! This will entail getting Ryan to build the beds and help clear the space for the berries/fruit... and then we get to growing. I'd like to think that by next fall I can learn a little about winter growing, and keep a cold box (or is it a hot box) with something in it, but I'm going to keep this goal reasonable and just use the long growing season of the PNW and grow as much as we can. I think we'll join a CSA in the winter, depending on how our friends experience with it is. (and then maybe, if our garden is rocking, they can take the summer with CSA off next year, and share in our bounty!)
4.Keep a clean house(Adina, you have good goals, and I'm stealing them) I've (with the help of a great partner) been able to keep a tidy space, but with all the clutter, it feels like we are tidying all the time. People always say our house is always clean when they come over, but that's because I just cleaned it before they showed up. I'd like to keep on a regular schedule of cleaning so that it doesn't feel overwhelming, and that it becomes routine and easy. I bought a simple calendar that lists chores etc, and so far its helping... although SOMEONE I know has something brewing, and I'm going to be a test case.
5.Enjoy life What good is any of this if we don't enjoy life? I need to take time to knit, craft, write and expand my brain. I need to get out and walk in the sun. I need to meditate and stretch. I need to socialize with other mamas. I need to see the world and play in all it's wonders. This is a goal I try to achieve regularly anyway, but I like writing it. My goal around this is to do something AT LEAST ONCE A WEEKthat fills this need. I'm thinking I'll change that to once a day in a couple of months, but like I said before, attainable goals make for a happier mama.
So there are my rough goals. I may flesh each of them out more specifically later. But for now, I'm going to go work on my pledge. :D