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I’m not much of a resolution maker. Write plans in pencil, history in pen – right?

I am a list-maker and a goal-setter, however, which is why Kimi’s nourishing New Year’s resolutions appealed to me so much. Originally, I was just going to share my goals regarding nourishing myself and my family through food. However, when I sat down to write this, it became much more apparent that nourishment is needed in my personal endeavors just as much as it is needed in our kitchen.

Personally…

  • I would like to nourish my relationship with God by reading the Bible every day.
  • I would like to nourish my relationship with my husband by making time for him and attempting to know him and his needs more each day.
  • I would like to nourish my relationship with my children by setting priorities and being present with just them a little more every day.
  • I would like to nourish my family by taking better care of myself. More specifically I would like to lose about 25 pounds through getting more exercise and cutting out all sugar and grains.
  • I would like to nourish the things I love that will also be a benefit to my family – writing, reading, gardening, sewing, herbal medicine.
  • I would like to nourish my sanity by continuing to purge our home of unnecessary stuff while reorganizing only what is needful.

In the Kitchen…

  • My number one goal for this year is to be very serious about eating locally. More specifically, solely eating locally starting in June (with a few exceptions). We already have a couple of CSA memberships in the works, which I am really excited about.
  • We’d like to vastly expand our garden by working on it as a family and hopefully harvesting a bit more
    than last year.
  • I’d like to continue saving receipts and recording in detail what we are purchasing until the end of January so that I can have a better idea of how much money we truly need to budget for food every month.
  • I would like to brew my own kombucha.
  • I would like to grow our own sprouts.
  • I would like to make two quarts of fermented vegetables per month.
  • I would like to preserve food primarily through lacto-fermentation and drying. Of course some freezing and canning will be taking place if we are eating locally, but I would like to rely on those methods less.
  • Switch to healthier fats for cooking.
 

12 Responses to Nourishing New Year's Goals

  1. Denise says:

    Your list is a great example to follow. I have a goal of reading through the Bible in 2009. Our pastor has put together a daily reading plan to follow which is broken down into a OT reading, NT reading, Psalms and Proverbs.

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  2. Thank you sharing your goals.
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  3. Jenny says:

    I’ll have a kombucha scoby ready in a few weeks, email me if it interests you. Also, one of my goals is to limit canning and use more lactic-acid fermentation, drying, oil preserving and freezing instead. Have you checked out this book: Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning? It’s a must.

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  4. Kris says:

    I just found your blog and love it. It is great hearing a Christian talk about consumption and environment.

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  6. Your blog is so pretty. Your post was beauuuuuutiful. We could be twins. God, hubby, children, self. I think my goals are identical. I felt the need to include personal nourishment as well…I went crazy “purging” the house of junk and getting the rest ship shape. God Bless! I’ll be reading you!

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  7. Erica says:

    I am positive you will accomplish your goals! I think our goals are quite similar so we can all learn from one another :)

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  8. Spinner says:

    I just found your blog and have spent the evening reading all your past posts. The birth story of your second child got me all teary-eyed. It’s easy to get me teary-eyed right now, especially regarding babies. I love your goals for this year. They are similar to my own. How do you approach your Bible reading? Beginning to end? Do you have a set time of day? I also need to incorporate more Bible-reading into my life as well as beef up my prayer life.

    Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your future posts!

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  9. Christiana says:

    Your goals are inspiring… I look forward to more actively reading your blog. God bless your endeavors!!

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  10. Candace says:

    Hi Shannon,
    Those all sound like really great goals, best wishes on seeing them through.
    Curious-are you cutting out all grains?

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  11. Shannon says:

    Jenny – That sounds good, I may email you. I need to do some more research before I get started, though. I have gotten that book from the library, but didn’t read all the way through it. It is great, and we will be implementing some of those ideas.

    Spinner – I am trying to read through the new testament this year. One chapter every weekday = the entire new testament. What is working for me right now is reading right after I get the boys down for a nap. A refreshing rest.

    Candace – Yes, I am going to cut out all grains. It’s so expensive, so I wanted to see if I could eat a little bit of grains this morning (oatmeal) cut with fat and protein (butter, nuts & seeds). Still felt terrible afterwords, so I am going to have to cut them out entirely, I think. It’s just what my body needs right now.

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  12. Alyss says:

    What reasonable goals! Good work :)
    I can help with the lacto fermented vegetable goal. Check out my Kraut 101 here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alyssssyla/2378818221/
    My other favorites are spicy carrots/onions/jalapenos, cortido, cucumber pickles and now apple/cranberry kraut. Yum!
    I did a fair amount of drying last summer and they turned out great. I’m still eating my dried pears, they’re delicious!

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