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.


  • 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.


  2. Thank you sharing your goals.


  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.


  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!


  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 :)


  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!


  9. Christiana says:

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


  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?


  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.


  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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