I generally don’t make resolutions, mostly because I’m constantly revising goals along the way, turning my whole life into a series of benchmarks. Sometimes the projects are little ones, but others can span years. For 2018 though, I’d like to make this a year when I’m more aware of my surroundings, to be purposeful and willful.
Greg thinks it’s funny that I never toss out rainwater that’s collected in the wheelbarrow or other assorted containers that litter my gardening area. I never dump them. I carry them to my plants and give them the water. Picked over chicken bones make broth, and weeds are divided between what’s good for the compost and what’s good for goats and chickens.
I try not to waste anything, but I think I still fall short of the mark, at least in comparison to my ancestors. I can remember my grandmother using everything from a butchered goat. And I mean everything, including the blood.
I was discussing the ‘old ways’ with my mother over New Years. She mentioned one of the grandkids was asking for an old family recipe. A few of the youngsters are starting to realize grandma won’t be around forever, and she is nearly the last of that generation in our family. If they want any family history, they need to start asking now.
This is one reason I love to blog. It helps me document the things I’ve learned along the way. Maybe I won’t have grandkids, but someone out in the ether might Google something I’ve discussed here.
I want to be a better blogger and write about specific problems around the home, garden, and animals. I want to be fearless with the topics I choose. Sometimes I don’t write about certain things thinking that it has too narrow an appeal, but I’ve decided that if I’m interested, maybe there will be others.
Finally, I don’t want to beat myself up about the things that aren’t my forte. I want to learn contentment with my gifts and not be envious of those with gifts I might never master.
So that’s my resolution, to be willful and mindful, to waste less, and nurture more. I want my journey to have value for me and my readers.
By the way, I want to mention that I’ve had numerous people tell me offline that they often read this blog not just for the content but to read the comments. I think that says a lot about my readership. You are read, and your comments have left a lasting impression on others. That makes me very proud to know you.
Is there one thing you want to accomplish this year more than anything else?
What do you think would make me a better blogger? Is there anything I don’t talk about that you’d like to learn more?