I keep struggling with how to get started with this post. We’ve had an incredibly busy year. We’re nearing the end of 2013 and we’re miles away from where we want to be. But our dreams of self-sufficiency are lifelong goals, so that’s okay, right?
In all honesty, the New Year is always a time of rejuvenation. It’s a time to look back, look forward, and start on your comeback with a bigger and better plan. And for the last month, we have done just that.
I’ve looked back and I feel like we’re in a rut– I don’t write as often as I’d like, I’m not growing the site as I had dreamed, and [most importantly] we aren’t learning new things the way we used to.
…but then I look forward, and I see so much adventure. I see ways to grow and improve. I start dreaming of new projects- the most exciting of which are our plans for food sufficiency in the future.
Truth be told, right now, we are wishful homesteaders with full time jobs in a consumer’s world. When we get busy we can rely on the conveniences of pre-made meals and pre-made materials. We can get by doing less and buying more.
So how do you avoid the trap of convenience and enjoy a life of homespun living?
- Plan. I’ve talked about the importance of planning here, here, and here.
- Work together. Talk about your common goals with friends and family to keep one another on track. What are they trying out and what can you experiment with together?
- Take drastic measures. [which is what I had to do] Remove access to easy money, stop carrying debit/credit cards, and force yourself to plan a trip to the bank to spend money.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re working and trying to transition to a sufficient homestead, you’re going to have busy days and you’re going to have moments where you may need to rely on a more convenient approach than you prefer. That’s okay. Just remember where you’re trying to go and keep moving forward. It happens.
In 2014, we’re moving forward. We’re going to be sharing new building projects, exciting renewable energy experiments, and some of our greatest backyard adventures yet.
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It’s almost 2014, what will you do with your 2014?!