I’m not a fan of the word “resolution”. If you’ve watched ‘National Treasure’ you’ve seen Nic Cage work out the word to mean any number of synonyms, but a word meaning finite and resolved just makes a task seem so much more… intimidating. That’s why I have simple goals for 2022. A goal is something that is achievable, sometimes in steps, and doesn’t necessarily have any consequences for not reaching said goal.
Yes, it’s vague, but I phrased it like that on purpose. Buy less what? Make more what? I can apply it to whatever my eyes wander over to at the store! I’ve already made a list of things that I will do my best to stop buying, and make myself this year. So far, that list includes:
- Baked goods
- Tomato based products
It’s best to start off small, in areas you are comfortable making changes to your routine and budget. Technically, I started with some of these last year, to see how they would fit into my life. I haven’t bought any baked goods (from bread, to sweets!) in just about a year now. I make it all from scratch at home. Most of it even with my own sourdough starter that I began making at the beginning of the pandemic when yeast was highly unavailable in my area. I haven’t yet started to include pasta in this mix, but that is also a goal!
I also started my beekeeping adventure last year, and haven’t bought any honey since! That’s probably been the most exciting part of my adventure thus far. I definitely learned a lot last year about bee husbandry, and I can’t wait to expand on my knowledge this year and apply what I've learned since to my hives this spring season!
We grow tomatoes in our garden every year, but this year, I want to expand my efforts, save every last plump tomato, and can them so I may have them all year round! I started getting into canning jams and jellies over the summer, so expanding into fruits and vegetables is going to be an exciting journey!
My big goal this year is to get chickens. Last summer I built a chicken coop, and this year I am excited to fill it with my very own chicks! The plan there is to never buy eggs again, feed them from our garden as much as possible, and save eggs using various methods to also have eggs throughout the winter when they lay less. Eventually, we would like to expand this into culling and harvesting our own chicken meat, but we aren’t quite there yet.
Obviously there will be times when I can’t find the time to bake my own bread for the week, and run to the store to buy a quick loaf, or my chickens don’t lay enough eggs and I have to buy a dozen, but I won’t beat myself up over it. The ultimate end goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible, and in this crazy high tech world, it almost seems impossible.
Yes, I want a homestead of my very own, but I also love my amazon prime and my internet. It’s going to be challenging to see how I can mesh these two worlds together, while also working 50 hours a week full-time, still living paycheck to paycheck, but we’ve all gotta start somewhere.
What are some of your sustainable goals for 2022, and how do you plan to achieve them?