Tomorrow is 2019; I really can’t believe it! 2018 flew by as we added Jolene to our family, Andrew changed work shifts, and I grew my freelance writing career to new heights. Wow! It was a great year.
Now, I’m looking forward to 2019. I love a new year. Everything is fresh, and you start off with a clean slate. I hate starting things in the middle of anything, even a year. Setting goals for my new year is a tradition I do every New Years Eve.
It seemed fitting that this year I’m joining the Self Reliance Challenge 2019. Other bloggers and I will take part in this challenge in the month of January. During the month of January, we will share posts to help readers on their self-reliance journey and record our steps as well. It’s a great opportunity to learn and grow.
Our 2019 Self-Reliance Goals
Our family needs to make changes in order to become more self-sufficient and to grow our homestead. So, that means I needed to create goals that would benefit our homestead plans and my business as well.
To reach our goal of becoming more self-sufficient, I had to do some soul-searching. How can I reach that overall goal? I came up with a few broad goals and broke those broad goals down into steps and narrower goals.
So, let’s take a look at our goals and then I’m going to break down how I plan to reach those goals!
- Growing more food in our garden
- Using more herbal and home remedies
- Considering animals for our homestead
- Striving to reduce waste and go more eco-friendly
- Save money and living a frugal lifestyle
- Living healthier as a family.
Goal 1 – Growing More Food
It’s no secret that I love to garden. That’s why over half of my articles on the blog are related to growing food.
In 2019, I want to grow more food than ever before. I want to fill our freezer and pantry more than I have in previous years, which will help to save money as well (another goal down the line).
So, how am I going to grow more food? Here are a few things I’m considering.
- Expand our garden by three more garden beds
- Have two compost bins instead of one
- Add more fruit bushes and fix our strawberry patch
- Try more square foot gardening techniques to increase our harvest
- Learn more about fermentation and dehydration as preservation methods
Goal 2 – Use More Home Remedies
We’re a huge fan of home remedies, but I don’t use them as often as I want. Sometimes, it’s just easier to reach for that bottle of Tylenol.
Hey – just keeping it real!
This year, I want to dive more into home remedies than ever before. I’ve always found it a bit challenging to use herbal remedies for children, because we want to be sure it’s absolutely safe for our kids.
So, this year, a few ways I’m going to use more home remedies include:
- Grow more herbs to make herbal remedies
- Start making herbal tinctures
- Purchase and read a few herbal remedy books
- Study essential oils more and how to use them safely with kids
- Make homemade herbal teas for ailments
Goal 3 – Animals for Our Homestead
For years, we had chickens, and then we had a predator – more than likely a raccoon – massacre our flock. It was frustrating and devastating, so we gave the remaining chickens to our friend. I couldn’t stomach more of my hens dying!
We live in the suburbs with neighbors on both sides. It’s a bit tricky to figure out how to have animals without disturbing the peace.
In 2019, we want to:
- Get new chicks this spring
- Redo our entire chicken coop and run
- Look into raising bees on our homestead – is it possible?
- Raise a few meat birds to harvest
Goal 4 – Reduce Waste on Our Homestead
Since we’re being real over here, our trash output has been way too high in the last few months. It’s rather disturbing. Not only do we have to pay for all of those trash bags going out, it’s adding to the ever-growing problem.
It’s time to put an end to that! To help reduce waste, a few steps I want to take include:
- Start a recycling area in our house
- Expand our composting
- Be able to feed scraps to chickens
- Buy more in bulk
- Use up what we have more purchasing more
- Committing to reducing our food waste by using it all up
Goal 5 – Saving Money and Living Frugally
2019 is the year when we pay off a huge portion of our debts. We have the plans set up and goals. Our first step is to make sure we are current with everything and get our emergency fund set up. We plan to follow Dave Ramsey.
Saving money and living frugally will help us ad more to our debt payoff and saving funds.
- Plan budget-friendly meals
- Stop eating fast food
- Spend in cash with envelopes
- Have a written budget
- Commit to weekly no-spend days and the occasional no-spend month.
Goal 6 – Living Healthier
Last, I want to focus on living healthier overall as a family and as an individual. Losing some of this baby weight would be nice!
I want to set good examples for our kids and focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Compared to our families, I’m sure we’re doing good, but we can do even better.
- Reduce fast food and junk food consumption
- Go to weekly yoga classes
- Make sure my kids get one hour or more of outside time
- Eat more veggies!
- Replace store-bought items one by one with homemade options
That’s our goals and how I want to work on them!
What are your goals for 2019? They don’t have to be self-reliance related! I still want to know what YOU are working on this year. Let me know in the comments!