As I read through Stephanie’s post last week where she shared some ways to live even more toxin-free this spring, I started thinking about my own personal goals for this time of year. We usually explore the idea of “green goals” at the beginning of the year when we’re all in goal-making-mode, but I think May is a great time to reevaluate our goals as we approach the halfway mark in 2012.
Now that we’ve transitioned from Simple Organic to Simple Homemade, my goals are not just strictly “green” but rather I’m thinking about how I want to make strides this season in natural living, creativity, embracing the seasons and anything that falls under the homemade umbrella.
I’ve been mulling over what I want to focus on during the rest of spring and the upcoming summer and I’ve narrowed it down to five goals.
This has been talked about a lot in the blogopshere. Our former editor Katie first wrote about it a couple of years ago when she challenged readers to join her in trying natural deodorant. I’ve been using a natural deodorant that I’m happy with for a couple of years, but I think this will be the year when I finally try going to the homemade route, like Stephanie mentioned in her post.
Back in January, the one thing as a general goal was more gardening. It’s getting later and later and I still haven’t really started, but I do have some strawberry plants and some plans to hit the nursery for some tomato starts. We did uncover some trees as we’ve been clearing out weeds in our backyard– a peach tree and two mysterious citrus trees so I’m looking forward to seeing how these fare.
More picking & preserving
I can’t wait to pick blueberries again this year– I’m dreaming of homemade blueberry ice cream, greek yogurt with blueberries and honey, and berries for just plain snacking.
This year I also want to make more strawberry jam, pickles and pesto to put up for the rest of the year. Strawberries, cucumbers and basil are usually all in abundance and my CSA often offers extra amounts of them in addition to what’s in our box at a good price when there’s a bumper crop.
I’ve been making honey whole wheat bread for a few years now– not regularly but when our fancy strikes– and as a big lover of sourdough bread, I think it’s time to try my hand at this nourishing food. I’ll keep you posted on this goal.
Spend more time outside
With being very pregnant and then recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn, we didn’t get out as much last spring/summer as I would like. This year, I see more and more visits to the beach, park and pool in our future along with simple nature walks with the family as well. It blows my mind how much time outside affects my children– in a good way. Maybe I’ll reread Lost Child in the Woods or read Richard Louv’s new book The Nature Principle as inspiration.
Create something handmade every week
Just like being outside, getting creative refreshes me. Next week I have a great resource to share with you on this subject, but for me, I just need to make time to do little projects on a regular basis. Big projects can be daunting and a crafty turn-off for me. Last weekend I spent the course of two days off and on working on a dress for my daughter– it came out darling and I thoroughly enjoyed making and gifting it. (Follow me on Instagram– @simplehomemade– to see the reveal when she wears it!). I’ve several smallish projects in queue, and it’s time for me to start making time to create.
So that’s where I’m at this season. How are you hoping to grow this spring and summer in terms of natural, homemade living?