Did you began 2014 with a long list of homesteading projects to do, or homestead dreams that you wanted to turn into reality? I sure did:
Yes, this is a very long list of projects and infrastructure, because really, that is where our newish homestead is at right now. But beyond just being a list of things to do, or projects to make and build, this list represented the direction that I want our family to move:
- Growing food to enhance our health and self-sufficiency
- Building infrastructure to increase our connection to our friends and our enjoyment of our natural resources
- Creating tools and structures to help us cook and store food in delicious and sustainable ways
When items on the list are checked off, I admit, there is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. But, it can be too easy to look at what DIDN’T get done, and feel overwhelmed or disappointed. We forget to recognize our accomplishments; we take for granted how far we’ve come.
That is exactly why it is so important to consciously and actively celebrate our homestead accomplishments.
Here’s a technique that I like to use:
1) Think back to the beginning of 2014. That list. Forget about what DIDN’T get done, just celebrate what was achieved.
For instance, some of my biggest accomplishments were in the garden. So I might write:
This year, I doubled my garden space, increasing the variety and abundance of food that I’m able to provide for our family. I started 99% of our garden plants from seed, saving money and ensuring quality vegetables, flowers, and herbs. I facilitated my children gardening in their own beds, helping them learn about growing healthy and delicious food.
2) If you get stuck, here’s a list of questions to use as prompts:
- What projects did you start?
- What projects did you complete?
- What skills did you learn?
- What healthy choices did you make?
- What connections did you forge in your community?
- What did you share with your community?
- What new ideas sparked excitement and creativity in your life?
- In what ways did you increase your self-sufficiency and interdependence?
3) Get specific, and write it all down!
Thinking about our accomplishments is great, but just as it is more concrete to write down a list of to-do’s, it’s also important to write down our successes.
2015 is right around the corner, and you can bet that there will be lots of talk of goal-setting, resolutions, and more list-making. So let’s take this moment to bask in the achievements of 2014, and celebrate how we are making our dreams happen.
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What accomplishments are YOU most proud of this year?