I have been absent from the blog as of late. From typing anything of any great length really. I was having troubles with my computer keyboard, many of the keys were beginning to stick and I spent too much time backspacing, and not enough time actually writing to make it worth my while even trying! I finally reached out on our community fb garage sale page and asked if anyone had a decent keyboard kicking around. That’s the great thing about living 2 hours away from the nearest city. It forces you to reach out to your small town community and recycle instead of rushing out to a store and buying new. I now have a great new-to-me desktop keyboard and I’m typing at full speed without backing spacing once again! Yay for small town living!

About goals.
I read yesterday that by February 4th most people have given up on their New Year’s Resolutions.
I thought that was kind of sad, so I figured it was time to check in!
This year I had decided to make a short list of goals that were important to me to accomplish each and every month. I like to call them ‘bite size’.
I wrote each month’s goals in the back of my prayer journal so that I would have somewhere to check things off as I went. I find great pleasure in checking off boxes and crossing off list items. 🙂

Below is my list and how I did in January. I have this same list of goals for each month of 2017:

1 ~ Write one chapter each month:
This is actually a double goal, not just to write a new Essential Oil Class each month but to also teach that class, and that written class will in turn become a chapter of a possible future book. I did accomplish this months chapter/class! This was only my second time writing and teaching a class. For those of you who are thinking, “I could never do that!” think again.
I was SO nervous before I taught my first class at the end of November. Like truly incredibly nervous – douse myself in all of the calming/relaxing essential oils I could get my hands on for a weeks before the class began – kind of nervous. But I did it! And amazingly (I mean that word in it’s fullest definition, it truly was amazing that I did it) I survived and I actually enjoyed myself tremendously! I realized that often we can be our own worst enemy, our biggest stumbling block, keeping us from our goals and dreams. When we actually just do it, it’s not near as bad as we made it out to be in our own mind!
As a great bonus to pushing myself to just do it, my three youngest girls witnessed their mother being willing to risk making a total fool of herself in hopes of obtaining success in a lifelong goal. That part alone was worth the stress! A second bonus, teaching again in January wasn’t nearly as nerve wracking because I knew I had done it once before already!

16387112_10154053208196058_2576398597411346338_n
Our class attendants each receive copies of all the information they learn, plus lots of extra goodies to take home!

16387943_10154053208121058_3971767848430756915_n
The girls are a huge help with class set up, clean up, and even handing out oils etc. while I teach!
A great team!
16388089_10154054274726058_985753485398672595_n
I’m having a special on Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oil combination because we spoke about this one a lot in January’s class!
Send me a message if you’d like to know more, or email me at homesteademporium@gmail.com!
16427604_1695238397247753_3693342859824759315_n

And this is how I feel after teaching a class. It takes this extreme introvert about a full week to recuperate. lol

2 ~ Make one homemade gift each month (these will most likely all be for Christmas, I never have enough time in the fall to finish them in time for Christmas!)
I finished this goal the last weekend of January, but what does that matter? I got it done, I now have ONE Christmas gift complete 11 months early! Yay me! lol

3 ~ Sew myself one article of clothing each month (I have all the fabrics, and even the patterns, sitting here just waiting for me to finally sew for me!)
Finished this one as well, also the last weekend of January. lol I made myself a new top. Funny thing is, as I was making my dark blue Laundry Day Tee for myself I realized I had already made one in this exact same fabric and pattern but I have no clue where it’s gone to?! lol I’m betting it’s in my closet in the camping trailer… I then realized maybe it’d be great to make myself two of each item, one for my camping closet, and one for home. That might be a little ambitious to attempt every month, but I’m going to see what I can do. It’d be nice to have an extra set of outfits ready to go in the trailer at all times.

4 ~ Learn how to cook/bake/create one new food each month (so much food stuffs that I want to learn, such as yogurt (made that today!), pasta, all types of breads, fermented foods, and foods from other countries, the list goes on and on…)
I accomplished this one, and then some! I actually learned THREE new food items in January. I learned to make bannock, yogurt (in my new instant pot), and Vla, a dutch pudding that I’ve been literally craving for over 27 years since I was last in the Netherlands! (I was born in the Netherlands) 
My goal for February is to learn how to make noodles. I think I’ll start with egg noodles but haven’t decided on the recipe yet. If you’ve got a great recipe you use, please share!

5 ~ Walk 20 times each month (this is a big one for me, even though it’s the most simple! I LOVE being outside, yet if I don’t get out first thing in the morning, I tend to procrastinate and get busy with everything else. When I’m outside here on our prairie homestead, I honestly feel rejuvenated and refreshed every time. It always makes me feel a little like Eve in the garden of Eden. We are blessed with so much greenery, space, and even fruit trees and wildlife. I love walking, and talking with God. The gorgeous vast prairie views and silence are just the icing on the cake. When I spend too much time behind the sewing machine and not enough time outside, I feel it in my whole being. I must make walks a priority!)
This is the only goal I did not accomplish. I walked 16 times in January. There’s really no excuse for not accomplishing this goal. I must get out of the habit of sitting down to work, and remaining in my seat for hours (sometimes 10-16 hours of sewing a day!) It’s not healthy and it’s got to stop. Yet it’s Feb. 6th and so far I’ve only walked twice again. I’ve got only 22 more days to walk 18 times. I need to make this goal a priority as well!

So there you have it. My goals for January, and how I did, or didn’t do!

How about you? How’s your new year coming along so far? I’d love to hear from you!