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New Year / New Goals

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For the last few years I have been visually mapping out my new year goals like this. There used to be a rhyme and reason to the placement, color and categories but now I just make it how I think it will inspire me the most. View 2012 here.  


1. Finish our house. We finally finished painting all of the rooms just before Christmas and now is the fun part! Decorating! Since we moved from Hawaii to California to Texas our house is pretty empty. We don't have a lot of stuff which is nice but also sorta sad. I miss having little collections of things here and there - those little things that make a house feel more like a home.

2. First, check out more of these amazing animal photos here. They are so beautiful! So Conor and I have been talking and we want to get a pig. Or Chickens. Or a goat. We can't decide. Maybe all three? I think we might start with chickens but DAMN that pig is cute!

3. As some of you might know I have been working on a letterpress line with a friend called Fox and Anchor Paper. My goal for that is to create a few more items for our line, get a shop up and running and get some customizable stuff in the mix too. We are excited to get our etsy shop up and running before Valentines day! 

4. Write more. I want to write a book. I want to write, design and publish a cookbook. HAHA! Now, I don't know if I will be able to do that any time soon but I want to write more! 

5. Be a good mom. I have not decided on something specific I can work on for this one yet. I know I just want to be more patient, more loving, more attentive and more devoted. Sometimes I think I couldn't be any of those things ANY MORE than I already am! But I know there is room for improvement and I just want to be the best mom I can be. 

6. Get bikes and ride them together. Conor and I want to get some bikes and go on rides in the morning together. I feel funny even posting a picture of a bike on my blog because I am so not a bike person. I want to be but I'm just not. It will be fun to get in to a new hobby (and with my husband - something we can do together).

7. Meal Planning. Eat Better. Eat less meat. I am all about meal planning! I started this last month making meal plans and sticking to them and only buying the things on my list that I need for that week. It has been amazing how much less we waste and how much money we save. I want to get better at this and also learn how to make really good, HEALTHY meals on a budget.

8. When my mom was young apparently she was entered into a contest called "make it yourself with wool". I don't know what she made or if she won but whenever we are sewing wool she always talks about the "make it yourself with wool" contest. I have this little idea that has been burning a hole in my brain for the last month and I want to give it a try. It requires lots and lots of wool felt - a textile that I am pretty obsessed with right now. So my goal is to order a bunch of it, try to make this little creation I have in my head and then... I don't know. Give them away? Sell them? Not sure yet. 

9. Be a better wife. I have a few goals set for this category but they are a little personal ;). Maybe I'll let you know how it goes. 

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I really like the visual mapping of your goals, I'm going to have to give that a try!

For eating healthy on a budget, I've found that it helps to make as much as you can from scratch, even down to things like hummus and ice cream and everything in between (you also then have control over what goes in it). & if you have any markets near you that have large bulk sections, that's probably the best thing I've discovered!

Good luck + happy new year!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjensen

Great goals... I much prefer the word 'goal' to 'resolution' it makes you feel like even if you don't completely achieve them or divert along the way that you are achieving something, rather than having to just say no when asked if you kept up your resolutions.

The meal planning is something I NEED to do. Less waste of both food and money is only a good thing.

I hope they all go well for you! Happy New Year

Sophie x


January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Great goals Erin!
I hope you and your family had a lovely Holiday.

Looking forward to reading along as 2013 unfolds for you and hearing more about Fox & Anchor, new business ventures can be so fun!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShayla

Hey lady, love your goals for 2013 especially #2. YES TO GETTING FARM ANIMALS! Chickens are easy and fun, and you get beautiful fresh eggs every day in return for caring for them. It's a pretty great deal.

Pigs are more complicated, because unless you're buying a breed that's meant for pets instead of for eating, they grow fast and sooner or later you have to butcher them or else they'll be 1000 lbs and totally unmanageable...no joke. But, the upside is that homemade bacon is 1000 times better than store-bought, so there is major reward at the end of it. And they're not hard to keep–they just need food water and shelter, really...but they are hard to kill in the end because they are so cute, smart, and sweet. :\

If you guys are truly thinking about going down the road of animal-raising, feel free to reach out with any questions. We just completed our first year of raising pigs, turkeys and chickens (both meat chickens and egg-laying chickens), so it's all very fresh in my mind. :)


January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

P.S. I blogged about the pig-raising process, if you're interested... http://www.ittybittyimpact.com/tag/raising-backyard-pigs/

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

Make It Yourself With Wool lives on!! I love that. I made clothing! I remember a purple wool dress, a red wool jumper, and a plaid drop waist jumper with flap pockets and a pleated skirt! The little plaid one was a headache cause I had to match all the plaids just right or I would have to unpick it and do it again!! I wish I had them all now--I did not know how much I would appreciate the memories of my Mother teaching me how to sew! Your Grandmother was one of the the Great Ones!! Love you Jane!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKlissa

This is my first year being a wife and I know I want to work on being more loving and more understanding and not get so caught up in silly things. Meal planning is super important to me too. I have Ulcerative Colitis so I really need to be in control of my food. I did really well at the beginning of the year, but let things slide towards the end. Time for a fresh start and to do better!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon

happy new year! just discovered your beautiful blog and i'm excited to have a new read for 2013.

love sharon montrose's photography; i gave her book 'menagerie' to two people last christmas.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarissa (stylebook)

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