What is it 2017 already? I swear 2016 just started! Most years I am ready for the year to be over. January gives you a chance to start new with a clean slate, it’s like every mistake you made the year before is ok now, because you can restart. I wasn’t ready for 2016 to be over, it was a good year.
We moved to the homestead. We got ourselves some sheep. And at the end of 2016 we even had a little surprise, our first birth on the homestead, expanding our sheep flock.
Our son changed schools and actually has friends now! He is not the lonely boy anymore who just wanted to watch TV all day out of boredom. He now comes home, does his homework and plays outside with his friends!
I decided to start writing a blog about our homestead (and actually started writing it), to be able to share our experiences.
But I am sure that 2017 will be even more awesome for us! There is no more stress about moving to a new home. Everybody has settled in, and we can now start working on making the homestead the way we want it. Now, I am not saying it is going to be easy, I am sure we will have setbacks, and we still have so much to learn! My motivational quote for 2017:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. -Neil Gaiman
Homesteading goals for 2017
Launch blog – I will be launching my blog January 15, 2016 (which has already happened when you are reading this). I want to share the process we go through to reach our goals. I will be writing about our projects that we do to become more self-sufficient. At the end of every month I will post a monthly recap to show what we accomplished and to keep us motivated.
Start producing our own food – In January we will build a new fence in the pasture, so that we will have a fenced off area for the vegetable garden. I am sure that keeping the sheep out of the vegetable garden is a good idea. Once we have it fenced off we can start preparing the ground, and then start sowing (I am so excited!). This year we are focusing mostly on vegetables, raising chickens for eggs (and the excess roosters for meat), and raising sheep (for wool and meat).
Build a chickshaw – We want a mobile chicken coop, and after watching the film Permaculture Chickens by Abundant Permaculture, we decided the chickshaw would be best suited for the way we want to keep chickens. It is easy to move, and is suitable for a large (12-36 chickens) flock. By the way, make sure you check out Abundant Permaculture’s YouTube channel if you are interested in homesteading, they are a really awesome family!
Be more organised – I want to keep records of what we spend and what we produce, and I will be using this free homestead management binder by project Zenstead. This way I can keep records for every year and make sure we are improving. In my binder I will also keep useful articles that I find in magazines, and write down recipes that I want to keep.
Reduce, re-use and re-purpose – We want to reduce the amount of stuff we buy, by re-using and re-purposing. By doing this we want to live a more frugal lifestyle, spending less money and producing less waste.
Research ways to and start making money – We would really like our homestead not only to be self-sustaining in a food sense, but also to give us more financial freedom, so that maybe my husband can start working less and spend more time at home with the family. We have some ideas on ways we want to make money, but first need to research rules and regulations before we can proceed.
Learn a new skill from an expert – I would really like to be able to be as self-sustaining as possible, in order to do that I need to learn new skills. I am not going to list everything I want to learn right now, because that would be a whole other blogpost. But I would really like to learn at least on skill very well this year. I will start searching courses to take in January.
Network with other homesteaders – I believe the best way to learn is to have someone teach you who has the same interests as you. I would really like to come into contact with other homesteaders (both local and global) so we can swap knowledge. I bought a book, Hereinspaziert 2017 (NRZ) with local businesses that I can go visit. And I sure do hope I meet other homesteaders through my blog.
I love setting goals, but even more than that I love seeing my goals realized. Did you set goals for 2017? It would be awesome if you could share your goals! Together we can do anything!