Last weekend Jesse and I spent a lot of time thinking about new goals. It’s funny, how when you’re younger the things that are important to you or you think will make you feel better about yourself. When I was in college, I wanted to be a children’s book illustrator and I have carried that dream all these years gauging all of my other “successes” against it–they never measured up. But the world is changing by the minute and the things that seemed to matter once before are no longer relevant or even achieved by the old routes, anyhow. In addition to being the best parents we can be to our daughter (keeping her safe and providing all the opportunities we can for her to grow up healthy and happy), we have realized other goals that have put us on a big learning curve: Like getting completely out of debt, wouldn’t that be nice? Or how about being less dependent on manufacturers and grocery stores to provide our basic needs? Like I said to Jesse, I know a thing or two about gardening, but it’s mostly for ornamentals. Planning, growing, harvesting, storing food that we’ve grown ourselves? That’s a goal we’re moving towards together, learning as we go. This weekend we have dubbed “fruit weekend” and we will be planting a row of blueberry bushes and a fruit tree. I’m not sure what the big picture is or where we’re going to even be in a few years, like will I ever write that book, but focusing on small projects like these just seem to make the most sense right now, you know?
PS: Recently, I can’t seem to get enough of this blog. If you’re feeling like you, too, want to take steps in another direction, one that puts you on the path of a more honest, healthy, slower-paced, more self sufficient lifestyle I recommend you check it out.
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