This carnival will replace our usual Pennywise Carnival, which will resume next week. I will be keeping this carnival open for this whole week.
I hope that everyone has had a wonderful new year so far (five days into it). We just got back from my brother in law’s wedding. It was wonderful. Our three year old was a flower girl, which was a fun, exciting, and crazy adventure. I will have to tell you all about it soon. And I am leaving again tomorrow! After that life will settle down a little bit more.
Meanwhile, I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to do a New Year’s Resolution carnival. I did this last year and it was so fun to see everyone’s goals. It can be so easy for all of us to start not eating as well as we would like, losing traditional methods of preparations, or just plain not cooking as much as we want too! I find that overtime I can allow lazy habits to creep in. That’s why I think it’s important to set aside a few minutes to evaluate what I want for our food habits and how close I am to meeting those goals. And what better time than the beginning of the new year?
So I think it’s time to have a slightly belated carnival sharing our nourishing resolutions for the new year. What new things we want to learn about and incorporate, old good habits we want to resurrect and new habits we want to form. I will share my goals in a minute, but first let me share a few tips I shared last year for goal making. And then I will put a Mr. Linky in for you all to use.
5 Tips for Making Resolutions
As an addicted goal maker, I know that there are downfalls to making resolutions, so I thought I would share a few little tips that help me make resolutions that are doable.
1. Don’t make your goal too big. Keep your goals honest. It may sound good to be able to write out grandiose resolutions, but the largeness of them will paralyze you from making any steps. Don’t aim for the impossible.
2. Instead, make doable goals that are simple for you to accomplish. For example, instead of making the goal, “Convert all old family recipes to become more nourishing”, make your goal to “Convert 3 favorite family recipes to use nourishing ingredients”. Instead of making the goal, “Mastering All Nourishing Practices”, make the goal of adding in one technique, such as soaking grains, or using natural sweeteners, or taking out prepackaged food.
This is really the most important tip I can give, as I have personally found it so helpful. For example last year, I had very specific small goals, such as “Learn how to make three new nourishing snack recipes” or “Try out three new lacto-fermented recipes”, or “Incorporate more bone broths into our diet”. With my goals printed out (see tip four), I was able to keep track of my progress. This gave me more motivation to meet the next goal as I tracked the progress I was making with each check I made.
I have found it much more productive to make many small goals, then just a few big goals. Keeping my goals in the “baby steps” form helped me to meet all of my goals without feeling overwhelmed.
3. Making a loose timeline to accomplish those resolutions can be helpful as well. Perhaps you can make one small baby step towards better nutrition each month, so that there is a pace to meeting your resolutions. The better planned out your steps are towards meeting your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them.
4. Print out your resolutions and put them somewhere you can see them so that you will be reminded to keep working on those resolutions. Make yourself review your resolutions, and don’t let them gather dust. But also remember that they aren’t set in stone. If you find one really impossible, or if you find that your goals are very easy to meet, adjust as needed.
5. Finally, let your goals inspire you to improve, but not condemn you for where you currently are. There should be a feeling of excitement in meeting goals, not depression over unmet goals. Keeping the goals small enough to accomplish easily (tip 2) helps you feel a sense of accomplishment as you are able move on to the next one.
Kimi’s Nourishing Goals for the New Year
1) Start being stricter with my food budget!
Last month, with extra special meals and traveling, we didn’t even try very hard to stay within our normal food budget. I need to tighten my food budget belt again.
My goal for this month is to effectively use my pantry and freezer to cut back on spending so that I can order a few expensive pantry items I need (coconut oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and extra virgin olive oil from Chaffin Orchards, for example).
My long term goal for this year is to start, once again, tracking my expenses more deliberately so that I can see what I spend the most on and evaluating my spending habits.
2) Continue Bringing in Seafood
Last year my personal goal was to eat more seafood. I was very happy with the result because I was able to bring in seafood into our diet about once a week without raising our budget at all. I want to continue that good pattern and make it more consistent. My goal is to eat seafood first once a week consistently this month, and then up it to two days a week in February.
3) Bring three new fermented vegetable recipes into rotation with sauerkraut. Starting with one this month.
4) Concentrate on bringing in more calcium rich foods
I need to find a good source for goat’s milk and continue making bone broths. I want to make sure that Elena has plenty of calcium every single day. I will follow through on goat’s milk today or tomorrow.
5) Desserts Once a Week
With Christmas behind us, I am looking forward to only having dessert once a week or less. Saves money and time and is good for our health too. It also makes is super special when we do have dessert. Effective immediately.
And now it’s your turn! To participate, either leave a comment with your resolutions, or blog about it on your own blog, link to this post, and then leave a link below. Happy New Year to everyone!