Starting 2015 Off Right

It has been said that whatever you do on the first day of a new year is what you will be doing all year. If that’s the case, then I will be hugging & kissing my husband, listening to good old Country music like Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Jr., and Charlie Daniels while rendering lard in the crock pot and baking bread. I definitely can handle that.

I’ve also decided to avoid engaging in debates on social media as much as possible. I’m not here to change anyone’s mind. I’m not going to convince folks that the answer to irresponsible gun ownership is not more gun laws or abolition of guns altogether. I’m not going to prove to someone that homemade is better than store-bought or machine-made. I’m not going to get folks to agree that Florida/Georgia Line or Luke Bryant just isn’t Country music. I’m not going to get people to understand that my beliefs don’t include a devil and I certainly don’t worship one.

Instead, I’m going to focus on building my homestead. I’m going to focus on getting out of this gigantic hole I have dug for myself because I subscribed to the belief that the only way to succeed in life was by getting a college education. See, I got one but couldn’t use it without another one, so I got a second one. That one was useless, too. So, I got another one. As of right now, I am a grossly under-employed certified high school Social Studies teacher who has a middle school endorsement. Being able to teach grades 6-12 should make me more marketable, right? Wrong. I’m currently working on my English as a Second Language endorsement with the hopes that I will finally land a teaching job so I can pay down this mountain of student loan debt.

I’m going to focus on planning a bigger and better garden this year (and remembering to plant that garlic in October!). I’m going to master the art of bread-baking (I want those perfect loaves I see in blog posts). I’m going to can more and waste less. I’m going to make rain barrels and use that rain water for the garden. I’m going to make better use of the composter out back.

Finally, I’m going to work on ignoring the naysayers. I’m sure you have them in your life. The ones who look at you with one eyebrow raised while asking, “Why don’t you just buy it at the store?” or “I don’t have time for that. I’m much too busy. I have better things to do.” The ones who look down on you because you don’t subscribe to the same idea of life that they do.

If you’re like me, some of them may even be family members. It hurts me that they are not able to accept my lifestyle because it means that they don’t accept me. It hurts more than I want it to, and I find myself defending this way of life I love and want to go farther into.

I just looked at some numerology for this year and my personal year number is a 4. This means “A year of hard work, discipline and opportunities.” Well, given that I am going to work harder on my goal of homesteading, I think that is a pretty good sign.

I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. You have the power to make it great, so get out there and MAKE IT SO.

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