In 2018 I’m looking forward to making time to do the things that are life giving to me. From trying out a few new recipes to making items with my hands, I’m taking a goal-a-month approach to help me embrace a more creative and conscious year. The motivation is high right now and I’m hoping to keep the momentum throughout the year!
JANUARY – MACRAME
I’m starting out the year by finishing the macramé I started for our bedroom. Once I get it hung up on the wall I will be ready to move onto some new things. I don’t like starting anything new when I have unfinished projects laying around.
FEBRUARY – BREAD
I’m hoping I can get my recipe figured out so that way I can stop buying so much sandwich bread from the store. I’ve got a pan and my ingredients already stocked!
MARCH – KOMBUCHA
This will be our second attempt at brewing. Hoping this saves us a bit of money and spurs us on to trying even more fermented food recipes.
APRIL – WALL SHELF
If the Kombucha brewing goes well in March I’d like to use some spare wood we have lying around to make a little shelf for the kitchen to store a jar of continuous brew kombucha, coffee and tea supplies.
MAY – RX BARS
I love these bars and at the rate I eat them it’s getting pricey so I’ve got a copycat recipe pinned and ready to test out. I’m planning to use the beeswax wraps my sister got my for Christmas for when I want to eat these on the go.
JUNE – LAUNDRY DETERGENT
From what I’ve read online, making your own laundry detergent can be a huge cost savings. I’m not thrilled about using a food processor for it but I’m curious to see how it works out. This also has my on the look out for a large glass jar.
I love burning candles and I’ve got several empty tins and glasses I’d like to refill instead of tossing out. I DIY’d some surf wax candles in 2016 and they did not turn out well. I’m hoping to have better luck using a different type of wax and oils.
AUGUST – SOAP
I’ve been wanting to make more hand and homemade gifts so if I can figure out how to make soap It’ll be a small step and I can add them to Christmas gifts this year. I’ll need the head start.
SEPTEMBER – YARN WALL HANGING
I started a weaving in March 2016. It’s my other unfinished project I’d like to get completed. I’m not sure how pretty it will be but I’m loving the challenge and fun of it.
OCTOBER – SWEET POTATO BROWNIES
Apparently, these are a thing and I’ve just recently heard of them. I cannot wait to test them out. My avocado cookies didn’t turn out well so this will be my second attempt at a “heathy dessert.”
NOVEMBER – HONEY CINNAMON BUTTER
In college I worked at Texas Roadhouse and ate more rolls and honey cinnamon butter than one should. I’d love to make honey cinnamon butter around the holidays.
DECEMBER – STOCKING POM POMS
It started with adding pom poms to a blanket in the living room. Then I made a tree garland of them followed by a wall hanging for my son’s room. In the midst of all this I saw some Pinterest inspiration and decided the stockings were next. Since I already have the supplies and the poms are easy to remove if I get tired of them I’m not concerned about their take over.
As I’m in a season of adjusting to working full time, being present with my family while home, not wanting to give up on healthy eating, being creative and being a conscious consumer I am thrilled with my list of goals and new skills I’ll be taking on in the new year.