In January I posted about our goal for 2012 and what steps we were going to take to work towards it (you can read the full post here).
The original goal was to become more self-sufficient and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I definitely think that we have worked towards this goal over the year, though there is still a long way to go.
|“The Ladies” started laying at the end of November|
Some of the things we did:
Got chickens: Our 5 ladies have been so much fun to have around. They just recently started laying and we’re currently getting 1 to 2 eggs a day.
Planted a garden: This was definitely a learning experience but we did manage to grow enough tomatoes and herbs to can some salsa and we started garlic this fall.
Lowered our utility bills: We cut, split and stacked tons of firewood (well, Ian did. I was busy growing a baby) and we used the clothes line and drying rack cut down on our dryer usage.
Reworked our Etsy shop: We changed up A New (England) Shop in hopes of creating more business. We would love for that to become a more reliable source of income. It’s still a work in progress but we have seen more traffic and made a few sales since the change.
Over all, I am happy with how far we have come. It has been a busy year with new jobs and a new baby so I’m glad we got as much done as we did.
How did you do with your 2012 goals?