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I always enjoy looking back on the past year, seeing what goals I accomplished, and planning new goals for the new year.
I also enjoy seeing which posts were the most popular ones for the year because it gives me an idea of what sort of things people are the most interested in and what sort of topics resonate with them.
These were the top 10 most-viewed posts for Our Heritage of Health from this past year:
Goals for 2014
I just took a look back at my goals that I had posted last year at this time. I didn’t meet all of them, but at least I met some of them 🙂
Last year’s goals were:
1) Experiment with fermented food
2) Improve my green thumb
3) Learn more cooking skills
4) Start a blog carnival
5) Write a cookbook
I did successfully make a batch of fermented ginger carrots, but then I discovered a good source of traditionally fermented veggies like sauerkraut and pickled beets at the farmstand where I buy organic veggies and pastured eggs. Even though it might be cheaper to make my own, I really like the convenience of being able to save time and buy good quality fermented veggies.
My green thumb and garden still need a bit of work. At least now I’ve finally figured out which types of vegetables grow best in my yard and which ones not to bother with again this year. Part of the problem is all of the trees in my yard and in the neighbors’ yards. With all of that shade, it’s hard to get enough sunlight for a good garden. This year I’m going to focus on simplifying my garden and just growing the things I know can do well like peas, strawberries, lettuce, beans, and herbs.
I didn’t really spend too much time trying to learn new cooking skills because I was so busy with everything else this year, but I did plenty of experimenting with new recipes, so if practice makes perfect, then I guess I can still count that toward meeting my goal 🙂
I met my goal of starting a new blog carnival. It’s called Old-Fashioned Fridays, and it’s a weekly link-up for sharing blog posts related to natural health, real food, etc. You can find it on my blog every Friday. (The post goes live Thursdays at 10 pm EST.)
I also met my goal of writing a cookbook this year. I put together a collection of some of my favorite old-fashioned recipes from my 19th century cookbooks, including breakfast foods, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, etc. You can read more about it here.
Goals for 2014
Ok, time to set a few goals for 2014!
I want to keep things pretty simple this year, so I’m only going to set a few goals in the hopes of being able to keep all of them.
1) Get organized.
2) Learn to manage stress better.
3) Write more posts.
Goals number 1 and 2 kind of go hand-in-hand actually because I think that getting organized will really help me with learning to manage stress better.
This year I want to really focus on cleaning up my clutter and just being more organized in general. I’m pretty sure it would be a lot easier for me to keep my stress levels low if I weren’t always rushing around running late for things and trying to find things that I’ve misplaced!
I also want to focus on writing more posts this year (which will be a lot more likely to happen if I’m more organized and less stressed, because the more time I have and the more relaxed I am, the more I’ll be able to write.)
So, those are my three, simple goals for this year. Keep me accountable, everyone! And if you have any ideas for posts you’d like to see this year, please let me know in the comments below!