New Year’s Goals for 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot today about the goals I’d like to have in place for myself for next year. I don’t really like to call them “resolutions” because we all know that those get broken. But I do think it’s important to write out specific goals and put them somewhere to look at every now and then, to remind ourselves of what it is exactly that we are striving for. If we simply drift along through life with nothing to work at achieving, we will get to the end one day having wasted all of the precious time we had.

So, with that said, here are a few things I plan on achieving in 2011…

  • Learn how to sew! I’m especially dying to make skirts and dresses for me and the girls.
  • Get my medicinal herb garden going, and use what I grow to make tinctures and herbal remedies.
  • Put up a proper fence and get a couple of milk goats. And actually milk them.
  • Take some time every day to study the Word of God. Not just read a verse or a devotional, but really study.
  • Set aside a devotional time to do with the kids every day, and really work on character building.
  • Work harder at making the most of my blog.
  • Finish writing and publishing a book I’ve been slowly working on.
  • Learn to make hard cheeses.
  • Learn to make soap.
  • Plant more edible landscaping around our home.
  • Grind ALL of our wheat (no more excuses and running to the store for a bag of flour).
  • Have an even more productive garden.
  • Significantly reduce our power bill.
  • Learn to bake with molasses
  • Minister to my neighbors
  • And of course, home birthing this beautiful child waiting to be born. I pray, pray, pray that it all goes well!!!

I’m sure I’ll think of more things to add to this list over the next few days.

What about you? What are some of the goals you’d like to set for yourself or your family for 2011? Can you think of anything you’d like to challenge me to learn to do next year (be easy on me guys!)?

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. Kendra, I just stumbled across your site and find it intriguing! I noticed that one of your goals was to do daily devotionals with your kids and work on character building. I’m doing the same thing with my little ones and I’ve found a couple websites very helpful so I thought I’d share them. has great information on character building and I’ve found wonderful daily devotions at that you can sort through by subject so they’re easy to use with the character trait you’re working on. Keep up the great work with your family and feel free to visit me at Blessings to you and your family!

  2. Try the book Sew what skirts. It shows you how to make patterns and really learn how to construct skirts. Fun for adding little touches and so forth. No need for a lot of patterns…. Really great for a beginner.

  3. What a great list! I especially love the last one! Homebirthing is what I love… I’ve had 3 of my 4 at home and I’m studying to be a midwife. I’m currently in my 2nd year of apprenticing with a licensed midwife. So I see it done all the time, and just know you’ll have a great birth! God bless you!!!

  4. Sewing is easy and a great skill to have, I love knowing how to sew and bragging about it even though girls nowadays might think it’s corny, I love it! And congrats on the baby and congrats on the next homebirth – you can do it again!!!!

  5. Kendra,
    That’s a good idea. I could probably make it stretch to a gallon and half if I watered it down! I really really really want to make butter, too. Organic pasterized (not ultra-pasterized!) milk here is $5-6 dollars a gallon. It wouldn’t be too big of a difference to switch to raw if we stretched it out…hmmm…

    Thanks for givin’ me a good reason to bring this conversation up again with Stuart! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh Kendra, what a great post! Stuart and I have been formulating our goals for 2011 as well. I am working on a post about this right now, for New Years Eve! What a better time to start. Grinding our grain was one of our goals – YAY! Got my grain grinder! Getting a chest freezer was another, so that we can store up on more food. (My mother-in-law bought us one for Christmas – YAY!) I am so blessed. Two goals accomplished before the new year even started! Raw milk is another one…still having a hard time convincing the hubby on this one – it’s $10 a gallon here!

    • Wow, Shaye, $10 a gallon!!!!! Goodness. It’s definitely much, much better for you than store bought. You could do like us and water it down, since it is whole milk, and get more for your money. Especially in cereal and cooking with, you can’t tell the difference. If you can get some good raw milk you can make butter too!

  7. With all that goats milk you should be able to make cheese and soap. My niece has 3 goats and 4 children. There is still plenty of milk! Looks like a great list of goals!

  8. Wow, sounds like you’re going to be pretty busy Kendra!

    My 2011 goals are:

    – continue weight loss (I’ve lost 22 lbs since October, but my goal is 45….halfway there!)
    – make my own bread
    – use my grinder and grind our own wheat
    – weekly devotional with my daughters
    – join a women’s bible study
    – read the New Testament in one year (only got through John in 2010)
    – plant an herb garden
    – do more canning (should have tons of blackberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and pomegranates this year)

    I have a longer list, but if I can do this much I’ll be ecstatic!!!

    Thank you Kendra for your blog….I’m really enjoying it!

  9. One of my several goals this year is to live entirely on our food storage/garden/freezer for an entire month. No trips to the store for eggs, milk, bread, nothing. Was going to do the month of Feb, but that ain’t gonna happen – too much going on around here). But one of these months… πŸ˜€

  10. My brother gave me a soap making kit for Christmas I’m so excited! it is from So I cannot wait to make soap.

    My goals are:

    Weight loss/exercise

    Learn to play the piano (a free one was just given to us from a lady at church)

    Continue to slowly work towards my degree with evening classes.

    Make some more dresses on the sewing machine with my mothers help.

    Clean out and remodel our bedroom and our spare bedroom.

    I pray that the Lord will help me complete these tasks
    Your right time is precious we shouldn’t waste any of it.

    Kendra~ How on earth do you write and publish a book? what a wonderful project to work on! I was always interested in childrens books.I would love to do that. I mean can anyone just write and publish a book? if so is it costly and how do you go about it?
    Thanks for taking the time to read my question πŸ™‚



  11. These are noble goals. I like making goals even if I don’t always attain them all. I try not to beat myself up too bad if I don’t. I bought a grain mill, but so far it is less expensive for us to get our flour already ground. We would like to grow some grain this summer. I guess I’d add that to my goals, but because we don’t have lots of space, it probably won’t be enough to produce enough grain to supply us with flour all year, but might take the edge off. We have done well with the garden and the herbs are coming along.

    My goals would include getting the house put together so we don’t need to go through another winter in the camper. This includes getting estimates and going to the bank with them and getting the money needed to get the work done, then getting the work done, then moving everything out of the house that is just stored there and making the place liveable again. It’s a tall order, but this is the year for it. Spending time with the Lord is a given and needs to be maintained. I don’t have children at home, but do have grown children and a grandson. Spending more time in prayer for them is a goal of mine. It’s easy for me to worry, I’m less likely to just get on my knees and pray. I want to do more praying and less anxious moments.

    If I do that much this year, I’ll be a happy “non camper” πŸ™‚

    I’m happy that having a baby is not on that list and neither is milking goats. I pray that your pregnancy and delivery go well.

    God Bless,

  12. Great list! Since I know how to sew and crochet, I want to get better at knitting. Chickens are on my list as is a bigger garden, more preserving, raising another grass fed cow for meat, and using up a lot of the excess “stuff” I have around the house. That means I am going to have to be a little more creative and a little less lazy… ha, ha.

  13. I would love to get goats…and chickens…I’m dying for at least chickens πŸ™‚ Maybe, maybe, maybe this year…or at the latest next…would LOVE a wheat grinder…and a medicinal garden! I do know how to sew, but one goal is to sew more! And I’m just waiting for our third homebirth…could be any day! I would also like to study the Word of God more as well, this is something I constantly fail at…I think I’ll make it a goal as well. And I like the idea of writing out your goals, I always forget mine! πŸ™‚ GOOD LUCK! Sounds like your list is pretty full and complete to me!

  14. uuummm…can I just say ditto?! Only I already know how to sew, but wish you were right here by me so I could help you! ;D
    Then you could help me with the goats! lol! ;D
    We already grind all the flour, but the home birth you have me on! lol! ;D I know you’ll do it! You are so wonderful! (hugs)–Sara

  15. Conquering the sewing machine, having my own supply of cheddar, making soap with my mom, finding more blog time and goats. Thanks for writing my list for me! : )


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