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How Will You Use Your New Year?

It’s New Year’s Eve. We’re not much for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. We have always stayed home. We used to stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square – or the Peach drop in our case. Now we can’t even stay up that late anymore.

Another year is almost over. Well let’s face it – there are only a few hours left and the year is over. If I didn’t get it done by now, it’s not happening until 2016. I’m sitting here contemplating the events of the past year and find myself wondering if it was a good year.

A lot has happened this year. Our son spent a year on the road WWOOFing, and as a result he is about to spend a year as a tenant farmer on one of the farms he visited last year. Our daughter turned 18 and is thinking seriously about her future. We both had improvements to our health, primarily due to increased focus on the food and water we eat. We made some significant changes to our property with permaculture swales, water catchment, and a lot of new perennials. We also increased our composting to include the chickens and made improvements to the chickens’ free-range access. I even started my first blog.

In 2016, we will continue to expand our swale system. Our plans include planting more fruit trees and berries, plus the addition of nitrogen fixers around our swales. I will also try my hand at making homemade hard cider. We will be getting a new flock of pullets to refresh our laying hens that are approaching 3 years old. I will continue to do more research about rabbits. I’m sure there will be more projects that I haven’t even thought of yet.

Most days I feel like I can’t get as much done as I want to. On a given day, it might not feel like much progress is being made. Some days are rainy. Other days are too hot or too cold. But we should always be moving forward, chipping away a little bit at a time. Progress can be measured one small step at a time, one day at a time. Things worth doing are rarely quick and easy. We should always stay focused on the goals we want to accomplish.

When I look back over the year, I realize a lot has been accomplished. But we can’t change the past. What’s done is done. We can only change the future. There is still so much to do, and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow.

How did you use your year? More importantly, how will you use 2016?

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