I have picked my word for 2018 and it is BALANCE.
I am hoping to find a better balance with home life, work life, how I spend my leisure time and a new balance as both of my adult children are off in college. I have started to change some things already. Regarding work I have been exploring more methods of obtaining continuing education hours. I have often attended night courses after a full days work. That leaves the farm work left to my spouse (he is willing, thank goodness). I am hoping to key into classes I really want too take even if it involves travel or webinars etc.
I am planning to continue with farm pursuits- as I still enjoy produce from the garden and fruit trees. I may slow down on the canning and food preservation in favor of smaller quantities and bigger diversity of produce. I have purchased a couple of new cookbooks hoping to gain inspiration cooking for two. I also enjoy animal husbandry so the goats and sheep still have a solid stake on my attention.
As far as hobbies, I am ashamed to admit I have read very little over the past year. I have purchased several books- some paperbacks and some downloaded ebooks- still reading little more than two books last year. That is crazy, given that I like to read. I am hoping to give up a little knitting time to put reading back on this year's agenda. I also am fascinated with punch needle and rug hooking. I have ordered very basic supplies and an educational cd(as well as watched a few You Tube videos on the topic). Fiber arts will remain an important aspect of my spare time. I have started to spin more wool. I have committed to spinning 15 minutes a day for 2018. I hope to rediscover my fiber stash making yarn that I can use later. Any further crochet plans are on hold until I complete my granny stripe blanket. It is already 75% complete.
Last year I felt both rushed and stressed with obligations trying to "make it all happen". In part the stress of deadlines and goals was self imposed. I will admit I can certainly be harder on myself than anyone else. Things should level out a bit where the college kids are concerned. I won't be planning anyone's senior year in high school, prom or graduation. I can pass on some of that college responsibility to the proper young adults.
I hope to spend more Sunday dinners with my parents. To message my mom less and call more.
I plan to go on more dates with my spouse of 24 years. Cherish the quieter times sitting on the couch sharing a bowl of popcorn. He makes the best popcorn.
And lastly, to look up and enjoy the view.
I hope you can find better balance in your life too.