Happy New Year everyone!
Sorry that I didn’t post this on New Year’s Eve, I was still at my little get away at the lake. 😊 (I did write it on Jan. 1st though!)
So, I’m sure you’re all dying to know what I have planned for the new year here on Farm Girl Homesteading huh? Well you’re in luck! Because I’m going to tell you!
First, let’s skip the ‘I’m going to change this year for the better’ crap. I did that in my last New Year’s Eve post, and quite honestly, (because I’ve been living by myself the past week and a half) I’ve already started changing for the better. I’m becoming more confident in myself and my abilities to live on my own, which is good, because one of my New Year goals is going to be to move out! (Pause for dramatic affect..) Which I’ll talk about later on in this post. 😉
So, without making y’all read too much of boring introduction stuff, let’s get into what I’ve got planned for my blog this year..!
I’m taking more college classes!
I know, I know, this is a blog about Homesteading, Farming, and Gardening.. So why on earth have I been so focused on college stuff lately?! Well you see, it all ties in, I promise!
Last Fall, I took my first semester of college, and I filled my schedule with classes I knew I would need for running a Farm. Which means, a basic in Business class. (I know, not really the ‘fun’ side of Farming anyone actually wants to read about..) But that Basic in Business class helped open the flood gates for me to take any business class I want this Summer! Which means two more classes in Business (Business Law and Marketing)! PLUS! Thanks to me getting a lot of classes out of the way last Fall, I also plan on taking my first agriculture class this Summer! Hurray for agriculture! I’ll be taking a class with an amazing lady (who I already met last Fall) and learning all about Environmental Science! (Fun right?!) I’ve been looking forward to this class since I signed up for college (It’s a summer class) and I’m honestly so excited about it this year!
With that, comes a bit of a different spin on all of this ‘college talk’ that I’ve been blogging about. Because, I get to talk about the agriculture side of college! Which means (hopefully) more blog posts about what I’m learning about in those classes, and stories about other Agriculture Enthusiasts (like myself) around college!
The Website is going to get another revamp..
I did this last year too, and I plan on doing it again this year. I just hate the fact that you have to scroll down to see all of my posts..! I plan to do a bit of a better job at keeping my Website organized this year, as well as make it easier to find all of my stuff! So, if you come to my page and see that things are a bit funny looking, never fear! It’s just me organizing.. Don’t worry though, I plan to do this as soon as possible in the new year so that y’all have enough time to get used to it. ❤
I also plan on going back through a lot of my posts and doing something with them. A lot of the posts I’ve done in the past ether aren’t relevant anymore, or need updating. (A big challenge for me has been for me to go through and update old posts..)
And speaking about changes to the blog, that brings us into my next goal..
I plan on hiring help!
Goodness me.. It’s been both a delight, and a challenge, to keep my blog going while in college. And personally, it’s starting to become a challenge to keep up with all of the online stuff pertaining to my Blog / future business! Between my Blog, my Facebook Page, checking my Emails, and now with my Etsy Shop thrown in, it’s a lot to check on on a daily basis! So this year, I’m making it a top priority to find someone close to me who can help me with all of this online stuff. That way, it doesn’t take so much out of me, and y’all still get great content and speedy replies on everything to do with Farm Girl Homesteading!
Who is this mystery person I’m planning on hiring? Well, I’m honestly not sure quite yet. I’ll all depend on how many steps I can accomplish on my New Year list first.. But this’ll be something I plan on adding later on in the year. As for who I’m considering for the job, I’ve got my eye on someone who is very close to me, and is a trusted friend. But you’re just going to have to wait and see! 😉
I’m moving out!
No, you didn’t hear that wrong.. I truly am planning on moving out this year! What I have planned isn’t going to be easy.. It’ll test my willpower, my ability to manage time perfectly, and may even break my spirits down. (But hey, great Blog content right?! Who doesn’t love reading about someone else going through tough times?!)
If this past two weeks have taught me anything about living on my own, it’s that it’s going to be tough. But, it has also taught me that I can do it!
This summer, I plan on taking it slow.
I haven’t forgotten why I started living with my grandparents on their property in the first place.. I still plan to be around as much as I can to help out here at my grandmothers. But it’s time to see if I can make it on my own (more or less) and get this future farm of mine off the ground!
I’m starting off by staying at my parent’s property this summer. ((Sigh, I can see everyone’s eyes rolling at me right now.. No, I’m not moving back in with my parents. I’ll simply be camping on their property on and off this summer, while also helping them tame back the property to its original standards.))
Come next winter, I plan on having enough money saved up to start looking at properties to buy to start my small farm on.
How will this affect the Blog you ask? Well, the content I’ll be writing about will be more ‘survivalistic’ type stuff, as I’ll be camping most of the summer. I’ll have more ‘camp style’ recipes I’ll be posting in the recipes section of my Blog, I’ll be sharing tips on camping, and you’ll get to follow me as I live in a tent for extended periods of time! Wooh!
But seriously though, I’m both ready and excited to start getting my farm up and going within the next few years. I can’t wait for more land, more animals, more plants, and more people in my life. ❤ I hope y’all will be supportive and patient with me while I go through some tough times and work on getting my true homestead started. ❤
My gardens are being put on hold..
Due to my plans of moving out, going to college, AND saving up, my gardening plans will be put on hold for a bit. I still plan to grow flowers (I kinda have to) for a secret service I provide for my college. But all veggie planting will have to be put on hold this year. 😥
Trust me, I know, it’s heartbreaking.. But I’m not going to have any time to do veggies this year. With; going to college, bouncing back and forth between properties, and keeping up with everything to do with my Blog and future business, it’s just too much! So, for this year of 2020, I’ll be putting my gardens on hold in order to save up to find a proper place to start my permanent gardens! (Then the REAL struggles and fun begin!)
I plan to take more day trips!
I’m not really one for traveling or exploring.. However! This year, I plan to do a bit more exploring around these small towns that make up my home. ❤ I want to find out where all of the best hidden gems are, and I want to take y’all around with me!
This is not only a chance for me to get out of my comfort zone a bit, but it’s a chance to do it under my own terms, as I will be most likely traveling by myself or with my friend Kenna (or my mom when she moves back).
I really want to do more ‘small town travel’ blog posts. It’s something I’ve been thinking about adding for the past year or so, and I’ve already got a little traveling friend who plans to help me with these posts. 😊
I want to go to a Farmers Markets!
Okay, so this one may be a little silly.. But as someone who wants to be a Small Market Farmer, I actually haven’t been to an American Farmers Market.. *Gasp!* I know! Shocking!
I’ve been to plenty of different kinds of Markets while over in Germany, but so far I’ve failed to get to one here in Michigan. (I tried to go last fall, but before I knew it, it got too late to go..)
I want to actually accomplish that goal this year and go to every farmers market around the area I can possibly find! Not only that, but I want to actually buy stuff from other farmers, and hopefully make some new friends along the way! After all, these will be my people in a few years when I join them. 😀
So, that’s my New Year Goals for this year! (Resolutions you break, Goals you keep!)
What are your plans for the New Year? Are you excited for anything this year that you might accomplish? Do you have new year goals that you hope to accomplish but don’t think you will? Comment below! And as always, have a fantastic day, and a marvelous new year! ❤ 😊
Great plans. BTW have you ever thought of WWOOF-ing on some farms as a way to get some free education? Not sure if you’re familiar with it but it’s a great way to get free room & board in exchange for working on organic farms (only like 4-6 hours a day max) and learning a ton, and they’re all over the US as well as global (I spent a week at one in Australia some years ago, it was so fun!). https://wwoofusa.org/ is the link 🙂
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Oh my gosh! My Aunt actually brought that to my attention a few months ago and that’s actually an idea I’ve been leaning towards for my Farm, but I could not for the life of me remember what it was called! I don’t know if I would ever actually do it myself to learn more about agriculture, but I’ve actually thought of being a WWOOF-ing host in the future.
It’s really fun and can be a great way to also see how folks homestead, not just farm. When I was in Australia I tended the garden for a couple who also owned a biodynamic vineyard and had THE coolest sustainable/eco-friendly home, from the way the house was positioned to the water catchment systems (including drinking water) and more, I think I took more photos of that than the actual gardens haha 🙂 I remember someone who used to blog helped a guy in France with his farmers’ market work, so it can be super diverse. We want to get WWOOF’ers here to help with restoration along the stream that goes through our property…pretty cool stuf…plus as a WWOOFer you get meals as well!
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Lol, it sounds amazing! If my anxiety wasn’t so bad, I’d probably do it too! Sadly I don’t think I could handle staying with a stranger for a few days.. But it’s definitely something to think about when/if I DO get my anxiety under control. 🙂
Oh there are LOTS of options so you don’t sleep in a stranger’s house! When I was in Australia they had a completely separate flat on the property that I stayed at, and a lot have trailers, etc. – we’d be a bit weird about having strangers come to our house as well which is why we want to get a little tiny-house-on-wheels or similar for WWOOFers to stay in 🙂 Anyhow, if you’re ever on the west coast and do want to check out a homestead let us know!