This year has been a whirlwind of change for me. I always stressed that my 30th birthday would signal the end of something, but what I'm realizing more each day is that this very significant birthday has really been a beginning. This year I've managed to cut out some very toxic relationships, develop and strengthen some more meaningful relationships and challenge myself in a multitude of ways. It's been a year of growth both spiritually and physically.
Taking time to hike
At the beginning of this year I knew I wanted to focus more on family and sustainable living. These were two small goals which have really impacted my daily life. We purchased chickens, created space for a vegetable garden, started composting and broke our ties to paper towels, paper napkins and water bottles. I have taught myself skills I was never sure were in me to be learned. I have harvested food and fed my family from our very "normal" backyard. I have checked a chicken vent for an impacted egg (don't ask for photos) and cleaned up more messes than one would care to recall.
A day in a very nearby vineyard
While I feel a great sense of accomplishment and purpose from my education this year I am even more interested in pushing myself further. I have more to learn, more ways to grow and more ways I can help others. As we work to expand our vegetable garden, begin a second type of composting (with worms), expand our chicken flock and learn more about sustainable living I find that my happiness increases. Isn't it funny to find happiness with harder work? And while some may see our lifestyle as strange, our eagerness to spend time at home limiting, I can honestly say this has been the best year of my life. I would encourage anyone to take a risk, try something new, embrace a lifestyle you didn't think you were capable of and push yourself towards growth. You'll be surprised how that hard work pays off in the form of smiles, laughter and more love!