It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and its once again time to plan out our annual goal list!
Without a doubt, our Annual Goal List has been the most pivotal factor in helping us create the farm, garden, and the life at the farm we had always dreamed of. One small step, one goal at a time. When we look back now at the very first list from 2011, it is incredible to see those initial farm building goals. Things like building our first compost bin, planting 4 apple trees, or creating the first chicken coop seemed insurmountable at the time. But with a little work every day, and a list of goals posted smack in the middle of the refrigerator to inspire us, we stayed motivated to make it happen.
I think the real story is that none of it probably would have ever happened without first putting down on paper what we really wanted to accomplish. Life really is a journey of small steps to make big ones . The thing is, you have to know what you want before you can do it, and the Annual Goal List spells it out for us every single day.
We create the list the same way each year. Sitting down in early December, Mary and I each come up our own independent list of 24 goals (2 for each month) that we feel we need at the farm. We then rank each of them 1 through 24 in order of importance. Only then do we put them down side by side and see what we came up with up.
Then the fun begins as we work together to take the best 24 possible. When complete, it goes up on the refrigerator to be looked at every single day. Once we complete a goal – it gets crossed off. We try hard to accomplish two goals every month – but sometimes it’s one, other times it might be three. But no matter what, we keep working at it in someway, every single day. It is amazing how by the end of the year, you can look back and see the progress. Both on the list – and more importantly – at the farm! And that leads to this years list:
The 2017 Goal List :
If 2016 was the year of building the Simple House, 2017 will be the year of settling in! The 2017 list is dominated with goals to complete a myriad of projects at the farm.
In fact, the top 6 goals all start with finishing things at the house. Acid staining the remainder of the floors, building and installing our porch and stair railings, and installing the wood floor in the loft to name just a few!
I think one of the most exciting projects we are both looking forward to is the building of the Pavilion. It will become our “outdoor kitchen and living room” at the farm. A space we have dreamed about way back since 2011!
We are so fortunate to have met and worked with Weaver Barns on the house, and they will once again be the main help on this project as well! We simply can’t wait to see it up! You can see more on the pavilion here : Weaver Barns Pavilion
As always, we included a few personal growth goals on the list as well. We have really enjoyed the ability to get out and speak about gardening, the house, and the path to creating a simple life. It is our hope this year to double up on those talks. It gives us a chance to talk about what we love most, and we love meeting others that share our passions.
Well, it’s probably time to start working on that list – getting a head start never hurts!
Here’s to a great 2017, and accomplishing all of your hopes, dreams and goals!– Jim and Mary
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