New Year Re-Start Part 2: Write More. Read More.

I mentioned before that I started my New Year over on Feb. 1st.  Why? Because I can.  You can too! Seriously though, I realized I set some goals, but some steps towards achieving those goals are to try some new things/learn some new skills and to write more and read more.  You can read about the new things I’d like to try here.

Writing and reading have always been my strongest subjects, but I realized I do not do enough of either one.  And much like in school, I believe they are still the basis for success as an adult.  Actually, I have to work hard to allow myself to sit down and read or write.  Up until now, I have honestly treated both of those activities as a treat, a hobby, and something I really shouldn’t be doing if the rest of my life, house, chores, etc. are not caught up.  Slowly, I am convincing myself that it is okay to read and write even if the rest of my life is not as put together as it ought to be.

Young female is writing notes and planning her schedule.

The writing portion is off to a fairly good start. I believe I have written 8 blog posts here since January began.  I aim to keep that going as long as there are folks willing to keep on reading them. On January 13th, I attended my first Writing About History Workshop at a local arts venue. It is taught by a Creative Writing professor from NYC who is on sabbatical for the semester here.   This past Wednesday I attended the second workshop.  Although I believe there is only one more month being offered, it is getting me started on writing a book about our family farm that I have wanted to write for years.  I will admit, I am quite rusty and feeling quite challenged.  I have not really been writing much in the past 9 years since graduate school.  It’s a good feeling though and I hope to keep up the momentum.

My children both started a new reading program at school this year that requires 30 minutes of independent reading during the school day and 30 minutes of independent reading at home each night.  That’s an hour a day!!! By no means do I read an hour a day! Perhaps I should!  I think an hour might be a stretch to start with, but I might be able to work up to that.  In addition to my morning Bible reading, I would like to add reading of other books for learning and enjoyment.  I am currently working on reading Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters by Rachel Macy Stafford


Below, I share the list of possible reads that I have compiled.  What’s absolutely great about these books?  They are all either available through our local library system or they are e-books already downloaded on Kindle that I have just never read. The cost involved to actually read any of these is $0.00 and that makes it even more tempting to do!

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self Sufficiency  by Anna Hess

Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Althea Press

Creating the Low-Budget Homestead by Steven Gregerson

Household Cleaning: Self-Sufficiency by Rachelle Strauss

The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife: 18 Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth by Darlene Schacht

Preserving the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces by Marisa McClellan

Farm Journal’s Freezing & Canning Cookbook: Prized Recipes from the Farms of America Edited by Nell Nichols & Kathryn Larson

Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst

Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be: A 90-Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 Life by Donna Partow

Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

The Cast Iron Cookbook by Mary Charles

A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George


What are you currently reading? Do you love to read or write but feel you don’t have the time?




About the author


I am a child of God -- seeking daily to walk in the Way. I am the daughter of a farmer. I am married to an awesome man who makes it possible for me to live out my dream of keeping the farm that has been in my family for 110 years. I am the mother of two. We have laying hens for eggs, raise our own chicken, pork and beef as well as have a large garden. We sell the excess produce at our roadside stand along with my crafts and photography. Thanks for reading about our adventures. God bless!

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