Goals for the New Year

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There’s something about the New Year that offers such a fresh start. It always feel to me like a perfect time to make some changes, try something new, or set some goals for myself.

I love that I’m not alone in this. Whether we like to call them “resolutions” or not, most of us choose some areas which we’d like to focus on as we complete one year and move into the next. For some of us, it’s to become more organized (and if so, you should definitely stick around here this month!). For others, it’s to get up earlier each morning and make exercise and time spent with the Lord a regular part of their day. For many, it’s health-related changes, whether that means getting rid of not-so-great foods, improving nutrition with better foods, learning new cooking skills, eliminating toxins in the home, or switching to more organics or natural products.

I definitely have a few goals of my own. The upcoming organization series on my blog is certainly not happening because I’m already an expert in that area! I can use all the help and motivation I can get!

What are your goals for the New Year? Do better nutrition and more natural and sustainable living sound like things you aspire to this coming year?

healthy homemaking book cover 231x300My book, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time was actually written to take you through a one-year journey towards those very things! Though it can always be used, no matter what time of the year that you choose to start, the new year offers a perfect opportunity to begin taking a series of small, purposeful baby steps towards your goals in these areas.

There are 26 simple and very do-able steps included, with a plan to work through the entire book in one year (2 weeks per step). Steps include everything from finding sources for better quality foods (dairy, meats, eggs, produce), for eliminating processed foods from your diet, for switching over to non-toxic beauty and cleaning products, for learning to cook nutritious foods in even more nourishing ways, for “greening” your home and habits, and much more.

Want to learn a little more about what Health Homemaking: One Step at a Time is all about?

To make it easier for you to get started, and because I know that January is often a crunched-budget month after Christmas, I decided to offer a one-week Happy New Year Sale on the book! From now until this Sunday night, you can purchase Healthy Homemaking in two different ways:

As an ebook. Regular price $8.95 Sale price $6.95
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As a paperback book. Regular price $18.95 Sale price $14.95 (plus shipping)
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What about you? What are your goals and plans for the New Year?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I decided to do The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin for my year. This year it is all about what makes me happy. This month I am decluttering, clearing the nagging list in my head, exercising and sleeping eight hours every night to gain more energy to tackle the other goals. I think you would really like the book, Stephanie, and it is helping with the organizing part of me too :)

    Happy New Year, friend!!

  2. I read over at another blog (Steady Mom) about having a “word” as something to meditate on throughout the new year. After much thought, I chose the word joy. Its something I really struggle with, being I struggle with many things that bring me down, including not being where I want to be living. So far I have been looking up verses to do with joy (and rejoice, joyful, etc) and there are lots to aid me along my way! That is my “goal” for this year. To meditate on joy and to have it permeate into everything, with God’s help.

    I also do want to get more organized, of course! But so far just plugging away at it!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    Not sure if you will get this, as I am not a blogger yet. I stumbled across your
    site and I love it! You have sooo much info and am like me too in the sense that
    you want to buy organic food, but can’t always afford it all, so you refer to “the list”
    Cooking is not my cup of tea, but is on my list for this year. I read your post about
    where you asked is your grocery bill was an expense or investment! You are the ONLY other person that thinks the way I do….(that I am aware of) Anyways…lastly
    one goal for later this year is to start blogging. We’ll see if that happens,
    Blessings to you and you family!
    Leanne

  4. My goals are to continue working towards learning how to cook simply and locally, become more fit, and to enjoy life.
    .-= The Local Cook´s last blog ..Apple Praline Pie =-.

  5. This year my husband I broke down our goals and resolutions into categories…family, farm, his and mine. I posted our farm goals on my blog, but my personal ones are to cook more from scratch, to exercise 3-4 times/week on a regular basis, to maintain my daily routines, get recertified in CPR and to take my Health Fitness Specialist certification exam this year.
    .-= Country Living Mom´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

  6. I am working primarily on following God’s direction this year. I feel very much like I’m at a crossroads now and God is urging me to pay more attention to Him and His way. Everything else I’m planning is going to fit into that, and there may be some surprises for me! Who knows. :)
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Cookbook Project =-.

  7. I bought the book the last time — hmm not sure I am glad or not

    I think I get more from the blog itself
    .-= Eilish Higgins´s last blog ..Guess I have another addition to my New Year to do list =-.

  8. Thank you for putting your book on sale again. I missed it last time! I hope you have a great new year!

  9. I am, by nature, a list-maker and goal-setter, so I enjoy this time of year! I have tried to set simple, specific goals for myself in several areas; today I posted about my personal goals which include dedicating a period of time each week to writing, reading a personal development book each month and decorating our master bedroom! Happy New Year!
    .-= Tracey ´s last blog ..Personal Goals for 2010 =-.