I Caved


For years I have resisted this personal blog movement. A blog would be the proverbial ball and chain shackling my dreams of a future internet-free life. Realistically, my life will always depend on some internet usage, but I’d like it to be minimal.

So here I am, cataloging my life online like everyone else. I have no specific goals for this website besides keeping all my ideas and favorite recipes in a single place where others can find them. Maybe some of my posts will help or inspire somebody. We are simple people in my family; I’ll be keeping it real around here.

Anyway, today is the first day of the year 2015. New Year’s Day is usually nothing more to me than a chance to rest after the Christmas insanity and think about projects I’d like to accomplish. But this year is super special. Just over a week ago on Christmas Eve, I discovered that the Lord brought me to the very end of a long and difficult journey through court reporting school, a huge goal He finally allowed me to meet. I’ll tell the story later. For now I’ll say that exciting changes will take place within a few weeks, and my “normal” will be again, happily, redefined.

For my own accountability, here are my 2015 goals:

  • Start a blog
  • Hit the ground running with my court reporting career. For now that means starting with simpler, easier work; learning as much as I can; working as often as possible to get the financial ball rolling; and working my way up the totem pole as my skills, knowledge, resources, and equipment investments increase.
  • Pay off debt; namely, the credit cards, car payment, a contract we don’t use anymore, and (at least put a dent in) my school loans.
  • Do the GAPS diet with my family. We’ll spend from January to May gradually eliminating foods and stocking up on supplies until we start the Introduction phase in June. I am praying this will be most helpful for my husband who is desperate to solve some major neurological and digestive complaints; but I also hope it will resolve some hormonal, digestive, immune, and skin issues for myself and food sensitivities for our daughter. January means no more gluten.
  • Start an organic pot garden on our apartment patio. I’ll start with some fresh herbs and flowers, maybe branching out to some fruits and vegetables that can grow in small spaces.
  • Grow my hair out long again.
  • Potty train our daughter (preferably by springtime).
  • Print and frame several family pictures; send small prints to grandparents and family members.
  • Stock up on earthquake emergency food, water, and supplies. Start out by filling up our empty containers with beans, rice, and other grains/seeds/legumes to store for a rainy day. Purchase two 5-gallon water jugs to fill and store, switching out as needed to keep fresh. Have medicine and first aid supplies, sources of power and light, etc.
  • Continue building physical strength and stamina. I am already moderately active, but I’m physically not where I’d like to be. By the end of the year, I want to be strong enough to bust out 10 pull-ups from a dead hang and 50 push-ups. Attainable enough, right? My workouts certainly won’t be limited to these things, however; those are just my weak spots. Something to keep in mind, though: the GAPS diet is a higher priority, and that may interfere with my progress when we begin this summer. Maybe that means I can try out the T-Tapp program, which is another goal of mine. We’ll see!
  • Create art and music again.

This list will certainly be periodically revisited and revised. There are so many things I’ve put off while in school that I can’t remember all of them now. I also have other personal goals for my relationship with God, my husband, and my daughter, but those will be recorded elsewhere.

Here’s to whatever the Lord has in store for us in 2015! Happy New Year!


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