By Danielle French

New Year Resolutions & The Pursuit Of Happiness: Part II

What are your New Year resolutions?

It’s that time of year. Almost exactly a year ago today I wrote my first ever post here on the South Pond blog : New Year’s Resolutions & the Pursuit of Happiness. It’s a post that still resonates very strongly with me and while I always carry the goal of appreciating the small things, it is natural to reflect on the past year and ask myself what my priorities are and how I can continue to expand and grow. I reevaluated my priorities a few months ago and developed what I like to call my ‘not-so-little’ little side project, or The List, for short. As far as resolutions or goals go for the coming year, I suppose they can be separated into two categories – the concrete and the abstract.

Concrete goals are things that are easily measurable and tend to be short term, while the Abstract are just that, abstract, ongoing, more difficult to quantify but perhaps are more meaningful in the long run. I think it’s important to incorporate both kinds of intentions as concrete goals (for me anyways) allow you to strive, to learn something new, to push the envelope, while the more abstract remind me to enjoy the process and avoid always simply reaching for the next step.
So here they are…short and sweet.


  • Advance my scuba diving certification
  • volunteer abroad
  • meet lots of new and different people


  • to remain open to new experiences
  • to always appreciate the power and importance of ‘play’ (watch the fascinating documentary ‘Happy’ available on Netflix for more on this)
  • to live my life and not the life that others expect of me

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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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