Monday, January 04, 2016

It's a new year and it seems like everyone is talking about their resolutions for 2016. For as long as I can remember, I've had a bittersweet feelings regarding new year resolutions.
I've never been a huge fan of the term resolution. If you're like me, I used to make a resolution and I'd stick with it for a few weeks. After that, I was back to my same old habits. When I got older, I began to realize why I wasn't staying committed. It was because I wasn't making a plan of change. I also would just make a general statement about my resolutions, without thinking of the why and the how behind them. I'd have all of these glorious ideas, but none of the tools to really change myself for the better.
We all need concrete plans and support to really make our resolutions last. For example, it's great to want to get healthier, but making a blanket statement like this doesn't give us the tools we need. What does healthy mean to you? What are some ways that your friends and family can help you get healthier? Once we really define what we want and set a concrete goal instead of a blanket statement, we are more likely to stick with our goals.
My 2016 Goals
1. To reduce my paper use in and outside of the home.
     I plan to make or buy some nice linen napkins instead of using paper towels or napkins. I'll also store a few reusable shopping bags in my car so I won't have to use plastic/paper bags. I've already started to reuse boxes and mail packaging so I don't have to continuously buy new ones.
2. To acquire more ethically sourced products in my life
     Most of the products my husband and I use at home are cruelty free. However, I'd like to have more products that are ethically sourced, such as clothing. I've found a few good websites and have ordered from them and am very happy with the product. Buying fair trade and ethical products can be pricey, so I can also buy second hand if I need a "new" shirt.
3. To shop locally
     I truly believe that helping to support your local economy is important. I plan to attend the farmer's market more and to visit our local co-op. They are more expensive, but I feel good knowing where,my money is going.
What are some of your goals for 2016?