Welcome to the 6th edition of my annual New Year's post sharing reflections and resolutions for living a green & healthy life. Has it really been 6 years? I'm a bit shocked really.
So many things have changed since I entered this amazing community of green-minded folks in 2006. The concept of "living green" has gone from trendy to pretty darned mainstream. Interest in buying organic, local and Fair Trade, supporting handmade and turning to DIY has grown by leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, the consumer movement against toxic chemicals and unsafe and unethical manufacturing practices has skyrocketed, causing laws to be overhauled and manufacturers to reformulate products.
Over the past 5 years, I've covered so many different topics, I sometimes wonder if there's anything more to write. But somehow there always is! In 2012, I plan to keep you posted about the latest green news and information, trends for healthy living as well as introduce some new eco-craft ideas, green product finds, giveaways and more! Be sure to visit me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (I just joined today and I promise to share lots of cool stuff so please follow me!) for continued conversations about green & healthy living!
Enough reflecting - on to the resolutions! In the past, my New Year's resolutions have covered everything from improving the energy efficiency of our home to buying more products in bulk to mindful eating. Some years have been a random list of resolutions, other years have been more focused on a particular topic. This year, a clear theme emerged: Taking Care.
In 2012, I pledge to be more conscious of all the resources I use in daily life:
- We may have a newly insulated home but doesn't mean I shouldn't pay attention to my home energy and water use.
- I may bring my own bags to the grocery, but there are still more ways to buy stuff with less packaging.
- The majority of my clothing may come from the thrift store but that doesn't mean I have full licence to keep buying more and more.
Take care of our health
In 2012, I pledge to be more mindful of the food I feed my family and the hidden chemicals I expose us to:
- Make more meatless meals. That means coming up with some easy go-to vegetarian recipes that I can pull out of my hat when I'm in a hurry.
- Buy better meat. That means sometimes going out of my way to buy organic, free-range and ethically produced meat instead of conventional.
- Beware of hidden chemicals. That means using fewer canned goods laden with BPA, ditching the last non-stick pan still lurking in my house and continuing to lobby for safer chemicals.
In 2012, I pledge to be a better community member:
- Read and comment on other blogs.
- Continue to build and interact with my social media communities.
- Get involved in neighborhood and school sustainability projects.
Take care of myself
In 2012, I pledge to be nicer to myself:
- Take time to journal, to notice and to reflect.
- Start making my own happiness a priority.
- Stop comparing myself to others.
- Allow time for regular exercise.
- Refer to this list of 30 things to start doing for yourself with regularity.
That's kind of a lot, isn't it? Especially for someone who's trying not to be such an over-achiever! But when resolutions come from good, solid intentions and purposes, they are more likely to stick. As my husband always says, "Happy Mom = Happy Family" Words to live by this next year!
What are your green & healthy New Year's resolutions?
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