Resolutions. Love them or hate them, there's no denying that it's empowering to dream about a fresh, new year and all of the possibilities within it.
I love resolution making because I love lists. Each year, on my birthday in December I make a list of the personal goals I'd like to accomplish in my next year of life, and as the end of December rolls around I plan out the lifestyle changes- some small, some big- that I'm shooting for in the New Year.
Here are 4 of the resolutions that I'm making for 2016:
1. To rid my home of all the things I'm "saving".
I'm generally not a "collector". I don't have a lot of stuff (okay, Andrew and I have collectively amassed an impressive board game hoard... but that doesn't count!), but I do have a tendency to hold on to things that I think I can re-use. The fabric from that worn-out dress that I can totally use for something else, that cool vintage map that I was going to do an art project with, the broken camera tripod that I think I can fix. My goal in 2016 is to give myself a time frame to use up these materials. If I still haven't used them when the date arrives, I'll donate them or recycle them.
2. To Purchase 8 or less pieces of clothing/shoes/jewelry.
I have everything I need, really- I was originally going to set a goal of not purchasing anything for my closet in 2016 but that seemed a bit hard to keep- realistically, My bathing suit's fabric is getting thin and faded and I know I'll need to replace it this summer, and I might need a new pair of jeans as well...
3. To Take The Next Steps Toward A Sustainable Life
In 2015 Andrew and I started composting, changed our diet to be nearly completely plant-based, and severely reduced our use of plastic. This year, I want to overhaul my makeup supplies (I still use the same 5 makeup items from The Body Shop that I've always used, and I know I can find cleaner products!). I also want to purchase a good-sized purse (I know, I know... I'm a grown woman who doesn't carry a purse) and start carrying around a "zero waste kit" to ensure that I won't get stuck in a situation where I don't have a reusable cup or utensils to use, etc. The continuing journey to be as plastic-free as possible will continue as well.
4. To Find A Rhythm
I've made quite a few big lifestyle changes in the past few years- most notably, quitting my 9-5, and I feel as though simple daily rhythms are missing from my life after 2 years of hustling. I'm making a resolution to practice morning and evening routines like reading, drinking water, straightening my home each night before I sleep, and getting dressed in "real" clothes each day (no more working in yoga pants on the couch)!
Some of my friends from the Ethical Writers Coalition are sharing their own resolutions for a sustainable + productive new year today- read more:
Sara Weinreb- 2016 Resolutions
Elizabeth Stilwell- My One Big Resolution for 2016
Faye Lessler- Shedding Layers for a Mindful 2016
Hanna Baror-Padilla- Why Making Unresolutions Are Better
Annie Zhu- My 2016 Resolution: Buy Only Ethically Made Fashion
Kamea Chang- 4 New Year's Resolutions You Need for a Meaningful 2016
Alden Wicker- My Painfully Honest New Year's Resolutions
Leah Wise- Year in Review & Ethical Resolutions
Kasi Martin- A Year of Wardrobe Resolutions