New Year’s Resolutions

Normally, I don’t make new year’s resolutions. The fall is my new year, and I tend to make my goals at that time.

However, this Christmas break–along with some of the gifts we were given by generous relatives–has led us to plan for the upcoming year. Many of our crazy dreams stand a good chance of becoming reality. These are our resolutions:

1. Eat less poison. My brother and sister-in-law gave my this book, which has renewed my desire to stop eating the toxic, standard American diet. True, we avoid trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, white flour, and refined sugar. However, we’re still eating plenty of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and omega 6 fats. We’re positive that this has contributed to our being sick over the holidays.

2. Get completely off the grid. This has long been a dream of ours, even though we thought it was just a pipe dream. Now, we will be buying solar panels for the boat, and we have a wood stove. We learned that water heaters for wood stoves are inexpensive and relatively easy to install. Little by little, I know we can drastically reduce our utility bills, and I think we can be off the grid by this time next year.

3. Generate one plastic shopping bag (or less) of garbage each month. This will take some serious lifestyle changes, but I think we can do it, if we are committed.

4. Put together a 12-piece wardrobe for me, and 20-piece wardrobes for Rob and Beanie. I already have a plan for mine, although I probably won’t follow it exactly. Rob and Beanie don’t wear dresses on a regular basis (and Rob doesn’t wear them at all!), so they will require more pieces. However, I think it is very realistic to have all of us in minimalist wardrobes by the end of the year.

5. Have next year’s Christmas shopping done by December 1. We say this every year, but this year we’ll make it happen! That means we’ll buy some gifts next month. We’ll watch Woot, Meritline, and look for unique gifts in the ports we visit over the summer.

So those are my goals for the next year. I’ll make categories for each of them, and keep you posted on our progress!

4 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Awesome goals. I don’t usually do the New Years resolutions, so I don’t end up disappointed in myself as the year goes by and my goals aren’t reached. I am going to try to be more active this year, and try to eat less “fast food”, which has become a habit during Jason’s illness, so these are things I will be trying. Have you heard about the “Clean eat diet” I have read most of this book and feel it is a great diet/healthy living menu. Easy to read and gives a lot of suggestions on getting the processed materials out of the food eaten, while keeping the healthy nutrition in and making an enough to get all the valuable nutrition needed to keep the body going. Good luck with all your resolutions and I look forward to reading more!

    • Looks like an interesting book. A lot of it, we already do, although we do buy a few premade organic foods (like tamari and sesame oil). Oh, and we enjoy organic coffee and home brew quite a bit…

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