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!