Are you doing anything to celebrate Earth Day? Planting a tree? Sharing a ride? Starting your own recycling program? Re-purposing or reusing something instead of throwing it away? Planting a garden?
My planned Earth Day project was to start my own vegetable garden. However, my allergies made that impossible this year. My lovely sister is starting hers though, and she has promised to share the bounty with me. This month also marks the opening of the local Farmers’ Markets, so I’m trading in my own garden for buying locally grown produce from the Farmers’ Market.
‘Til next time,
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I do. For me it is less about the “New Year” and more about getting goals down on paper (or on your blog, as the case may be). It is easy to remember New Year’s Day as a time to do this, but I make sure that I check in with those goals a couple of times over the course of the year as well. Maybe I’ve got some of those that I can cross off the list. Maybe some of them need adjusting, and, quite rarely, maybe everything is right on track. Goals don’t do you any good if you just write them down and forget about them, right?
New Year’s Resolutions 2014
- Commit Random Acts of Kindness (at LEAST one per month)
- DVIS Volunteer
- Packages for homeless
- Food for…whoever
- Smile & wave at strangers (if nothing else, it will freak them out a little, but most likely it will just make their day better.)
- Make time to write more. Set up a daily writing schedule and STICK TO IT (also make sure to eat and sleep, that didn’t happen with the last writing schedule). I love it so DO it!
- Make time for my family. They’re awesome and I love them, spend more time with them, for crying out loud! Work in some one on one time with each of them every once in a while. They are fun and entertaining, but they are more fun and entertaining one on one!
- Make time for my friends…see above. Regularly schedule something together or separately once a month.
- Create a realistic, manageable, budget and find a way to keep it. (It doesn’t count if I write it down but never track it.)
- Take time for myself. Nothing else works well, if I feel overwhelmed or too stressed. Take at least an evening (or two) every week to de-stress and relax.
- Eat more meals at home. (I am a great cook…do it!)
- Set up meal exchange with a friend (less cooking, more variety, and I might try a new thing or two)
- Eat more vegetables (I love veggies, I could practically be a vegetarian, well, three days a week, maybe. Why don’t I eat more of them?)
- Utilize all the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of recipes I have
- Make more food myself and get rid of all the extra sodium and processed food. I hate the way the processed food tastes…don’t eat so much of it. I love baking bread, bake your own bread. If I have extra, freeze it or give it away. I’m doing a random act of kindness every month, give away food! There are great freezer tips for freezing your own soup and etc. USE THEM
- Exercise – Run with my friends, train to run a 5K in October.
- Drink more water…just because I can drink soda again doesn’t mean you SHOULD!
- Be healthier – mentally, physically, spiritually… ( This is perpetual, but still necessary.)
- Run the Tulsa Run 5K in October.
- Train my dog. We’re not talking therapy dog training time here, just more training. It is fun and you love it…do it!
- Read every day. It relaxes me, I love it, it makes you smarter, and improves your writing…why don’t I do more of that and less Television?
- Treat myself to a massage every now and again…seriously, I need it.
- Actually go to all my doctor and dentist appointments.
- Say “No” once in a while. No one is going to hate me forever if I tell them I can’t do something. If they are going to hate me forever for saying “no” do I really want to hang around with them?
- Go someplace new…or that I haven’t been to in a really long time (I’m thinking London here.) Seattle, New York, Austin, North Carolina, Paris, Morocco (Wow, that last one just kind of typed itself. I didn’t actually know I wanted to go there, but yeah, let’s go to Morocco!)… There is a lot of this country I haven’t seen. Not every trip has to be out of the U.S. I know lots of people in lots of places, maybe I should visit them.
- Seriously look into growing my own vegetable and herb garden. (Not like last year where all I did to “look” was pin stuff on Pinterest.) Look into structure, pricing materials, really plan this thing.
- Plant my own herbs. (Even if I don’t do a whole garden, set up something on the back porch with my favorite fresh herbs…it will save me a ton of money!)
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? What do you think? Any tips to accomplish any of these goals?
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
‘Til next time,