I’ve never been a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions.”
I very rarely make them. And the few times I have, I definitely did not follow through with them. But for some reason this new year has me reflecting a lot on the improvements I would like to make in my life. I came up with a few resolutions I’d like to share with y’all, because hey isn’t accountability key? And accountability doesn’t get much more serious than publicizing your resolutions on your personal website.
A few of my resolutions relate to travel, but as y’all know I’m a traveler among other things. This isn’t my only identity, it’s not the only thing this blog is about, and my world doesn’t revolve around it (most of the time haha). Along with travel tips and itineraries, this blog also focuses on responsible and intentional living. My resolutions reflect a mixture of all these topics, so without further ado, here they are.
1. Travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
This is a goal for every year, really. But I would be remiss not to mention it. Whether it’s a new state, country, or continent, I want to broaden my horizons by traveling to a place that is brand new to me. I currently have zero concrete plans for travel in 2018, so I’m excited to see where the year will take me.
2. Have more patience.
This will undoubtedly be the hardest resolution I make, this year or maybe ever. Patience is not a virtue I possess most of the time. I hope to change that this year to reduce stress and become a better person! Whether it’s through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, therapy, or some other outlet, I really want to accomplish this resolution. We’ll see how it goes!
3. Finally see Hamilton.
I have been fangirling so hard over Hamilton since I first heard those Leslie Odom Jr. singing/rapping those opening lines in my headphones in 2015. I have been dying to see the musical in person ever since. I’ve watched the bootleg recordings dozens of times. I’ve listened to the recorded album hundreds of times. I know every word to every song. I jokingly posted something about Hamilton being one of my new year resolutions, but I realized that this is actually a real goal of mine for 2018. I want to take a weekend trip to either Chicago or New York to see the show, so I’ll file this in my travel to-do list.
4. Wear more fun earrings.
This one is a lot less serious, but I have so many earrings I never wear. I see lots of women wearing cute earrings with tassels and gorgeous designs around Houston and online, and I always find myself wishing I’d just branch out a bit with my style choices when it comes to these accessories. So this is me pushing myself a little out of my comfort zone when it comes to my appearance. Trying new things is always good. This is my year! It’s happening.
#PlasticFreeJuly, I’m ready for you. All month I will be reducing single use plastics. No bags from the store, single use water or soda bottles, takeout containers, dryer sheets, straws, ziplocs, produce bags, shampoo bottles, etc. But the hardest part? No Starbucks or Teahouse 😭 All for the most worthy cause though, so I’ll be alright 😉
5. Evaluate my life, identify ways in which I can become more “green,” and make those changes.
Over the past few years I’ve made some big lifestyle changes in order to make my lifestyle more sustainable. I’ve developed the habit of always bringing my reusable grocery bags to the store with me. I never use single-use water bottles, instead always opting for a reusable bottle. I refuse single-use plastic straws at restaurants. I bring my own takeout containers with me to restaurants. I use body products that are free of plastic packaging. The list goes on. But I realized that I basically made the “easy” lifestyle changes, so this year I’d like to take a step further and push myself out of my comfort zone a little. I’ve already identified a few lifestyle changes I want to make (detailed below), but I want to be continuously evaluating my life for more ways in which I can live more responsibly.
a. Bring reusable produce bags to the grocery store every time.
This one is a struggle for me. I bought some nice reusable produce bags a while back, but I never remember to bring them with me when I go to the grocery store! I actually don’t even know where they are anymore… So today I ordered more mesh produce bags, and I will bring them with me every time I go to the store. I always feel like such a hypocrite when I check out because I bring my reusable grocery bags, but then load them up with fruits and veggies stored in those stupid single-use produce bags. Not this year! I’m kicking that plastic habit, one item at a time.
b. Compost our kitchen waste.
I bought a compost bin today, and we are going to start diverting as much waste into it as we can. I got a juicer for Christmas and I’ve been making some delicious creations lately, but afterwards I always feel so guilty putting all the peels and pulp in the trash. I can’t wait to turn that into soil I can use in my garden. Which brings me to my next resolution…
c. Start gardening.
I’ve talked about doing this forever. But this is the year! I’m going to have Matt help me build raised beds where I’ll plant cucumbers, tomatoes, and some other veggies. My parents grow a lot of their own produce in their backyard garden, and the stuff they grow is some of the most delicious I’ve tasted. I’m very excited about the possibility of being able to make a salad completely out of plants I cultivated by myself! I’m also very excited about how this will reduce my carbon footprint, because hey, your backyard is as local as food gets!
d. Make the conscious decision to purchase fair trade, ethical clothing over fast fashion. Our buy secondhand.
I want to start using my money more responsibly when it comes to ethics of the products I purchase, and clothing is a huge issue when it comes to social sustainability. This year will be an adventure in figuring out where I’m going to be buying my clothes.
6. Spend more quality time with my girlfriends.
I think a lot of married women (and men) struggle with this, so hopefully I’m not alone here. My husband is my favorite person, and I love hanging out with him, but I am so bad at taking the initiative to hang out with my girlfriends. I have so many amazing women I love spending time with, and I want to start being better at making the time to grab dinner, do happy hour, and have friend dates with them. So, if you’re a friend of mine in Houston you better believe I’m gonna be hitting you up for some quality time real soon.
7. Stop comparing myself to others.
As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I struggle with this so much. I’m constantly comparing myself to other women, and always subsequently feeling inferior. I need to stop because I know it’s not healthy. I like to impose unrealistic expectations on myself, and that ends now. I will learn to love myself for my own merits and quirks.
I hope this year will be one of great personal growth, and I can’t wait to experience it with y’all!
What are your 2018 resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!