The holidays have come and left in a blur of over consumption, nostalgia and generation gaps– all of which giving me a glimpse into the kind of life I want (and don’t want) and how I want to feel in that life. With this in mind, I’ve gotten myself in deep this New Year’s Eve with a list of goals to promote my own personal clarity and wellbeing. I’m also a lover of even-numbered years and am embracing 2016 with arms wide open! Bring it 2016….
1. Move it Girl
Movement. It’s what makes us human and it’s an activity that can be easily lost to the Facebook abyss, Netflix binging, and plain ol’ laziness. This year, I want to ramp up my daily yoga (*ahem*… and walking the dogs) routine by adding a dash of dance and joining a local studio. It may be all the Paulo Coelho books or the Rita Hayworth movies I’ve been into lately, but there is something about shakin’ that body that brings out the divine female force… and it feels so liberating that I wouldn’t want to limit that to a dance club.
2. Hold The Sugar Shugah
Sweet things have always been a weakness for me. They pep me up when I’m feeling down and give me that extra mid-day boost when I’m feeling zonked out from laptop life. As an American, isn’t it customary to celebrate major events, special achievements, and oneself randomly with something alcoholic or decadent? Unfortunately, the consumption of sugar makes me feel worse when it’s deliciousness fades away and all I’m left with is a cranky hangover.
At 32 I feel like I am finally understanding my body and how it reacts to certain foods– specifically those that contain processed sugar. While surfing the web (did I mention I was born in the ‘80’s?) I ran into this mind blowing article on Forbes, How I Overcame Bipolar II ,where journalist Michael Ellsberg explains total life transformation that resulted in his giving up processed, foods, coffee and anything that contained sugar. What’s more, is while shopping for Christmas gifts for the fam, I came across Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Hyman- a cookbook with recipes designed to prevent sugar-inducing ailments like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer by balancing your insulin levels. I bought it and am ready to get my health on.
3. Bye Bye Alcohol and Coffee? *Gulp*
I guess this brings me to my next resolution. I’m going for it. No coffee or alcohol… at least after the ½ bag of roasted coffee in my cupboard is consumed… and this glass of wine. Waste not, want not! (Oh, I’m gonna try!!)
Instead, I am really excited to use my new Wise Cocktails recipe book courtesy of my bro and his girlfriend (thanks Michael and Jess!) to whip up some delicious natural “sodas” and tea-infused mocktails. I’m also looking forward to dusting off my juicer, shooting back a daily detoxing juice concoction and becoming a tea snob. 😉
4. Love Thy Self
You gotta do it. When given the opportunity, I will make sure I show some love to the feet that lead me to amazing adventures (massage + pedis); the mind and soul that keep me creative and hungry for life (meditation + books); and the lips that speak my truth (bring on the avocados and coconut oil) along with all the other parts of me that need periodic pampering. With this comes the reminder of maintaining and contributing to relationships that serve each other and ditching the toxic people. Oh yeah… and unplugging from tv and internet on the regular.
5. F*** Plastic
I started this resolution early this year when I interviewed Bea Johnson, author of A Zero Waste Home, who inspired me to take on the minimal lifestyle myself (I mean, who wouldn’t knowing how much difference it can make). While my weekly almond milk and zero waste breakfast bread were a hit, with all the traveling I did this year my worm composting bin turned out to be an ultimate #zerowastefail. Although my efforts didn’t pan out as successfully as I would have liked them to, I was able to gauge how feasible it was to avoid plastics and what do-it-yourself projects I could actually fit into my schedule without totally stressing me (and everyone around me) out. So, I can say with confidence that I will be avoiding plastic this year.
Thanks for taking the time to peruse my own personal goals for 2016. What are yours?
For more inspiration, check out the sustainably-minded resolutions of my fellow Ethical Writers Co. buddies:
- Sara Weinreb of Necessary Trouble
- Alden Wicker of EcoCult’s My Painfully Honest New Years Resolutions
- Elizabeth Stilwell of The Note Passer’s My One Big Resolution for 2016
- Faye Lessler of Sustaining Life’s Shedding Layers for a Mindful 2016
- Hanna Baror-Padilla of Sotela’s Why Making Unresolutions Are Better
- Annie Zhu’s My 2016 Resolution: Only Buy Ethically Made Fashion
- Kamea Cheng’s 4 Resolutions you Need for a Meaningful 2016
- Leah Wise of Style Wise’s Year in Review & Ethical Resolutions
- Hannah Theisen of Lifestyle Justice
- Kasi Martin of The Peahen’s Year of Wardrobe Resolutions