My girls are pretending they’re midwives.
1. Buy nothing new. waste less, consumer fewer resources, stop looking to shopping to solve our problems and make us happy, and instead find simpler ways of finding contentment. (From zen habits) Exceptions: food, necessary hygiene and basic cleaning supplies, necessary repairs and maintenance to the house and car.
2. Improve our home, while still following resolution #1.
Living room: finish faux minions (need white electrical tape). Buy and install roller shades for privacy. Paint rocking chair (use paint in basement – we have a ton). Pool noodles or pipe insulation for under couch (is that breaking resolution #1?)
Kitchen: Plant window herb garden (barter for soil). Buy new bulb for light. Compost (find container to use). Take cuttings of basil and rosemary to propagate.
3. Sell things we no longer use or need. I started this at the end of 2012, and I don’t know why I procrastinated so long. I had selling things on my ‘honey do’ list, which I made into a do it your own damn self list…now things are getting done. Selling things that we never use, and that were just taking up space, is strangely satisfying.
4. Send the kids to school. This means moving, which scares the crap out of me. Our landlord is the most rad, caring man ever. The only thing that will persuade me to move is buying a home or rv … And of course the school district is the most important thing and deciding factor.
5. Little things that make a big impact. Switch Alex over to straight talk and cancel our cell plans. Sweat everyday. Less TV and internet. Don’t expect praise. Sing more. Give proofs of love (and reread rubin’s book)
6. Eat clean, whole, real foods. Stop eating out. Bake bread. Eat more veggies.
7. Garden. I have all the tools and supplies. I might as well. Also would be cool to have a rainwater collection system and a clothes line….however, the trees in the backyard and the lack of gutters are making it really hard. Also, it would suck to move, right at harvest time. I would really love to have chickens for fresh eggs, but that’s a whole other slew of problems (like legal concerns).
what are your resolutions this year?