My New Year's Resolutions

>> Sunday, December 20, 2009

Check out the resolutions of all the Green Moms at Non-Toxic Kids.

We've had a very enjoyable and joyous holiday season as we've completed each of the activities on our advent calendar. But...

I have to admit that as the time grows closer and closer to Christmas, my eco-standards have started to slip a bit. It has been all about saving time: We started driving to and from my son's school instead of walking. I slacked off on line drying our clothes. We swung by fast food restaurants a couple times while running errands. I even broke down and tossed a gingerbread house kit into my grocery cart one day to replace the more time-consuming handpainted wooden nativity we had planned to make.

Although the only gift we bought from a store this year was a Holiday Angel Gift for a child at my son's school, our handmade, tradition-filled holiday has still been very, very busy. Possibly more busy, in fact, than in years past.

So my #1 Resolution for the new year is to Get back into the groove.

And here are the rest of my resolutions for 2010:

Resolution #2: Re-assess my green side with The Conscious Shopper Challenge.

Resolution #3:
Push myself a little bit further with monthly Extreme Challenges.

Resolution #4: Reduce my monthly mileage to 500 miles a month.

Resolution #5: Reduce my household garbage production to 2 trash bags a month.

Resolution #6: Plant a garden.

Resolution #7: Learn to knit.

Resolution #8: Improve my photography skills with my new camera.

Books I would like to read next year...

I love to read - have you read any books lately that I just have to read?

I'm taking the next two weeks off for a Holiday Blogcation. I'll be back on January 3rd to start the Conscious Shopper Challenge. I hope you'll join me!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Eco Yogini December 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

oh holidays are so tricky! I think it's ok to allow yourself some Grace in this time... and it's fantastic that you are recognizing and writing out your new/renewed goals :)

Your new goals sound FAB!

Anonymous,  December 22, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

I love to knit, I think that is an EXCELLENT resolution.

And I hear you on the slacking. I must confess, I am doing the same. Here's to a better 2010.

Cherie December 22, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

This is the time of year when we get rushed and over do and over indulge. As Eco Yogini says, we need to allow ourselves some grace.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to your future posts.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper December 22, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

Thanks, everyone, for giving me some slack! And Merry Christmas to you too!

Green & Clean Mom January 3, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Can't wait to see or hear about what you Knit! What a great idea for relaxing, giving and doing something new this year! I like how you were specific in your mileage reduction. It will give you something measurable in the end - I hope you post about this!

Linda A January 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

I like your idea about reducing your mileage to 500 miles. I live in the country so I'm trying to have several days a week when I don't go anywhere and when I do go, I combine all my errands. I am going to start using my trip odometer to keep track of the miles. Thanks!

Linda A of Citizen Green

Erin aka Conscious Shopper January 4, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

@Green & Clean Mom - I taught myself to crochet in high school and have always loved it, but knitting is so much more versatile. I'm excited to learn how to do it!

@Linda - I think that's a great idea. A few years ago, I did something like that where I set aside some days as "going out" days and some days as "stay at home" days. I might need to start that again!

Condo Blues January 4, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

We ended up making a gingerbread house with a kit instead of all homemade. We put candy solar panels on it to make it more green.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper January 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

@Condo Blues - Perfect! Wish I had thought of that - would have been a great lesson for the kids. "Momma, what's a solar panel?"

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