2010 Resolutions

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Ahhh…new year, new decade.  While some fantastic things came out of the last decade, it’s refreshing to know that the next decade will be spent with a wonderful man that I love and a beautiful daughter that I adore.  We definitely have lots of good things ahead of us and reasons to be thankful.

This year I’m going to do things a little differently with my resolutions.  I’ve recently started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  In her book, Rubin makes a list of monthly resolutions instead of a list of sweeping, grand ones for the entire year.  I think this is a brilliant idea.  It gives you a chance to really focus on your changes by honing why you want to make them and the specific details of the adjustments you need to make.

In January, I’m going to focus on Conservation.  I want to conserve my money, my attention, my waste, my mental energy, etc.  Basically, I just want to simplify my life.  I spend way too much time perusing the internet for things I want or checking Facebook and comparing my life with those from my past.  I would benefit from the mental clarity.  My daughter would benefit from the extra attention and play.  Chris & his business would benefit from the extra cash in our bank account.

I also want to recycle more.  Of course, by spending less, I’ll cut down on packaging waste.  But beyond that, I want to do more.  I’ve gotten pretty lazy about composting (though I’ve recently asked Chris to take on the job of dumping the compost bucket, and he’s doing a fabulous job).   Recycling clearly benefits the earthy, but it’s also important that I set a good example for my daughter.

Finally, I want to converse by decluttering.  I’m not really sure how to explain this as conserving, but I do know that too much stuff is taxing on my mental energy.   Removing it would reduce my day-to-day frustration.  Plus it would help me be aware of what I have and need.  Or maybe I can explain it as conserving (or reclaiming) space.  Either way, it’s my goal.

Because I need regular reminders of my goal, I’m going to make a check sheet of these individual goals and post them on the fridge.  If I perform them every day, I’ll give myself a check.  If not, I get nothing.  I’m hoping this visual reminder will inspire me to keep going.

So do y’all have any advice on how to conserve and simplify your life?  Did you make any New Years Resolutions?  If so, what were they?


  1. Cheryl

    Hi, Kelly. I found your blog through the Happiness Project toolbox. I noticed we have sort of similar goals for this month. I am doing a low-impact consumtion month - no shopping, reusable bags, etc. You’re fighting the good fight. Good luck to you.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Gretchen

    I saw the nice mention of my book, The Happiness Project, here. I very much appreciate those kind words and you shinning a spotlight on my work. Thanks and best wishes,

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