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Cheers to a New Decade!

Happy New Year! We can put the teens behind us and embrace what’s sure to be an amazing decade starting in 2020!

We’re so excited for some of the big life changes we have coming up. And of course in the New Year’s fashion, we’re thinking about resolutions to help us along the way.

My focus for 2020 us sustainability. With the addition of our little lifeform, I want to make sure I set an example for her to strive to live a sustainable and conscious life.

In 2019, we went through a cleanse – working hard on simplifying our lives and making time and space for the things that matter. This year, my resolutions are intended to help maintain the mindset we’ve worked to create.

Photo by Chris Curry on Unsplash

1 // Be conscious of the space you take on earth.

I know this sounds a little hippy-dippy, but the idea here is to always be thinking about how your actions affect others and our planet. This may mean bringing reusable bags, or being mindful to reduce waste. Perhaps it means making purchasing decisions that help others. Or it may even mean you go out of your way to help someone in need. Some resolutions I’m striving for here include:

  • Reduce one time use products. I love these reusable silicone “ziplock” bags my friend recommended.
  • Buy sustainably and ethically produced items when possible, but do your research! There isn’t much regulation over what claims companies can make so I’m going to work on supporting companies that actually make an impact.
  • Live minimally and opt for quality over quantity. After a year of “Marie Kondo purging” our home, I have a pretty strict goal of limiting myself to 4 clothing item purchases per season. I want to focus on quality products that last instead of fast fashion.
  • Give generously. I read this article this morning and it really made me rethink what I want to teach Baby A when she comes into this world.

2 // Make time for the things that matter.

I love drawing. And taking photos. And spending time playing tug of war with the dogs, or running, or baking bread…. just because I feel like it. I want to spend more time this year with the people I love and show Baby A what really is important in life. That means scaling back on nonessential commitments, making time for social activities with friends (and baby playdates!), daily (or twice daily) strolls with the puppies, and spending less time being worried about things I can’t control.

3 // Take Chances. Change can be good.

For too long, I’ve been worried about the future and being able to control all the outcomes. Baby A has already taught me that this anxiety isn’t sustainable. One person cannot control everything in their lives. Change is good. Change should be embraced. Because without change, how will you know what things could have been?

So this year I’m going to take some chances. Believe in myself. And show Baby A that with a little hard work, some planning, and a little bit of letting go – both she and I can do anything we put our minds to.

What are your new year’s resolutions?? Drop me a comment below!