‘Time to make a fresh start’ New Year’s suggestions
It’s that time of year again — time to consider what new habits you will resolve to practice in the New Year. It’s time to make a fresh start. I like to call my resolutions New Year Suggestions. Maybe it makes me feel less guilty when I don’t accomplish them like I thought I would. On the other hand, maybe it helps me incorporate the new ideas into my life because I really don’t like being told what to do, even if it is by my own self!
I put together some “suggestions” for you to consider this year — practices which, if you could make them habits, will help not only you but the world around you. That’s pretty motivating, right?
I’m sure you can guess the first suggestion as it’s one I write about often: Buy Local. I really do believe this habit is one that will not only save you time and money, but will assist our local independent retailers and keep your dollars working hard in our own community.
The second one is similar: Eat locally. This one can be tricky in the winter for sure, but start by trying to raise your awareness of what is in season and trying to eat those foods when they are fresh and good for you. Not only will you have a more nutritious diet, you will be helping our own local farmers and, again, keeping your dollars here and not elsewhere. Start small and work up. Maybe commit to buying your eggs locally; then add honey; then certain produce items, etc.
Another suggestion is to select one area of your life and really commit to “greening” it this year. Perhaps it’s the air quality in your home and you might consider saving up for a really efficient air purifier. You could “clean up” your water and save up for a water filtration system to get all those impurities out or start small by getting a purifying water pitcher (research them first). Maybe it’s your personal care products and this is the year you finally make the switch to organic and more natural shampoos, conditioners, lotions and make up. Check out Green America online for help in any of these areas.
Finally, a suggestion that sounds easy but takes a new way of thinking: Lower your consumption. This one means shopping for less “stuff,” not owning so much — simplifying your lifestyle so that consumerism doesn’t drive your way of life. Once you catch on to this way of thinking and living, I wouldn’t doubt if your stress level plummeted in addition to your spending. That’s something to smile about!
Good luck and blessings abundant in 2012!
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware and is a writer and a mother of four with a special interest in learning and writing about green living.