Breaking into a new year is such a perfect launch pad to reflect on the year gone by, take stock of all that happened and decide what you want more of in the year to come.
For me, I want more satisfaction.
Making conscious choices for myself, my family and the world I live in became a huge theme in 2018 and I can't wait to enter 2019 and not only continue, but expand on this path. As I began lowering my waste output, being more thoughtful about purchases and decisions in general, I have felt like I've come back to who I truly am and have felt an immense satisfaction that I can only describe as being exactly where I am meant to be.
In 2019, my goals are simple: to bring more of this satisfaction into my life, and here's how I'm going to do it for me and my family:
1. Take the plunge into plant-based / vegan eating, finally.
This is something I've been yearning to do for a long time, and have dabbled with periodically in the past. I have reflected majorly on this over the last few months and realized the only reason I haven't actually taken the plunge and declared myself vegan (even though I eat plant-based at home), is that I have been afraid of what people might think, how I would tell my family and friends, what kind of a dinner guest I would be - the excuses were endless, and they all came down to outside perspective. But the more research I did, it became undeniable that removing animals from my diet is one of the biggest things I can do to support my waste reduction and sustainability efforts. I highly recommend watching Cowspiracy on Netflix if you're interested - it's a relatively gentle documentary that has been a huge catalyst for me. Well worth the time.
2. Remove the garbage can from our kitchen
I know what you're probably thinking - how the F&%$ is that going to work?! But let's break it down. If we're not buying or bringing disposable items into our home, and we're composting all of our food waste, what's left for the garbage bin? Having one only allows space for disposing of things and takes up valuable space in the kitchen. I plan to move the small waste basket from the bathroom into the kitchen to catch anything we have right now and then slowly transition that out too. I'll use our current garbage can for compost from now on and/or turn it into a cloth diaper receptacle when the baby comes.
3. Make my own household cleaners
I'm still in the process of trying to use up what I've accumulated over the years (which feels like it's taking foreverrrr), and as we transition out I plan to have a small, curated bin of cleaners I can make myself at home, using effective natural ingredients like white vinegar, castile soap and essential oils - Stay tuned for a post all about this.
For me, being successful here requires a genuine desire to make the change coupled with some sort of a plan to make sure I don't slip back into old/easy habits. Wishing you all a very happy new year!!