Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New Resolutions

Hello everyone!  I'm feeling a bit better, finally.  It only took two months of non-stop sleeping to overcome my anemia but on the bright side, I've totally caught up with all of the Real Housewives story lines.  Which I know you're all happy about.

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With the start of a new year, everyone gets all 'resolution obsessed' and makes grand promises about what they are going to become in the new year.  I myself have pledged my share of resolutions only to find myself knee-deep in failure and chocolate by the time February shuffles in.  So this year, I'm going to set my goals with success in mind.  These resolutions, submitted for your consideration, are not terribly lofty but are things I think I need to be working on.  You are all charged with holding me to them.  As if you needed more crap to worry about this year.

1. No more plastic shopping bags.  I feel really guilty getting plastic shopping bags when I'm getting groceries.  I picture all these resources being used up just so I can get a plastic bag that will burst before I get to my car.  I have reusable bags and I even have an upcoming project about shopping bags that I made pretty just to aid in this resolution.  I've set some rules for myself:

1) No plastic shopping bags.  At all.
2) I need to keep my shopping bags in my car at all times.
3) If I've forgotten the bags at home, I either carry my groceries to my car with my hands or buy more reusable bags at the store.  Since I try to make every penny count, buying more bags because I forgot mine is not the best option... so I'd better remember those suckers.

Every resolution needs a reward.  So I've promised myself that if I can get through January with no plastic bags, I'm going to buy this for my trunk:

I know, it's pretty sweet.  Or is it?  This may be one of those things that only OCD people can appreciate.

My second and last resolution is this:

2.  Buy products made in the USA.  With the economy on the verge of a fiscal cliff, I'm going to be a bit more vigilant with what I purchase.  If I want something, I'm going to see where it was made.  If it wasn't made in the US, I'm going to question whether I actually want it after all.  This could be a tricky resolution to keep, but maybe I'll save some money on things I didn't actually need.

Also, I've already sent a message to the maker of the trunk organizer above to find out where it is made.  I'm on top of this resolution thing.

I am on a mission this year to get a bit more organized with life... I'm have some posts planned for January that will show you how that's working out for me.  I'm going to need some luck to make it through, I can feel it.

I want to know your resolutions for the new year.  Or are you already so perfect that resolutions are a waste of your time? Because I can totally understand that.
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  1. Welcome back to the land of the living!!! So funny, I just stalked your FB page this morning. :<)

    Great resolutions- both are very do-able and very impactful. I already use reusable bags about 95% of the time, so I think I'll concentrate on finding products made in the USA. :<)

  2. Maybe you can inspire me. I've got the reusable bags, they even drive around in the car w/me, and still don't make it into the store!!!!!!!!! :) great resolutions. glad you are feeling better. Have a great night!

  3. I like the fact that they are easy to acheive with a bit of planning, especially the shopping bags. I think I will start keeping mine in the car too (assuming I don't get rid of the bloody thing - it's currently in the garage AGAIN!).

    Happy new year! :)

  4. Those are great goals and very doable :) I like my reusable bags because I can fit more stuff into them.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Those are great resolutions and totally achievable. I resolve to do those things, too! I'm so glad you are better, friend. Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    I'm not making any resolutions (no I'm not perfect) I'm setting myself some goals for the year as I spend too much time thinking about things and not doing them, so I'm going to do them. You can read about them on my blog later.
    Glad you are feeling better.

  7. Hapy New Year! Love your resolutions, I have one so far, to shout less.....!


  8. What a great list of resolutions. I typically don't make any resolutions. But, I am feeling inspired with your list. Glad to hear you are feeling better and I look forward to more awesome posts.

  9. Love your reachable goals. I keep the ecobags in the van, until someone cleans out the van, and the bags get thrown who knows where. I've issued an executive order that they are to remain in the van!

    I rarely make resolutions because I know I won't do them, but this year, I'm serious about working out and getting a plan together to etsy myself.

  10. P.S A premature Publish on my part....also wanted to say I'm very glad you're feeling better!

  11. Are we allowed to use shipping boxes from the store if we forget the bags in the car/at home? It would sure beat carrying 25 bags of chocolate and 5 tubs of ice cream (various chocolate flavors, of course) to the car by hand. Really, who wants to hug ice cream in single-digit-fridgid January! Wether the store recycles the box or you do at home, you've still saved a plastic tree! ;)
    Glad you are feeling better.

  12. Happy that you are back. I love your made in the US idea I am adding that to my list, I don't do resolutions but that is just common sense. We're all in this together right. I know there are a few directories of made in the US stuff.

  13. Love your ideas esp. made in USA. Certain products are hard to find - I can't wait to see what you buy. Please post about the stuff and where to get. (Like down winter coats? Can't seem to find those made here at ALL) Good luck and glad you are feeling better. - Alex


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