At the end of December, I made some intentions for myself for 2019. Today, purely for my own enjoyment (and maybe some of yours), I am writing a blog post on the steps I am taking for each intention.
1. Eat local.
Since it is wintertime in Iowa, there’s not a whole lot I can do for eating local veggies, so I will have to emphasize that more come spring.
However, I have been doing all that I can to eat local, humanely raised, hormone-free meats. I’m not a big meat-eater anyway for both ethical and environmental reasons, but if I do eat meat, I’d rather eat from local farmers who I know and trust.
2. Scroll less.
Why is this so difficult? If I had it my way, I would get rid of all social media, but unfortunately, it is part of my job. Don’t get me wrong – I love my job. I just wish I was better at cutting down my personal time on social media.
Any tips you have for not opening Facebook absentmindedly next time I pick up my phone?
3. Read more books.
It is happening! I just finished the second novel in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. (Yes, I know this is a young adult book. Am I ashamed? Absolutely not.)
Next on my list?
-reading more from Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
-continuing to work my way through the Game of Thrones series (slowly but surely)
–The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
4. Emphasize exercise.
This one has been difficult as I am low on money and refuse to get a gym membership until I cut other things out of my monthly budget. What I am realizing, however, is that I have to write exercise into my schedule. For me, if it is written, it will be done. If it is not, I have a hard time even considering it. We will see how this weekly exercise schedule goes!
5. Take pictures of the little every day things.
Let me get back to you on this one…
6. Satisfy my love of nature with knowledge.
Um, yes please! I started reading Edible Wild Plants by Sam Thayer to expand my knowledge of wild foods and foraging. I’ve also been spending more of my “phone time” reading up on interesting nature articles.
7. Be a better friend to the earth.
I needed to start somewhere, so I decided to focus on my plastic use this year. I thought it would be easy. Turns out it’s not. 🙂
I have, however, remembered reusable bags on just about every trip to the grocery store, and I have stopped using produce bags altogether. I am researching homemade recipes for shampoos, laundry detergents, etc, so I can cut down there as well.
8. Love unconditionally.
I think a separate post is needed for this topic.
Thanks for bearing with me through this. It’s easy to focus on failure when you’re trying to make healthy changes in your life rather than focusing on triumphs. Honestly, this blog post is purely for me to celebrate the changes I have made and to help me persevere.
Did you have any intentions for 2019? How are you doing so far?