Usually, I'm not one for resolutions, but having a set of goals with a defined attack plan seems doable. Let's dive in.
1. Go Green(er)Last year, I made and completed an un-blogged goal of greening up the chemicals in our home (cleaning supplies, toiletries, and food). This whole effort probably deserves a post of its own, but here is the gist.
Cancer runs in Mr. Hog's and my families. As chemists, we get exposed to an abnormally large amount of potentially hazardous chemicals. While I am not sure if reducing the chemicals in our little apartment will actually benefit us, it is worth a shot because it really doesn't take any extra effort. So, I replaced our household items with a lot of Seventh Generation, Yes To Brand, Burt's Bees, Mrs. Meyers, etc. as they ran out over the course of the year.
This year, I'm going from mint to kelley green by implementing a recycling scheme in our kitchen. It is probably bad that I've been too lazy to start this yet, but my main excuse is that our apartments do not offer recycling pick-up...meaning we have to DELIVER it OURSELVES weekly to a recycling center...that is an entire BLOCK away from where we live. I mean, I can't even. I'm such a martyr. You're welcome Earth.
2. Do WorkI'm going to really buckle down in lab and set my sights on being done with research by December. Hold me to this, and pray my new advisor cooperates.
3. Save MoolahThis is another continuation of something that went well last year. Mr. Hog and I are cheap. We are logical. Saving money is pretty easy, and it makes us happy. For those of you wanting to do the same, Mint.com worked for us.
4. Keep ReadingYet another continuation goal. We are rocking the library cards.
5. Extend GraceThis is something inspired by Mr. Hog. He is always so quick to give people the benefit of the doubt that it amazes me. Watching him handle incapable drivers, undesirable situations, and annoying people with grace has been like holding up a mirror to the ugly attitudes that lie within me. I want to unclench my jaw, silence the mean thoughts, and be a nicer person by putting myself in someone else's shoes. While I don't have a child, someone shared this blog post by Jen Hatmaker that resounds with me and feels pertinent to this issue.
6. Blog MoreI've fallen off this wagon hard, but I really do like looking back at this journal. I had a few minor successes with Pinterest, and this turned into a numbers game for me. Suddenly, all I thought about were page views, and the joy of documenting my life was lost. No more. Maybe even for a while, I won't post anything blog related on any social media.
7. OrganizeA clean home is a happy home. A newlywed's home is a place for a crazy amount of stuff, so I'd like to designate spots for said stuff. A place for everything, and everything in its place.
8. DonatePart of organizing will be getting rid of a lot of stuff through donations. On top of that, I would love to start donating to meaningful charities a little more, be it with my time or finances.
9. Shop LocalI'd like to support local businesses and the local economy a little more this year. Fayetteville has some awesome stores that deserve it.
10. Watch LessWatching TV is a hobby/date night for Mr. Hog and I. We love it. In reality, I watch too much, though. There are so many shows that I just watch because they are there, not because I enjoy them. I'm looking at you American Idol.
11. Procrastinate LessI'll tell you why later.
12. Get Out MoreI'm a homebody. I could watch TV on the couch constantly and never get restless, but that isn't good for me. Here's to more walks around the park and frisbee dates and farmer's markets.
13. Maintain Friendships
Yet another shortcoming on my part. It is so easy to shoot a text or email to long distance friends, but I fail and fail again. It is too easy to swing by a coffee shop once a week and chat with close distance friends, but I fail and fail again. To be fair to myself, all of my friends slack too. We suck, and we bond because we suck. Hopefully, I can put in just a little more time and effort. I love my girls and want more of them in my life.
Road trips are the best, and they are cheap. Seeing the nation is something I really like. Just as the AT&T kid says, "We want more. We want more. Like, you really like it, you want more." Right. I follow you.