Happy New Year! Resolutions for 2016…

Happy New Year, everyone!

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I’ve been reflecting lately on 2015, for me, it was a quiet and happy year, but for so many around me, it seemed stressful, sad, and fraught with difficulty. I give thanks for my many blessings, and I pray for those around me that their 2016 will be as blessed as mine will be.

Over the past few weeks, I have been considering a number of resolutions for the upcoming year:

  1. Continue to eat better/less/more mindfully.
  2. Continue to exercise more.
  3. Buy less (and buy less impulsively and more wisely.)
  4. Make an effort to become more sustainable.
  5. Simplify.
  6. Slow down.
  7. Support local businesses more and giant global corporations (like amazon) less.
  8. Focus less on “filler” and more on being “fulfilled.

As we march toward 2016, I am excited to be reflecting on my new years resolutions for the coming year. I’ve streamlined them, and amplified them a bit:

  1. Buy less. My goal, as some of you already have read, is to buy considerably less during 2016. I can’t say that I won’t buy anything, but I can say that I will try to buy much less.
  2. Read more. A book a week. I have tried—diligently—to get on the digital reading bandwagon with a Nook, then an iPad, then a Kindle. I just can’t do it… and as a result, I find myself barely reading anymore. The experience of reading a digital book is like reading a website, it’s ephemeral and the content is easily forgotten, at least in my mind. So this year, it’s back to paper for me. (I’ll post each book on this blog, so look for the #bookaweek)
  3. Simplify. I’m reasonably good at keeping life simple, but this year, I will make a greater effort to “cut the fat” (as my friend Frank and I refer to it), by getting rid of time vampires (things and people) in my life, thereby making time for things (and people) that really matter. One thing that I’m going to ax for sure: checking Facebook every day.
  4. Keep it small. I’m going to continue my streamlining efforts from this year. Marching into the new year with a very clean attic, a very clean office, and a very empty home, is making me happy. Now it’s time to crank that up a notch and get rid of even more. Better to borrow than to own, better than to share than to keep.
  5. … and lean. Keep running. I have really enjoyed running (and losing 30lbs) this year. I need to start the year strong and keep near my goal of 45km a week.
  6. Keep learning. It’s time to improve some of my skills: language (good, but could be better), music (nonexistent, but could exist), etc. I need to make time for hobbies and personal expansion.

What are your resolutions for 2016? Add your notes to the comments section below…and thank you for reading. I wish you all my best wishes for a very happy 2016!