Six resolutions

January 8, 2015
Tamara Petkau |

I’m a fan of new beginnings and fresh starts and the start of the New Year is the ultimate in possibilities and promise. Yes, I am a fan, a big fan, of New Year’s resolutions.

I usually compile my list on January 1, but this year was different. Hubby and I enjoyed a post-Christmas, pre-baby trip to NYC, just the two of us. It was lovely, but Hubs just doesn’t do resolutions. “If you want a make a change, you make it. You don’t wait for a certain day,” he claims. He’s right, of course, but he’s not exactly the audience I’m looking for when comprising my resolution list.

And so, it wasn’t until the night of January 3, while sitting in a dark room rocking a sad and sick little girl to sleep, that I found myself reflecting on the year gone by, and the hopes I have for the year to come. 2015 will be an interesting year. With the birth of a new baby, it’s hard to plan for anything concrete. It’s hard to see the year as one big unit that lies before me when there are so many stages to go through. But after careful consideration, I’ve compiled a short (for me) list that I would like to share in the hope that by going public, I, and others, will hold myself more accountable.

1. Run a half marathon. In under two hours. Right now this seems entirely possible, even fun. Ask me again in the fall when I am beyond sleep deprived.

2. Hold a monthly dinner party. This post [ is my inspiration, but I’m trying to make it more realistic by only doing it once a month. As a stay-at-home mother I recognize the importance of having a social life—especially with other mothers. But I also see the importance of providing my children with a sense of community. The food will be basic and the emphasis will just be on togetherness.

3. Eat less meat. I grew up vegetarian, and while I’m not ready to commit to a full meat ban, I am hopeful to return to a less carnivorous lifestyle, for health and environmental purposes.

4. Reduce my plastic waste. This is my big one. This is the one that has been plaguing me for weeks, months, years. I’ve always been bothered by my plastic consumption, and knowing there are more plastic pieces in our world than there are stars in the galaxy is a sobering thought. As a parent, I want the world to be a better and safer place for my children, their children, their children’s children. I am at the point where I am willing to be inconvenienced. I follow many blogs that claim a zero-waste lifestyle. They are my ultimate goal, but I know I’m nowhere near there yet. This year is about reduction and research and I welcome all tips and ideas on how to do this. For example, is there a waste-free toothbrush?

5. Quit Facebook. Start Instagram. Basically, I’m ready to replace one evil time-suck for another. I was hoping to start up an Instagram account and take a phot a day, but I have yet to sit down and sign up for that Instagram account. . . .

6. Figure out my eyebrows. They need a little help. Plus, it’s always nice to have one attainable goal on the list.

If you make resolutions as well, I would love for you to share them. If you have tips on how to make mine more attainable, I would love to hear from you.

Wishing everyone a happy 2015. May it be a good year—filled with promise, possibilities, and peace.

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