Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Summer Resolutions

Oh the dreaded New Year's Resolutions.  Most people make them, then go about their business forgetting them for the rest of the year.  Some people do stick with it, but the majority do not.  For whatever reason, we all get so inspired on that one specific day that we make a lot of big promises to ourselves about how we'll act/think/do things the next year.  

And, to be perfectly honest, I'm sure I've made some on January 1st of this year.

And promptly forgotten them.

I do remember one of my resolutions, which was to move towards a paper free kitchen.  That goal, I have actually accomplished.  Instead of using paper towels for everything, we use cloth napkins at the table, cloth wipes for little man's messy face and hands before/after meals, washcloths for our counters and cleaning dishes, and I'm totally excited to try the cloth paper towels I posted about here.  But all the rest of the resolutions, I have completely forgotten.

Because I don't need any specific day to get inspired, I thought I'd start today with some summer resolutions.  Some of these are pretty simple, but things I need to do nonetheless.

1. Find a safe and eco-friendly alternative to bug spray and try it out this summer.  I am allergic to mosquito bites and swell up when having been bit, but I hate all the chemicals in bug sprays and don't want to use them on my child.

2. Shut off the lights more often.  We have a terrible (I know, I know) habit of leaving our bedroom lights or fan on while we are at work.  It takes just a few simple seconds to turn around and make sure it is off.

3. Get a few plants to keep inside.  I have a tendency to kill any and every plant I've ever owned, so suggestions on this one would be really helpful.  Plants are supposed to have excellent natural air cleaning properties, and we don't have any in our house currently.

4. On that same note, open the windows more often.  We need the fresh air sometimes.  It has been hard already this spring because it seems like the weather went from 30 degrees to 80 degrees every day overnight, but on cooler days, I need to make a point to get the windows open for a while to bring in some fresh air.  I don't know why I don't do this more often, I guess I just don't always think of it until it is too late.

I think that might be it for now, only because I've found in the past that if I give myself too many goals, I get overwhelmed and don't accomplish any.  Any help in accomplishing these goals with suggestions or advice is warmly welcomed.  Also, does anyone else have goals they'd like to share for this summer?  

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