I'm going to try to keep them simple. On Twitter I've said, "Thinking of New Year's
"Less stuff. Fewer things.
So let's at least start there.
1. Spend more quality time with people.
One way that will hopefully start this is to get off of social media for Lent, and then see where it goes from there. While I feel that social media, Facebook especially, can be a good way to keep in touch with people, too often it is used to spout opinions, share things that used to be reserved for email forwards (BALEETED!), and waste a ton of time. I rarely feel encouraged or up-to-date on people's lives when I check Facebook, yet it is an addiction for some reason.
I am also giving up Twitter for Lent, because it falls under social media, and things I spend too much time on. It will maybe be even harder to give up than Facebook. We shall see.
Hopefully with all this extra time on my hands, I will have more time and focus to spend on family, friends, and books. I'll keep you posted. Lent is February 13-March 30th. I won't be giving up blogging or email (nor will I promise to blog or email more).
2. Buy less. Less stuff, fewer things.
If we don't need it, don't buy it. Simple. Get rid of stuff we don't need. Not as simple. Time consuming. We decided that for now, cloth diapers are just not in the cards for us. So we have all these giant diaper boxes. We've started filling them with clothes to give away. Amazing how much more simple/less cluttered our lives will be if, at the end of the year, we'll have boxed up and given away stuff with every single diaper box that we get? We shall see.
I do have some conflicting feelings about this, as some people think we need to spend more in order to boost the economy, but I just can't feel good about spending more. Sorry, economy. Sorry, blog-reader, for being so opinionated. If you want to spend more, go right ahead. We can still be friends.
3. Be healthy.
We got a Vitamix blender for Christmas. Hope to use it on a regular basis to get the daily serving of fruits and vegetables that we often skimp on. Also want to experiment on a weekly basis making things from scratch instead of buying the preservative-filled version of the same thing from the store. We get a ton of our meals provided for us (thankful), so that's why the making things from scratch is on a weekly basis. Someday when we are the ones providing our every meal, we will hopefully make a lot of them from scratch (thanks, Vitamix!).
Also hope to walk more than drive, if possible, especially when the weather is nice.
Will we be healthier at the end of 2013? We shall see.
That's it. Looking forward to 2013! Happy New Year!