1. Consume less- I make this goal every year and I do think that as the years go by I am consuming less. This year I want to focus on the items I buy. When I have to buy I want to buy things that can be reused and that will last. I need to ask myself "Do I really need this?" every time I pick up an item, especially at yard sales and thrift stores.
2. Minimize my stuff- Ultimately I would like to cut my personal belongings by 50%. I own so much stuff that I don't use and that might be used by someone else. I have tons of clothes that don't fit or that I don't like and I have at least 4 pairs of shoes that have holes or are missing soles. I also have a bunch of kitchen appliances that I haven't used since moving to Lexington. I want to get rid of the stuff I don't use and be more mindful of the things that I bring into the house. All this stuff is starting to become a mental illness.
3. Move into a new apartment- Our apartment is way too big for us and honestly it has never felt like home. I want to move into a smaller place which will save on rent and utilities. If I follow through with resolution #2 the new place will be less cluttered which will help us keep it clean. I also want to paint the walls and decorate so that we feel like it is home.
4. Work less- I start my new work schedule tomorrow which I think is really going to make things better for me. Less time working means more time enjoying life which is something I really need to do.
5. Save more money- I set a savings goal last year, but I didn't follow through with it. We have the same amount in savings now as we had at the end of last January (well a bit more with the interest.) While I think that it is nice we didn't tap into the savings it would be so much better if we added to that. We are cutting a few of our monthly expenses to help boost the savings. As usual I have a list of ways to save more money.
- Eat more meals at home- I won't disclose the amount we currently spend eating out, but I will say that it is enough to pay the rent on a small apartment. I love to cook and we eat much better at home so I am really going to try and make more dinners. I am also going to try a greater variety of dishes that require me to learn new things.
- Go to the library more- Even with the fines the library is cheaper than a bookstore. We only live a few blocks from the library and the Tuesday night knitting group meets next door to the library so I have plenty of chances to fulfill all of my literary needs.
- Use what I have- I want at least 50% of my projects this year to be from supplies I already own.
- Cut my own hair- The other day I finally got tired of my hair being so long and after failing to get an appointment at the salon I just started cutting it off. My thought was that at least it would be shorter and I could always get it fixed at the salon later. After the initial cut (were I put my hair in a ponytail and cut off 10") I just took a little off at a time and I ended up with one of my favorite haircuts ever.