Happy New Year 2016!!! Wait. What? 2016???? How can that be? Seems like it was not long ago that we were welcoming in the new century, awaiting the Y2K bug, and partying like it was 1999…. yet here we are, a full 16 years later…. and happy to still be here, I might add!
Some years I enjoy documenting my New Years resolutions and this year I’m going to do just that. To keep myself on track, I intend on doing fairly regular updates on how well I’m succeeding. So, lets get started.
Numero UNO on my list is: Decluttering my home. I have spoken about this in the past, and have been marginally successful. Maybe I should change that to minimally successful. In the past month or so, I’ve donated two large garbage bags of clothes and the entire back end of our SUV was full of other stuff that I no longer wanted or needed. I have completely cleared out my kitchen of items I don’t use, yet there is still TOO MUCH STUFF! But friends, that is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg! I still have closets and drawers full of (many different sized) clothes that I need to part with. Our 3rd bedroom – AKA “the Office” – is a disaster area. From top to bottom it’s full of crap I don’t need. Just this past weekend we gave away a large piece – a 5 foot tall “kitty condo”, lovingly made by hubby for our cat Jinx – who no longer uses it. It’s moved about 50 miles away to our son and future daughter-in-law’s place where they have two new rescue kittens who apparently are in love with it already! :) Yay! Personally, I have found that when I clear out stuff, it makes me feel good. I haven’t read the huge best seller book (yet) that’s out there about the “magic of tidying up”, but yes, it’s on reserve at the library. Since it’s so popular, I’ve been waiting for it for some time, but that’s okay. I understand she (the author) says that if something doesn’t give you “joy”, then it should go. What gives me joy is seeing my cupboards, cabinets, and drawers cleared out to the point of being able to see what I have and access what I have and use what I have! I will do some before and after photos of my horrendously messy office.
Numero Dos is to Eat healthier foods. It’s easy to say that, but I’ve actually made a plan. First off, let me divulge that I suffer from diverticulitis. I’ve found that for me, the best way to keep “it” at bay is to add pro-biotics into my diet. Of course there are numerous ways to do this…. Some people take probiotic pills, and while that may work well for some, it doesn’t for me. So I’m in the process of learning about lacto-fermentation and will be making my first fermented veggies (I’m starting with carrots) soon. I’ve been drinking kefir for months, and am just now starting to culture my own kefir using milk kefir grains and water kefir grains. Kefir and fermented veggies provide a myriad of helpful bacteria for our bodies, our immune system, and intestinal health. When you consider that one bottle of store-bought kefir is anywhere from $3-5, I’ll save a lot of money by making my own. I also eat Greek yogurt which also provides a few probiotics, but not nearly as many strains as the kefir or fermented veggies. I downloaded a very informative book for my Kindle for only $2.99 called Fermented Vegetables. I’ll keep you posted on how my fermenting and culturing goes! I got my kefir grains from Amazon.com, from a company called Cultures for Health. Not only do I plan on eating probiotics, but I’m really going to try and focus on preparing our meals from whole foods, and sometimes even organic when it’s feasible (and not insanely expensive). I guess my main goal here is to cut out extra chemicals and additives from our diet. I will update on that quest, as well.
Numero Tres is to compute less and read more! I find it so easy to spend an entire afternoon on the computer, and I have a feeling that I’m in pretty good company here. Let’s face it, fooling around on the computer is probably not the best way for one to spend their free time. I truly DO love reading. Last year I set a goal to read 25 books. I thought that was a reasonable, attainable ambition. I failed. I read 22 books, (I think). Okay, that’s not so bad, but I’m resetting the goal for 25 books again for 2016. By the way, I do NOT count books like the Fermented Vegetables book in this list of “read books”. I’m thinking I might put a new tab on the top of the home page here where I have an easy spot to document my reading progress and yes, I’ll call it “Books 2016”.
I think the above are pretty good goals for the upcoming year. Oh yes, there are others, but not everything is brought to life on the blog ;-) I’d love to hear what any of your goals, plans, hopes, and dreams are for 2016 – and Happiest of New Years to ALL!!!