Its almost February and new years resolutions are in full swing. In order to ensure we were held responsible (by you, of course), we have decided to share our goals for 2012. In no particular order, here they are:
1. Learn to do a split. We know this sounds silly but here’s the deal… At the end of 2011, we decided to start getting more active, so we have created a workout plan that includes running, various types of yoga & strength training. The best part: we do the workouts together. This not only makes working out more fun but it forces us to hold each other accountable. While stretching after one of our runs, we each expressed our desire to do a split & this resolution was born. Not only do we have a progressive goal of health, but we have a finite goal of doing a split. (We’re still many inches away, buty we will be sure to spill the beans when we finally make it!)
2. Limit Waste. While we already recycle & compost, we just want to be better at it & really put the composted waste to use. Maybe we will plant some successful gardens or start educating our friends & the city on starting a recycling program, who knows. We just want to make is a point to stay on top of this!
3. More Friend & Family Time. Life goes by so quickly and gets bogged down with busy-ness so much that we often leave out the things that make it worth while- friends, family & fun. This year, we want to set aside time for just those things, even if it means scheduling it in our planners. We can take trips, go on “dates” or just hang out at home, but we definitely want to make more time for all the people we love.
4. Knit & Sew. You may know exactly what we mean when we tell you we have piles of thrifted clothes that need to be altered and vintage fabrics that need to be made into something wearable. We have all of the best intentions when collecting these things, but again, life consumes us. This year, we have set up specific craft areas in our homes and will be putting our sewing machines, fabrics and patterns to use. We even found a couple of really fun eCourses written by some of our favorite bloggers (one by Red Velvet/A Beautiful Mess & a “Home Ec” course by Smile & Wave/Freckled Nest/Courtney Janelle Sews) that we will be using to help keep us on the ball! If you haven’t checked those courses out, we highly suggest it! We would also love to learn to knit so will be seeking out fun grandfriends to teach us their ways!
5. Buy Local. If you have ever been to downtown St. Pete, you may have noticed that there is a huge emphasis on local businesses. From restaurants like Meze 119 and small grocers like Rollin Oats to vintage, antique and art shops like ArtPool, you can find everything you need without shopping corporate. This year, we want to focus even more on weeding out our dependence on large companies & trying to get everything we can as local as possible. Also, have you checked out Sweetwater Organic Farm yet? They’re awesome!
6. Get Creative. We blame life for blocking this as well but its not a good excuse. Now that we have some craft space, we really want to start focusing on coming up with some fun DIY projects to share and just letting our minds explore. Hopefully you will be seeing some handmade goodies in our upcoming easy shop as well!
7. Get Organized. The name “Vegan Housewives” can be a bit deceiving as we both have full time jobs. (We like to pretend we are female Clark Kents of sorts but that may be pushing it) Planning ahead and creating a strict schedule in advance is crucial to our sanity as well as the functionality of the blog. We have been spending some time really outlining what our goals are here and what we would like to do in the future. While we are so very excited to share everything with you, these little planning sessions are imperative to moving forward.
8. Meet New Friends. While we aren’t interested in online dating, the online community is such an amazing network of talented folks. We really want to make an effort to meet like minded people both in person and online, whether you have a blog or not. Our goal is to make ourselves available & create a place where our readers feel comfortable to ask questions & make conversation- that’s what we’re here for!
9. Get Productive. At times we find it is easy to come home from our day- work and just fall into the Netflix/Hulu groove and chill HARD. While lately, we have been forcing ourselves to take small breaks, that time can often be spent doing more productive things- making new recipes, sewing, knitting, crafting, all things that are still fun but require some thought and are beneficial to both us and our readers.
10. Learn More. Steve Jobs said it best- “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Getting too comfortable with your knowledge is so dangerous. By focusing on knowledge expansion, you never stop learning and there is always more room in that pretty little brain for more of the good stuff! This year, we want to watch online tutorials, purchase eCourses, check out blogger conferences and maybe even attend (or teach!) some classes at St. Pete Free Skool!
11. Become Photoshop Pros. Photography can be so much fun but Adobe makes some things so user un-friendly. While we have the basics down, we can always grow. PS: Katrina over at Pugly Pixel is our hero! If you are looking to expand your Photoshop knowledge as well, we highly suggest you check her out!
While the list could go on, these are some of our immediate goals that we feel necessary to our current lives. If you see us slacking, feel free to put us back in line!
What are your resolutions? Any tips on sticking to the plan?