New Year’s eve is tomorrow, and you know what that means.
No, I’m not talking about finding a good place to get drunk! I’m talking about coming up with your 2013 New Year’s resolutions. Geesh, no wonder you didn’t finish last year’s list.
As you contemplate what goals you want to set for yourself this time, let’s first look back at some previous failures, to see what we can learn.
- Win the lottery. (This isn’t a goal people, it’s a wish. Look up the difference)
- Climb Mount Everest (Really? When was the last time you climbed one of our local mountains, let alone one that requires the aide of Sherpas and breathing equipment?)
- Clean out the dark cavern known as your garage (Yeah, right! Are we seeing a theme yet?)
Most people set themselves up for failure by choosing impractical goals, that wouldn’t really do them, or the world, any good; even if they worked out.
This year try being more practical with your goal selections, and while you’re at it, why not do up that list in a particularly nice shade of green? Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling.
- Try to eat, and buy, local/organic: Pretty much every grocery store has a selection of organic fruits and vegetables now. Plus, farmers markets have popped up everywhere these days, so local/organic is literally within your reach.
- Look to Fair Trade as an alternative: For those things you can’t get locally, try to buy items that are Fair Trade Certified instead. At the recent PMA conference, Fair Trade representatives were on hand to showcase some of their items. Check out the selection at www.fairtradeusa.org.
- Recycle more: Although Riverside’s permanent HHW collection sites are shut down until February, some of the temp sites are already scheduled for dates in early January (Temecula – 1/26/13, Rancho Mirage 1/19/13, and Desert Hot Springs 1/12/13)
- Help out at your local animal shelter: There are all sorts of ways to pitch-in; from donating food, to helping to take the dogs for a walk. To find a shelter near you check out PetFinder.
- Donate items you no longer want: This will help declutter your life, while helping others in need. There are Goodwill locations all over the I.E. willing to take in your gently used items.
- Be aware: Take the time to learn about your local environment, so you’ll be ready to help out when needed.
Together we can reach much larger goals, if we only take the time to try. Happy New Year everyone!