I don’t like new years resolutions as a rule, too much emphasis and pressure put on changes that you’re never going to follow through with or even remember after the 14th January. Maybe because it’s the end of the decade, maybe because I’m turning 30 this year, maybe there’s a planet chilling out somewhere that it should (or shouldn’t) be. Whatever the reason, I decided it was a good time to make some promises to myself regarding small changes I can make to my lifestyle that should (hopefully) improve my mental and physical health and hopefully have a positive effect on people around me as well.
Over the past few months I have attempted to be more mindful and aware of the ‘things’ I spend my money on. Unsurprisingly to anyone who knows me, a lot of money does go on my wardrobe. I wouldn’t be unfair to say I have some slight hoarding tendencies. What if something comes back around or fits me again? What a waste to get rid of it now after all this time. Maybe I could remake it into something more wearable. So many excuses but I feel fairly certain there are other people out there who get stuck in the same cycle. This is something I really want to address this year to hopefully think at least 5 times before buying any more outfits just because they are in the sale. It’s not a bargain if you don’t ever wear it.
Following on with this theme of border line hoarding, a recent leak in my garage brought to light the ridiculous amounts of craft supplies I have been sitting on for far too many years. They need to be used. My poor neglected sewing machine is practically screaming for attention so I think it’s only fair to dust it off and get that motor running.
I feel like it should go without saying that being less wasteful with all resources and reusing where possible is what the environment needs. When I was at university I based a project on the ‘make do and mend’ initiative pushed by the government in the 1940s, but in reality most homes were already getting creative with repairs and gadgets – my grandad once made a fire poker out of old washers that is still in use today. Why keep collecting more cheaply made rubbish when you could create, repair or reuse something that will last much longer? I realise that is an idealistic view that isn’t practical for every situation and I’m well aware I’m not skilled enough to make everything I need from scratch, but I think it is worth exploring how much we unnecessarily rely on modern advances that don’t always make life any easier.
Another area that I have definitely become very lazy in is food. Cooking for one is so boring, or at least for me it is. I don’t all together hate being in the kitchen but take-aways have become an all too easy option after a draining day at work but they are very wasteful in both packaging and food when your eyes are bigger than your belly. I’m not saying I’ll never have fast food again, but I’ll definitely think twice about a McDonalds breakfast when I know I have a perfectly good loaf downstairs. Providing I remember to go shopping that is.
Full disclosure, the Christmas sales did suck me in and I may have bought unnecessary clothing and craft supplies but nobody is perfect and I’m attempting to reform, give me this bit of holiday madness. To be perfectly honest, when that shopping did arrive I felt nothing but disappointment when nothing fit quite right and it did reaffirm bulk buying crap most likely isn’t the way to go.
I’m not claiming to be an expert by any means but I am excited to get creative and see what happens from there. Very welcome to any suggestions or ideas anyone out there might like to share!