Do you do New Year's Resolutions? I don't really like the word 'resolution', I prefer 'experiments' because it feels a lot more flexible. Instead of resolving to do something the correct way - and then inevitably feel bad when it doesn't look a certain way or yield the results I was expecting - I like to experiment, give it a go and adapt it to suit my circumstances. With that in mind, here are my New Year's Resolutions (experiments) for 2018:
Implement Sunday Funday
Forget Friday, for me it’s all about Sunday. I like my Sundays relaxed and fun, maybe with a little adventure thrown in. I have the best of intentions when it comes to Sunday but all too often my lovely Sunday gets eclipsed by other things. Sometimes it gets hijacked by stress, that feeling like I just HAVE to do something important NOW, be it work related or housework. Other times it just seems to slip away, when really I‘m just spending too much time on social media or watching docos or comedies on tv.
It’s time to reclaim Sunday, to be okay with putting things on hold until Monday and to limiting time spent in front of a screen so that maximum fun can be had. Who's with me?
Explore more of Tasmania
This resolution will be so much easier to implement with Sunday Funday in full swing. I want to play tourist in my own state. This year I'd like to stay in a quaint pub in Stanley for a couple of days and explore the North West, to beach-it-up on the East Coast and discover more of the Bay of Fires area. I'd like to go back to Bruny Island, to bushwalk my way around Kunanyi and to spend a day in the Huon Valley. We have such a beautiful state to explore and I can't wait to reacquaint myself with Tasmania.
Put energy into the good stuff
This is my existential resolution. From wanting to please everyone (not going to happen) to worrying about things out of our control, we - me included - spend too much time and energy on things that we can't change, things that deplete us and things that don't serve us. I've decided that 2018 is the year that I try to put energy into the good stuff: the things that encourage and perpetuate peace, kindness and joy. I know this sounds a bit naive and wishy-washy and to be honest I'm still trying to work out what this will look like for me. I know that some very deep-set habits will be hard to shift and that sometimes this mindset will be impossible but I think it's worth experimenting with and exploring in 2018.
Happy New Year! Thank you for being part of the ecoHaven family this year, we couldn't have done it without you. Here's to a wonderful 2018 brimming with peace, kindness and sustainable fashion.