It’s a brand new year! Who else loves New Year’s resolutions?! I love feeling like I have a fresh start to accomplish my goals, set new ones, and get motivated again!
On this journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle, I sometimes need that little push of motivation to get me back on the band wagon again, because let’s face it, it’s a lot easier not to try to live healthy and natural!
Although, saying that, it’s not that much harder to live better once you’ve created good habits, it’s just getting to that point that seems to be the worst.
I started my journey towards a more natural lifestyle several years ago, and let me tell you, it takes time! It takes time to get used to buying different brands, or making your own products, or cutting things out altogether. But here we are with another year ahead of us to help make it all happen. Woo-hoo!
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, because when you start thinking about it, there is so much that we could potentially change to make our lives healthier. Try not to get overwhelmed! Just pick an easy place for you to start and just do it.
For me that was cleaning supplies. That was the easiest thing for me to switch over, and at the time, seemed like the most obvious pollutant in my home. From there I started trying out different skincare and makeup that was naturally sourced. And I am still slowly covering all the bases.
So in the spirit of resolutions, I thought I would share with you some of my natural living resolutions for the year ahead. Maybe this will give you some inspiration on where to start, or if you’re already making the switch, this might help you think of more things you could do.
Natural Living Resolutions
1. Learn about more ways to use essential oils.
I am absolutely in love with my essential oils. But I feel like there is still so much for me to learn when it comes to everyday uses for my oils. This year I want to learn more about how to use essential oils for everyday life, and for the occasions that aren’t as common.
2. Swap out plastic in my home.
This is something I feel like I’m doing well already, but I know there is always room for improvement. With all the harmful chemicals in plastic, not to mention it’s carbon footprint, I would really like to limit the amount of plastic used in my home as much as possible!
3. When I have an empty, replace it with a natural alternative.
By this I mean, when I run out of a skincare, makeup, haircare, or cleaning product, instead of buying the brand I usually do, purchase a natural brand or make one myself. This way I’m bound to make huge progress in the switch by the end of the year.
4. Actually use my reusable bags.
I am so terrible for remembering my reusable shopping bags when I go to the grocery store. I would like to make a habit of remembering them every time, and also taking them into all kinds of stored instead of just the grocery store. I have a few bags that fold up really small that I would like to just keep in my purse so no matter where I am, there’s no reason why I need to use a plastic bag.
5. Keep a travel mug in my car.
If I can keep a travel mug in my car, then I should be able to skip the disposable cups from my favorite coffee shops, which in turn, will keep more of them out of the landfills. And on the days that I don’t have my mug handy, I will make sure that I recycle the cups so that none of my cups end up in the landfills this year.
6. Learn about a natural solution every time I reach in my medicine cabinet.
This is one place in my home that I feel like I haven’t really made much progress in yet. My goal for this year is to learn about a natural alternative for the ailment that brought me to the medicine cabinet, so that next time I am struck with that ailment, I can treat it naturally. I feel like this will be a great way to learn about natural solutions without feeling overwhelmed.
7. Recycle even more.
I have been recycling for many years now, and I feel like I do pretty well. But like I said, there’s always room for improvement. I would like to start recycling those things that maybe aren’t all that fun to recycle, or those things that seem so small I don’t feel it’s worth the trip to the recycling bin (lazy alert: it’s only like 10 steps from my kitchen).
By the end of the year I would like to feel like there isn’t much more I could possibly recycle, instead of feeling like there’s lots I’m just too lazy to recycle. You feel me?
Now all that’s left is to stay motivated all year! Luckily for you, that’s why I’m here! (*cheesy grin*) I’ll be bringing you motivation week after week in the form of tutorials, reviews and fun homemade projects that will make you want to stay on that band wagon.
I hope to see you around these parts this year, and if you want to stay connected and not miss a thing, you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter! I will be sharing what’s been happening here every week to keep you in the loop.
Plus, if you subscribe I’ll send you my Natural Lifestyle Checklist to get you started in the right direction, along with my Holy Grail Essential Oils eBook so you can learn easy ways to use essential oils everyday!
I hope you had the best New Years and I would love to hear what your 2017 resolutions are! Anything I could add to my list?