Poor January — it’s the month that’s saddled with being “the responsible one!” No doubt by now, you’ve heard the pitches to exercise more, to eat healthy, and to get back to becoming a better you.
We suppose it’s nice to have at least one time in the year where everywhere you look there’s a message of commitment and resolve to do better. But this month, we’re asking you to make only one resolution with us: to live more sustainably. Yes, that probably does involve all the usual New Year’s resolutions that tend to get broken in a few weeks. But when we begin to frame it holistically, it’s easier to see how small actions make changes in the big picture, rather than simply focusing on hundreds of little things we’re doing all wrong. (Probably why it's so easy to give up on unrealistic resolutions.) Instead, by continually making small adjustments in service of one large goal, our effort will go a long way instead of quick fixes that don’t last. But it does take mindfulness and a sense of purpose. What's a better motivator than doing right by yourself, doing good for the people we coexist with, and doing no harm to the earth we live on?
For example, can you make January the month you begin to reduce the amount of plastic you bring into your home? Along with packing our lunches, we’ve made the switch to recyclable paper sandwich bags. What are some other steps we might take to get closer to zero waste? And that could just be one simple step on the path to true sustainability.
If we take a moment to think about everything we bring into our lives, our homes, our minds and bodies — making good choices becomes a little easier. Allow for the fact that everyone is at a different stage of the journey, including yourself. And in a year from now, you might not need to make any more New Year’s resolutions. You’ll have trained yourself to be mindful, and it'll be a routine habit to live more sustainably every day, every year.
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