I've had so many mini projects and goals scrambling around in my head the past few weeks so I've decided to dedicate the summer to organizing and tracking some legitimate tangible goals. So let's deem this the summer that shit gets done! Even though June is half over.
1 - Strive for Minimalism
So the minimalism trend is something that's stuck in my head for quite a while. The idea of living with the basic necessities and items you truly love is insanely appealing to me. Yet, impulse buys get the best of me time and time again. So far I've started on the track to minimalism with the 'quality over quantity' mindset. This has mostly been geared towards my wardrobe which I will admit is my biggest obstacle. Currently I am working on my impulse buying urges and really only buying items I truly need, that fit well, and are a quality that is going to last me longer than a pair of stretch jeans from Zara will. I'm planning on a big closet clean out this weekend to kick things into gear.
2 - Be More Environmentally Responsible
I have always been very environmentally conscious, ever since I was young. But then convenience kicks in and fucks things up. My biggest problem habits are plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags. Basically the two biggest environmental assholes to ever exist. Right now, my lovely little rural town has incredibly dirty drinking water. I mean, that shit was still brown after going through the Brita filter. The town actually sent out an email saying not to drink the water. (Yes, my town is cute as hell and sends out seasonal town updates and emails). So, currently we are stuck drinking from plastic water bottles. And we drink a lot of water. On the upside, the town is currently changing out piping in the streets which hopefully helps resolve the issue but in the mean time I'm taking reusable water bottles to work, where I have access to free filtered water, and researching different water filters that aren't going to make me broke.
As for the plastic bag issue, I really just need to stop being so damn lazy. I have a freaking reusable tote bag full of reusable tote bags in my car! What is the matter with me?! I've started carry a small reusable tote in my purse in hopes that when I do buy items (that I can't carry out or just shove in my purse) it'll prompt me to not go for plastic. In the mean time the plastic bags that are currently in my home will be used for the small garbage cans in the house until a better use can be found for them.
Other than these contenders I'm really striving to continue composting and be more consistent with it, be more conscious about the items I'm buying, make more of my own items (beauty products and the like), and just be more aware of how my choices effect the earth.
3 - Write Regular Blog Posts
I really would love to start writing blog posts regularly. This is something I've always wanted to do but never stuck with, never knew what idea to go with, never really sat down to just write shit out. So this blog is just going to be filled with whatever is in my mind. Whether it's the books I'm reading, the trips I'm taking, the different feminine products I've been trying, the skin care products I've been using, it's all going here. So get ready.
I'll also just generally be working on the site so expect it be changing periodically until I find exactly what I like.
4 - Go to the Farmers Market!
We have a teeny tiny farmers market about 10 minutes away from my house which runs every Saturday from I believe May - September. Or October. I don't attend regularly so I couldn't tell you for sure. But if I stick to my goals that will change by the end of the summer! Our farmers market is small. You can peruse the entire thing in roughly 5 to 10 minutes. I would really like to start going at least every other weekend. I pass right by it on my work weekends so I'm planning on leaving a little bit earlier to make a pit stop. I also work about 5 minutes away from a HUGE farmers market in Providence that runs all year long. I pass it every other weekend and I have NEVER BEEN. That will be changing!
My ultimate goal is to start selling at the farmers market next year. By then all of our chickens should be giving eggs. If all holds true we should be getting about a dozen of eggs a day! I may be able to start selling strawberries as well if our little chipmunk thief cuts it out.
5 - Read One Book at a Time
I have a terrible habit of reading 2-3 books at a time and then I get confused and all the stories start to mix together and I don't know what's happening so they end up all just sitting there half read, pages dog eared, betrayed.
I am going to start a summer reading list and stick with it and read one book at a time. I am very proud that I managed to buy 2 new books while in Aruba and not open either of them until I finished the one I was actively reading. Progress!
6 - Drink More Water
Of course this comes at a terrible time where my town water isn't safe to drink but, that's life I guess. I'm currently striving for 64 oz. a day. Some days are better than others and some days water is replaced with wine but you live you learn.
7 - Work Out at Least 20 Minutes 6 Days a Week
Whether it's yoga, jogging (we have our moments together), or simple work outs at home, I just feel better when I keep my body moving.
8 - Stick With a Skin Care Routine
I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on the couch with my make up on and my contacts in and then half ass washing my face with my eyes closed because my dry contacts are making my eyelids stick together. I really need to cut it out. One of my goals should probably be to stop falling asleep on the couch.
I really want to start making a ritual of my skincare routine though. You think I would have by now since I've had problem skin since 7th grade but I haven't. I did make an awesome coffee scrub though.
9 - Declutter My Home
Our house is tiny and has virtually no storage. Which you think would mean we have no clutter. Our house is such a fucking mess it stresses me out. My fiancé is also one of those people that when he cleans just shoves whatever is out into whatever cabinet or drawer he can find room in. He did spontaneously clean the silverware and junk drawer one day though. It's no longer a junk drawer which is pretty awesome. I've slowly been getting rid of things and giving items homes but I know deep down this is my biggest project and I'm excited but also extremely overwhelmed.
I also need to learn how to put things away after I use them which will probably help a lot in this situation. You'd think after 27 years of being alive I would know how to do this but JJ will be the first to tell you, I have not.
10 - Bullet Journal
I started using my planner again to keep my head straight between work, wedding planning, and miscellaneous personal to-dos. I realized my planner ends at the end of the month so I started shopping around, trying to find the right one for a reasonable price, and I came across the Bullet Journal concept. I like the idea of personalizing it in a way that works for me and being able to set goals, plan, and organize to make the annual goals more tangible. I bought a journal I love and will be utilizing the concept starting July 1st.
Here goes nothing.