2015 More to 2016 Measure: New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The time when you look back at what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve put off. The time to decide if you’re going to give your resolutions another go, replace them, or ignore them.

2015, I promised you some things:

  1. Be a more conscious consumer.
    1. Over the past year, I have replaced the following items in my house with a cruelty free alternative (brand):
      1. Laundry detergent (Method)
      2. Dish soap (Mrs. Meyers)
      3. Foundation (Nyx)
      4. Eye shadow (Nyx)
      5. Body wash (Everyone Soap)
      6. Face wash (Yes To)
      7. Face wipes (Yes To)
      8. Hairspray (Paul Mitchell)
      9. Shampoo (Kevin Murphy)
      10. Conditioner (Kevin Murphy)
      11. Baby wash (Burt’s Bees)
  2. Eat Less Bacon.
    1. I tried replacing pork with turkey bacon for a while but my husband did not approve. The thought of turkey farms doesn’t give me warm and fuzzy feelings either so I didn’t fight too hard. But did we eat less? Probably not…
  3. Be in the Word.
    1. I was on a roll with the She Reads Truth app until the free devotions were replaced with purchases (Sorry, SRT!) then tried to start my own devotions with varied commitment. All in all, did I spend more time in the word? Yes.
  4. Do Something Carefree.
    1. In 2015, I enjoyed kayaking on my lake. I danced until I was exhausted through the kitchen and living room with my daughter and enjoyed a seafood platter in the Outer Banks. It’s a short list. But a cherished one.

I didn’t move mountains over the last 12 months but I did make some positive moves in each category. But looking back at my goals, they were generic by design. Do more or less of something. Which I did.

So what about 2016?

Develop a measurable project scope:

  1. Be a more conscious consumer. Replace 12 more household items with a cruelty free alternative (brand).
    1. Hand soap
    2. Dishwasher detergent
    3. Blush
    4. Bronzer
    5. Mascara
    6. Eyeliner
    7. Multi-surface cleaner
    8. Glass cleaner
    9. Shower cleaner
    10. Candles
    11. Sunscreen
    12. Body lotion
  2. Eat Less Bacon. Participate in 52 Meatless Mondays (1 year).
  3. Be in the Word. Read the New Testament.
  4. Do Something Carefree. Take a dance lesson with Fred.

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