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Things I'm Doing to Start 2018 Off Right

Sunday, January 7, 2018

It's not a new year if bloggers around the world don't post their goals and resolutions, right? I'm not about to chance it! Here's a quick look at a few things I'm doing differently this month to try to start 2018 off on the right foot. Nothing drastic, nothing too far-reaching, just some simple changes.


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Yoga
I'm really excited about this one! In 2017 I was trying to up my at-home yoga game by working through old videos on Yoga With Adriene's YouTube channel. I just finished up the Yoga Revolution playlist and low and behold she announced another 30 day yoga series, True Yoga, starting on January 2nd. I added the calendar to my bullet journal and I'm all set to do yoga every single day in January. Hopefully doing yoga right after I get home from work will give me a chance to decompress and leave the stresses of work behind.


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Cooking
Usually when the new year rolls around, everyone suddenly takes a good hard look at what they're eating. Generally I think I eat pretty well, especially if we pretend the sugar-filled days between Christmas and New Years didn't happen. That's all just a blur... For 2018 I just wanted to eat a bit more variety, try to incorporate more veggies naturally and more fun with cooking. If we have to feed ourselves every single day anyway, might as well make it as enjoyable as possible right? So, for this first month of 2018 I decided to meal plan a whole month in advance, using only new-to-me recipes. Minimalist Baker and the January issue of Cooking Light were by only recipe sources which meant that all the recipes I chose were pretty healthy and, kind of accidentally, frequently vegetarian or vegan. I didn't aim for those dietary changes, but I am excited to try it out for a month. Eating fewer animal products is good for the environment anyway, so yay for that! Watch this space for a look at how this cooking adventure went for me.

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Skincare
Here's a change that's not actually about doing more, but about doing less. I'm obsessed with skincare already. All the products and ingredients are endlessly fascinating to me, which usually means I end up with way more than I need. To start this year I'm going back to skincare basics. Just a cleanser (which I love, by the way), moisturizer, and an SPF. I want a minimal routine that's rock solid so that I can confidently add new products and know immediately what effect they have, good or bad. It'll be hard to start longingly at my temporarily banished little skincare beauties sitting at the back of my bathroom cabinet, but I think it's for the best. I'm sure we'll all meet again soon.

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Composting
That's right. Composting. Last year I started to delve into the zero waste movement, and while I'm nowhere near being zero waste, I've slowly been making some changes to get closer. For instance, I've recently switched away from tea bags to just using loose leaf tea, and I've switched to using reusable produce bags when I'm buying fruits and veg or things like lentils in bulk. I noticed at the end of last month while doing the super exciting task of taking out the trash that most of my kitchen trash was just food scraps. Why throw it away to go sit in a landfill where it can't even properly decompose when I can turn it into my own nutrient-rich dirt for my garden? I got myself a compost bin for inside and I'm lucky enough to be able to take it to my parents' house where they have a big compost pile. Here's to making a difference, even if it is only a small one!

I hope everyone had a fantastic new year and that your own new year's changes are going well.
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