Zero-Waste/Minimalist New Year’s resolutions

Hi everyone,

Happy holidays!

New Years is just around the corner and I thought I would share a few of my own New Year’s Resolutions with you.

So here we go,

  1. No Unnecessary Spending in 2016– I am really challenging myself this year to not spend any unnecessary money, which means no new clothes, no going out for food, no extra knick-knacks, etc. The only money I plan to spend is on the basics such as food, gas, insurance, etc….hopefully I’ll save some extra money and learn to be even more grateful for what I already own, which should be enough clothes and such to last me the entire year.
  2. Living as simply as possible and learning to make more things at home- I’m going to try my hand at a bit of everything this year from fermenting to making my own apple-cider vinegar. I’ll share all of the successes and failures here with you guys.
  3. Reducing my paper waste-This is a big one for me, I tend to get a lot of mail and such so I am going to go paperless with my bank statements and use every bit of a piece of paper before I ultimately recycle it.
  4. Finish writing another book…or two– I have been writing a fiction novel for the past few months, and I should be finished with it in the next week or so. This was my first novel ever, and I am hoping that I will be able to find an agent and publisher who will want to buy it, fingers crossed! 🙂
  5. Less stress and more nature-I have plans to spend more time in nature, walks at the park, etc. (once the weather warms up a bit). In the summer I love walking the 2 miles to our local library to check out books. Being outdoors helps me manage my stress levels and be more at peace with everything.

Alrighty that is my list. I will definitely do update posts on how each of these resolutions are going throughout the new year. 2015 was great, and I am sure that 2016 will be even better 🙂

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?

 

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Junk Mail Rant

I find it completely ridiculous that I can stop garbage from entering my home when I go shopping, but it is almost impossible to stop it from arriving in the mailbox everyday. I have gone onto dmachoice.org and unsubscribed from a bunch of catalogs, as well as all of those credit card offers everyone gets in the mail….and so far that has cut down my mail by quite a bit. But it is those random flyers of junk mail that are nearly impossible to get rid of because they are classified as “bulk mail”. So the mailman won’t take them back, and the stop mail form will not apply to them because they are addressed to “resident” and not a particular person.

Seriously, I am not going to sign up for a toddler swimming class, buy fireworks, or go shopping with the million and one coupons that arrive in the mail. I literally take the junk and put it straight into the recycling bin….. such a waste of resources to make them and carry them to my mailbox for them only to go into the recycling bin. I have tried just about everything, I even go onto the companies websites to see if they have a contact form so I can email them saying that I do not want to be on their mailing list….but alas most of them do not have that contact form…or they do not answer their emails.

I will say that the DMA website was a great resource though, since I now no longer get credit card or insurance offers in the mail. But I wish there was an option to opt out of junk mail. I would unsubscribe from the local newspaper since I don’t read it…but I live with other people and even though they don’t read it either apparently cancelling it would be “crossing the line” lol They think I’m crazy, I like to think I am helping the planet, maybe the two aren’t mutually exclusive haha

Anyone else have this problem? Solutions?