So long, 2018. Helllooo, 2019!

I’m usually not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I really love the start of the new year any way. I love the feeling of a fresh start. I know it’s kind of cheesy too, but the winter time is such a natural time for quiet reflection. After the craziness of December, it’s nice to sit back and think about what I want for myself, and for my family. And so, I ended up with three “challenges” for the month of January anyway. I think just planning a month-long challenge is a more realistic approach to resolutions anyway. I look at these more as “resets” after how over-the-top December can be. So, here’s what I’m doing this January:

1) It’s no spend month! December is full of extra spending, from presents to traveling to see family, to extra groceries for special meals and events. It gets out of hand fast. So, Mike and I decided to do a no spend month to counteract the spending craze of December. So, it’s just the essentials: groceries, gas, bills, basics toiletries and household items. Any extraneous purchase needs to be approved by the other spouse, for accountability.

I listened to a show on public radio last year about Ann Patchett who did a no shopping year, and it was really interesting. One of the things that stood out to me was how when she thought she “needed” to buy something, she usually found a way to work around it. For example, running out of hairspray, and thinking she needed to buy more . . . when actuality, she had a boatload of cast-off hair products stashed away that she turned to first, even though they weren’t her favorite. Ie: Finding ways to make do with what you have instead of buying more. Or instead of buying an item that would get minimal use, borrow it from a friend. I don’t know if much will really come out of just no-spend month., but I really encourage you to lfind out more about Ann’s year of no spending. You can listen to same show I listened to here (from WBUR’s On Point), or here’s an opinion piece Ann wrote for the New York Times if you want a quick read!

2) No Facebook. This one has been a long time coming, my friends. I think social media, and Facebook specifically, is naturally very addicting, but as a stay at home mom, I think the problem is even worse for me. It turns into a major social outlet, during long days at home that otherwise wouldn’t have any adult contact. But the problem snowballs when it feels more like you’re living your life on Facebook instead of the real life that’s right in front of you. Soooo, I signed out and deleted the app. The only thing I miss at the moment (five days in, my friends!) is that FB is an easy way to find out what’s going on— my play group dates, events in the area, etc. Want to read more about the social media addiction? Here’s a fast read from the Guardian. I’ll also say that no Facebook helps me with the no-spend thing, haha. I spend too much time scrolling through the Buy, Sell, Trade pages, or Facebook Marketplace.

When I first told Mike I was going to be Facebook-free for January, he asked me what I was going to do with all my extra time. I said, “Good question. I’m going to be cooking.” Because . . .

3) I’m doing Whole 30 this month. Ha! I know “I’m going to eat healthy this year” is the most basic form of a new year’s resolution. Buuut, I failed Whole 30 this past November, so I needed redemption. Plus, I do feel strongly that Whole 30 is a GREAT reset for your body. And my January is all about resetting my life and realigning with my overall beliefs. And I do believe we’re in a health crisis. And I do believe that one of the biggest things I can do for my kids, to help them have a long and healthy life, is to give them healthy eating habits. Honestly, I think it’s one of the biggest impacts I can have on their lives in the long run. Love them, and feed them well. So, Whole 30 is a good reset for me to change my habits, and as the primary meal-planner and food-shopper, the good habits get passed down to everyone else as well (not that my kids are doing Whole 30 with me, but they are eating better in general). Whole 30 is not a diet, it’s not something you keep doing long term. It’s a 30 day reset, followed by a 15 day re-introduction period. I think it will help me curb my sweet tooth (just in time for my youngest’s 1st birthday party, which is taking place in a candy store, ha!). Related side note: watch the documentary Fed Up! It’s about sugar, and I found it to be excellent. And check out the Whole 30 book too!

So, those are my three goals for January! What about you? What are you doing this month? And if you’ve already done Whole 30, I’d LOVE to hear your favorite recipes!

I have crafty-sewing-bloggy plans too! I’ll be back soon to talk about those!