2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit (or Hare). I'm excited about what I have read about the year of the rabbit so far. A rabbit is a lucky sign. According to Chinese traditions, the rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. We are urged to focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and relationships with women and children. A goal to set is to create a safe and peaceful lifestyle.
I have a long list of resolutions and a lot of these are in line with these traditions. Here are some of the highlights (in no particular order).
- Continue going green. This includes switching over all plastic containers and Tupperware in the kitchen to glass and become plastic free in the kitchen - something I've been planning to do for some time now. I also plan to swap household cleaners and soaps to Eco-friendly ones. I'm currently using Nature Clean all purpose lotion for most cleaning around the house including hand washing the dishes.
- Schedule my gym workouts during my lunch breaks again. I was more active when I was 9 months pregnant than I am now. I've been finding excuses not to go to the gym and it's really sad. Plus, paying for a gym membership and not using it is pretty silly, isn't it? I used to have a membership to the gym that was inside my work building...but switched to the big chain while on maternity leave. Now, I will have to walk or drive to the gym near my work...but it will be worth it.
- Dive into my dream to start my own business. I have my ideas written down and scattered around the house, but I need to gather my thoughts and get started on some more in-depth research and a business plan. I am so excited for this and my meetings scheduled in the new year with my similar minded blogging friend :)
- Commit to even healthier eating as a family. This will include assisting Hubby in getting to the bottom of his stomach issues through a couple of elimination diet trials (including wheat and dairy). I am also researching local organic farmers to purchase our meats from (let me know if you have any recommendations) and I will be taking a gradual approach to going organic especially with fresh produce. I have already been incorporating vegetarian meals at least once weekly and we already eat naturally due to little E's food allergies.
- Commit to volunteering for one organization I am passionate about, long-term. I've already put a few calls out :)
- Keep up with my list short term and long term goals. I started a 101 things to do in 1001 days list last October and just recently reviewed it. I need to complete my list - because I originally only came up with 62 items. A year has gone by and I've checked 16 items off the list. Not bad - but I need to pick it up a notch. My list is broken down into 5 different categories: Recreation and Pleasure, Travel, Financial, Career and Education, Public Service and Community, and Attitude. Some examples of items under these categories are taking little E to the Toronto Zoo, visiting my sister out west, building our savings to purchase our first home, entrepreneurship, and volunteering.
- Along with these there are many little personal things I don't want to bore you with, like to stop nagging Hubby and continue to learn not to stress over the little things.