Ultimate Reuse

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions because I’m big on resolutions 365 days a year.

Every few weeks I read about something I want to incorporate into our lifestyle, realize my old organizational method for XYZ doesn’t fit in our new home, or become mindful of a daily routine that has slipped into weekly with poor results.

I am a list-maker, a check-er-off-er, a spreadsheet-er.  (Also, a pain in the ass to live with.  Except for the fact that my “-ers” have positive results.  Which is also sometimes a pain in the ass.)  You don’t need to set aside a special day for me to decide I should eat healthier or budget better.

I usually make resolutions on January 1st because, well, I like resolutions so why not?

But not this year.

2013 was amazing and awesome and also extremely disappointing.  The fact that we did not finish the Appalachian Trail gets sadder to me with each conversation about the new business because starting your own business does not mean tons of vacation days.  I could not even begin to guess when we might have a chance to complete the hike.

Still.  We accomplished some kick ass stuff in 2013.  I’m proud of our 1,600 mile journey by foot.  I’m astonished we actually pulled off the move from Florida to northern Wisconsin and I’m writing you from a 68 degree room of a 1909 summer cottage while it’s neg something outside.  We are so happy and excited to be living here. And we’re just getting started.

So I’m not making any big resolutions of how I might be a better person in 2014.  It’s going to be hard and hectic and not like anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I want the flexibility in my commitments to do what best suits us at a particular point in time instead of holding fast to a “But I said I’d walk three times a week!” while the basement floods.

Although I will let you in on a little secret:  In our business plan, one of the 2014 goals is to hike once a week.  I have to hike for the business to succeed!  Whoo!

I’m also still busy applying old resolutions and spreadsheets to our new life.  The biggest for us is being able to reduce, reuse, and recycle more.  Having a little land, living in a more pro-recycling state, and having a bit more time and storage space available has really bumped up our game.  Consider yourself warned on future blog topics such as, “Compost, Yum!”and “Twelve Ways To Reuse a Paper Towel Tube No I Am Not Kidding.”

The other old resolution I am going back to (besides eating healthier, exercising more, and saving more money…who doesn’t do what now?) is celebrating birthdays with real snail-mail cards to friends and family.  I loved doing that in 2012.  Our hike and move made it not very feasible in 2013, but I reached out to friends and sent off canning care packages for the holidays.  That made me feel 100% more connected to them than any social media comment or email forward.  Without their love and support, I would have never felt confident to move so far away.  I want to ensure 2014 means old friends know they are important.

So, what are your non-new-year-resolutions?

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