Today is officially New Years Eve Eve and for as long as I can remember there has been something about the promise of a new year that has excited me. I like to say that I don’t make resolutions (mainly because I’d like to think of myself as “more evolved”, whatever that means); but I also think I like to avoid the word resolution because resolutions to me feel like these well-intentioned empty promises that people make but never keep and I think its really important to keep the promises you make. Especially the ones to yourself. As such every year, I create anti-resolution resolutions and this year will be no different.
It’s critical that you keep the promises that you make, ESPECIALLY to yourself.
As we enter into the New Year I have so many ideas that I plan to continue to build on: Travel More, Love Myself More, Love my Body More, Spend more time with God, Care for the World Around Me and the list goes on and on. So today, my mind is set to the realization that it will be a longterm work in progress…a proverbial marathon as opposed to a sprint.
True transformative journeys don’t happen in a vaccum, they are fluid, organic, earthy, gritty, drity, rarely linear and seldom confined to 365 days.
In support of my quest for true body positivity, I am cleansing my wardrobe and moving towards minimalism. My initial goal is to build smaller capsule wardrobes (around seasons) that consist of 30 items that fit impeccably and help me feel comfortable and beautiful…and the rest I will either sell, donate, or recycle. There are so many blogs and podcast that have inspired me and I will talk about them more as time goes on but for the time being, I will leave you with one of my favorite episodes of my favorite Podcast of the moment, By the Book Season 1: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The episode chronicles the adventures of the podcast’s hosts as they try to live by Marie Kondo’s uber-popular minimalist guide, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I really enjoyed this episode and after listening to it (twice) I realized that I want to make a greater effort to be a better steward of the things I have. As I thought about this more I realized that I can do this by simply decluttering and getting rid of items that
no longer bring me joy I don’t use, AND I can do a better job researching items before I purchase as a way of reducing/elimination my consumption of Fast Fashion. Decreasing my dependence on fast fashion requires that I really do my job to buy clothing that is well made (using materials that are durable, sustainable, and eco-friendly) AND researching to companies who manufacture the items I buy to make sure that they practice ethical hiring, management, working conditions, fair wages, and are mindful of factory waste.
Ethical (Hiring and Management Practices + Good for the Environment)
There is legit so much more than I have to learn about this movement but its something that I’m really trying to embrace in 2018 and for the rest of my life and I don’t expect to have it perfect right away, but I’m excited about the new adventure!