This is a brainstorm for New Year's Resolutions. Here are some good ones: I resolve to:
What are yours?
When you know of someone having a difficult time, send them a card of inspiration to lift their spirits from time to time. Phone them occasionally to say, "thinking of you". It will make them feel good as well as you!
Organize my office at home, go through the files and discard really old papers (shred when necessary), eliminate old bank statements & checks ... ten year or more statements are just taking up space! Organize supplies, etc. and discard items that are outdated that you will not use. Use the backside of letter size paper for rough drafts on the computer.
I've vowed to look at everything I buy for it's environmental impact and excess energy use.
Instead of buying something that is covered with throwaway plastic, I've been writing down the address or 800# printed on the item and sending them a letter or giving them a phone call and tell them why I didn't buy their product. "Sorry, but I object to too much unusable packaging. Can you rethink how you are packaging your product?"
This year I'm going to stop my tv cable service when the new shows are done for the season, then start up again in the fall when new shows are released.
Our cable company offers lots of no cost startup options to folks who have cancelled. I'm also cancelling my newspaper subscription until one of us is back to work. I can read a lot of it online anyway.
If you usually stay home New Year's Eve for a quiet evening, this is a fun thing to do: my husband and I take a sheet of paper and he writes on his sheet of paper what he hopes to accomplish in the "New" Year (ex: visit all out-of-state relatives, lose 2 pounds each month, etc. and I might list: finish all pending crafts; try a new recipe each week; call a friend from the past each month, etc. Those lists are 'personal' and we do not show them or talk about them....we just endeavor to accomplish what is on the list. Then in June (6 months later - and it also happens to be our anniversary), we take out those lists that we tucked away & then we personally review them with one another. Sometimes we find that we actually had duplications! Then it becomes our 'personal objectives' to finish those lists from June to December & we really push ourselves to do that too. Then December 31st, we review our accomplishments before we make up the new list...and, yes, sometimes there are 'carry-overs' from year to year. Hope it works for you...it works for us.
I plan to save all the unexpected money that comes in, such as pennies on the sidewalk, aluminum can money, yard sale, etc. Then I hope to use it to print a book about thrift and sell it. Wish me luck!
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