I have been struggling to write an end of year, new year type of post, thinking about goals and resolutions. Resolutions is something I almost never do, new years resolutions seem naively aspirational and all too often doomed to failure but I do have some things I aspire to achieving in the coming year. I think I prefer to describe things as a plan rather than resolutions, plans tend to get acted on with a bit more dedication.
- Write letters – stop being the quite, complicit Australian but rather let politicians and corporations know that I oppose the continuing exploitation of our environment and the failure to support sustainability. In this I have been inspired by Emily who writes Grandmother’s questions, a wonderful blog that reminds us we can and all should be doing our best to make a difference. It is not enough to be informed and to care, we must actually do more to bring about change. So number one goal for 2020, write those letters! To that end I have downloaded some tools to help get me started, starting with the Climate council’s Climate Action Toolkit and accessing the Australian Conservation Foundation.
- Continue my personal efforts to improve on my own environmental impact. I want to buy less, repair more, starting with little things like taking the time to mend socks.
- On a more personal level I want to get up even earlier every day so I can not only continue to get my hour of reading and reflection before work but make sure I have enough time to take Ada for a decent walk, I really didn’t mean to get quite so athletic and active a dog but now that we have her, needs must and it is helping keep us fit and active. Right now she needs two good walks a day and a lot ball throwing or playing tug to wear her out. This is actually a real challenge, it seems harder and harder to drag myself out of bed in the morning, apparently I am not a morning person after all.
- Read, read and read. I have had a look around for reading challenges to join but so far nothing has really caught my eye, so I may just stick with the good old goodreads challenge and aim to read at least 32 books for the year, any more than that is a bonus but 32 is always my starting goal.
So how does everyone else feel about new years resolutions? Is there something you really want to set as a goal for the year?
Do you do reading challenges over the year? Do you know of any good reading challenges? I am always looking for challenges that take me down new reading paths.
May 2020 bring everyone much happiness and success.