Since it's been just over a month since I wrote out my lofty New Year's Resolutions(aptly named "Eat.Pray.Love" )I thought I'd do a check in to report in on how I'm doing. Here we go:
- Eat - I'm happy to report that we're doing fairly well with our cutting out processed foods. I don't think we were that big on eating them in the first place, but you'd be surprised to see where you see harmful trans fats, dyes, additives and preservatives. We avoid corn syrup and opt for products made with cane or beet sugar (we completely avoid "fake" sugars altogether because they give me migraines). We're also making an effort to eat foods that contain actual "whole grains", opting for products made with the main ingredient being whole wheat or oats, (like pastas, cereals, crackers, rice, etc). I downloaded the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen and Clean 15" food guide and carry it with me. It lets me know which foods I should buy organic and the ones I don't necessarily have to worry about (this is really only necessary until the Farmer's Market opens, which is when we buy all local/organic every week). To save money we buy organic produce on sale after checking the Sunday paper's ads and also buy organic at Costco whenever they have it in, we also buy organic milk at Costco, which in the end costs basically as much as grocery store milk. Lastly, we've made a concerted effort to sit down at the dinner table every night. We're selling Lucy's Peg Perego High Chair (we bought it used on Craigslist so back it goes!) and bought the IKEA Antilop High Chair that has a removable tray so she can sit at the actual table with us (review to come soon, this chair ROCKS). All in all I think I'm doing pretty good on the Eat Resolution.
- Pray - To tell you the truth I'm failing miserably at this one. I had a sweet reader tell me all about her awesome church here in Oregon, and generously invited us to join her and her family and we STILL haven't gotten around to it .Katherine, if you're out there I hope the invite is still good! It's difficult to actually go to church on Sunday mornings because Lucy still takes morning naps, so church usually equals a super fussy Lucy which is awkward when you're somewhere where you don't know anyone. Also, I really don't feel comfortable dropping Lucy off at a nursery in a strange place. So, yes, these are excuses but they are really why we haven't made it to church yet. The Pray Resolution needs work.
- Love - I love Rob. I love Lucy. I've got my two great Loves. It's just that sometimes I just plain don't Love everything else. I still complain too much, even though half the time I don't even complain to anyone in particular... I complain to myself in my head and it brings me down. I'm still getting dragged down by the things that aren't going just right. I think wishful thoughts of how I want things to be and instead of making them happen I get petulant that they haven't happened already or that it will be difficult to get there, it will be a trial to MAKE them happen. I've got to Love the journey as well. I'm missing out and I'm not doing myself any favors if I don't Love even during the difficult times. So, yes, the Love Resolution needs work too.
So, one out of three isn't so bad. Right? How about you readers? Anyone sticking to their resolutions so far? Please share!
PS. It wasn't a resolution but I did also blog in January about Simplifying and so far I've done one room and one closet. They're my zen little corners of my house at the moment. Man does it feel good to get rid of the clutter!
"The philosophy of mine earth can be summed up as this: Sunshine creates happiness, and I create myself. Nights are long and life is predominantly good. Wind is refreshing. Tea is wisdom. Do the best you can, and be good to yourself so that you can above all be good to others. "
-Jessi Lane Adams