Happy New Year!
I am looking forward to a fulfilling 2017 and I hope that you are as well. I’ve posted quite a few blogs about my goals for the coming year and I’m excited to get started on them. Today I am hiking with a friend and later on Michael and I will have pork and sauerkraut for a traditional New Year’s meal. I’m not sure that it brings good luck, but it’s definitely tasty.
Today is my first official day following The Compact, where I buy nothing new (except consumables). Truly I need nothing, except books for my classes this semester — which I just remembered, although I can probably find most of those used. But I have still been making out a list of things to buy — not mindless purchases, but products we need to complete projects or to help current belongings last a bit longer. I can’t decide if this is me taking a consumer attitude toward make do and mend or if this is realistically just part of responsible ownership. I need to remember that it’s highly unlikely that we’ll complete ALL our projects this month anyway, and that pacing ourselves throughout the year is much more reasonable.