My New Years Goals for a Healthier, Happier Family #StonyfieldBlogger

It is the last day of January and although I have had a handful of goals in my mind I have not written out any new years goals. I was challenged as a Stonyfield Blogger to write about some healthy new years goals I have and although food and exercise were the first to come to mind, I knew that I wanted to choose a few goals that encompassed many of my goals and desires for the New Year. Below are three goals that I feel will help me achieve better balance and as a result I hope a happier, healthier family in 2015.

The Cloth Diaper Report Simplify1. The biggest goal for the year for me is to simplify. I wrote about this topic three years ago and it is something that I continue to work on and improve one step at a time. I would like to think that I have improved in many ways, but I still have a long way to go. This goal applies to many aspects of my life, but one I have been working on this month is simplifying the physical “stuff” in our home. It is a good place to start especially after the influx of things we got over the holiday season.

One tip that I have started to implement this month is the “one in, one out” rule. I recently read about this in a home magazine that featured a family’s home and one of their tips for having a de-cluttered home was the “one in, one out” rule. When they bought something new, they had to get rid of another. You would first have to establish a baseline for the number of things you want in your home, and there may be exceptions to this rule, but in addition to de-cluttering it has been helpful when making purchase decisions.

Greek Yogurt Homemade Granola

Simple goodness: organic Greek yogurt, homemade granola and dried berries, drizzled with some raw, local honey.

2. Another goal that I have is to have more variety in the foods we eat. We try hard to each a broad range of foods, eat lots of whole and organic foods, but we often get stuck eating the same things over and over again. One thing that helps keep costs more affordable and pushes me to try new things are our coop produce boxes that we order and pick up each Saturday. Since the fruits and vegetables are different each week and there is little choice on our end we get a variety of foods to work with and we often find ourselves trying new recipes or foods to accommodate to ingredients we are given each week.

Breakfast is probably my weak point as we reach for cereal on most school days. Although I try to choose whole grain or organic varieties, our family deserves to start the day out with a broader range of foods and nutrients to start out day! I will confess it is mainly because I am not a morning person and it takes more time and effort to make hot breakfast or other things, but with some planning and researching I think that I can find a lot of easy breakfast alternatives that will not take too much time in the mornings (I have also been trying to go to bed earlier so mornings are not quite as tough, which has been helping).

Photography By J.Ann

Some of my deep thoughts captured by Photography By J.Ann

3. Last but not least, I am working on being more mindful. It is so easy to get caught up in thinking about the to-do list and the direction you are heading, and I know that I do not spend enough time savoring the moments. The good and bad, the exciting and the mundane— I was an avid poet in my college days and I recently sat down during nap time and wrote a poem. It had been a long time and I realized that it was one way that I am able to slow down and step away from my laundry list of things I had to do as I pondered and savored a specific topic that I had in mind. I need to remember to do this more. Not always in poetic form and not for every moment of the day (or else the laundry just would not get done!), but perhaps once a day I can slow down and make an effort to ponder or savor a specific moment of the day.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. What a beautiful photo of you, Emi! Love this post :)

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