New Year's Day is a great chance to begin again. I put away the holiday decorations, took the tree down, swept up the evergreen needles from the corners of the living room, and have started reorganizing things around the house. I've even organized and backed up the files on my computer, which I've been meaning to do for months. I also carved out a little play area for SoJo where the Christmas tree was.
I tend not to make New Year's resolutions because I make them all year round (and break them all year round too). My main goals are always in rotation--greener living, healthier eating and exercise habits, simplifying my life. But I would like to add more craft time to the mix. My plan for a birthday present to myself in April is to move SoJo into our guest room and reclaim the nursery for my studio. I want this year to be the start of my own business, whether it be knitting, sewing, or selling crafts in general. I have my name and business cards already, it's just a matter of getting together some decent inventory.
To inspire some changes in your lives, I've decided to compile a few items to offer as a New Year, New You giveaway of sorts. It's a mix of books, an organic, reusable shopping bag, a sample of Soap Nuts natural laundry detergent, and a few other things that represent topics that I work on improving in myself.
The books are New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours, a great green read which is signed by the authors Sam Davidson and Stephen Moseley, and Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More by Joanne Heim (also signed by the author), which is a very down-to-earth inspiration for simplifying your life. I'm including a beautiful handmade blank journal from Small Meadow Press with an inspirational quote from Gandhi on the cover. It reads "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Quite fitting for the new year.
It would be great for keeping track of some of the changes you make in your life this year. Cue Bowie---Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!
I'll probably throw in some other goodies too to help you start living greener and simplifying your life. Kind of an oxymoron, huh, giving you more stuff to simplify your life. Anyway, I'm not publicizing this giveaway like I normally do. It's just for my regular readers and bloggy pals, or anyone who just happens to stop by. I'll be mailing it out myself, and am allowing Canadians to enter as well.
To enter, leave a comment here with something you'd like to change or improve in your life for 2009. The giveaway will end on Saturday January 10th. You can get a second entry for blogging about this too. Good luck and Happy New Year!