Since it’s the first week of 2012, I figured that I’d share my goals for 2012 with all of you. I don’t list every goal in every category, but I do put the ones that I feel relate to the things we talk about on the blog.
Every year for the past 6 or so years, I’ve tried to set some yearly goals for myself. I have found that instead of writing them all down on a piece of paper and trying to go after all of them at the same time, it was easier for me to break them down into categories. That way, they didnt get to be too large, and by defining the large categories, I was also able to make sure that I was doing things that I truly find important, such as staying healthy, getting my finances in order and trying to live a more sustainable life all around. I usually share those 3 categories on the blog, and on my goals sheet that I write everything down on, I have a few other categories, like personal and a grab bag category of sorts. Last year, I didnt really set any sustainability goals specifically, but getting a job in the city where I lived definitely helped me be more sustainable because I was driving less.
This year though, I thought i’d come up with a few sustainable goals, which are heavily subject to change, mainly because I dont own my own place (yet). I’ve thought about a few and if I cant do all of them, I’ll still give some of them a try. Here’s what they are.
- Plant a freaking garden. This, unfortunately, is subject to landlord approval. I’ve already talked to him about it, but I’m not sure if he’s going to go for it. It’s kind of in a dead patch in the yard, so all I’d really have to do is get some lumber (was hoping to use railroad ties, but the creosote kinda spooked me). I really want to try this next year because I even wrote about how having a garden would green your summer. Even though I’m sure I’ll be busy with wedding stuff most of the summer, I’ll still want to give this one a go. It shouldnt cost that much either, because I can get a truck bed full of composted soil for about 20 bucks from the city. If I dont get approval from my landlord, I’ll try to get something going in some pots – probably commonly used herbs around my house like basil and mint.
- Make some papercrete. I really think this stuff is cool, and I’ve been saving paper at my office to bring home (dont tell H) and make some at some point. I think this stuff would be perfect to use instead of lumber for raised garden beds, and I’m sure I could find some other uses for it. Hopefully this stuff wont be too easy to make. (If you’re curious about what it is, check out my guest post on sustainable personal finance)
- Continue using human power for most traveling. Most of the places I go are nearby my home and office, so I’ve been walking or biking there recently. This is not only good for my health, but it keeps the miles off of the truck and keeps the environment healthier, all while saving me some gas money. The only places that I do drive are to the grocery store and to target when shopping needs to be done. There have also been times when I’ve needed to go multiple places and pick something up, or it has been really cold when I’ve driven somewhere I’d usually walk. I’d like to keep that up for 2012. More walking and biking, less driving!