My New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

January 22, 2012 · Print This Article

Green moms meetup at Ford NAIAS: Diane MacEachern, Anna Hackman, me, Tifany Washko, and Stephanie Moram

I’ve had these resolutions knocking around in my head since we first rang in 2012 a few weeks ago.  I decided to follow my own advice and write them down so that I can invent certain they actually happen.  So without further ado, here are my top resolutions for 2012.

1. Spend more moment on Facebook: I know most humans head into the new year with aspirations to spend less instance on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  But that year, I’m actually vowing to spend more day on these sites.  Hear me out on that one.  Earlier that year, I had the opportunity, courtesy of Ford Motor Company, to attend the North American universal Auto Show in Detroit.  It was awesome to go and see what the auto industry has in store for the future, and to see what kind of green technologies Ford is working on for their new cars.  But the best part of the conference was connecting with other green moms – many of whom I had known for years but had never met in person.  I had forgotten how invigorating it is to connect with other like minded greenies.  We brainstormed new ideas, commiserated on similar difficulties, and made plans to meet up again in the future.  Staying connected to these green moms -whether it’s just fun talk on Facebook, or via our newly-launched weekly Twitter chats (Mondays at 9pm EST – #gmcarnival) makes me optimistic about the ability we women have when we raise our voices together.


2. Listen more:  A few weeks ago, I read that quote that got me thinking about listening.

“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, next you are listening not only to the words, but plus to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

So that is my goal that year.  To really, truly listen when society are speaking to me.  To take in not just their words but plus the feelings behind what they are saying.


3. Hold the guilt: Being a green mom means there is never a shortage of guilt in my life.  If I spend day working and learning about going green, I feel guilty for not spending instance more with my family.  If I forget my reusable bags at the store, I feel guilty.  Oh, and I feel guilty for every non-organic food item that crosses my kids’ lips.  But, no more!  This year, I am taking a pass on all of that guilt.  I am doing the very best that I can to raise my kids in a happy, healthy environment.  But I can’t do it all.  And that year, I am going to work on being OK with that.

4. Vote for the planet:  2012 will be a big year at the voting booth.  It probably comes as no surprise that I plan to cast my presidential vote for Barack Obama.  But that year, I plan to manufacture the rest of my votes mean even more by researching my Congressional and local candidates voting records on the environment and voting only for those candidates who are taking climate change and other environmental issues seriously.

5. Learn Spanish:  I’m not too proud to confess that that resolution has been on my New Year’s list every year since around 1990.  Except for last year.  Last year, I decided to give myself a break from my losed out efforts and just not even bother to take on an additional task.  And I think the hiatus was worth it, considering I really feel like that is my year to move beyond basic vocabulary to real conversational Spanish.  Got an tips?  Feel free to drop me a line via e mail (jenn [at] thegreenparent [dot] com) or on Twitter: @thegreenparent.  I can use all the help I can get!


This post is my entry for the Green Moms Carnival on New Year’s Resolutions which will be hosted that month by Amber by at  Oh, and that reminds me of my last resolution – to write a post for the Green Moms Carnival every month that year!

[Source] Jenn


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