I spent most of the past weekend thinking up a long list of New Year’s resolutions involving changing just about everything in my life: surroundings, belongings, profession, daily habits, body size and shape, fitness, eating, friends, faith, reading, creating, making, baking, thinking, doing…crazy, ambitious, perfection-based goals.  I could have written pages of must-dos and should-dos and ended up disappointed and discouraged before the first week of 2014 had passed.

Instead, I am going to re-post the first few thoughts from this blog:

September 2012

This is a place where I want to record my attempts to live more creatively, intentionally and attentively.

To live, instead of just going through the motions of wake, work, eat, sleep, repeat.

December 2012

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris, British artist and designer, 1824-1903

Often quoted, these are still words worth contemplating. As I begin to find a new way to live, this is as good a place to start as any. What if useful and beautiful didn’t just apply to things, but to daily thoughts and behaviour? What if sustainability didn’t just apply to how we conserve or deplete the world’s resources, but to how we conduct ourselves emotionally and physically?

So my 2014 resolution is this: live more simply, mindfully, sustainably.
And, sometimes, blog about it.