So I’m already a little late in writing this, since it’s a couple weeks past the new years. However, I’ve never been one to really do new years resolutions. I do try to hit my goals, but I feel like a lot of people fail new years resolutions because they think they have to go 100% or they’re a failure. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, I go in knowing that I won’t hit my goals 100% but I can at least give 90%.
Last year, one of my biggest goals was to stop using disposable coffee cups. I was really happy with how well I was able to stick with it. I’d estimate I used under 20 disposable cups for the entire year. Now that I’ve been able to make a habit out of it, I think I’ll be able to do 100% for this next year. It not only saves on the waste of a disposable cup, but most coffee places give you a discount on your drink if you bring your own. I didn’t keep track of how many times I went to the coffee shop, but assuming I went around 70 times in the course of the year (just a little over once a week), I saved $0.10 each time. That saved me $7 over the course of a year.
This year I want to take it a step further and use my disposable cups not only at coffee shops, but also at any sort of restaurant that uses a disposable cup. I’ve found most places are willing to let you do that, since you still pay for the drink. However, my hope is that these restaurants will take after the coffee shops and start to rewards those of us who use our own cups by giving as little as $0.10 off. I’m not aware of any chains that do this, but that’s not going to stop me from using my own cups.
Here’s a few more goals and habits I want to work on in 2018:
- Use my own utensils and napkins.
- Drink more water.
- Volunteer more regularly
- Eat less sugar and more whole foods
- Drink less alcohol
Bonus goal: do more weight training