I'm not really a new years resolution person, or I haven't really been in the past. But when something is weighing on my mind on a day to day basis, it might be time to make a change. I recently watched the documentary, Before the Flood, which started to really get me thinking about the future of the earth and the role that I played in that. That and the current political happenings and lack of future support for climate change research and I knew that I myself needed to atleast step it up and stop being lazy. My new years resolution comes in several parts, but all of these are centered around my role in helping the earth (which I know will stoll not be enough).
#1. Educate and motivate my students
Its an interesting position to be in as a teacher. I have the potential each day to reach out to 150 small minds, and while not every single one of them will jump on board and make a huge change, maybe at least a few of them will. I remember being their age and worrying about losing the polar bears, and while they are still around, the list of animals we are worrying about is getting so LONG! It scares me to think that my students and Emmet might see a day when so many of the animals I love are gone. I already have a project in mind that I will be doing with my 7th and 8th grade students this coming semester in which, while avoiding the political side of things, we will explore some of the different problems and solutions surrounding climate change and general earth health and create art inspired by the things we learn.
#2. Think and Change
I got into a nasty habit of walking over to my coffee shop every morning and getting a coffee to go. It was a beautiful way to start my day and to relax while learning how to be a mom, but after a while I realized just how many cups, lids, and sleeves I was wasting and I was horrified at what I had been doing. I since have bought a reusable cup and a few reusable grocery bags as well and the goal is to actually remember to carry these things along with me when I go out. This year I will pay attention to the things I habitually waste and find solutions to fix them.
#3. Make Use of my non fixable Waste
One project I am actually super excited about, but not quite ready to share a lot of details about, will be to take some of the recyclable waste that I can't avoid making when running lavender & clover, and turn it into beautiful peices of art to sell alongside my cards, prints and blankets in the shop. The goal is to have lavender & clover one day be a zero waste making etsy shop. I can't wait to share more.
#4. New Card Set
The resolution I am most excited about is my newest card set, Endangered Species, that I've been waiting to share! There are six different cards in the set each featuring a different endanged animal, according to the World Wildlife Fund; Red Pandas, Blue Whales, Indian Elephants, Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, and Bengal Tigers. These are just a few representatives of the many animals on the endangered species list, I would paint them all if I could. My hope is to raise awareness about these animals AND I will be donating 50% of the profits of each card set sold to the World Wildlife Fund* Find the set HERE.
What are your New Years Resolutions?