January 2017 Affirmations

If there’s one thing that can be tough about sustainability, it’s constantly making sure you’re committing, which is especially tough when you have a job that requires you to be on the move. In the past, I’ve set goals for myself to maintain sustainability although I moved every few months or so to a new location and job. Even though most of my moving was from Denver to nearby towns, after several years I began moving temporarily to San Diego and then internationally followed by a few months in Chicago. While I was in Chicago, I noticed it could be difficult at times to maintain my sustainable practices. On some occasions I found myself holding a plastic bag instead of a cloth one or using Ziploc bags instead of looking for replacements. In order to remedy the situation, I set a few goals for myself, which have gone fairly well. I continue to use cloth bags, I have a reusable lunch tote and I love to shop at local markets and boutiques. I was also gifted reusable bags to replace Ziploc bags and I always strive to carry a refillable water bottle with me. While all of these updates are great news, I still sometimes find myself feeling overwhelmed.

Sustainability burnout can be hard to combat, so how will I stop sustainability from turning into a burden or obligation? By taking on one goal each month so that I don’t feel overwhelmed. This will help me incorporate one idea at a time. A recent blog post from Ecocult also showed me how much more effective goals can be if they are rephrased as affirmations. Instead of saying “I will” and feeling like I didn’t accomplish something when I make a mistake, it’s better to say “I am” to help you stick to your goals and improvements. I may run into missteps along the way, but as I’m learning these goals are about being more conscious with your life and not about being perfect.

Each month, I’ll be developing affirmations that range from developing a more sustainable lifestyle to being conscious about how I live and take care of myself. How I live, travel, and dress can all impact and improve my life. As I share new affirmations each month, I’ll reflect on my progress and challenges as I build on previous affirmations. So, what’s my affirmation for this month?

January: I am a person who develops and maintains healthy relationships.

This might not seem like an eco-friendly goal, but it is an important one for living a more sustainable lifestyle. Why? Because many times we don’t take time out for ourselves, there can be a strain on our relationships with everything and everyone. Seeking a balance in my work, school, and personal life are reminders to focus on what’s important. I often say I’ll do something later or put my personal life on the backburner, but after my first semester of graduate school, I’m realizing what I need is balance, a core principle of sustainability. Whether I chose to work on developing and maintaining healthy relationships, make sure I take a yoga class each week, or take time each week to watch movies or read a book, my actions can lead me to improved relationships with others, myself, and the environment around me.

Want to see how I’m progressing? Tune into my Instagram for updates.

What affirmation would you like set for yourself this month?

Cover photo from Pixabay by Alexas_Fotos, CC0.

This post is a part of Practical Mondays hosted by Practical Mom.


  1. Shybiker

    It’s important to realize that good intent is what matters, not perfect action. Do your best and whatever flows from that will be fine. None of us is perfect and pursuing perfection risks losing the enthusiasm that fuels us. Best of luck in 2017!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thank you. I always love your comments, they’re spot on. I appreciate your encouragement and reminders that perfection is not the goal. Accomplishing your best is more important. Happy 2017!

  2. Shauna

    Can’r wait to follow along in the new year. Happy New Year, babe!



  3. robjodiefilogomo

    What a great way to start the new year Brooke!
    It reminds me of the saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup!
    And I was just reading the 6 qualities of highly organized people and one of them was to give up perfectionism!! Interesting, huh?

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Jodie! Ironic how the blog post you read was about letting go of being perfect. It’s something we can all aspire to. It’s important to remember that even if you make mistakes, you are human and you are enough. 😉 Thanks for sharing such insightful thoughts!

  4. Sue Slaght

    Finding the balance in life can be so challenging. It sounds like you a starting the year off right and focusing on the important things in life. Best wishes for 2017 and the goals that you set for yourself.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Sue! Balance is tricky, but it’s important when achieving any goal. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful 2017 too!

  5. Donna Janke

    Affirmations sound like they might be more effective than resolutions. I like the idea of a focus by month. Good Luck.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Donna. I’ve enjoyed the process of affirmations much more than just saying I’m going to do something. Saying “I am” has been very freeing instead of thinking all of the things I should be doing. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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