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Happy soon to be New Year! I wanted to share some ideas for celebrating, as well as reflecting on the previous year and your intentions for the next. I highly recommend journaling on or around New Year’s Eve to look back on the year and get perspective on your goals  for 2015. I’ve shared a few other ideas for having a fun, eco & safe New Year’s below too!

For the past few years, Christopher and I have been keeping special New Year’s journals. We sit down on New Year’s Eve and write down everything that happened that year… the highlights, highs and lows, accomplishments, things we were proud of, meaningful events, or maybe things that were sad or challenging. Next, we write about what we want the following year to be like. Then, the next year when we go and look back at what we wrote, it’s really cool to see if those things ended up happening… a great way to start the new year.

Here are some of our past resolutions and other New Year’s thoughts:

Eat Right

This is an on-going one, but eat right!!! Do what you can to get whole foods and fresh veggies, greens, and plant based proteins into your diet. Get your hands on The Kind Diet and go nuts! Make the  Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and have a party! If you have been wanting to get pregnant or thinking about babies in the future, and want to get your baby house all ready (or your a mama or soon to be), check out The Kind Mama for tons of info and yum nutritious recipes!

Get Rid of Old Stuff

It is a perfect time to go through all of your old stuff and recycle/give away all the things that you have been meaning to get rid of. This will make you feel so much lighter and happier! Go through things like your medicine cabinet and kitchen cleaning supplies. Keep what you really use and need and give the rest away. When you need new items, replace them with more eco friendly choices. Go through your closet and sell your clothes to your local recycled clothing store, or give them to Goodwill.

Get Out Of Debt

Another great thing to do on New Year’s is to get out of debt! Start saving money (if you haven’t already)… it’s never too late to start doing this! And doing things like washing your clothes in cold water, turning off lights and unplugging things you don’t need plugged in can make a difference in your monthly bills… ok, not an insane difference, but every little bit counts, right?! Remember, 50% of your electricity bill is just plugged in stuff that sits there! You can sell your old TVs or other things on Craigslist, and make a few bucks!

Go Outside

Get out there and be active! Enjoy a day in the snow, rain or sun on a nice walk or bike ride.

If you take a little vacation for a New Year’s celebration, remember that most travel companies and forms of transportation now offer carbon offset programs for your trips. Make sure to ask about them.

For New Year’s Eve festivities…

Choose Organic and Vegan

Go for organic wine, beer and spirits when you can- I love Merchant Du Vin for great organic beer! Organic is better for you, better for the people who grow the ingredients and produce it, and better for the planet. When you drink organic wine, you are keeping up to 250 chemicals that are used to produce non-organic wine out of your life and out of your body! Organic wines also mean the possibility of little to no hangover… fewer chemicals and fewer sulfites mean a better feeling head the next day. is a great site to find organic vineyards and breweries in your area. Also check out Barnivore for a complete list of vegan wines, beers, and spirits.

Bottom line is that with organic wines, anytime you can find wine made with organic grapes, wines that use 100% organic ingredients, biodynamic wines… go for it! They are a big eco step-up from conventional wines. Trader Joe’s has a good one called Our Daily Red.

Also consider your bubbly! Not all are vegan, some Champagne is processed with fining agents, which can include products such as casein (milk protein), gelatin, and egg white. Check out this list of vegan Champagnes.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Another note… Make sure that you don’t drink and drive! There are now green taxi services, so you can help the planet, and also ensure that you get to and from your destination safe and sound. Just Google ‘green taxi service’, and find one in your area. If you can’t find a green taxi, a regular one will work just fine too!

Cure That Hangover

Don’t forget… if you are feeling the consequences of a fun New Year’s Eve, the Cure All Tea from my book (p. 290) works wonders on a hangover! Plus a nice simple rice and miso soup the next day will set you right, instead of greasy or sugary food.

Have a warm, kind, fun filled New Year’s! How will you be celebrating? What are your resolutions?



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Photo Credit: Wonderful Wonderblog


  • en kaye

    Wow! How there can be no other comments here is odd to me. But, ok. I’d like to loose weight, remain clear headed (most of the time!), and re-read The Kind Diet. The importance of this book to me and the web site are impossible to articulate. That said, I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year and great things to come!

  • LeanneSouthall

    Ah, the Cure All Tea, wonderful timing. I”ll have it in my to-go mug before heading out to the Pasadena Rose Bowl parade! The NYE journal/reflecting the following year sounds like a wonderful tradition to begin – thank you!

  • Samineh Sanatkar

    Thank you very much for sharing your New Year’s thoughts! I had terrible sugar and chocolate cravings from my Christmas indulgences and felt tired on NYE, so I just needed to push the reset button. I made your magical healing soup and finally felt grounded again. Then I remembered this post and wrote down my fav experiences of 2014 and what I think 2015 will bring. When I finished this, I felt ready to see my friends at the New Year’s party and it was very enjoyable and fun!! Many thanks for all your efforts and inspiration. Have a wonderful New Year xx

  • Aaron Mateychuk

    Love your website!