A NEW YEAR, A NEW BEGINNINGS

The world has always celebrated New Years with the same hopeful vigor throughout time, irrespective of race, culture and age. As the clock strikes 12 at the cusp of the year, there's a certain magic at play, for we are given a chance to begin anew, to right our wrongs and change for the better.

But while everyone looks forward, I look back at 2017, at the goals I set myself that ended up shaping my future. Last year, I resolved to transition to a vegan diet and giving myself an entire year to transition was the best thing I could have done for myself. The year gave me enough time to really understand my choices, saw me fail every now and then into a bucket of fried chicken, but pick myself up over and over again. And with every failure, I gained a little more resolve.

Here are my three main tips on how you can keep up with your resolutions, no matter what it is:

1. Give yourself a long transition time. A split second decision fades just as quickly.

2. Allow yourself to fail. It's only human. But having fallen, don't forget to get back up into the game.

3. Truly understand the reasons behind your resolution. Do a little more research to reinforce your primary reasons with more. Knowing the whys will help hold you steadfast to your goals.

This year, I begin my first fully vegan year, no cheats or failures allowed, but by now, I no longer need them. My resolve holds me to my goals and my transition year has trained me well.

With those lessons in mind, I framed my goals for 2018 - I hope that more people embrace them, and I pray they become 'trendy' soon, for the world desperately needs it: Reduce, Reuse, THEN Recycle.

As leaders in our own homes, our choices have the power to effect a large scale change:

Reduce:

1. Buy only the produce you need.

2. Whenever possible, buy non-perishables in bulk, to reduce the amount of [plastic] packaging we discard. Switch to brands that create eco-friendly packaging options. Remember, demand creates supply.

3. If you must waste, transform it into nutrient-rich compost. If you cannot compost in your own home, check local community gardens and farmers markets for drop-off options.

Reuse: What you cannot reduce, find ways to reuse it in your homes. Repurpose it into something new and useful.

Recycle: Only recycle what you cannot have reduced/reused in the first place. And keep note of the items and find more responsible alternatives, as soon as possible.

I wish you all a wonderful 2018, and I hope you find it in you to hold onto your goals and positively change your lives, and in turn, the world for the better.

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About the Author

Tina Dawson grew up in an Indian family where life revolved around food. She creates all the content for her blog Love Is In My Tummy. Check out her website and be sure to follow her on instagram @loveisinmytummy to get the recipes for her mouthwatering vegan recipes.