Happy New Year – A New Year, A New Opportunity

Posted on January 1st, 2010 by Tonia 3 Comments

Today is about reflecting on 2009 and being thankful about all that has happened in the year.  It was an eventful year for us here at Itty Bitty…for starters, the blog was born!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to grow this blog.  My hope is that it will be a place for readers to see that we’re not alone in the struggle to reduce our impact, while still maintaining a normal life, holding down a job, and providing for a family.  I know better than anyone that it’s nearly impossible to exclaim “I’m never driving my car anywhere ever again!” and POOF, you’re suddenly the green-queen-supreme in your neighborhood.  We need bite-sized, practical ways to cut back on our consumption and waste…and that is exactly what Itty Bitty will focus on:  the small things that add up and make a difference.

We’re all in this together, so I want to hear your stories as well.  Please leave comments {or email me: toniasimeone@gmail.com } if you have something to share- experiments, questions, successes, secrets, challenges, guilty-pleasures, tips, strategies, family practices, motto’s, failures…If it has to do with your journey to becoming more self-sustainable, then please share!  One of my New Years Resolutions is to feature commonly asked questions, tips, etc. from readers on Itty Bitty.  What are your resolutions for 2010?

The Itty Bitty Resolutions list is really anything but itty-bitty…as you can see, we have a lot to work on:

1. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use {i.e. the toaster and coffee maker}

2. Use paper-towel less {major bad habit of mine: wrapping my breakfast in paper-towel and running out the door to work every morning…not cool}

3. Make toys for the dog out of scraps from the already-killed toys instead of buying new ones from the store {does anyone have experience with sewing dog toys that would be tough enough to withstand razor-sharp miniature dachshund teeth?}

4. Make a backyard compost area

5. Talk to our neighbors more often

6. Volunteer around the city more {we’re getting a good start on this one already…more about that soon!}

8. Be more careful about saving paper garbage to burn in the wood-stove {paper-stuff accidentally gets thrown out way too often}

9. Blog more often {and someday be a full-time blogger!}

2010 brings with it a blank slate, a fresh start, and new opportunity.  I am proud of how much more resourceful we’ve become in the last year, and I am really excited to see how far we can go in 2010.


  1. Terry says:

    I’ve always believed in “1% solutions” – that is, doing what you can with what you have, instead of focusing on the 100% solution to any problem, which most often is impossible or impractical, so you just don’t do ANYTHING! So one of the things I want to do this year is keep increasing the amount of locally-grown food we eat. I already have chickens in the freezer from a local farmer; now I want to get as many of my fruits and vegetables locally this year as I can. And, yes, I will use less paper towel. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. mamamouseiam says:

    From both a worldview and a “pocketbook” view, it makes good sense – as it always has – to use our resources wisely and reduce waste. The two of us have become more aware of the miles we drive, and have made a successful effort to reduce our gas consumption by buying local, and combining trips. We buy less (and choose items with less packaging), and throw away less. We repurpose or recycle as much as possible. In 2010, I resolve (among other things) to avoid buying bottled water, and to always use reusable market bags. We are also going to plant a vegetable garden! As for paper towels? To conserve, I rip them in half or thirds for small jobs but, sorry, I’ll never be able to give them up completely without a twelve-step program! 😉

  3. Tonia says:

    The Paper Towel Chronicals:

    Day 1: Instead of wrapping my breakfast in paper towel and heading to work like usual, I put my toast on a small plate. Halfway out to my car, it slid off the plate and onto the ground. I still ate it…

    Day 2: I tried the plate again, and this time made it all the way to work. As I was walking into the office, my toast lept off the plate and landed on the dirty parking lot. I didn’t eat it.

    Hunger is good motivation…I either need a nice handmade lunch-sack, or I need to eat less slippery food.

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