It’s that time of year again – 2011 is coming to a close, and it’s time to look forward to what’s in store for the New Year. We asked some of the leaders in the DFW vegan scene about what their resolutions were for 2012 (jump to the end for mine). After reading some of these responses, you might get some ideas for your own resolutions – and will hopefully be excited about 2012!
Christina MacMicken and Megan Topham
Founders, Good Karma Kitchen
New Year’s resolutions are rarely kept, but with proper motivation to help carry people to their goal…anything can be achieved. For our beloved company, Good Karma Kitchen, that pull is the vegan community. We have been surprised and are truly grateful for all the support that has come from vegans across North Texas. Their incredible generosity has led directly to the Good Karma Kitchen 2012 New Year’s Resolution: To provide gluten-free vegan options for all of our menu items and to move towards minimally processed foods with continued growth in sustainability.
Texas Campaign Coordinator, Mercy For Animals
I love resolutions and intentions, and New Year’s is a perfect opportunity to set them (though obviously we can create a new goal at any moment). I think the key is to think through some specifics of what it would entail to fulfill on resolutions so they actually happen.
Increase my effectiveness as an activist
This entails rereading Change of Heart by Nick Cooney; being more organized by employing the techniques in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Getting Things Done by David Allen, and “Inbox Zero”; setting aside time for specific projects with YEA Camp versus getting to it when I have time, which I never do; and getting more activists throughout the state involved with Mercy For Animals, also enabling me to need to do less, working smarter, not harder.
Creating more balance and sustainability in my life
I plan to find ways to travel (even for just long weekends); read and do The Artist’s Way and take regular classes on things I love but never seem to have time to do, like learning guitar, writing, and dance; improve my Spanish; volunteer with another organization in Dallas; meet some great new people along the way; and at least three days a week have a green smoothie and get at least an hour’s worth of exercise. It sounds like a lot, and I might look back and laugh at my ambitious list, but I have 12 months!
The Blissful Chef, author of Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet
I look forward to 2012 and hope I can help more people on their path to healthier, happier lives. One of my professional goals is to meet as many people as possible in person by touring around the country with Blissful Bites. I’d like to finish up my second book as well. On a personal level I’d like to eat more healthful home made meals and strengthen new friendships. Maybe do another triathlon!
Founder, Vegan Club at UTA
Be more organized
I plan to have a binder specifically to plan Vegan Club events and keep track of paperwork and the like. For the past few semesters, I have been keeping the paperwork in a separate section of my school binder, but our club has been growing and we are planning more and more events, so I think it’s best to have a binder dedicated solely to vegan events.
I have found that doing collaborations with other clubs on campus is a great way to get more people interested in learning about veganism. We have collaborated with the Environmental Society and the Asian Students Association, and we plan to continue to do so – but next semester I hope we can also reach out to do events with UTA Volunteers and the UTA Pool Team to get an even bigger audience.
Update my food blog
My sister and I run a food blog, but we haven’t updated it in a while. I want to try to take pictures of all the food I eat/make so I can post on my food blog. Hopefully our blog can showcase how easy and delicious vegan food can be and inspire people.
Founder, DallasVegan.com and the Texas State Veggie Fair
With all of my time that is consumed sitting at a computer – be it working my 9-5 job, or researching, writing for DallasVegan.com and planning for the TSVF (with a touch of R & R mixed in), I’ve always given myself the excuse that I haven’t the time to devote to reading many books – which is a shame.
There are so many interesting, brilliant, and motivating authors out there today that I’m doing myself a disservice by not taking the time to read more. Not only will I gain new perspectives on things from animal rights, health, the environment and more – but living in Dallas we have the unique opportunity to meet and discuss these books with the authors as they come through town to lecture.
Just this year in DFW we’ve had Will Tuttle – author of The World Peace Diet, Neal Barnard – author of the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and Dr. Melanie Joy – author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. What an amazing group of authors!
My resolution for 2012 is to read more. As a measure, my goal is to read 8 complete books (which I realize is easy for some, but is challenge for me). By doing so, I hope to increase my awareness of many issues and open my mind to new ideas!