2015 goals

If you've been reading Style Wise for awhile, you may remember I started last year with a 12 Months, 12 Goals challenge. Well, I quickly realized it wasn't a very useful way to organize my posts because I don't respond well to a set schedule. I prefer to dabble in a bit of everything at once. Despite that, I still managed to meet several of my initial goals.
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The original list is below:

  • Shop secondhand
  • Learn to sew. 
  • Shop local
  • Shop handmade
  • Donate to a microloan organization. 
  • Invest in a fair trade garment
  • Write an article on the state of the garment industry
  • Explore more fair trade food options
  • Start a petition that demands manufacturing transparency. 
  • Spread the word about fair trade in my community.

Last year, I relied more and more on thrift shops for the bulk of things I wanted or needed, explored local and handmade options, purchased a pretty hefty (too hefty, perhaps) amount of fair trade clothing and accessories, wrote an article for Relevant Magazine, committed to buy only fair trade coffee (and purchased fair trade green beans every time I went to Whole Foods), and set up a booth at a fair trade coffee shop to spread the word about World Fair Trade Day. Not too shabby. 

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This year, my goals look a little different. I want to:

  • Maintain and get better at the good consumer habits I've already developed.
  • Start to explore broader issues of sustainability.
  • Collaborate more with fair trade and other ethics minded organizations with guest posts, interviews, and reviews. 
  • Write more long form posts.
  • Feature more fair trade bloggers.

The last goal will be fairly easy to fulfill now that I've joined the Ethical Writers Coalition. It's a community of like-minded bloggers, podcast hosts, and vloggers who get together virtually to discuss news, events, and issues pertaining to ethics and consumerism. 

As far as personal goals are concerned, I want to push myself to come up with innovative ideas at my job and bolster my stock (and sales) at Platinum and Rust Vintage. We also have plans to travel abroad, so financial planning is imperative. 

What are your plans for 2015? If you have a blog, where do you see it headed this year?


  1. This is a great list and I wish you all the best in 2015! I will definitely have to check out the Ethical Writers Coalition. It sounds like a great organization.

  2. Oh wow, congratulations on getting so much crossed off your list for 2014! I don't even remember where I've placed my list of goals/resolutions for 2014! I guess having it handy electronically could have been rather useful!
    Anyway, I really do love your 2015 list and how it is less focused on specific things but rather general lifestyle frames such as "maintain," "start to explore," and "collaborate more"! I think my list of goals for my blog in 2015 would resonate a lot with your list--continually limiting and improving my consumption, increasing my collaborations, and more engaging with my readers.
    Also, thank you for sharing the info about the Ethical Writers Coalition! I just signed up as well! I've been looking for something like this for ages! You're the best!
    Here's to a beautiful 2015!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

    1. It feels so nice to have gotten the work of building a foundation for positive consumer habits out of the way so I can refine things. I think you'll be a great addition to the Ethical Writers Coalition!

      Thanks for your supportive comments!

  3. Hi! This is Elizabeth from The Note Passer. Just wanted to say hi and that these are great goals - similar to mine. Where will you travel? I recommend the 50-30-20 Rule for budgeting. Changed my life. http://thenotepasser.com/blog/2014/1/7/50-30-20-budget

    Happy New Year!

    1. Hi and thanks for commenting! We're planning on visiting our friends in Paris this summer; I have a fund going for it and I hope I'll be able to keep up. Thanks for the link; that looks like a useful way to think about budgeting and one that might actually help me stay on track.