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Hello 2018!

Well 2017 is finally over. Here’s hoping 2018 will be loads better. I usually don’t do New Year’s Resolutions but I figured this year I would give it a go. I’m trying to keep them realistic and doable so I thought I’d share.

  1. Work on being vegan at home: I’m vegetarian and I rarely (if ever) drink cow’s milk. I do love cheese though. However, due to how bad animal agriculture is for the environment, I really want to work on lessening my impact. While I can have full control over the ingredients when I eat at home, going out to eat while vegan is pretty difficult. So I’m going to try my damndest to be vegan at home and vegetarian when I go out.
  2. Workout 3x per week: This one I would really like to stick to and there is no reason I should not be able to. I notice a big difference in my fitness levels since I moved home to sedentary America. My parents have a tiny home gym and I’ve recently fallen in love with the elliptical, so working out is going to cost me literally nothing. My new trick to motivate me is to pick a TV series that I am ONLY allowed to watch while I work out. I’m currently working my way through The West Wing, a series I haven’t watched since high school. The episodes are a respectable 45 minutes each and they always leave me itching to watch the next one.
  3. Have a monthly budget: This is something I really need to work on. I’m okay with limiting my purchases but I think setting a figure and seeing how much I spend on unnecessary things and saying “no” to going out and spending money will be a real eyeopener.
  4. Travel back to London: This one is a confirmed thing! Hurry up May! Have decided that I will be adding this to my resolutions every year from now.
  5. Buy majority of clothing second-hand: I want to lessen my environmental impact as much as possible. Plus I really like thrift shopping. It’s fun to never know what you are going to find or what deal you are going to get. I’ve recently discovered the Savers stores and now I can’t fathom spending more than $12 on any item of clothing.
  6. Journal/write more: This is something I strive towards every year. I so want to be a journal person. I’ve also bought a book of 300 writing prompts to help me as I usually don’t write because I feel like I have nothing to write about.
  7. Be asleep by 11PM: This one will be hard. It’s not so much about going to bed earlier, but becoming more of a morning person. I’m hoping a set bedtime will help.
  8. Read every night: I love to read and I do read a lot, but I would like to start reading more in bed. I usually read for a bit but then turn on the TV and watch until midnight. Hopefully this one helps me stick to #7!
  9. Blog 2x per week: I would really like to have this blog be a portfolio of my writing. Just purchased this domain name so hopefully I can get my money’s worth =]
  10. Keep making #zerowaste switchups: I recently wrote about this and I would like to keep improving and lessening the amount of plastic waste that I produce.
  11. Find a job that let’s me do some good: This will be probably my biggest resolution of 2018. I am determined not to work for a company unless it does some good for the world. I refuse to dedicate 40+ hours to something that I am not whole-heartedly passionate about. Interning at this summer really taught me that I am the most professionally fulfilled when I work on something related to environmentalism and that I can combine that with my skills in PR/communications.  I currently have a part-time job at a bookstore that I am happy to keep until the right thing comes along.

HAPPY 2018!

Conscious Living 101

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What is conscious living? To me it means looking past material goods, past my never-ending To-Do list, past the current woes facing the world today, past the things that I cannot control. It means taking small, everyday steps to living more deliberately and intentionally, and therefore more ethically. I also think it’s about remembering how many random factors had to occur for you to simply exist and appreciating it. I think a lot of people forget that our Earth is the exception, not the rule.

Here are some quick tips that you can start incorporating into your ever day life to begin living more intentionally:

  1. Keep a journal – ideally try to write in it every night. Jot down everything you did that day.
  2. Try doing “Meatless Mondays” – even refraining from eating meat for one day a week can drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
  3. Set your alarm for 10 minutes before you are meant to be up and make yourself a cup of coffee. Enjoy it in silence and think about the day ahead.
  4. Take up yoga – there are so many free tutorials on YouTube. Or if you are like me and can’t seem to turn your mind off, try something a that you have to concentrate on a bit more. Barre seems to be the answer for me.
  5. Carry a book with you wherever you go – instead of pulling out your phone on the bus try reading a book, even if it’s just for five minutes.

An Environmental Education – Books

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I LOVE TO READ and one of the best ways to become more compassionate about the environment is to get educated about it. Some of these I have read and some of them are on my list to read.

  1. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
  2. Why Women Will Save the Planet by Friends of the Earth
  3. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  4. To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? by Lucy Siegle
  5. How To Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World by Colin Beavan
  6. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work by Richard Oppenlander
  7. Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
  8. Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy by Corinne Gloria
  9. Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter
  10. No Impact Man by Colin Beavan