When I first made plans with my friend Cameron to visit our friend Katie and her husband (also named Cameron) in Tucson, Arizona, I wasn’t sure I would be thrilled to visit the desert. I was looking forward to being somewhere with milder climates in December, but I wasn’t sure what Tucson would look like. Would it be dry and empty with a few cacti here and there like they depict in cartoons? My road trip along Route 66 last year gave me the impression that it would be like Utah, but much drier and more vacant. However, to my surprise, Tucson was not what I expected. There is no doubt in my mind that Tucson is very hot in the summertime, but it is also something else: green, artistic, and full of culture. Whether we were exploring Tucson in the day or wandering around at night, I found plenty that made me think I had found a small treasure in the dry, rugged desert. Continue Reading ›
One of my favorite things in fashion and design has arrived: Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2018, the company selected Ultra Violet because of its attachment to mystical and spiritual qualities as well as for its unconventional tone and artistic characteristics. This color is known for being a forward-thinking one. Pantone selected Ultra Violet for its sense of mindfulness and inspiration for communities. Sounds like something we could use a little more of in today’s world, doesn’t it? In Marketplace‘s recent podcast, design journalist Kassia St. Clair brought to light, even more reasons for me to admire this color. For one, it has been linked to many civil rights movements, and St. Clair sees it as a blend of red and blue. This combination emphasizes the need for more unified messaging and viewpoints in a world where we are politically divided. I’m already in admiration of this powerful and deeply moving shade of violet, and as it turns out, some of my favorite fashion brands are as well. Ten Thousand Villages, Studio 189, and We Are Thought also happen to be fans of this Pantone Color of the Year–not too shabby Ultra Violet! Continue Reading ›
“How you spend New Year’s Eve is how you spend the rest of the year.” -The O.C., Season 1
December is often equated with memories. Memories of childhood pastimes, family traditions, and moments with friends. My memories also contain something else: reruns of The O.C. Call it a cheesy melodrama full of overacting, but to me, it’s still a way to escape. It’s also one of my favorite pastimes during school breaks, and it’s full of advice that continues to ring true to me no matter where I am at in my life. While watching the New Year’s Eve episode, I thought back to how I spent this holiday in the past and if it reflected how I spent the rest of the year. Most of the time, New Year’s Eve had little to no effect on the rest of my year, but 2017 was different. This past year, I spent time on resolutions that were changed to affirmations after advice from Ecocult. How did my 2017 affirmations go? Did I accomplish and fulfill the sustainable lifestyle I wanted? Here are a few highlights and lowlights from the year.
It’s time to pass the turkey, devour pecan pie (or pumpkin if you prefer), and pile on the mashed potatoes! While I don’t agree with how Native Americans have been treated over the years, I do like Thanksgiving for being a day of gratitude, and it’s not just the food that interests me. While Thanksgiving is traditionally seen as a specific piece of American history, America isn’t the only country that sets aside time to express thanks. To see how a few other places show appreciation, keep reading! Continue Reading ›
Sustainability sounds like a huge endeavor. It sounds as though it could be unmanageable or too much to take on. Even though I’m working towards more a more sustainable lifestyle, even I feel overwhelmed at times. When people ask me, “Why do you do it?” I find that sometimes I can’t explain it other than a feeling of purpose. But that doesn’t fully express my reasoning. While looking through my DVD queue on Netflix, I found some answers that give my thoughts more clarity. Looking up documentaries on sustainable-related topics brought up more results than I expected. If there’s a few that really illustrate my thoughts, it’s these five films: Continue Reading ›