How to Support Gender Equality

Although sustainability is a cause I care deeply about and was the focus of my last blog post, there’s another cause I support that falls into the realm of sustainability and ethics. Just as I care about how we treat the environment, I care about how we treat one another. With March officially designated as Women’s History Month, you’ve no doubt noticed many people wearing red or knitted and crocheted pink hats to show solidarity for the equal treatment of women. While I agree that it’s incredibly important to empower women all over the world, not just in developing nations, it’s also important to realize that we cannot have equality for women without considering men too. Men and women are both placed in roles and feel pressure to fit specific stereotypes. Even though we are currently encouraging and inspiring people to reach beyond their gender roles, there are still some areas where we are making our way through the complicated labyrinth of gender and society. How can we break the mold of gender expectations? Here are few ideas and steps I’m going to start taking to show how I support gender equality: Continue Reading ›

March 2017 Affirmations

March is known for being a month of green. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring, March is no doubt a time for this color. As I’m incorporating more “green” choices for a more conscious lifestyle, I have so far reflected on relationships and sustainability in my home. This past month I had a great deal of fun finding recipes and mixtures to make my own cleaning supplies and I was delighted to find many of the ingredients weren’t complicated to find. Memories of one of my favorite high school classes, A.P. Chemistry, came back to me as I researched mixes and combinations.

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For the Love of Travel

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

—The Sound of Music

When I’m asked what I want to do with my life after graduate school, I can only come up with one response of certainty: “I want to travel. I want to live internationally.” I’ve always wanted travel in my life; it’s something that isn’t a completely foreign concept to me. Foreign countries may sound intimidating, but in reality, the thought of living somewhere else isn’t a strange idea to me. Some people, however, don’t share the same enthusiasm for my idea. Shouldn’t I want a job or career first? Shouldn’t I be looking for a companion, someone to share in my love of travel? Of course, I do want a career and eventually a partner, but I have different priorities. Continue Reading ›

January 2017 Affirmations

If there’s one thing that can be tough about sustainability, it’s constantly making sure you’re committing, which is especially tough when you have a job that requires you to be on the move. In the past, I’ve set goals for myself to maintain sustainability although I moved every few months or so to a new location and job. Even though most of my moving was from Denver to nearby towns, after several years I began moving temporarily to San Diego and then internationally followed by a few months in Chicago. While I was in Chicago, I noticed it could be difficult at times to maintain my sustainable practices. On some occasions I found myself holding a plastic bag instead of a cloth one or using Ziploc bags instead of looking for replacements. In order to remedy the situation, I set a few goals for myself, which have gone fairly well. I continue to use cloth bags, I have a reusable lunch tote and I love to shop at local markets and boutiques. I was also gifted reusable bags to replace Ziploc bags and I always strive to carry a refillable water bottle with me. While all of these updates are great news, I still sometimes find myself feeling overwhelmed. Continue Reading ›

Lessons From My Ethical Fashion Career

It’s hard to believe that graduate school is beginning in the next few days as I wind down my summer assistantships.  Last year around this time, I was frantically searching for a temporary apartment in Chicago for an internship with a fair trade fashion company in sales and marketing.  I had always wanted to live in Chicago and although I didn’t stay longer, my involvement with the company made me realize that I still support the industry even if I’m not directly working in the field.  Finding my way back to the arts, I didn’t see my involvement in ethical fashion as a complete bust, as I used my knowledge of retail and marketing in my summer assistantships with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art.  As it turns out, my assistance with pop-up shops and trade shows, counting inventory and writing company blog posts prepared me for more than I thought.  While my support for ethical fashion may solely be on this blog as I focus on graduate school, there are some valuable lessons from the industry that have equipped me this past summer. Continue Reading ›