33: The Best Year

Although most of my reading these days is confined to business textbooks, I recently started looking up other interests in light of my 33rd birthday. So far, I’ve come to enjoy my thirties, even more than I enjoyed my twenties. Listening to friends who are just on the cusp of entering their thirties, I sense their anticipation and recall feeling anxious as twenty-nine came to a close. During a conversation with one of my friends who is considering going back to school for a career change she mentioned, “If I start next year, by the time I’m done I’ll be thirty-two!” I replied, “Does it make you feel any better if I tell you I’m thirty-two and just started graduate school?” Turning any new leaf (or age) sounds intimidating, but each year feels more like an accomplishment instead of something to dread. According to Yahoo!, thirty-three seems to be the age people report being their best year. But, before I say “Goodbye” to thirty-two, I’m taking a look back at more to check off on My 30 List. Continue Reading ›

Moms and Fair Trade

This weekend marks two important dates that are all about honoring and empowering others. You may already be celebrating Mother’s Day, but World Fair Trade Day might be an unknown to you. What does fair trade have to do with Mom? As I’ve found, Moms teach us about the principles of fair trade, whether we realize it or not. What exactly are those principles and how does Mom teach them to us? Today, I’m taking a closer look at each one to see how Moms inspire us to uphold the principles of fair trade. Continue Reading ›

Ethical Fashion Resources

Starting a commitment to sustainable and ethical fashion practices can be very overwhelming. At times you might wonder how it can be possible. You wonder what you can do. You wonder is it enough? Doing a quick Google search on eco-friendly fashion companies can bring up a huge list, and although everything seems great, I have found that eventually, I read somewhere that a company is not as eco-friendly as I once thought. Before you get in over your head, consider incorporating sustainability into smaller pieces. Wherever you happen to begin your ethical fashion journey, whether it’s online, in a used clothing store, or reading a well-renowned blogger, here are a few resources to consider and select from. Continue Reading ›

The Events that Inspired Me to Change

If you’re an ethical fashionista like me, you’re ready for April because of one specific reason. It’s not because you’re anticipating spring weather. It’s not because you’re one month closer to summer (although it is one month closer to May the Fourth). It’s because April is the month of Fashion Revolution Day. It’s not a day of celebration, but it is a day to advocate for changes in the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution Day is a day to give a voice to the garment workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza complex on April 24, 2013. Although I’ve been blogging about sustainability both in the fashion and travel industry for a while, I have only stumbled upon these movements recently. What took so long for me to catch onto something others have known about for years? Continue Reading ›

April 2017 Affirmations

Spring carries many different meanings. Whether people enjoy spring with celebrations during the Vernal Equinox or chocolate bunnies or tree blossoms, spring is a time to renew. After advocating for and sharing my advice on how to advocate for and support causes, I feel empowered to take on this next month. I still have January, February, and March’s affirmations in my mind as I move forward, and it feels amazing to have incorporated these small steps to reach a larger picture of a more sustainable, balanced, and healthy lifestyle. On occasion, I have made missteps like neglecting time for myself, but I’ve enjoyed making these affirmations a part of my everyday life. Continue Reading ›