The Best and Worst of My 2017 Affirmations

“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.

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Giving Thanks Around the World

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 ›

November 2017 Affirmations

It’s that time of year again when scary stories come to an end and shopping lists become the priority. Committing to reading books and watching documentaries on sustainability, has unfortunately gotten me behind on my October affirmations, but that doesn’t mean I’m stopping here. Taking out moments to tune into a podcast or open a book that isn’t from my graduate school readings is beneficial to remember why I have a passion for certain ways of living, traveling, and purchasing. Because I still have some books to finish reading and documentaries to watch, I’ll be carrying some of last month’s affirmations into this month. However, the mention of shopping lists has got me thinking about what I can focus on in November. Continue Reading ›

Halloween Around the World

All holidays have certain implications, and Halloween is no exception. Most people think of costumes, parties, Trick or Treat, or tales of spooky hauntings. My memories of Halloween are usually centered around being bundled up as I ran around the neighborhood with my friend dressed as Tinkerbell. After a night full of candy gathering, I returned home and ate candy with my sister until we couldn’t fit anymore into our stomachs while we watched scary movies or ready spooky stories late into the night. Celebrating Halloween means there is always an aspect of fun attached, and as I’ve found fun is no exception in other countries. To see what I mean, here’s how a few other countries enjoy this evening in honor of the dead: Continue Reading ›

Dads and the Outdoors

In anticipation of my week off from school and work, I was looking forward to one thing: being completely alone. I couldn’t wait to finish craft projects, sort through my belongings, clear out my closet for donations, and go on adventures. While I was eager to go on my outdoor journeys solo, a walk along Cedar City’s Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park trail with my dad convinced me to invite him to join me in my excursions. Joining him for a fishing trip at Yankee Meadow and hiking Kanarraville Falls ended being more than what my dad refers to as “Father-Daughter bonding time.” While I’ve spent just as much time outside with my mom, I found these two outdoor opportunities left me with a few life lessons from my dad: Continue Reading ›