5 Lessons from Sustainability Podcasts

One thing has been adding up on my phone. It’s not the e-mails I need to respond to. It’s the number of podcasts that have added up since I started another semester at graduate school. In the past, I found podcasts as a way to stay informed and to unwind from constant textbook reading. Unfortunately, I’ve had to put podcasts on the back burner, but because of this month’s affirmations, I decided it was time to check back in with some of my favorite podcast hosts. Tuning in, I’m finding there are some ways to look at sustainability that I hadn’t considered. If you’ve seen sustainability as tree-hugging or are apprehensive that those who favor green living are judgmental, here are some of the lessons I’ve uncovered that make me think about sustainability in a different life. Continue Reading ›

October 2017 Affirmations

Even though I love the summer sun, I look forward to the crisp autumn air and a time for change with October approaching. One of my favorite things about this month is how it signifies a time for all of us to turn a new leaf. Although this term usually refers to recovery after shocking events, even if you aren’t recovering from difficult circumstances, fall is always a time for moving forward. Looking back on September’s affirmation, I find that I have changed a great deal, shedding my possessions and realizing how little I needed them. As my graduate studies continue, I’m finding how much I can live without as I look ahead to the future. Continue Reading ›

Is Minimalism the Answer to Sustainability?

Now that September has come to an end and I have participated in my own version of the 100 Thing Challenge, I feel some weight lifted with fewer craft projects, books, and toiletries, and I look forward to cutting down on my wardrobe over the coming year. Reducing what I own has definitely made me think differently about what I own and why I continue to keep it year after year. I’m beginning to see that not everything in my life needs to be perfect and that acquiring more things does not make my life better. I see how minimalism means I consume less and leads to a more sustainable life. But, is minimalism the best choice to live a more sustainable life? Is minimalism the answer and most effective way to reach sustainability? Continue Reading ›

My Bathroom Inventory

As someone who rarely wears makeup and strives to make their own beauty products, you might wonder why I decided to go through my toiletries for the 100 Thing Challenge. My reason for looking through my toiletries is simply because my bathroom is something I use every day, but I hardly ever think to inventory it to see what I have. Surely, I must not have that much if I see my toiletries every day and know what I have, right? I decided rather than assume I might as well use this opportunity to see what I don’t use and what I can give up on. As Dave Bruno points out, one of the hardest things he had eliminating was his woodworking tools. He held onto them, fantasizing about the woodworking artisan he might be, but never actually became. Looking around my bathroom, I wondered if there might be anything I was holding onto in hopes of becoming a persona I idealized. Continue Reading ›

My Book Inventory

Making my way through The 100 Thing Challenge, I find there is one thing I love to purchase no matter where I go: Books. When I visited family in San Francisco, I didn’t buy tons of clothes or souvenirs, I bought books. My cousin even apologized for taking me to a bookstore where I spent most of my vacation money. I’m not sure what it is about books, but they’ve always been something I’m eager to dive into. I think this stems from my childhood of being a bookworm, and admiring Belle from Beauty in the Beast. Unfortunately, what this has led to is too many books and no library to store them in. My bookshelves are full and it seems whenever I relocate, I always find boxes dedicated to my book collection. Since taking on The 100 Thing Challenge, I decided this had to come to an end, not only for future moves but also for my back after carrying boxes of books. Continue Reading ›