My Crafts Inventory

After finishing Chapter 4 of The 100 Thing Challenge, I realized there was one aspect I had not covered: my guidelines for taking on this challenge. I wasn’t sure cutting everything down to 100 things would be possible for me, but looking through my belongings, I also gathered I couldn’t keep everything I owned. As I started digging through books, craft projects, and more, I began putting everything in boxes to give away. My dad observed, “Are you giving all of these books away? Looks like you have a library.” His comments made me realize that although I may not be able to handle cutting everything down to 100 things, I can definitely cut back on what I own. This led me to set a few of my own guidelines, similar to what Dave Bruno establishes in his book: Continue Reading ›

September 2017 Affirmations

Summer has come and gone, always too quick. I was grateful to have time to finish up some sewing projects and look forward to continuing cleaning out my craft clutter. So far, I’ve donated a lot of craft items to my workplace and I’m excited to see how it can be of use to them in educational projects. Knowing most of my craft projects are complete helps everything feel a little more manageable and relieving. And, constantly going through my belongings helps limit and reduce what I own. It’s freeing, but this month I’m taking on more when it comes to organizing and decluttering. Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Final Week

Although I’d like to say that this final week of Plastic-Free July went incredibly well after last week, unfortunately, I have to report that I ran into some hiccups. Early in the week, I headed to the grocery store, and I realized that looming finals and the urgency to get home to cook led me to forget my reusable grocery bags. At the end of the week, I went out to eat with a classmate, and although I avoided plastic silverware, I ended up carrying my food out in a Styrofoam container and plastic bag. Now that many other classmates and co-workers inquire about my blog and follow me on social media, I was also asked for my take on bags for small packaged snacks. It seems that in my rush to get everything in place, I found scenarios where I chose plastic. At first, I felt some disappointment, but instead, I decided to take a look at the situation from a different point of view. Was my use of plastic covering up something else? Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Week 3

After feeling fueled last week to attempt some new steps for shopping and cleaning during Plastic-Free July, I was empowered and ready to go! My first step was to purchase some reusable bamboo silverware and once it arrived I made sure to put it in my backpack along with a collapsible plastic storage container just in case I decided to eat at a restaurant and needed containers for leftovers. I felt proud of myself for remembering to make this a part of my routine to reduce my consumption and waste of plastic. Armed and ready, I was eager to take on the world! So, how did this week turn out? I found it wasn’t with fanfare, but a realization about sustainable living that made all the difference in my affirmations. Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Week 2

After Week 1 of Plastic-Free July, I decided to take a few steps forward to be proactive and make this challenge a success. During Week 1, I encountered some situations where I couldn’t avoid plastic silverware, which led me to purchase reusable bamboo silverware. Although I’ve found bamboo has some setbacks, it’s a step up from using and tossing out plastic silverware. And since I like my bamboo toothbrush, I decided, why not try the silverware too? I’ve also reminded myself to avoid using plastic bags at the grocery store when I can and decided the next time I purchase a large amount of one type of produce, I’ll have to make sure it finds its way to my cloth shopping bag instead of feeling I have to resort to plastic. Continue Reading ›