It’s not always easy to have hope. I know I’ve always have a vision for my life, even those it’s changed quite a bit over the years. When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian and knew exactly where I wanted to live and how many dogs and cats I wanted to have. Along the way, I realized that becoming a veterinarian was pretty unrealistic, since I wasn’t good at anything needed to make that work. Could I have learned it? Maybe, but as much as I wanted to be a veterinarian I knew I wouldn’t enjoy the journey it took to get there. They say that’s what it’s all about, right? Life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey.
It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks around here. The group I’ve been mentioning Replenishing Oklahoma raised about $700 in donations for the animal shelters in Oklahoma and that’s only working in two cities. We’re not done yet! We will set up at the Stillwater Wal-Mart on Perkins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30th and we’ve gotten donation boxes set up all over campus. Continue reading →
Women’s struggles are some the most prevalent problems in the world today. I’ve been finding a lot of inspirational information being passed around since it’s National Women’s History, especially about women’s struggles to live in this world.
This post was inspired by a National Geographic special for “He Named Me Malala”, which about the Pakistani school girl, who was shot for standing up for girls education in Pakistan.
It led me on a search for these others, which gave me an enlightening couple of weeks, learning about the struggles of women everywhere. I hope one or all of them catch your attention, so you can share in these struggles with me and we can work to build a better world for our hurting sisters.
I have been searching for a upcycler for quite some time. I really wanted to find someone who did more than slap a new coat of paint on something and call it good. Yes, that does serve a need, is super creative, but this purpose I needed someone who really took time to take the unusable or unwanted and make it functional. Someone who not only showed interest in this project, but also followed through with an interview! I mean this guy is pretty much a miracle!
I’m starting this blog post a little early because I simply can’t sleep. Up until this week this project has caused me to be nothing but anxious and somewhat discouraged. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, how I was going to put this thing together or why I should even bother because who the heck cares anyway?
I made the first cut for my documentary this week. Kind of nerve wracking, pretty overwhelming, but very exciting too. I waited until I was pretty deep in the interviewing process because I wanted to see what ideas would end up working out and which ones wouldn’t. I also was having a problem coming up with a centralized theme, instead of just a bunch of random facts crammed together. I think the story line will revolved around Stillwater. Yes, that might seem obvious, after all it is about recycling options in Stillwater, but I don’t want it to be about just one person. Not only was it next to impossible to find someone that would dedicate that much time and effort, but no one person really takes advantage of all the opportunities Stillwater has to recycle.
The precycling or reducing portion of this documentary takes place at our local Food Pyramid. It took a lot of back and forth, but eventually it got permission to film in the store. When doing a video of any kind, it’s important to show people what you’re talking about. If I wasn’t able to get their permission I still had a couple of more options for stores to choose from and if that didn’t work, I would bought examples of all the rules and we would have talked about it at their house.
Precycling, also known as reducing, is the most important thing a person can do. Precycling, preventing recycling, is about reducing waste by avoiding items that will generate it, or selecting certain items that will generate less, or acquiring items that can be reused for something else.
This weekend has been super busy with documentary filming and planning.
Although I still haven’t got an interview with the landfill people (I’m not giving up because I heard the person who used to be in charge has been transferred, so I will call the new person soon) I just happened to be there with a camera so I got some footage. Lucky me.