Spring into Action: Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities

There is no shortage of Earth Day Activities to help celebrate and preserve our beautiful Earth, especially with all this beautiful weather we’ve had. In honor of the beautiful weather and Earth Day right around the corner, I’ve compiled a list of Earth Day Activities.

There is no shortage of ways to spring into action. Help celebrate and preserve our beautiful Earth with this list of Earth Day Activities.

  1. Take Alternative Transportation

    As much as I like a quick car ride to work, it often serves as a barrier to me and my environment. There is so much we miss in the car. Taking a walk, riding a bike or even a bus can completely change the point of view. You might find a new restaurant, hang out place, even make new friends when you think outside the car. Plus, one less car on the road has amazing environmental benefits and health benefits.

  2. Have a Buy Nothing Month

    There are so many benefits to having a buy nothing month. From the mining or harvesting of resources, to pollution and working conditions of factories, capitalism is not the best thing for our Earth. An economy based on capitalism does our Earth a huge disservice and wreaks havoc on our pocket book. Being aware of what we buy and why we buy can put us in better position both financially and environmentally.

  3. Plant a Garden

    There are so many environmental and personal benefits to growing your own food. The average piece of produce travels over 3,000 miles to get to your plate. As the produce travels, it loses its nutrients and taste. There is nothing more delicious than a freshly picked peach, picked at just the right time, but there is no way to enjoy those benefits unless you grow your own. Plus, if you grow your own food, you get to control whether pesticides are used.

  4. Use Reusable Shopping Bags

    As Americans, we go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags every year, costing retailers about $4 billion dollars.

    There is a mindset that plastic bags are “free,” but not only do stores hide their cost in higher prices at the register, but also there is a cost for taxpayers of .17 cents per bag in pollution clean-up costs too. In the state of California alone, public agencies spend more than $25 million annually to manage plastic bag pollution.

    It’s easy to forget those reusable bags. I’ve gone to great lengths to make sure I never have an excuse to not use them. I put a set in my car’s truck, but some by the doors, so I can grab them as I leave, if I plan to walk.  Another solution is to get bags that fit easily in your purse, pocket or on your keychain, so I can have them at all times.

    Even without plastic bags, we still bring in tons of plastic items into our homes. To take this step to the next level, you can opt for plastic-shopping. Bring your own produce bags or bulk items sacks.

    There is no shortage of ways to spring into action. Help celebrate and preserve our beautiful Earth with this list of Earth Day Activities.

  5. Pick up Litter

    There is only a few times in life where you can have your cake and eat it too. What better Earth Day activities would there be than to make the Earth a cleaner and better place, while also enjoying the beauty of nature?

  6. Reduce Food Waste

    According to the USDA, Americans throw away 25 percent, 52 billion pounds, of the food they purchase.  During the holidays, it is estimated, we throw away three times during this time as much as we do the rest of the year. This one area you can definitely make a major dent in saving your family money and also helping our Earth.

    Food waste is an epidemic in America and probably in many of the other first world countries throughout the world. There are many reasons for this problem. Food is getting cheaper and cheaper, so now people tend to undervalue these products. Also, people are so far removed from where their food comes from and how much work goes into it that again, people undervalue their food.

     

    Get organized and start meal planning is one of the best ways to reduce food waste. You can also plan to trade leftovers and meals with family and friends, if you’ve bought too much or made too much for your family. Although it should be a last resort, you can also compost raw produce to help cut down on food waste.

  7. Set Goals

    Sit with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy- It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin.

  8. Switch to Non-Disposables

    Really, using single use products is just silly. I get so tired of seeing my apartment complex’s trash filled with single use plastic items, Styrofoam and paper products.

    I mean come on. Water bottles only contain FOUR cents worth of water and for what? There is more and more information being released that clearly says tap water is no worse than bottled water. Yet, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year.  Only 25 percent of that plastic is recycled, but if we recycled the other 75% we could save 1 billion gallons of oil and 44 million cubic yards of landfill space annually. If you just HAVE to have bottled water, opt for gallon jugs or those huge reusable jugs for your bottled water needs.


    Here
    are some other great ways to drastically reduce your use of plastic and why these steps are so important.

    This doesn’t go for just bottled water. This also the case for Styrofoam. Styrofoam has a whole list of chemicals linked to all kinds of health problems that can be leached into your liquid, especially hot liquids like coffee. Plus, Styrofoam is virtually impossible to recycle or reuse.

    This is why a reusable bottle is one of the first changes you can make to help reduce the amount of trash you throw away.

  9. Contact

    And last, but not least, contact corporations, your local representative in congress, anybody who practices unsustainable. Ignore the first paragraph of this post and it has EXCELLENT info about why you should contact your congressperson and how to do it.

    Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility.

Looking for some other ways to celebrate spring? Check out these other posts!

How the Beauty of Spring Shows the Renewal of the Gospel – The Peculiar Treasure

DIY Spring Flower Pots with Patina Copper – Curbside Overhaul

How to Choose Plant Varieties in the Garden – Little Sprouts Learning Garden

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How to Get Organized and Save Money

My Journey to Get Organized and Save Money

Over the past few months, I’ve had an influx of chaos, so I decided it was time to get organized and save money. During my research for finding the best tips and tricks for a budget, I learned 21 percent of Americans don’t have a savings account. Of the Americans that do have a savings, 62 percent don’t have over $1,000 in their savings.

I was pretty shocked by this news. With my personality I always thought it was important to save money. It was the only thing that could help me function at times, knowing I had money to fall back on. I wanted to help others get those same tools, so they too could have the security of a savings.

When I was younger, the solution for saving money was simple. Just don’t spend any. All I had to buy was gas to get to school and work. The other things such as food while I was out, entertainment with friends, clothes and gadgets were optional. For the most part I would have rather save money than spend it on that.

Getting organized to save money is not always the easiest, but with these nine tips, you can be sure to have a successful no-spend month.

Adulting is Hard

Of course, saving money as an adult is a bit more difficult. You have bills for one. For two, after you spent such a large amount of money on all that boring stuff, it feels like you’ve earned it to play a bit. As an adult, I have a weakness for food. When my mom made all my meals, it was easy to make good choices because it was a no-brainer. Occasionally, I would go out with a friend or on my lunch break.

Now that I have to cook for myself all the time, I have to make good choices from beginning to end. That’s a lot more difficult. I have to decide to buy wholesome ingredients, then actually go home and cook them. That’s a huge battle, especially when it’s easier and tastier to eat out. Plus, it’s a comfort thing. My mom’s food was comfort. Cooking my own food is never comfortable, but eating that greasy mushroom swiss burger “that I earned” totally is.

When I moved out on my own, I easily spent a fourth of my paycheck on food-both to cook at home and eating out. It was the only thing I’ve really worked on curbing back. One way I did this was cut down the amount of times I go to the store. Not only is it time consuming, but the more I went, the more I spent. I was always finding something that wasn’t on the list that I just ‘needed’.

My Solution to Save Money

I joined a pre-paid local community-supported agriculture program to get all my veggies once a week. I plan all my meals around what I get there, which makes it a ton easier. Instead of making whatever catches my interest on Pinterest that might have a bunch of expensive ingredients that I only need a tiny bit of, I can use more staple ingredients. Every 2 or 3 weeks, I make a trip to the store and stock up on meat for the freezer, dairy and other staples, along with any toiletries I need. This has been the biggest change I’ve made to save money.

Now that you know a bit about my story, here are my tips to prioritize and get ready for a no-spend month.

  1. Figure Out the Why

    There are many reasons to participate in a no-spend month. For some it’s to save money, for some it’s a way to find out exactly what you’re spending money on and why. A no-spend month can help you declutter your life, mind, and organize your priorities. For me I lend toward the environmental reasons. From using up the Earth’s resources for the production process to pollution in the manufacturing process and finally the disposal process- capitalism really puts the Earth through the ringer. Not to mention the human rights war fought in each step of the process. Knowing these costs help keep me focused on what’s important and helps me decide what I need to have in my life. You have to do the same in preparation of your no-spend month.

  2. Know Your Weaknesses

    And have a plan. For me, it’s obviously food. On a bad day, I really want that ice cream shake and mushroom swiss burger. Really, really bad. So what is going to be my reward instead? Giving myself time to read a book? Taking the night off to watch a movie I already own? Making myself a special dinner out of what I already have? Finally getting to that special upcycle project I’ve been itching to do? These all are great options to replace that ‘reward’ that wasn’t really good for me, my budget or future. Knowing my weakness can help me put a plan in place to avoid a fall. Even if I do fall, it’s not the end and the rest of the month still counts, so I have to find a way to get back on track as soon as possible. Also, I try to think about the thoughts behind that action. What was the true motivation that lead me to that choice, so I can address it and avoid it in the future.

  3. Take Back the Power

    Some times social conditioning can really take a negative toll on our life. Companies capitalize on that tiredness we feel from a rough day at work and the need we feel to be rewarded. They also capitalize on that anxiety we feel when we see a SALE that we just don’t want to miss. I don’t need a special outfit for that special occasion. Just because there is a once in a life time sale, don’t mean another opportunity won’t come around. The people and cat in my life will still love me even if I don’t buy that necklace or that new pair of shoes. Those things don’t define me. Getting rid of the stuff, so that the important things can fit was an important lesson I learned in my no-spend experiences.

  4. Practice the Pause

    Before I start a non-spend month, I practice saying no. Instinct tells me to indulge as much as possible before I cutback, but I find it’s much easier to practice before, so there’s not so much whiplash. Most people tend to have problems with cold turkey approaches, it’s important to kind of get in the groove before the no-spend month. Before purchasing or even eating anything, I ask myself is this something that I really need in my life? In my body? Will it improve my quality of life?

  5. Make a List of Necessities

    What do you have to pay for? These things include rent, utilities, debts and other monthly expenses. It’s important to know exactly how much money you have coming in and going out. It will make budgeting decisions in the future much easier.

  6. Take Stock of Food

As I mentioned earlier, this is the hardest category for me. Some no-spenders don’t buy any food at all. Instead they rely only on what they have in the pantry to cook everything from scratch. Others just buy fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy. This is a difficult category because it is considered a ‘necessity’ but there is a fine line. You have to find a strategy that works for you. Because my weakness is obviously food, I avoid the store at all cost and just use what I have. It inspires me to be creative to use what I have.  Cutting down trips to the store will help cut down on buying unnecessary items and also save gas.

7. Get rid of disposables

Rather than stocking up the week before you start a no-spend month, it should be about using what you have, instead of stocking up in preparation. It would be impossible to participate in a no-spend month with disposable items in the equation. Paper towels, napkins, paper plates, disposable cutlery is replaceable with permanent items.

8. Cut out luxuries

That latte you get every morning? It’s a luxury. That newspaper you read on the train ride? Luxury.

This will vary from family to family but, in general, recurring bills, gas and groceries would be considered necessities while lattes, restaurant meals, and new shoes would definitely be off-limits. But again, food causes a bit of a predicament because even groceries can be a luxury. Steak every night with cheesecake and bottled water would be considered a luxury. Learn how to cook a whole chicken, shred your own cheese, and cut your own vegetables. Single-serve and pre-packaged items have a higher mark-up and when there is a cheaper alternative it goes in the luxury category. Think what your parents and grandparents did. Those little things add up.

9. Get Creative

Creativity is essential in a no-spend month. Have a special event and you need something special to wear? Dig through your closet and get creative. Have a birthday coming up? What can you make out of what you already have as a gift or maybe even cook something special for that person. No-spend months are all about getting creative and using what you have. To me, that’s the part that makes it so fun. Anyone can go find a sale item, but not many people can see potential in what they already have.

Getting organized to save money is not always the easiest, but with these nine tips, you can be sure to have a successful no-spend month. Be sure to leave a comment with your best advice for a no-spend month.

Check out these other awesome posts for more tips and tricks to get organized this spring!

Ordering Seeds, Stay Organized – Little Sprouts Learning Garden

Organizing Tips for the Unorganized – Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

Free Ways to Organize your Stuff -They’re Not Our Goats

How to Organize Your Life When You Are Not – The Peculiar Treasure

For the Birds: DIY Bird Seed Container – Curbside Overhaul

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10 Easy Steps to a Green New Year

How to Have a Green New Year

There are so many resolutions for a green new year.  Some people choose not to mess with resolutions at all because they know how difficult it is to actually follow through. Making a resolution, especially one to be more green, really doesn’t have to be hard. The trick is to narrow down that resolution to a specific goal and make a plan. It’s also not about overwhelming yourself with resolutions, this can also make it difficult to complete the resolution. Hopefully, this post will give you some ideas for baby steps for a green new year and once you conquer those, come back for the tips to step it up!

here are so many options for sustainable resolutions. If it seems a bit overwhelming, start with these 10 Easy Steps to a Green New Year.

1. Reusable shopping bags

As Americans, we go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags every year, costing retailers about $4 billion dollars.

Although people think plastic bags are “free,” not only do stores hide their cost in higher prices at the register, but plastic bags actually cost taxpayers .17 cents per bag in pollution clean-up costs too. In the state of California alone, public agencies spend more than $25 million annually to manage plastic bag pollution.

As far as sustainable efforts go, I’m sure this ranks high on everyone’s list for a green new year, but there is always one small problem. We can’t ever remember to bring them… This used to be a huge problem for me, but then I started shopping at Aldi’s. For those who haven’t experienced this joy, one of the many joys of Aldi’s is they charge extra for shopping bags. Generally, stores have the price of bags built into the cost of its products, but at Aldi’s they encourage you to bring your own bag or they’ll charge you extra to buy theirs. This practice helped me into the habit of bringing my own.

Tips

But for those, who don’t have an Aldi’s to remind them, having a routine that makes it easy to remember your bags is extremely important. I would recommend always having your bags put back in the car. If you have two cars that might end up with you at the store, then stock them both with your own bags. If it’s too much of a struggle to get the bags back to the car, maybe have a spot by the door to store them, so you can grab them as you go out.

Another solution is to get bags that fit easily in your purse, pocket or on your keychain, so you can have them at all times.

Step It UP

Even without plastic bags, we still bring in tons of plastic items into our homes. To take this step to the next level, you can opt for plastic-shopping. Bring your own produce bags or bulk items sacks.

2. Take your own cup

It is estimated that 500 billion disposable cups are discarded to landfill every year. That’s one million cups a minute, every hour of every day of every year. One-hundred forty-six billion of those are dedicated to our morning coffee.

One way we can easily change this is to simply bring your own cup to get your coffee or drink your water.

Although, I’m not a coffee drinker, I’ve been drinking from a water bottle for about a year now and I love it. I’m never thirsty or searching for the nearest water fountain because I always have a water bottle at my side.

Step It UP

Once you’ve started bringing your own cup for a while, it’s time to spread the joy so others can have a green new year. Having a New Year’s party or some other gathering throughout the year? Don’t use single-serve cups. Be an example for your friends and family with reusable cups and glasses. Sure it might require an extra step, but the benefits for our Earth and future are limitless.

3. Eating at the restaurant

Take out is full of single-use items that have no other purpose than to be thrown away. Generally, restaurants buy food in bulk, so while eating out might not be better for your health or pocket book, eating in actual restaurants is better for the Earth when it comes to packaging. You’ll get extra bonus points for eating at restaurants that serve locally-grown produce.

Step It UP

To take this step to the next level for a green new year, cooking at home is much better for your health and pocketbook. It’s tough to go from a lifestyle of eating out all the time to cooking at home, but it definitely gives you more control over where your food comes from, it’s quality, how it’s packaged and so many other factors.

4. Recycle cardboard

Cardboard is probably one of the easiest things there is to recycle, it also is more valuable for recycling companies, however many people still don’t see the value in recycling it. Recycling centers generally don’t take greasy or dirty cardboard, so it takes little effort just to put clean cardboard into the recycling bin rather than the trash.

Step It UP

Other recyclables take a bit more effort to recycle, but in the end are totally worth it. Once you’ve seen how easy it is to recycle cardboard, take a look at your current habits and see what else could easily be recycled. It will depend on your location and the services offered, but it is a great opportunity to help your local recycling company and help the Earth at the same time with minimal effort.

5. Don’t Litter

This one really should be a no-brainer, but there is no end to the amount of damage litter does to our eco-system. There is no reason to litter, just wait until you reach the gas station or your next rest stop before throwing that cup or cigarette out the window.

Step It UP

A lot of the pollutants out there might not be caused by careless folks, but rather trash that got caught in the wind. No matter how it got there, it can wreak havoc on animals and waterways. If you see a piece of trash, pick it up. It might seem small, but those pieces will add up. Your good example might inspire others to do it too.

6. Walk to places close by

Not just a suggestion for a green new year, but walking is good for your health and  cuts down wear and tear on your car. It’s up to you and your schedule, but a good goal would be to walk anywhere that takes 15 minutes or less to get to. If you have multiple stops within close proximity, you can park the car on one side and walk to the farthest location and work back toward your car.

Step It UP

Again, this is kind of up to an individual’s schedule. But try to add some extra steps to your routine and replace driving time. Plan your route to reduce driving or maybe make a commitment to walking any place within a mile.

7. Donate instead of throw away

Christmas just passed and if you’re anything like me, you have to get rid of some stuff to make room. It’s easy to just toss everything, but donating used items can be better for the Earth and your local thrift stores that probably use that money for charities.

Step It UP

This takes a bit more effort, but a minimalist life style can really be of great benefit for your every area of your life. It’s a lot less stress, requires less cleaning and effort in the long run, and is much better for the planet because you’re not buying as many new things.

8. Buy nothing one day a week

There are so many benefits to not buying things. Take one day a week to assess you budget and purchases for the week. Are these things you really need or that you have money for? Yes, there was probably a good sale, but when you stop and think that you could actually save 100 percent by not buying anything at all, it really is a no-brainer.

For me, buying nothing for a day, week or month is also about showing solidarity to the workers who make it. Especially in the electronics department, there is so many human right’s violations that went into making that. I try to live a simple life so that others might simply live. Buying less and letting go of the mentality of keeping up with the Jones’ is so freeing. I can focus on saving up for a house or investing my money, instead of living paycheck to paycheck for things I don’t really want or need.

Step It UP

Expand your buy nothing day to a week or even a month. This challenge really helps get your focus on planning ahead and only buying what you need, instead of whatever catches your attention. If you expand this practice to a greater length of time, maybe think of a buy nothing new year. Instead of getting new products made, you can purchase used products from thrift stores, Craigslist or maybe even check into a Buy Nothing New Facebook group or site. Finding a new sale is always exciting, but so it the liberation of buying things you don’t need. The hunt can go the opposite way. You can hunt at thrift stores or around your local stores and find the cheapest option.

9. Meatless one day a week

The benefits of eating less meatless are endless. A lot more of the planet’s resources are spent on meat as opposed to veggies. Going meatless once a  week is a great start to a more well-rounded diet. As a rule, eating more vegetables is better for your budget, too.

Step It UP

If you decide doing one meatless day a week is doable, try to expand to do more than one day or as many days as you feel comfortable.

10. Water plants with leftover water

This may seem small, but it can make a big difference over time. Cooking water can be used in a variety of ways.

Leftover non-salted water is a great thing to use to water your plants. Let the water cool down before you disperse it on any plants. If you don’t have any plants that need watered, keep the water for making soup.

Salted or Boiling water can be used as a weed killer.

Ice cubes that fall on the ground are great for small house plants.

Step It UP

Install a water collection system. This can be a huge benefit for your water usage. Once the collection system is in place, you can free, non-chlorinated water. There are many uses for this rain water including using it for garden or agriculture, using it in place of water used for washing pets, cars, driveways and side walks, refill your pond or swimming pool, some people even use to wash their clothes and flush. For more information, check out this great link for Rainwater Harvesting 101.

I hope this list inspired you to live a green new year. Leave a comment below on your tips and tricks for a green new year!

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Why I Care About Our Environment

My Journey

Why do I care about our environment when caring for our environment is no easy task?

If you would have told me 15, even 10 years ago, that I would even put a moment of thought into my action into such a thing as Earth, I probably would have reacted in such a way that you’d think twice about letting me care about ANYTHING of yours.

But here I am, 24, and I sleep and live environmental issues. It’s all-consuming. It’s kind of struggle because I run into so few people who care or can understand my passion, but I just take care deep breaths and keep on, moving on. So how did I began my journey to care about our environment?

There are so many reasons why we should put in more effort to care about our environment. Learn more about my journey and reasons for environmental concern.

 

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7 Ways to Repurpose Leaves and Celebrate Fall

Fall is the air. As the temperatures cool down, the leaves start turn pretty colors, and people get their rakes out. Raking leaves is necessary because leaves can clog drains, get stuck in the gutters and coat everything. But what happens to those leaves we bag up? Despite the fact that they still have use, most are layered on top of the landfill to buried under layers of more trash. What a waste when there are so many ways to repurpose leaves.

There are so many good uses for the fall leaves. Instead of packing them away in the landfill, we can repurpose leaves and celebrate fall!

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How to Pack a College To-Go Bag

What is a To-Go Bag

To-Go bags in college are essential to any time and money saving lifestyle. Today, I’ll talk a little about what a to-go bag is and why it’s important. Obviously, some of the things I present are extreme, but I’m an extreme person. Don’t feel the need to do all these things, every day, but do consider some small changes to help reduce the wasted opportunities of every day life.

To-Go bags in college are essential to any time and money saving lifestyle. Today, I'll talk a little about what a to-go bag is and why it's important.

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New Directions and Late-Night Thoughts

New Beginnings

New directions are just what you make of it. In the past few months, I’ve been doing some soul searching about what I should be doing with my life. What I’m currently doing is just not working. For the past year and a half, I’ve had a single passion- a passion for reducing our waste in creative ways. I’ve searched for opportunities to pursue this passion to the fullest extent. Over the past year and half, I have also been working on sharing my passion for waste management solutions that don’t include throwing everything away.

New directions can be fun, but also scary. New things are happening at Ever Change Productions, so I'm just taking time to reflect.

I’ve tried to bend every which way, trying to fit into one group or another, with the eventual hope that I can work my way into something I can truly be passionate about but some how it just never quite works out. Any time I think I’m making progress, it ends up putting me back a few steps. When people say they will be there, I show up and they are no where to be found. It happens to everyone, I know, but I won’t lie, I’m getting increasingly frustrated with my life and progress. I need a change.

What Now?

These events and disappointments have led me to do some serious soul searching about what I want to be doing with my life.  It’s no longer about what I think will work, what I think I’ll be able to settle for, but I really want to do.

I love the idea of educating people through videos, I love the idea of Ever Change Productions and bringing positive change into focus in a world of chaos. Another thing I’m trying to do more is publicly admit my short-comings and failures. God has been helping to come to the realization that in helping others, weaknesses are more beneficial than strengths.

Most people, myself included, seem to want the person with all the answers. I like the idea of someone reliable not leading me on a wild-goose chase. Often that comes from the myth that they need to have all the answers instead of admitting that they don’t know and finding someone who does. People only want to hire people with all the answers because it’s supposed to be a surer sign of success.  In the past, I’ve wanted to use this site as a portfolio, which made admitting shortcomings difficult because I don’t want potential employers to see and question their decision to hire me.

But at the same time, a person with all the answers can be unrelatable. I like the idea of people who have it altogether, but with social anxiety I can’t approach them. For example, if I go into an office to receive help of any kind, I don’t want to talk with someone in a t-shirt and jeans, nor do I want to talk with someone dressed to the 9s. Someone dressed to the 9s probably has a lot more important things to do than talk to little ‘ol me.

When I’m at a job, I try to think in that mindset. I receive a lot flack about dressing down a bit, but at the end of the day, I want to be relatable. I don’t want to seem like I have all the answers, but I do want to be the person who helps you find them. But new directions are good, and I am going to try to use that approach in more areas of my life.

When I started Ever Change Productions, I had the goal of finding a partner to help with some of the more social aspects of the business. Also, a partner would have helped cut down the work load. Handling all the equipment, making sure everything is going right and knowing the answer to every technical problem is a challenge for one person. Although, I can do a full video with all the accessories, I just don’t want to. It takes too long and people don’t like the price that comes with it.

Finding Acceptance

But with acceptance, comes new directions. As you can see, I haven’t been able to find a partner and it so it’s time to quit forcing myself to be something else and just accept my situation. Because of my lack of outgoing personality and motivation to keep putting myself out there to get rejected is turning this into a failure. Even though I’m working on the documentary on how to reduce, reuse and recycle in Stillwater, the amount of time it’s taking because I’ve lost the motivation to keep being rejected puts it on the failure list.

New Directions

So I’ve been thinking, what do I have the equipment, passion, knowledge and know-how for? Instead of feeling like I’m going to inconvenience them for taking time out of their busy day, I’m going to help other people add another arm to their business through online courses. There are a variety of opportunities online from just video classes to full coursework accompanied with videos. I am in the process of launching my own series for upcycling and this will be launched at the first of the year. Once I have a proven model, I can team up with other individuals who might be interested in teaching or another financial avenue for their business.

The Future

Also, during my time of searching for new directions, I was given opportunity to start a repurposed furniture business with my aunt. For the past few years, I have been praying for an opportunity to be able to repurpose things for a living and now I can’t think of a better partner. We have so many opposite skills and interests, it’s really the perfect match. We will also be doing to online class series in the future, so stay tuned for that. Although, the website is not ready yet, please feel free to check out our Facebook and Instagram. We’d really love for you to join on this journey. We are selling a line of paint for repurposing furniture, we will also have an online store and blog at www.curbsideoverhaul.com, which will be up September 1.

Again, finding ways to repurpose things is all about accepting the flaws and using them as character for the piece. Just as God shows us love even we don’t have it all together, we also find purpose and love in these pieces despite their condition.

I encourage you to take it easy and give yourself a break, even if you don’t have it all together. Your biggest strength is your weaknesses, it’s how you connect with others and make a bigger impact.

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My Favorite Local Comfort Food

Local is Comfort

My idea of comfort food might be slightly different than others. This past month, a blog group I was in challenged me to write about my favorite comfort food. It’s a bit of a challenge for me because recipes aren’t exactly something I blog about, but I decided to go for it. After all, who doesn’t like comfort food?My favorite comfort food is one made from completely local ingredients. Join me to find out my favorite locally made recipe.

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How to Find Your Beautiful Treasures

What is Perfect?

Who determines where we find beautiful treasures? Who decides what is useful or perfect? A blogger buddy of mine, Kristin at The Peculiar Treasure, recently wrote a blog post challenging us to look beyond our imperfections in appearance. While we all struggle with insecurities on how we look, she encouraged us to post a selfie or a photo to show our worth has nothing to do with our appearance. I accepted this challenge to find the beautiful treasures, but with my own spin.

It's easy to focus on our imperfections, but instead we should find beauty in the small things. Check out this post on how to find your beautiful treasures.

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So You Think You Can’t Garden?

A Solution to a Pressing Concern?

A small space garden can be a solution to ever growing food scarcity problem. In many areas of the world, it’s hard to have access to enough fruits and vegetables. Whether it’s because the produce isn’t readily available or is too expensive, gardening is a great solution.

About a month ago, I wrote So You Think You Can’t Compost? I was excited that it had such a good response because I really wanted to show that anyone can do it and I think I accomplished that.

Living in small spaces is hard, especially with things like gardening, composting and other sustainable living ideas that might take more space. But it doesn’t mean people who rent, or own small homes with little to no yard are out of the game. So I got inspired to talk about gardening, small space gardening to be exact.

So you think you can't garden? Think again! Start slow and easy with a small space garden!

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