A small collection of articles which I have found interesting or thought provoking this past month.
- This summary post by Meredithtested, which really encouraged me. Zero waste life can be discouraging, and I often feel like a failure (or a fake). This post is so real and encouraging!
- This interesting post about clothing donation. I had heard things about the excess of clothing being sent to third world countries, but not thought about it that much. I had really been enjoying decluttering my clothes over the past month, but am starting to think much more about the quality and amount of things I buy (even though I only buy second hand.)
- This fantastic video about telling the quality of clothing, done by a fashion designer.
What are some things you have been reading?
I’ve been meaning to do one of these for ages- to collect the sites/things/ideas that I have been visiting/using/thinking in a particular month…mostly so that I can reference them for future finding!
Some things I have been loving this month:
- This article on prayer: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thirty-seconds-alone-with-god. I have great dreams to implement this idea…and have yet to succeed but we press on!
- This fantastic cooking website: https://www.budgetbytes.com. I love this site because they have a cost analysis for each recipe, but also because they are such creative ideas.
- This zero-waste blog: meredithtested.com. Meredith has a fantastically honest blog, with lots of inspiration about living zero waste with two young kids. I’ve really been enjoying her writing style, and sometimes you lose some of the sight of living zero waste, so it’s really nice to be reminded.
- Bullet Journaling: I have been using a Bullet Journal-esk set up for keeping track of my University studying/entire life and so far it has been great. I don’t think I will be able to go back to a pre-set journal ever again! I love using physical paper, and having everything I need collected in one place.
- My JuJu Cup, menstrual cup. More on this to come soon!!
I’m not actually a big fan of the “new year, new me” idea, to be honest. It is a new year, but mostly it’s the same old me 🙂 However, I also have an disproportionate love of list making and so making a goals list for 2017 will hopefully be a helpful way of keeping myself accountable!
So here are some jumbled thoughts about things I would like to be achieving in this new year: :
Look for more ways to reduce our household waste.
Currently we live a fairly low-waste lifestyle, which I love! We compost and recycle, as well as buying as much as we can package free. But some things are just more inconvenient, and I’m sure if I stopped and had a look I would be able to find some more ways to cut-back. If anyone has any good book suggestions, let me know!
Learn to bake bread.
I have never baked full-on sourdough bread before and I would love to try. Seems crazy to me that this was once a daily part of peoples lives. I think I am attracted to the slowness of this and the fact that it will take time and effort to produce our “daily bread.” I love these little reminders of the necessity of food, and how incredibly blessed we are that it is so abundantly available to us…
Learn to sew.
This goal has actually been going O.K. so far! My mum gave me her old sewing machine for my birthday last year, and I would love to be able to sew or tailor things. Because I buy most of my clothing second-hand, it would be really good to be able to buy things and then up-cycle them. So far I have made a bunch of new pillow cases (because my husband doesn’t really want me to buy anymore (I might have a slight pillow problem…)) – and you know what they say: A change is as good as a holiday!
This is an idea that I have been rebelling against for our past two years of marriage. I prefer to make things up with whatever I have on hand in the fridge, and I’m not very good at sticking to recipes. A mini-goal of mine has been to eat more seasonally, and to cut down on our weekly grocery cost…which means being more prepared. This year is also about to get crazy busy for me..so I might try my hand at meal-prepping. Watch this space! Planning like this does not come naturally to me, so I’ll let you know how I get on 🙂
Pray in the gaps.
I recently read this terrific article which talked about the way our phones are stealing those little gaps of time, the in-betweens, which had previously been empty. (Read it here: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thirty-seconds-alone-with-god) I felt really sad thinking about how much I let my phone invade my brain space, and especially how little I pray in comparison. So, enter this resolution! The hope is that my default will become praying in those gaps, rather than turning straight to my phone.
Go outside more.
I posted on Insta about how I am like an indoor house cat. I could easily spend my life indoors, pottering around (or sucked into the vortex of the internet 😦 ). So, as ridiculous as it feels, I am hoping to force myself to go outside every day. Currently we are living in Bondi, Sydney. It is such a beautiful part of the world and I am thankful everyday to be able to live here. I know for sure that our time here is limited, probably to about 2 more years, so I know I will regret not soaking in all of the beauty if I don’t do it!
Aaand that’s it. I think. Do you have any resolutions? Or tips?
Let me know 🙂