It has been a few months since I have updated this blog. A lot of changes have happened in the last 8 months that have made it difficult to continue blogging. Now that i have reestablished my passion with writing, I want to update everyone on where this blog will be going and my life.
Sustainably Vegan recently posted a video about how she is going away from the term zero waste. Instead of using the term zero waste, which only focuses on personal waste, now she is using the term low impact. You can watch her video here.
There are so many other environmental issues to cover and try to improve that go beyond our personal waste. I am so excited to see a movement that is based reducing the overall environmental impact. Also low impact is a lot less intimidating than zero waste.
I am really in support for this movement because not only are they encouraging the reduction of personal waste, but also reducing carbon emissions, waste produced by the production of meat, water way pollution and any other things that have a negative impact on the environment. For me, I have been taking small steps to reduce my environmental impact and now that there is a movement about it I feel like there is more ability to get others to join in and more support for those just starting, those still learning and those still growing.
It is extremely hard to be completely go zero waste and it can be so discouraging when you mess up. When we make mistakes and get upset over those mistakes we are missing the positive impact we are making by even just taking small steps to reduce our impact on the environment. That is what this blog is all about and I am so excited to see there is a community of supporters for this lifestyle.
Every little bit of waste reduction steps you take make a huge difference and we have to remember that. I love Sustainably Vegan's video she posted because it is so encouraging to see people supporting others who are trying to reduce their impact. Check out her instagram here.
If you did not know, Demi Lovato has a new Youtube documentary about her life. It is seriously inspirational. She has turned her struggles into wonderful music. Not only has she made wonderful music but she has made mental illness, addiction and eating disorders human. When it comes to our deepest darkest struggles, we always feel like we are alone, yet she exposed her darkest struggles for the world to see, giving everyone a celebrity to identify with. Her story has given people a light to look at, letting them know they are not alone.
It takes incredible courage to be a celebrity and share so much information about yourself that isn’t always pretty. Demi is an inspiration. Her story shows people that even celebrities face the struggles we do. Her story shows that good can come from bad situations, I mean have you heard her new album!
Not only has she inspired and encouraged many others struggle with mental illness or eating disorders or addiction, but she encouraged and inspired me. I have struggled with PMDD since I was 14. PMDD is a PMSing disorder. Pretty much I’m extra crazy around that time of month. I have been on medicine for it for 6 years now and I have been lucky to find medicine that has worked for me, yet for some time I didn’t not like the fact I was on medication. I felt like I was crazy. But I am not. Being on medicine does not mean I am crazy. Medication has actually helped me feel normal and in control of my emotions.
Recently I had to adjust my medicine, just because over time that sometimes has to happen and I got to feel what it feels like to not have control of my emotions. It was awful. I didn’t understand what was going on or why I acted certain ways. It was extremely hard and I didn’t want to admit I had very little control of what I felt.
I wanted to share my story because I know what it feels like to be ashamed of something you cannot control. It doesn’t make you weak or crazy. It makes you human. Plenty of times I have felt out of control and I had to reach out for help. It is okay to reach out for help. Trust me you are not alone. There are plenty of people who get help and it actually benefits them. Being on medication helped me, but I have also been to several councilors throughout the years. Being able to talk to someone who is trained to help has been incredibly beneficial.
It may not be easy, but it is worth it to feel in control of your emotions. Thank you guys for reading part of my story, of course my story is filled with 20 years and I cannot spill it all out to you here. I just want you to know that you are not alone in any of your struggles, especially mental illness.
My name is Mikala. I am here trying to figure out this thing called life.
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