It has been a action packed few weeks for me and I have slacked on posting new content on here and I am sorry, but I am finishing up school and will hopefully be more active. Today I wanted to discuss a struggle I have and I believe many other Americans have, going plastic free.
One of the biggest things I try to reduce my consumption of is plastic. Plastic takes over 1000 years to decompose and with how much plastic we consume, it is amazing how we aren't over run by landfills.
Every time I go shopping, I buy a lot of produce. I am in college and I pretty much am busy 7 days a week so it is hard to go to farmer's markets because they don't fit my current schedule so I go to grocery stores. Between produce being put in plastic bags or having to put certain items in plastic bags like fresh broccoli or other items it is hard to avoid plastic.
I know there are fabric produce bags you can buy, but I am currently a poor college student and those just aren't in my budget at this time. I tend to beat myself up when I can't find non-plastic alternatives and have to bring home plastic, especially when it comes to cosmetics. But the truth is, ever little step we make, makes a difference.
As you venture down the path of sustainable living, know it is okay to not be perfect. It is so hard especially in America, where we use plastic for literally everything including food, pet items and beauty products, to go plastic free. But by being more aware of what you buy and buying alternative products when you can is truly making a difference! So keep it up!
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.
This past week I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Stephanie author of Fun Nerd. This was a super huge honor since I am a relatively new blogger. I am so excited and honored you thought of me as a a nominee.
Where did this award come from and what is it?
The award was created and started by Okoto Enigma over at http://www.okotoenigmasblog.com
It was created to give newer and smaller amazing bloggers like myself that haven’t been discovered recognition and support whilst giving bloggers the chance to connect and discover other blogs.
Quote: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
What are the rules?
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
2. List the rules on your blog.
3. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to them.
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. You must nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog or on social media.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s)
Three Things About Me
My Best Post
Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving
1.What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be an actress.
2. What is your ideal day?
My ideal is spending time with my dog, friends and family.
3. What is your all-time favorite quote?
"Though she be but little she is fierce" - Shakespeare
4. What made you become a blogger?
I have always wanted to write and post my writing. This was a good opportunity to try and write and hopefully one day make money doing this.
5. Weird/Fun question: If you could switch two movie characters, what switch would lead to the weirdest movie?
I would switch a cartoon character with a non-cartoon character to throw everything off
My Questions for my Nominees
1. What is one of your hobbies(besides blogging)?
2. Where is somewhere you would want to travel?
3. If you never had to worry about money, what would you do?
4. How long have you been blogging?
5. Weird/funny: If you could be any animal what you be?
Thank you again for the nomination! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and check out these bloggers!
March 6th will mark one year since I brought my sweet boy Axel home with me. I made a huge decision to adopt him and I have not once regretted it. Today I wanted to share about him and about why I got him.
Several months before I went to go look at the shelter for my new family member, I began thinking about getting an emotional support animal. I am in college and I also struggle with some mental health issues. At the time, I was taking Vyvanse, because my doctor believed I had ADHD. This drug caused me to have anxiety attacks as it wore off, which happened to be about 3 in the afternoon everyday. This was no way to function.
I addressed it with my doctor and he gave me anxiety pills. Once I decided a dog was the best option for me, I asked my doctor for an ESA letter so I could keep him on campus with me. Instead of providing me with a letter, he said I should be put on adderall on top of the Vyvanse. This didn't make me happy and I didn't support this decision. I was so scared of combining these two prescriptions that I didn't even try it.
Since I couldn't get a letter from my doctor, I got one online and never saw that doctor again. I brought Axel home on the 6th of March. I remember convincing my boyfriend to take me to the shelter to go look at dogs. When we found Axel, my boyfriend just held him and look in his eyes I knew we weren't leaving without him. At the time, it was crazy for me to adopt him, but my heart has never been filled with more love.
The next two weeks were very difficult. I never owned a dog and Axel was very sick for a week or two. The first day he was peeing blood. I had to take him back to the vet the next day. They gave him some meds and it continued for another week or two. I never got a definite answer if it was from being fixed or the stress of moving into a new place.
By the end of the week he developed kennel cough. My boyfriend at the time and I stayed up all night holding him because that was the only way he wouldn't cough. It was bad. When he coughed he sounded like a duck, kind of funny at the same time. I also adopted him with heart worms. And I am so blessed to say that after going through the treatment he is now heart worm free!
When I first got Axel, he was so scared. It broke my heart. I had to carry him outside to get him to walk. He wouldn't really eat so I had to feed him whatever he would eat, which for awhile was only a raw egg. Now my sweet boy loves to go for walks. He loves to run and he loves to snuggle up next to me.
Getting Axel was one of the best decision I made for my mental health. For the past year, I have had issues with anxiety that I never really told anyone about, mostly because I didn't know what was going on with me and how to explain it. In the past 4 months a lot has changed in my life that has caused a significant amount of stress.
In November, I broke up with my boyfriend of almost 2 years. This change of being single again and having no one there to tell my problems to was hard. It was scary to be "alone" even though I wasn't truly alone. One of my close friends also left to go back with their family in December. In January, I started having daily anxiety attacks. I was severely depressed. I felt like I had no control over anything, including my thoughts and emotions. This was caused by several factors, but mostly the fact I am in my last semester of college and it is time for me to get a real adult job and make real adult money and do real adult things. This is super scary. I have never been able to cope with stress well, and this time was no different.
My friends and family may read this and I just want y'all to know I didn't know how to tell anyone and I didn't know what to say.
I started to see someone in January. When all this started to unfold, I didn't know how to tell them I had no control over my emotions and what my brain thought. I remember him telling me to get out of my head and I wished more than anything I could do just that. I didn't know and I still don't know how I will ever tell someone I want to date that I sometimes don't have control over my thoughts and emotions. I ended up pushing them away, which turned out to be a good thing. I needed time to myself to learn about who I am and to figure out how to cope with stress. I also needed to recover from this spell.
So now how does Axel play a part in all this? He was my constant lifeline. On the days I felt to broken to get up, I knew I had to because he needed a walk and he needed food. I couldn't not walk him. On the nights I felt alone, he was always curled next to me. He doesn't care if I am a broken mess, he doesn't care if I cry for two hours straight, he loves me no matter what.
He is my world. He has added so much value and life to my life. It may have been crazy at the time to get him, but I will never regret that choice I made that day.
I wanted to take sometime to update everyone on how I have been doing with living a more sustainable life. I really want this blog to be a place for people at all stages of their sustainability journey and I do not want anyone to feel like they have to be perfect to engage on here, because let me tell you, I am not perfect and this is definitely a journey. I want to update you on where I am at and my plans to keep improving.
I started my journey back on one of my first post about green living. This post shows how I started and what I was doing in the beginning.
I started by getting three boxes to sort my recyclables. The thing I learned real quick was there are a lot of items I consume that can be recycled so my boxes filled up really quickly and I am super lazy and I did not feel like taking them out every time they got filled up which was twice a week or more. Now I realize I need a bigger container to put it in so I don't have to make so many trips and so it is easier to carry.
When I first started this journey, I learned a lot about how much plastic impacts our environment. At work I normally get a coffee from McDonald's. I would stop using straws and just drink from the cup. Even with drinks that came with a meal, I would drink from the cup and not get a lid. The hardest part for me was when I got smoothies or when I went through the drive threw. I would still slack and get the plastic straw with my drink.
I also struggled a lot when I was shopping. If I forgot my reusable bags I had to use plastic bags. And then I realized so much of our produce is wrapped in plastic. This made reduce plastic hard. How I did it was using reusable bags and when I did use plastic bags I saved them to bring them back to the store to recycle. When I was shopping and I saw things in plastic that had options not in plastic, like rice or corn, I would buy the item not wrapped in plastic. So rice in a box versus a bag or corn in a can not in a freezer bag.
What I Ate
A lot of waste in America comes from food and a lot of pollution comes from the production of meat. I decided to reduce the amount of meat I eat and now I am a vegetarian full time. I am truly happy with my life now that I made this choice. I have been doing this since November and it has made me feel better all around.
How Am I Planning on Improving
Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions to help reduce waste and live more sustainable in the comments. Also let me know how your journey is going.
My name is Mikala. I am here trying to figure out this thing called life.
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