In a world filled with over consumption, is it important to realize how this affects us and where we live! Over consumption doesn’t just mean over eating or using too much gas. Over consumption in the fashion industry is also a huge issue. Everyone wants the newest and coolest thing and in a world of fast fashion and fast food, it’s very possible. Here are a few ways to help you, help the planet:
COVID really slowed some of the progress being made on the reusable bag and cup front. But if you do need to bring water with you while running errands, use a reusable cup or bottle! It’s just as convenient but you won’t have to worry about having water bottles stack up in your car if you forget to take them in.
Wearing what you already have in your closet! I know it sounds silly but dig in the part of your closet you rarely go to and see if there are any hidden gems! Something doesn’t fit? DONATE. That way you make more room for something new or something new to you! There are stores everywhere that you can sell your old clothing to the store and get something new in exchange!
Go meatless once a week! I promise it sounds harder then it actually is. Have some cheese ravioli for dinner or a tuna sandwich or sushi for dinner! Not a fan of fish? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a classic but delicious lunch alternative! It’s also a really fun way to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, cause why not!? One day a week without meat won’t kill anyone, plus it’s a fun way to make some new recipes.
Overall I think it’s better to just reflect on something before buying or consuming it. Will it bring me lasting happiness or use? No, then probably not a great buy. Instant gratification is great, but it’s not an essential part of life.
Working from home can sound like an ideal situation, but as a lot of us know, that isn’t always the case. I have been working from home since November 2019 and some days it can really feel like all I do is work. When you work inside your own home it can be hard to know where exactly that boundary is between work time and off time. It can be even harder if there’s not an designated extra bedroom you use as your office, but it is important to remember that work isn’t your life’s purpose.
Being at home for 8 hours a day for work can also make the four walls of your house seem like a little prison, but a little decoration can do wonders! When you really feel like you can’t stand to be in your home anymore, that’s when I take my laptop and my hotspot and sit outside at a park or on my balcony for a little. A change of scenery, even a small one can help my feel refreshed.
Lastly, when time permits having something I really love to do helps me channel any restlessness I might have into something productive. I love being creative and taking photos and reading so when things are slow I turn to one of those hobbies to help pass the time.
I’m sure so many of you have experiences these woes when working from home but in the end, sleeping in, more free time, and not having a morning commute really help to ease any issues we might have. My favorite part about working from home is not having to drive two hours to work everyday and getting to spend more time with my husband. Because when it’s really all said and done working from home is a privilege a lot of people would love to have.
TikTok has become a rather popular app over the past year. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a social media platform where the users post videos 60 seconds or less about anything! The great thing about this app is you can pop up on people’s “feeds” or as the app calls it, the For You Page of people who don’t follow you. This helps the users gain more exposure then let’s say on Instagram or Facebook. The app is more easy going then the carefully cultivated Instagram photos and some videos can become viral simply for being silly. With TikTok becoming such a major player in social media, vertical videos are becoming the new way of the influencer. While TikTok isn’t a must, it’s definitely a should if you are interested in building a brand or becoming an micro influencer. Videos help cram more info into 60 seconds, which is critical with the ever shrinking attention span of current and future generations.
Below I have attached some examples of fashion inspired TikToks, let me know which one is your favorite and if you think TikTok is the new Instagram?
Have a spa day! Grab some sheet masks, nail polish, bath bombs, and some wine! This spa day would be amazing with anyone or by yourself on the Big February 14th. Couples tip: grab some essential oils as well and give each other massages.
Indoor or outdoor picnic! Whether it’s hot or cold a picnic is the perfect way to spend some quality time. Grab some cheese, your favorite drink and a good book!
Sip and paint night! Grab some canvas, paint, and some wine for your very own version of a classic date night! Doesn’t matter if your artistic or not, no one has to see it.
Photo booth! Make a cute backdrop with your significant other or friends then spend the night taking pictures or videos! This is also fun if you want an excuse to get dressed up!
Movie night but with a twist! Pick your favorite movie or two and every time someone says the word love take a shot! Grab some heart shaped snacks and make a whole night out of it.
In a world full of inconsiderate people, sometimes it feels as if the world is just one messed up place, and in some aspects it is. But in some ways it’s perfect. Being selfish has a bad connotation, but everyone needs to practice it once in awhile. You SHOULD be selfish with your time and energy, you don’t want to go out, but you think your friends are counting on you? Just be honest! Say that you’d rather stay in or invite them over for a movie night instead, it’s okay to be selfish with your time. However, it is not okay to lie and tell your friends that your mom needs you to take her to the airport. People understand if you don’t want to go out, they however won’t understand why you lied to them.
Stop feeling bad for doing what you need. Life is short and if you want to spend a Saturday night eating takeout with your dog, do it! If you need a haircut, but you just haven’t “found the time”, you need to make the time! A haircut or color that makes you feel beautiful is important! However, yelling at your hairstylist to hurry up because you are in a rush is something selfish that you should not do! Selfishness and being inconsiderate are two different things and I think our society has confused the two for awhile now. Everyone should have one selfish hour or 30 minutes a week, just for mental health, whether it’s a bath or a walk. I encourage everyone to try being selfish this week.