Plastic Free Living

I’ll be participating in the Plastic Free July challenge this year in an effort to continue producing less single-use plastic waste. In my zero waste journey so far, I’ve learned that if I want to live my best life while also avoiding single-use plastic, I must prepare in advance. Here are some helpful tips to help us both remain plastic free this July and beyond.

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A Midsummer Harvest

As we stride into high summer, I look forward to reveling in all the abundance that comes with a summer harvest. I’ll fill my basket until it’s heavy laden with ready garden ingredients. Then, I’ll dine al fresco on all of this delicious organic goodness. Here’s my midsummer garden harvest (and how I’ve grown them) that will soon be adorning my plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Moments of Slow

Most often, living slowly shows us that we don’t need much - we can live quite comfortably (and happily) right here, right now - without a lot of extra. It’s a mindset dedicated to making things last, whether it be a pleasurable moment, our material items, or our general happiness. I suppose that the essence of what slow living means to me, is a focus on the present moment; the magic moments extracted from the mundane. These are my Moments of Slow…

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6 Tips for More Sustainable Travel

I love to explore places near and far, whether they be wild lands or cities and I am deeply grateful to have traveled as much as I have around the globe. I am also aware that my travels have a negative impact on the planet. If you are like me - passionate about both the environment and traveling, then you may want to adopt more eco-friendly travel habits. With all of my traveling experience, here are 6 simple tips I’ve picked up along the way to be more sustainable in my adventures

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Sustainable Me. Mindful Me.

I believe that sustainable living is rooted in mindfulness. Making sustainable lifestyle choices is about making intentional decisions in full awareness. Living sustainably is a challenge and can be exhausting - simply because we are literally working against the system we live in. As a global community, we do not have the luxury to mentally sweep this environmental crisis under the rug - as tempting as it may be. It is truly up to us to accept our current state, then make positive changes one moment at a time. This is the way of acting in mindfulness. One breath at a time. One moment at a time.

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Blossoming: Lessons From a Garden

The seasonal changes that occur in Spring are more than just natural spectacles - they are cues for our own seasonal living habits. To the gardener, they are prompts to pick up shovel and seed, then get to work. To the mindful, they are cues to begin a different type of tending - an internal sort of gardening. The springtime blossoms are our beautiful teachers in nature. They share the message that life is short, imperfect, and cyclical. They bring tidings of potential and possibility. They also teach us that at some point in our journey, letting go and accepting the process of becoming is not only possible but necessary for happiness and growth.

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Build Your Own Zero Waste Kit

Single use plastic dining ware is a huge culprit to our planet’s plastic waste problem. Now is the time to opt out of the convenient consumerism epidemic by building, and using, a zero waste dining kit. Commit to taking it with you wherever you go so you always have a sustainable option!

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12 Sustainable New Year's Resolutions

In light of our planet’s environmental outlook you may be wanting to live more sustainably or even considering going zero-waste this year. To help, I’ve created a list of 12 achievable sustainable living New Year’s Resolutions. Regardless of which goal you work towards you’ll be well on your way to being an eco-conscious citizen!


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Illume Winter Solstice Rituals

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year - the climax of the darkest period. It marks the rebirth of the sun and the return of warmth. A new solar cycle begins. This year, connect to nature by celebrating the Winter Solstice with these illuminating rituals.


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Going Home: A Mindfulness Practice

Do you know what “homing” is? The biological definition refers to an animal’s ability to return to a place or territory after traveling away from it, often into foreign and unpredictable terrain. The esoteric human practice doesn’t differ much from that definition. This mindfulness practice is one that I regularly use to reconnect with my own soul-self - my own inner wisdom. It is the practice of finding the places that call to us; the places that emancipate our souls. It’s navigating to the refuge that allows our soul to rest, run, play, sing, create, and dance in delight of existing.

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The Ultimate Zero Waste Holiday Guide

Creating a zero waste holiday sounds daunting, right? When it comes to giving mindfully and sustainably, there are loads of options available to us! Many of these gift ideas are completely zero-waste and others are totally free! Check out The Ultimate Zero Waste Holiday Guide chalked full of gift ideas to help us both live more sustainably during the holiday season.

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Mindful Giving for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is filled with so many opportunities to give. This holiday season, let us introduce mindfulness into our gift giving strategy by allowing the power of our generosity to be more about the cultivation and enrichment of our relationships with others and the environment, and less about the tangible merchandise exchanged.



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12 Easy Swaps to Begin Your Sustainable Living Journey

When I first started making sustainable changes I was relieved to learn that it was easier and more affordable than I thought. I would like to share with you the first 12 items I’ve easily traded out for sustainable choices that allow me to live a more low-waste lifestyle that is better for the environment. Some are commonly known and others might be new to you. Check it out!

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Abundance: Lessons from a Garden

Every time I step into my garden, to begin my tasks of plant caregiving, I become aware that I am doing more than just manual labor for the benefit of my kitchen table - I’m doing deep internal work as well. Gardening is meditation in action. Here’s the lessons I’ve learned, from my garden, about celebrating and attracting abundance.


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Sun Valley Travel Guide

This iconic mountain town provides most anything an outdoor-minded visitor could want from a Winter or Summer vacation pad.  So, after many visits, here's my breakdown of the best places to eat, sleep, shop, soak and play in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

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A Zero-Waste Craft: Reusable Food Wraps

These reusable beeswax wraps are an excellent sustainable product that replaces plastic wrap and plastic food-storage packaging in the kitchen or for packed lunches. It’s so easy to make too! Check out my quick tutorial.

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The Art of Being Present

“In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.” Beautiful words by Jane Hirshfield. As a creative, being present is intimately tied to being inspired, becoming, and producing anything of quality. As a human, being present is even more intimately tied to quality of life and perception of reality.

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