Despite what you might assume, sustainable living is still relatively new to me. I remember when I decided it was time to make changes. We we’re standing in line at the grocery store, and I was watching the cashier place only two items into a bag, doubling it and moving on. “We really should start using our reusable bags.” I said to my then fiancé, with a strange feeling inside.
Around this time, I had started to hear some of the staggering statistics and information about the plastic in our oceans. It was the first time that I started to really make a connection to how my personal habits were affecting the world. And it didn’t feel good. I knew I had to make a change.
It took some self-trickery at first…
But one week of taking the bags to the store turned into a month and then two. When I did the math of how many bags we were no longer using, I felt a spark inside. Quantifying my individual impact empowered and inspired me. What other things could I be doing to produce less waste?
Sustainable living became a high priority goal
Though I quickly realized it would be a long and slow process — not an overhaul. I think this is where a lot of people get tripped up by the idea of sustainable living. The feeling that you need to be perfect overnight. But the reality is: true sustainability takes time. Making changes that are environmentally sustainable requires a time line that is also financially sustainable!
Before you even start making changes, it’s so powerful to know why you want to in the first place. Really tapping in to why sustainability matters and what the environment and world mean to you. It requires observation of your habits and identifying the parts of your routines that could be more sustainable. Then, it takes planning — knowing what the changes might require — in labor, time, equipment and money.
When you connect with sustainable living instead of seeing it as a “should” task, you’ll be able to see it through the lens of abundance vs. a lens of restriction. Meaning: you appreciate what you and the world are gaining from your choices as opposed to dwelling on what you’ve removed from your life.
The point of sustainability isn’t 100 percent removal of unsustainable habits and goods. It’s about doing your best to do better by the planet. It’s being mindful of how your habits and choices affect our earth and global population. Sustainable living is being resourceful and creative – reducing and reusing when possible.
Sustainable living in not an overhaul: It’s a beautiful, educating, challenging but eternally rewarding journey.
What’s you experience with sustainable living? What do you love most about the world around us? Whether you’re already in the middle of your own journey, or looking for a place to start: send me a message! I love connecting with people interested in doing better for our beautiful earth.
Until next time, friends. Sending love + light your way.