My 3 Favourite Books for Beginning a Sustainable Lifestyle

Not sure where to begin and understand how you can truly make a difference?

My favourite books below have acted as a sort of bible for the transition from careless consumer to thoughtful and sustainable goal setting.

The tricky world of zero waste and sustainability is a complex world to navigate if you actually do your research. Consider these books as a very mild and non-technical way of reducing your negative impact. The list is a very small start, however, a start they are (Yoda voice).

  1. “A Life Less Throwaway” – Tara Button
  2. “Overdressed” – Elizabeth L. Cline
  3. “The Art of Simplicity” – Dominique Loreau

6 Simple Things You Can do at Work to Reduce Your Footprint

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We can all do a little something to be better citizens at work for the environment. Here are some simple changes which might not be so hard for you to take on:)

  1. Bring your own cup or mug to work, many companies have paper or plastic cups for employees to use.
  2. Bring your own lunch, it is financially sustainable and you have the chance to support local business by shopping locally.
  3. Place your trash in the correct receptacle – believe it or not this does matter, not putting your trash in the right bin can mean the difference of an item being in a landfill or burned and being made into another item just like the one which was thrown away.
  4. Ask your facilities department what they have in place for waste, energy use and paper recycling. Sometimes just asking gives the opportunity for the company to address the issue.
  5. Try not to print things if they don’t need to be printed. Many companies are now using “Follow me printing” which doesn’t print unless you go to the printer which eliminates papers being printed and left behind. In addition, setting printers to double-sided printing saves paper. In a general office, printing is one of the main environmental impacts associated with day-to-day operations.
  6. Do note-taking at your computer during meetings to reduce paper demand
  7. Take public transportation or carpool to work, bike or walk. Not only is this cost efficient, but it can lead to a healthier you and better traffic which leads to less CO2 emissions. 
  8. Video or Skype conference instead of using air travel or ask your company if they offset carbon emissions.
  9. Work from home, if there is no work-from-home policy in place at your company, inquire about one and even initiate the conversation if you feel compelled. Working from home has many positive impacts on your mental health and the environment.
  10. Lead by example, people watch what you do and it only takes one person to start a movement (Derek Sivers TED talk “How to start a movement”).

21 ways to have more fun at work


  1. Do something you love
  2. Create purpose in what you do
  3. Listen to music when possible
  4. Be nice to people
  5. Schedule coffeebreaks with strangers
  6. Do a random act of kindness fo rsomeone
  7. Find out when everyones birthdays are and organize a surprise for someone
  8. Create relationships
  9. Find a problem at work you think you can solve
  10. Organize after work drinks with colleages, even if you think they might not like you that much
  11. Talk to the people who work in the kitchen, operations, and other parts of the company who you may not usually think of talking to
  12. Smile
  13. Learn another language that another collegue speaks and practice with them while trying
  14. Start a community library at work to allwo people to donate books
  15. Share you thoughts and your ideas on Linkdin, connect with people in your feild, spend time building you ronline presence
  16. Organize a team potluck at lunch time, or go out to a restaurant with your team
  17. Never eat lunch alone
  18. Share a book or an article with a colleague
  19. Donate old boardgames & play with collegues at breaktime
  20. Join the social media campigns and contests that your company initiates
  21. Buy a cute and sassy or funny mug to use at work, some good ideas here .

My Love For You is a Strange Love

My love for you is a strange love

The kind that captures me like a butterfly who lives in my garden.

I not only feel blessed to be in it’s presence but feel the need to capture it and have it be near me always.

I know that I cannot expect for this beautiful creature to stay because I will ruin it’s beauty and it will suffer.

This way, the love will be no more.

This creature, this butterfly, this love comes and goes as it pleases but when it comes back to me, I welcome it peacefully because I know that it has all of the freedom to go somewhere else.

I am beautiful and special.

There must be something about me, my nature, that let this butterfly feel like it was ok to land, and brought it here in the first place.

This love brings together the excitement of uncertainty and astounding pleasure of the eyes, heart, and soul that I only get to feel at the deepest moments of connecting with the wild.

For us to choose to be with each other for each moment in time is nothing less than natural instinct and intuition.

You are always welcome in my garden. I will always make you feel safe and free so that I can enjoy your beauty and presence and allow myself to accept that I am also a beautiful part of nature and that nature always works in harmony to thrive and continue.

Writing as a Form of Therapy

Recently JAMA published a trial of a “get it off your chest” writing exercise. Seventy-one patients with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis were randomized to write about the most stressful experience they had ever had or about their plans for the day for three separate 20 minute periods over a few days.  The study apparently showed a significant improvement in standard measures of disease severity in both conditions four months later (Greenhalgh).

What happens when you have nobody to confide in? What happens when you cannot express in words what you are feeling or thinking because you are too ashamed or afraid of judgement? Maybe you just don’t know what you are feeling. What can you possibly do?

For this, some people have something like a professional psychiatrist/psychologist to confide in and listen to their fears, ambitions, wants and insecurities. At what cost? Some psychiatrists can cost up to $1,000 per hour and most of the time people feel better just by talking and getting out their frustrations.

What are Friends For?

Our friends are usually there for us when we need someone to talk to, if we are lucky enough to have a few good friends, but it may not be healthy if we are always calling or texting them to vent. This can be the ruiner of most relationships and friendships because one side is getting emotional comfort while the other is getting drained. Sometimes the other side may not tell you but instead, slowly disconnect because it feels exhausting to be around.

So what can we do if we can’t afford to go to a psychologist and do not want to be a leech off of our friend’s good energy?

How can Writing Help?

Since getting out our thoughts usually helps us feel instantly better and process our emotions before we react, I would say that writing is a pretty valuable resource. If we start with phrases like “ I feel ____ when _____ happens” we don’t blame and try to push off the problem on another entity, which will not solve the problem.

If we get into a fight or are dealing with past traumas, we can write about what we feel and we are able to really slow down process, and organize information instead of just reacting to it or taking the bits and pieces that heat us up.  When we write, we have a little voice in our head that reads back to us and we can almost hear ourselves speaking in our mind which opens up a view of our thought process and the reality of the situation.  If you don’t like what you see or what you hear, you can write down that you don’t like it.  Some people think this is the closest thing to getting to know that little voice inside your head or what some people would call the higher consciousness.

Most of the time we know what we need to do in order to solve our problems, but we mentally try to avoid it. Not all of us, but a lot of us. It is very easy to mentally avoid our problems because all we have to do is think about something else. We can also think about our problems so much, we are not able to function and move on with the actions needed to solve them. When we write, we look straight at the words as we watch them unravel and we face it as a reflection of our true selves in structure, instead of fleeting thoughts that repeat themselves. Writing can be a way to regain control of your power and influence the way you think by tapping into the part of your brain that knows what’s good for you and really getting down to business on what needs to be done. One may be surprised to find they are able to write down the steps they need to take to solve a major problem or to feel better and become motivated.

Writing can be a way to regain control of your power and influence the way you think by tapping into the part of your brain that knows what’s good for you and really getting down to business on what needs to be done. One may be surprised to find they are able to write down the steps they need to take to solve a major problem or to feel better and become motivated.

Is it the Cure all for Everything?

Scientists have not been able to produce solid evidence that a cure all for everything exists in one single action. Writing may not help you understand things that you have no prior knowledge about, but in the case where there is a lesson to be learned and you keep making the same mistake over and over again, writing down an action plan for yourself or a pep talk may just be what you need to take action. After all, most of us are not as influenced by others as we are ourselves.

Matthew McConaughey, in accepting his award for best actor, gave a speech that introduced the relationship he had with himself to get him where he is today.

“….And to my hero. That’s who I chase. Now when I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say “who’s your hero?” And I said, “I don’t know, I gotta think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.” I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says “who’s your hero?” I said, “I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.” So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, “So, are you a hero?” And I was like, “not even close. No, no, no.” She said, “Why?” I said, “Because my hero’s me at 35.” So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”

Turning the Negatives into Positives


The first thing to do when you find everything you have just put down on paper to be negative? Turn it into a positive, literally. If it is a negative sentence, take out the word bad, and insert the word good. If you don’t have anything good to say then make something up that you don’t believe..within reason of course. Something good and something obtainable or something that you are struggling with such as, “I am good at remembering things.”  If you write it down, you may consciously begin to think about remembering things and therefore pay more attention to taking action to remember things when you leave or writing lists to make sure you don’t forget.”

There is no bad writing unless it is used to hurt you or someone else or used to deceive an innocent population. If anyone can think of other ways in which writing can be bad that I have not mentioned, feel free to comment.


Greenhalgh T. Writing as therapy : Effects on immune mediated illness need substantiation in independent studies . BMJ : British Medical Journal. 1999;319(7205):270-271.

Believe the One Reason You Should – Via Original Peice Mag

Today’s inspirational is: ‘Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.’ What that means is instead of finding all the different reasons why something won’t work out or seeing only negatives, find the one thing that will make it possible. Don’t dwell on the negatives when you […]

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If you Don’t Have Time Now, Will you Ever?

There are many reasons for people not to find time to improve themselves in some sort of way. One of the many things trainers and teachers will hear is that people do not have time to practice or exercise. Be sure that you are giving yourself the time. Nothing is more important than you are. Your friends, your family, and your quality of life are all affected if you do not give yourself the opportunity to thrive physical, mentally, and spiritually.

Even with exercise if you have 20 minutes, help yourself out by going for a walk, moving around or stretching. Meditation is wonderful because you can do it anywhere you want. In the car, in bed, in class…there is no obstruction, only yourself.

You have to be the one who realizes how important it is for yourself and how much you want to grow and evolve your body, mind and spirit. It has to be more than you want to watch that TV show or eat that bag of chips when your not even really hungry. When you have been able to evolve past your physical cravings and reduce overindulging in your senses, then you are able to achieve anything.