I walk around these days and all I see is plastic.
Plastic that I’ve never noticed before.
Plastic that makes me feel angry, frustrated and dissappointed at humans.
Plastic that is ruining the world.
My goal in reducing the amount of plastic I use has been an year long journey and is one that continues. When you stop and think, you realise how much plastic and disposable material humans go through in their short time here on earth.
I don’t know when it all clicked in my head and I started to make the connections but it has made a big difference to the way I live my life. These are not big changes but I know they make a big impact environmentally.
And so I extend the love and compassion I give to people, to the environment every single day and am a firm believer of the quote-
Be the change you wish to see in the world
I have seen my efforts have a ripple effect on those around me by just being concious of how I live my life.
These are the ways I have changed my day to day living to reduce plastic, I am not perfect but I am trying:-
- Reusable bags – I keep reusable bags in my car, at home and at work. Whenever I buy something and I have forgetten my bag, I simply don’t take a plastic one. I hold the things I bought in my hands.
- Light-weight thin reuseable bags – For vegetable and fruit produce when doing groceries. (https://www.thefregiesack.com.au)
- Frank Green Reusable cup – I don’t remember the last time I took a take away cup for coffee. If i don’t have my cup, I don’t take take away, I simple sit and enjoy coffee at a cafe. (https://frankgreen.com/au/)
- Menstrual Cup – Instead of single use pads, a silicon menstrual cup can last many many years and save a lot of money. (https://www.juju.com.au)
- Who Gives a Crap recycable toilet paper (https://au.whogivesacrap.org)
- Wooden spork – this is simply a spoon and fork made out of bamboo which can be used instead of take away cutlery. (https://www.ukonserve.com/Bamboo-Utensil-p/uk016.htm)
- Metal straw – a metal straw that is reusable and washable instead of single use plastic straws. (https://www.biome.com.au/805-reusable-straws)
- Water bottle – I carry it every where I go and if I didn’t bring it, I simply look for a water fountain.
- Reusable food wraps – A replacement for cling wrap, wraps made out of plant/bees wax that mould to the shape of anything and keep your food covered. (http://wrappa.com.au)
- Vapouriser/ diffuser/ essential oils – Instead of candles to scent your environment, essential oils also have different health benefits as well. (https://www.doterra.com/US/en)
- Bokashi Bin – I live in an apartment worm farming isn’t ideal but a small bokashi bin has completely cut off my food wastage, everything is composted and put back into the earth. I simply add my compast to a communal compost bin when my bin is full.
- French press + loose coffee beans – Instead of single use coffee pods for a coffee machine.
- Bulk-food stores – I have found a local bulk food stores that has everything from spirulina to rice, chocolate and shampoo. I simply bring glass jars to the store, weigh the jar and fill the jar with as much product as I like. No plastic, no waste.
- Soap Berries – A recent addition to doing my laundry. A soap nut that is a natural surfactant and is compostable. With the use of essential oils, clothes will be clean and smell clean. (https://www.thatredhouse.com.au)
There are many more ways to incorporate a day to day eco-friendly lifestyle but it is a process. I have made a lot changes and honestly there is no better feeling than coming back from a shopping trip and knowing that you did not harm the environment by the purchases you made. I say start somewhere and start now.
We should all stop being lazy and take responsibility for what is happening to the environment we live in. We have evolved to be a race that indulges in single use items, sadly the world isn’t designed for this privilge. We need to realise that the earth isn’t disposable or single use, we have ONE EARTH and that is it.
‘Speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward’ –
This is my theme, quote or mantra for the year.
The transition from being a university student to now starting fulltime work can bring up a lot of uncertainty and mixed feelings about where you are going.
I find that being at university, I always felt I was going somewhere or doing something with the constant reassurance and positive feedback from lecturers and friends that I am doing well and in the right direction. This is hard to find when you aren’t in that environment, so as someone who thrives off feedback, I can feel a little lost without it – stagnant.
I have this quote plastered everywhere, so it prompts reflection on where I am and what I have been doing and that pace doesn’t matter. It is easy to compare, sometimes things that are not even of interest to you can make you feel as though you are not good enough if someone else is doing it. It feels ridiculous to feel envy or jealousy when someone else has something that you don’t even want but it happens.
So this year I will take my time, try my best to live in the moment, appreciate how far I have come and continue to grow – never stop learning.
5 things I am grateful for today
Meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations, reflecting about life and our futures.
My family and their never-ending support.
Quiet breezy mornings.
Eye-opening and informative books.
19th November 2017 – Mount Kosciuszko, Thredbo Australia – One of my goals this year was to climb to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko, time and weather didn’t allow but I made it as far as I could, turned back and made it an adventure for another day.
As exciting as new beginnings can be, it also brings confusions to where you want to go. It feels as though we are supposed to have it all figured out. But I don’t. I saw the following phrase/poem on Facebook, I loved the change in perspective and carefree nature of it:-
I stopped telling myself that I’m lost,
I’m on a road with no destination, I’m just driving with hope that I’ll find a place that I like and I’ll stay there.
I’m not lost, I’m on my way.
5 things I am grateful for today:
the stormy weather
days off work
January 2016 – Sri Lanka
In times of stress and worry, I fail to look after myself. Sometimes the pressures of life make it seem as though you come last, everything else matters but you. I am here to tell you and myself that this is not true, even though you may feel otherwise.
Whatever your worries and/or stresses may be, there are some things we all have to do to take care of ourselves. Not only will these things alleviate your stress but also prompt you to formulate more logical, objective and structured answers to your problems.
- Eat – nourish your body to nourish your mind. Eating is vital. Your brain is already on overdrive in times of stress, not eating will cause a malfunction. So do not forget to eat. Balanced meals would be ideal, but eating in general is a good place to start. (unless you are a stress eater, which in this case probably doesn’t apply to you)
- Sleep – my simple rule when making big decisions or when trying to get through something, is sleep. No better way is there to shut yourself off for a few minutes or hours, to rest and settle and approach the problem with a better mindset.
- Go outside – extremely overlooked when stressed is nature and the calmness it can bring. I find going for a walk (doesn’t have to be long) and focusing on the sky, trees (especially leaves) and the weather extremely relaxing. It also puts things into perspective, that this world is full of great simple things, you just have to notice them.
- Take a shower or bath – this is almost ritualistic to me. After a really bad day or situation, I take a shower almost to signify getting rid of negative emotions and thoughts and moving on refreshed.
- Read a book – sometimes I know that my problems are small and easy to deal with but I am still upset and overwhelmed, I have a go to book called ‘Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness’ by Ajahn Brahm who is an English buddhist monk that writes short thoughtful, quirky and light stories that gives you a change of heart. That is just my go to, whatever works for you is good.
- Journal/write things down – Externalising your feelings and thoughts is so helpful when you are overwhelmed and confused. You can reflect on what you have written and even make your own prompts/questions to answer, to better understand how you are feeling. I journal a few times a week and this space is also an outlet for me, writing what I am going through is a release.
And those are my 6 strategies that may or may not work for you, but they work for me. There are many others and not every problem in life can be solved with these. I acknowledge some problems are extremely complex and terrible, but for day to day get downs, these work well.
Take care of yourself and love yourself, you are important.
Another day, another adventure.
Located not far from Gisborne near the Macedon Ranges is Trentham waterfall, approximately 1.5 hours north from the city of Melbourne.
Leaving midday, we travelled through the city, plain grassland, beautiful rural towns before arriving at the fall, that is hidden away in the forest.
The air is clean and crisp at the falls, consciously breathing is a must to truly appreciate and feel alive.
The soil is damp and the rocks are loosening as mother nature shifts and evolves through time. So be careful.
The day was splendid and spent in good company.
Sharing another spontaneous adventure in Canberra.
Located a few kilometres from Gungahlin, in the small town named Hall is One Tree Hill. Sitting on the border of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, this hill provides spectacular views of mountain ranges in the distant horizon, the plain grasslands of Canberra, its city and the paved soil paths in preparation for new suburbs to emerge.
Climbing around the mountain, instead of directly upwards, the hike provided a view from all angles which blended well with the clear blue skies and clean crisp air.
The silence was spectacular, only the sound of birds to break it, even then there was a great sense of calmness.
Typical Australian wildlife was also spotted, an echidna and wallaby to add to the experience.
As daylight faded, clear blue, to pink, the sun set to reveal a blanket of orange as darkness approached.
The walk, long and leisurely, picturesque, with clean fresh air, there is no better way to spend an evening at home.
Autumn represents inevitable change.
To celebrate my favourite season, I visited Rippon Lea Estate House and Gardens. Here I will share with you the bright sights of nature.
As soon as you walk through the big iron gates, you are emersed in serenity.
The house stands tall like a centrepiece, but the surroundings catch your eye.
Every inch is covered with natures flora, beautiful and untouched.