Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year, New Ideas & Links a la Mode, January 18th

Well, it's 2018. How about that? I took a break from this blog at the end of last year and now I'm finding it difficult to get back into the swing of writing again. That's okay, though. I was glad to take a break and spend time with the fam. Apart from some minor illnesses, the holiday to Bali was indeed refreshing. Trying to get back into the swing of work and routines at home after a three week break and is proving to be a challenge, too! I'm starting out slow, but so be it.

That said, I do want to get back to blogging. I'm not going to do much reflection, though. I've already done some in a post I wrote around Thanksgiving time, here. Those sentiments still stand. I'm incredibly grateful to be part of a strong community of creatives via this blog. And I'm so lucky to have the support of those who love me to continue on this creative journey.

I had a chance at the end of the year to be featured in a new online community called Offbeat Collective, and they asked me to share my thoughts about feminism, blogging and using this site as a voice for change. You can read the interview here. Their questions were really thought provoking and made me want to look again at what I'm doing here on my blog.

Don't worry, I'm not making drastic changes, but I am going to set some goals or resolutions, if you will. I don't think that the resolutions for my blog need to be any different than the personal ones I have decided for myself, either. They're really one and the same. 


And, my resolutions this year are really simple:

Buy less.
Waste less.
Do more.
Be intentional.

Let me explain...

Many of you regular readers know what my thoughts are about sustainable fashion and the environment. I think I've made those views clear. I'm really careful about wearing only vintage and secondhand and independent fashion brands as much as I can. Some of you may remember the buyer's remorse I felt after buying that Zara mesh dress and what I did to make it a sustainable clothing choice.

Well, I have a confession. I realize that I've fallen into a trap with my clothes. I've justified many clothing purchases with the fact that wearing secondhand or thrifting is good for the environment (which it is), but in doing so, I've ended up with more than I need. I want to simplify and pare down what I've got so I can really feel good about my consumption habits. 

So my resolution to buy less and waste less really comes down to me not buying so much just because I can (for reasons like it's inexpensive and unique, etc). My family will all tell you how I've taken over their spaces (they've been incredibly patient). It's not pretty. So, I propose to be better about wearing what I have and shopping in my own closet. I also want to continue to get rid of what I don't wear so I'm not wasting things that are just sitting in my closet. (I'll be a seller again at the next Ruglane Vintage and Secondhand Market, so there's a start).

I'm going to continue to share these lessons with my kiddos, too. Thrift shopping, buying only what's necessary and resisting the push to buy more stuff is what I hope they'll embrace as a way of life. We don't need more landfillers. 

The second part of my resolution is to do more and be intentional also has to do with my consumption habits. I recently watched A Plastic Ocean which really left an impression on me. I'm already aware of the impact of plastic on our environment (and the need to reduce, reuse, recycle, etc). Being stewards of our environment is a big part of how we raise our family at home. But, the film and our recent trip to Bali has left both the hubby and I feeling like we need to do more. 

I also just had an opportunity to attend a Zero Waste Roundtable discussion with a couple of women who have adopted the zero waste lifestyle (one being Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home) and Craig Leeson, the journalist who created the film A Plastic Ocean. I felt inspired by their examples to be more active in my environmentalism. The hubby and I have both resolved to do more and I think it starts by being intentional. In all aspects of how we live. And that's what I hope you'll see more of on the blog. In how I dress, in how I parent and teach and in how we live.

See? I can use my blog as a voice for change.

Be sure to click over to some of these other blogs this week:

Links à la Mode, January 18th, 2018
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