Recently, I have been thinking about my impact. My impact on the earth, animals, and other people. I think about the positive impacts I am having, and also the negative ones. It’s important to remind yourself of both.
While there are always things we could be doing better, don’t beat yourself up. Remind yourself of what you are doing right. Then, when you’re ready to make your transitions, start making them.
I thought I would share the current transitions I am making in my life. I am not doing everything perfectly. None of us are. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be making every day changes.
Not long ago I met someone trying to cut meat out of their diet. They frequently asked me for tips and advice that I was happy to give. This person shared with me that after a few weeks of not eating meat they accidentally ate a chicken based box stuffing. After realizing this, they became very upset and exclaimed, “I can’t do this! I can’t be a vegetarian!”
After they shared their story with me I gently reminded them, “Just because you make one little mistake or you don’t do things exactly how you’re ‘supposed’ to does not mean you have to beat yourself up. That one little slip up does not mean you have failed.”
So often, when we are trying to change, we think that if we do not do it all at once (or if we do not do it perfectly) that we have failed. This is the opposite of true. Just changing your mindset and being willing to evolve and change is enough.
Take your time, be gentle with yourself, encourage your heart.
Without further adieu, the current transitions I am gently introducing to my life.
1. Paper waste.
I recently came across the Zero Waste Home blog. The blog is written by a mom with four teenage boys and a husband. For the past seven or eight years this family of six has produced zero waste. The tiny bit of items they were unable to refuse, reduce, reduce, recycle, or rot fit into one glass jar.
I was SO inspired. These are regular people, that used to live very wasteful lives, now living waste free. One day, I want to be zero waste or waste free. A small transition that I am making to begin this journey is…eliminating my paper waste!
With the support of my partner Andrew, we are no longer buying: paper towels, tissues, cotton balls, q-tips, or napkins. I am also transitioning to a Lena cup, more on that another day.
To replace paper towels and napkins we will use our dishtowels and rags. For tissues we will use reusable hankies. For cotton ball and q-tip purposes I will use a washcloth.
2. Beauty routine.