It can feel overwhelming.
If, and when, you look … there is a lot of sadness that needs our global attention. The trash and recycling epidemic. Immigrant families and how they are treated at the borders. Our past that still needs healing and the future that, at times, feels like too big of a burden to save.
But, the weight of all these problems are not yours alone. They are collectively ours, as a global community. And what each of us does in our smaller communities, within our homes, at the grocery store … there are attainable simple ways we can shift our engagement and feel good about our progress. No matter how large or small.
For myself, looking at the big pictures, feeling defeated before I already begin, doesn’t do anyone any good. So I take steps.
I am far, far ….. FAR from perfect. Or great for that matter. But I am making small changes in my life consistently to help become a more conscious community member.
I keep reminding myself that I do what feels right and what I can manage, in these full times, and I leave the rest to trusting in others, trusting in spirit; trusting that we will all be guided.
The following are simple things I have incorporated in my life that have felt good to my soul. I encourage you to leave comments below and share what ways you have been elevating your role in our community. They do not have to be grand. But if they are conscious, I believe they will become contagious. Maybe our stories will help others be inspired to take steps that feel good to them as well.
7 Simple Hacks for More Conscious Living
The Bulk Bin. If a store in your town carries bulk foods, try keeping some glass jars in your car for your next trip to the grocery store. I have a stash of jars that I have pre-weighed and labeled so it makes it super easy once I am at the store to use them. It takes a little bit of effort to get going, but when you get in a rhythm it actually becomes really seemless. And! The glass jars are so much more beautiful and much easier to organize in your pantry compared to plastic bags.
Conscious Brands + Thrifting. While I am making efforts to reduce the amount that I buy and consume in my daily life, I also find joy in skincare products, clothes + accessories, and decorating my home. So, little by little I have been making the transition to buy from more eco-conscious brands and to shop second hand more often. Craigslist, garage sales, + thrift stores are wonderful places to find often good quality pre-loved items. Some conscious brands that I love include Babaa knitwear, Living Libations for clean beauty, Everlane, Marilet Pretorius textiles , Girlfriend Collective for leggings and activewear, and Lilify for home goods + gifts. Often times consciously made fashion and beauty comes with a higher price tag, but I try to limit what I buy and invest in pieces that I use over and over. You can truly feel the difference.
Ecosia. I now use Ecosia in lieu of Google due to Ecosia’s mission of planting trees when people utilize their search engine. So far, they have planted a whopping 60 million trees. Amazing! I am in awe and so inspired seeing organizations and people create wonderful solutions and awareness.
Do Terra Cleaning Concentrate. I love using essential oils in our home, and this is one of my favorite products that I have now used for several years. Instead of buying all purpose cleaning solutions in plastic bottles, I bought a glass spray bottle and use DoTerra’s cleaning concentrate + water. One bottle lasts me about 6 months or more and the blend of essential oils is formulated to increase immunity and uplift mood. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, and helps naturally keep your home clean. I really love this product.
Monthly giving. Annual donations overwhelm me a bit, so instead I have taken to donating 5% of my monthly business profits to non-profits I believe in. It allows me to become more engaged with organizations and people who are taking strides and acting in beautiful ways in our community. It is also an actionable and attainable way for me to feel a part of something bigger and more purposeful. Some of the non-profits Nourish 360 has supported are: Together Rising, Women to Women International, YAC, Planned Parenthood, Make a Wish Foundation, and Everytown for Gun Safety.
BagPodz. One Christmas a couple years ago my mom gifted everyone she knew these bags. They are a set of bags that are contained in a larger pod you can carry in your purse. With these, I never forget bags at the store and I always have enough. I rarely use paper or plastic bags and now have invested in a set of cotton produce bags to reduce unnecessary waste at the grocery store further. A simple, easeful way to uplevel your grocery store and farmers market habits.
Quiet. Giving yourself some space to connect deeper with your true essence and purpose is so important and often forgone in our hustle bustle society. But, to reflect on what you can do, what you wish to do, what you feel good about doing …. I think these are worthwhile questions to give reflection and thought to.
I encourage you to make your own list. Of what you do and what you wish to do. No matter how simple. I know for myself, it never feels like I am making enough progress. But after all the baby steps, I can step back and see it all adds up. Taking steps, opening our hearts, and making one small change at a time …. I believe it all matters.