Consumerism quickly took over in America after World War 2 when there was a need for an economic boost. Since then, we have slowly fallen into a pit of materialistic ways and have let it take over our how we live life. Think about how many pens you have thrown away in your life? Or how many times you have gone shopping just because you were bored. Or how many plastic bags you have wasted after a trip to the store where you bought more pointless things that you really did not NEED.
I am guilty of this too but have come to find myself thinking about all of the meaningless things that I have bought, which have contributed to more waste on our planet. It makes me sick to my stomach. Next time you are about to buy a piece of clothing or an electronic, give it some good thought. Is it an item that you A) Want: have a desire to possess. Or B) Need: require because it is essential.
I recently watched a video called "The Story of Stuff", which gives a look into our materialistic and consumption patterns. As well as, the number of environmental and social issues that consumerism has caused in America. The video is very well made and is entertaining in the way that it is animated. Please give it a watch, I have linked it below. I promise it will give you a more open outlook on why we need to cut down as a planet on our constant cycle of buying and trashing items. We can cut down, it does not have to be all at once, but it NEEDS to happen. Let's do this together and help save our planet before it is too late.
Thanks for reading! If you have any tips on how to cut down on our waste or how to stop buying pointless stuff, feel free to leave a comment below!
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Now that I am 20 years old, I have been thinking a lot about lessons I have learned in my life so far & what I can do to benefit my life as I grow older. I came up with 20 things I have learned in my 20 years of life, some I wish I knew sooner. On that note, I want to share them with anyone reading this, so that they can benefit you in some way. Let me know if you can relate with anything I mentioned, in the comments below. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed and learned something new. Thanks for reading!
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Now that it is fall time, that means it is pumpkin patch season! This is one of my favorite fall activities to do. Something about actually seeing where your pumpkin was grown is so refreshing and somewhat nostalgic because it reminds me of how things used to be in the world. When you would get your produce at the local market instead of a huge chain store...
My mom and I took a trip over to a little local pumpkin patch called, Little Jaker's. If you are in the Salt Lake area, I would highly suggest it! They had a few animals you could pet and they also had a fun hay ride! On top of all of this, they had a ton of fresh produce grown right here in town. I would like to bring up how important it is to buy your produce locally. While we were there we also got some red bell peppers, onions and squash! It is important to buy locally because the money will go back into your community. Buying from chain businesses only helps them, not your community. Local produce is also more tasty and fresh because it is grown close to where it is being sold. This means it doesn't have to travel across the country to be sold. Buying local means less risk of food contamination, utilizes less plastic and resources and best of all, uses less fossil fuels!
If you want a fun fall activity while also helping out your community, visit your local farmer's market or pumpkin patch this season! You will notice a difference in the freshness of your food and you will feel good knowing that you are putting your money towards local businesses.
Happy Fall! Thanks for reading :)
1. Create a personalized workout playlist: Everyone has their favorite songs that pump them up and inspire them to work out. Exercise is hard and sometimes the best way to get through it, is with a kick ass playlist. I prefer rap when I workout because the fast paced music gets me motivated.
2. Start SLOW: A lot of people decide one day, "Okay I am going to start dieting and working out today". This is not necessary and will actually slow you down from achieving your health goals. You may for example try to run a mile on the first day that you decide to start working out and give up because you "can't do it". The problem is not that you can't do it however, it is that you must work your way up. Take it slow and if you want it bad enough, you will reach your goals.
3. Make a workout schedule: It is much easier to workout if you have a set day and time because then you have no option but to do it. Get motivated by writing down "Gym-10:00 AM" in your phone for example, and I promise it will make all of the difference.
4. Find a motivation partner: I have found that the best way to stay motivated is to have a friend or family member who is right there with you along the journey, who will keep you motivated and on track. I for example started working out because my boyfriend is always at the gym. I would think "What am I going to do while he is at the gym, i'll be soooo bored". One day I thought, "Hey why don't I just go to the gym also?". Since then (which was about one year ago), I workout a few times per week. By seeing his improvement and by talking about our workout every time together, it keeps me motivated and in check.
5. Write down the healthy choices that you make: It helps everyone to stay motivated by keeping a small notepad or even a list on your phone with you at all times, tracking your healthy choices. This may mean, writing down all of the healthy foods you ate that day and trying to one up yourself the next day. Or this may mean tracking your workouts. I personally have a calendar where I mark off every time I go to the gym, then at the end of the week I tally it up. This helps me see just how much I was working out that week and then I try to beat myself the next week.
6. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF: The worst mistake that people make is comparing their body, wealth, happiness, job etc. to other people that they know or see on social media. It has taken me a while to realize this but, I will never be anyone else or have the exact life that they have, so there is NO reason to compare my life to theirs. Especially when it comes to fitness, there is no "right" way to look or "correct" way to be healthy. You find what works the best for yourself, and roll with it my friend.
7. Make your health a top priority: If you do not really have the drive to become a healthier version of you, then it is not going to work. What helps many people is to make a list of all of the reasons that it may benefit you to workout or eat less sugar, drink less alcohol etc. and then this might get you more motivated to actually WANT to get fit instead of trying to force something that is not important to you.
8. Get Inspo through others: A great way to get motivated is to see the stories of other people on their health journey and find out how they have done it! (But by no means compare yourself, this is only for inspiration). I like to watch YouTube videos and there are tons of people who post about their favorite workouts, recipes, tips and more!
9. Reward yourself: What is the point of hard work with no reward? Sure the satisfaction of becoming more healthy is great but reward yourself with something even if it is small! This could be a yummy smoothie at the end of a workout or even a vacation after a few months of constant self improvement.
10. Associate your bad habits with negativity: Most people make decisions based off of immediate gratification. You think about how much joy it will bring you if you eat that cookie. Well instead of doing this, you need to associate the cookie with all of the NEGATIVE aspects it might bring you. So find that negative consequence in the things you wish to cut down on, and focus on the end result instead of the immediate satisfaction. I promise this works wonders!
I came up with this easy DIY body and face mist a few months back, so I thought I would share! It is great to mist on yourself throughout the day for a refreshing pick me up and it has an amazing, light scent. If you love lavender as much as I do, then read on! You can also substitute the lavender for a different oil if you prefer another scent.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my fave Fall activities! Let me know if you complete the bucket list on any of my social media accounts! Links are below! :)