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 image by Uri Portillo 

image by Uri Portillo 

I’ve been talking to people all week about ideas, getting feedback, and creating social accountability.  So now I have to state my mission:  Living the most beautiful life possible while creating real connections with other humans, and taking care to not cause harm to others for my own gain.  Respect for life is a crucial part of my decision making process, to the point where I sometimes find it crippling.  Riddled with anxiety about making a choice that could causes another’s suffering.  On the one hand it can be great for the budget because I end up going without a lot of the time, but often it ends up making my life a little more complicated...

I’ve never been one to shy away from hard work though.  I want to empower people with information and inspiration to live a richer, fuller life starting at home.  The influence we make on and in the world with our daily choices as they compound through weeks, months, and years can add up.  I’m suggesting that {easier} isn’t better and [cheap] is neither easier OR better in most cases. 

Every single day we have opportunities to be creative with how we are investing ourselves in the world.  There are too many to bring attention to in a single post so that is just going to be an overlying theme in the blog. 

We can’t afford to maintain the current mentality of getting things cheaply made and sold knowing that they will not last.  Not caring if they last or not.  We don’t even respect the object in question as much as we would had the price tag been higher. Or if you had more of a personal connection to it ex. Buying a t-shirt at a local event vs. going ­­­­­­­ to (­insert box store of your choice) and getting one just because it was cheap. I feel terrible about insanely cheap clothing that is pumped out every day where the workers making them for us are being exploited. They are in this position because they had the misfortune of coming into existence in a corrupt country.  Easy enough for us to avoid feeling poorly about it though, we only see the end product.

Why is this still a problem?? We are a sophisticated race with so much knowledge and information at our fingertips!

How do we not know the first thing about looking after each other?

Hmm seems like a lot of work.” I hear this a lot and it makes me so happy.  Yah! I work hard and I’m preaching the good word.  Hard work is soOo rewarding.  Just the other day my roommate made new covers for the cushions in the living room.  You should have seen the look on her face, she was beaming! Now isn’t that more fun than going out and buying new ones at the store.  She has such a connection with them now and probably feels better having things around her that she’s invested in.  There are studies about these things people, you’ll just have to trust me for now.  I can site facts in a different rant on another day. 

I encourage you to start more projects.  Yes, sometimes they linger around as an annoying reminder of failed attempts, but that’s ok! You can’t finish anything you don’t start so just get started on something!

 

 

“Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” 

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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