V.5

(Today I choose to honour the Earth because she is our Mother)

As I have been sorting my belongings and donating what I can, I have realised how wasteful I have been living.

In the attic I have duplicates of things I have in the shed and in the basement.

I have the same dress in four different sizes (and I wear none of them).

I do non-profit work and I care little for the way I run my own house.

Little-by-little, my mind has been tailoring my ways to be less wasteful and more in tune with what makes more sense with the way my heart truly is.

By my next birthday I will have reduced my household belongings by two-thirds (I started on my birthday last year).

We use less plastic garbage and we consume less overall. If we need to purchase something (that is not food) we first look to buy it second-hand.

As the free space opens up in my home, I feel like I can breathe more clearly – like the clutter was pollution from my past.

For every ten bags that did not get donated and had to be brought to the garbage, I planted a tree.

And this morning I made the best gluten-free muffins from blueberries we picked from the forest 😍

Sickle

This article is how all fathers should look after their daughters. Not this “I will break all of their bones or put them in a coffin” shit. The maturity and grace that was written in that piece is glorious. I hope someone reads it and realises that girls should be treated like humans not fucking property.

So, I stressed myself into a kidney infection. Yay me. I knew I was feeling unwell but I thought it was my lack of sleep & proper nutrition. Nope.

In my moments of boredom while ill, I began researching “zero-waste” living. Being in Norway where they sell our produce wrapped in plastic, zero waste is impossible but reduction of consumerism & waste is desirable. Most food items are sold single serve so garbage piles up quickly.

I have a small food bill compared to most of my friends because I cook. I do not use convenience foods at all. We only use butter and cheese for animal product and still out food bill is high. Everything is expensive no matter your diet here.

Ideally, I would like to reduce our plastic waste by 75% by the end of the year.

I scaled our household belongings by half in November & I will do so again over the summer. I feel smothered by stuff. It wears on me like the midday humidity in New York City in August on the subway. I keep trying to ignore how uncomfortable I am but it still clings to me, suffocating my every movement.