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ZERO-WASTE SWAPS THAT SAVE MONEY

When I talk to people about being more environmentally friendly and making sustainable choices I’m shocked by the amount of people who think that a zero-waste lifestyle is too expensive for them. I will admit that the lifestyle CAN be expensive but it really doesn’t HAVE to be. When it comes to these types of products there tends to be an upfront cost, although it does pay off in time I can understand how this is overwhelming for a lot of people. In my opinion, adopting a zero-waste mindset can actually save you a decent amount of money. The whole idea is to find ways to use what you have and buy less in the future. Today I wanted to share some easy zero-waste swaps that will actually save you money. If you’re new to the lifestyle these are some easy places to start.

Reusable Period Products

Disposable tampons and pads can be seriously expensive! The worst part it that you have to buy them every month for a good chunk of your life. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to skip that monthly trip to the store and never have to worry about being caught without a tampon? There is! Reusable period products are becoming more popular. They not only help reduce the amount of waste we produce, they actually help you save money as well. You have a few options when it comes to choosing what is right for you, the most common options are menstrual cups, reusable pads, and period panties. The upfront cost is more than what you probably already pay monthly but these products can be used for years without needing to buy more. If you’re interested in learning more about these products check out my post about sustainable periods HERE!

Cook Instead of Ordering Take-Out

Ordering take-out is so damn expensive. Not only do you have to pay for the cost of your food, but there’s the added delivery charge and a tip for your delivery driver. I have found that ordering 2 meals comes to the same amount as a weeks worth of groceries for my boyfriend and I, which is CRAZY! The cost is only one issue, the environmental impact is a whole other story. Usually, when you order food from a restaurant it comes in some type of plastic or paper package and there are plastic utensils for your to use as well. These things typically end up in the trash and continue to pollute the environment. By cooking your meals at home you’ll be avoiding all of that unnecessary waste! Bonus: meals cooked at home are typically healthier and you might have some leftovers to eat the next day!

Reusable Water Bottles

It baffles me that people continue to pay for bottled water when you can get the same thing from your tap. It’s absolutely insane how much companies charge for a water bottle! Invest in a good quality water bottle and fill it up for free. If think tap water is gross (I promise it’s not!) or you don’t like the taste of tap water there are a few different options for filtering. You can buy a filter that attaches directly to your tap and filters the water as it comes out, you can buy a jug that has a filter built it (like a Brita), or there are single sticks of carbon that you can put inside your water bottle.

Safety Razors

I switched to a safety razor a few months ago and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If you’d like to read about my safety razor experience you can check out my post HERE! I will never go back to disposables! While the upfront cost of a safety razor is probably more than you’re used to spending, it will last you for years. Where I live a package of 4 disposable razors costs anywhere from $5-10 and each one of those will only last you a week or so. A safety razor can vary in cost (the one I bought was $30 and came with 5 blades) but you only have to pay to replace the blades. So far I have found that one blade will last 2-4 weeks, possibly even longer if you take excellent care of them. I’m sure you can see how quickly the savings add up! The best part is that you’re saving all that plastic from ending up in the landfill!

Buy Second-Hand

If you need to buy something see if you can find it second-hand or borrow it before buying it new. If it’s an item that you’ll only use a handful of times, ask a friend or family member if you can borrow theirs rather than purchasing a brand new one. If it’s something that you will use frequently check to see if you can buy it second hand. With social media second-hand no longer has to mean going to the thrift store and searching through a bunch of items to find something you need. There are so many facebook groups and other websites specifically made for people trying to sell things they don’t have a use for. Taking a minute to search on your phone could end up saving you a ton of money. Another great idea is to sell things you no longer have a use for, someone may be searching for it and you could make a little extra pocket money.

These are just a few ways that the zero-waste lifestyle has been saving me money and I’m sure there are many more I will discover! If you’re going to give any of these a try or you have some other tips for how to save money when going zero-waste please leave a comment and let’s have a discussion. If you found this post to be useful feel free to share using the links below! If you liked this post please subscribe to be notified by email when I post in the future and don’t forget to connect with me on social media, I would love to hear from you. You can find all my links in the side bar on desktop or below this post on mobile.


“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

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6 Tips for New Vegans

If you’ve recently decided to go vegan, congratulations! You’ve just made one of the best decisions of your life. I was in your position just 7 months ago and I know how overwhelming it can be when you’re starting out. You’re going to hear the same questions repeatedly, people will tell you that you’re going to die of a protein deficiency, and you’ll probably get judged by the vegan police. It’s not an easy transition to make but it gets easier as with time, and it gets better every single day. If you haven’t yet decided to go vegan but you’re considering it, this post is for you too! I know it seems like a huge change, and it is, but it’s the best kind of change. Once you make that leap you’ll wish you had done it sooner. Today I want to share some tips that I wish someone would have told me when I first decided to go vegan.


START SIMPLE

There are so many things that are not vegan, and you’re probably used to consuming/using a lot of them. If you can’t completely transition overnight thats ok! The best advice I have for you it to start with food. Cut out meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. If you want to eat processed foods still that’s totally fine (don’t listen to the people who will tell you otherwise), check to make sure they don’t have any hidden animal products. You’ll find that modified milk ingredients are unnecessarily in too many things (very annoying)! But, you’ll get used to it and over time you’ll find brands that you know and love. Grocery shopping gets easier, I promise!

Once you’ve mastered the food area you can move onto other things! Take a look at the beauty and hygiene products you use and swap anything that contains animal products or is tested on animals. You can also be more conscious when you’re buying new items like clothes or furniture to make sure that they’re made of vegan materials. Don’t feel like you need to throw away everything you own when you decide to go vegan, you don’t need to completely restart your life. It’s a process! When you run out of your non-vegan beauty products replace it with something that is vegan. If you do decide that you want to go full force and replace your products and some clothes please give them to friends/family or donate them so they don’t end up in the landfill.

FIND YOUR MOTIVATION

It’s hard to be vegan if you have no motivation to do so. Do some research! There are so many documentaries, articles, YouTube videos, etc. that explain the issues with animal agriculture. Watch them and learn. Get angry about the way that animals are treated and how destructive humans are to the environment! Get excited about the benefits of veganism and the positive impact you’re going to have. Visit and animal sanctuary and interact with those beautiful creatures. Find something that lights a fire in your soul and makes you proud to be vegan. If you’re doing it for the right reason, it’s going to stick. If you’re going vegan because you think it’s going to make you skinny (it may or may not) but you don’t care about the animals, it probably won’t stick unless you see results.

IGNORE THE NEGATIVITY

You’re going to experience some negativity from your omnivore friends and family, and even from random people on the internet. Try not to let it get to you. If they’re questioning you about your protein or telling you that cows “need to be milked,” use their ignorance as an opportunity to educate them on some facts. If they’re genuinely curious and are willing to see a different perspective try to respond to people in a positive way and have a mature discussion about veganism. You will run into people who have no interest in hearing what you have to say, they will continue to tell you that you’re wrong. In that case it’s best to just ignore them. It can be so easy to argue with someone on the internet when you’re so passionate about something but it isn’t productive. If they’re really bothering you I suggest deleting or blocking them. Most of the time they’re seeking attention and by responding you’re giving them exactly what they want.

MAKE SOME FRIENDS

It can be tough to be the only vegan in the village. If your city has a vegan community that hosts events you should definitely go to them and meet some like-minded people! It’s so nice to have someone to chat about recipes with and get advice from. If you happen to live in a small town or live in a place where there a vegan is unheard of check out facebook groups and twitter. Facebook groups are a great way to connect with people near you and from all over the world! I’m sure most of you are on twitter but you may be surprised to know that there is an amazing vegan community on it. If you’re unsure of who to follow here are just a few of my favourite accounts:

@micha3lamal || @herb_beauty || @ahimsax  || @_kimberrrr_ || @_EllaSinclair || @issa_lissa_ || @THATherbivore

And you can, of course, follow me: @positivelychels (tweet me and I’ll follow you back!)

DON’T LET YOUR MISTAKES STOP YOU

You’re going to make mistakes, it’s inevitable, especially in the beginning. Rejecting the things that you were brought up to believe can be very hard. There has been times where I accidentally bought candy that wasn’t vegan and only realized halfway through eating it. I almost bought a face mask without realizing it honey in it just a few weeks ago. Don’t beat yourself up over the slip ups. Just remember that moment and learn from it so you won’t make the same mistake again. Also, when you’re farther along in your vegan journey it is just as important to remember these mistakes. There are some people in the vegan community that will put you down for not knowing something isn’t vegan and it’s a very shitty feeling. Please don’t become one of them. As you continue, remember that everyone makes mistakes. We’re all trying our best and no one is better than anyone else.

VEGANISM IS JUST THE BEGINNING

Look back at that motivation you found, if you’re doing this for animals and the environment this really is only the beginning. There is so much more that you can do to live more ethically and sustainably! If you still use plastic, you can work towards getting rid of it completely. If you still eat palm oil, you can stop buying foods that contain it. Humans are seriously destructive creatures and if we don’t start making some major changes our earth is going to go to shit. It’s already started to, but it’s not too late and you have the power to make a difference. Do your research and share what you find with the people around you! You may seem crazy but the rest of the world will catch on eventually, every little bit counts!


I hope that you learned something from reading this post today and I hope that your vegan transition goes smoothly! If you ever have any questions, are feeling discouraged, or just want to talk please feel free to reach out to me on any of my social media (linked in the side bar on desktop or below this post on mobile). If you’ve been vegan for a while and have any other tips you’d like to share please leave a comment below!! If you liked this post feel free to share and subscribe to be notified by email when I post!


“We do not need to eat animals, wear animals, or use animals for entertainment purposes, and our only defense of these uses is our pleasure, amusement, and convenience.” – Gary L. Francione

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MY PERSONALITY TYPE

As a psychology student I’ve always been very interested in personality. I actually took a personality psychology class last year and it was awesome! For this post I wanted to go into depth about my Myers-Briggs personality type. If you haven’t found yours before, I definitely suggest taking the test on 16Personalities! It doesn’t take too long and it gives you a great insight into your personality (plus it’s fun!).

My personality type is INFJ-T, which stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging, and turbulent. Apparently, INFJ is the least common personality type comprising about 1% of the population. It is also more common for women than men to have this type than men. I only know one person other person, that I have actually met, that has this personality type. However, I find that a lot of the people I follow on twitter are also INFJ.. I guess we just attract each other. All of the following information is from 16Personalities!

The 5 Personality Aspects:

MIND

This aspect describes how we interact with our surroundings. Introverts prefer solitary activities and social activity tires them, hence why I’m writing a blog post at home with my cat on a Friday night. Introverts also tend to be sensitive to external stimulation (so true, fireworks bring me to tears lol).

ENERGY

This aspect determines how we see the world and process information. If you’re intuitive you are imaginative, open-minded, and curious! These people focus on novelty rather than stability, focusing on hidden meanings and new possibilities.

NATURE

This aspect determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions. These people are sensitive and emotionally expressive. They are empathetic and less competitive than the Thinking type. We focus on social harmony and cooperation (that sounds so nice wow).

TACTICS

This aspect reflects our approach to work, planning, and decision-making. Judging individuals are decisive, thorough, and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability, and closure, prefering structure and planning to spontaneity. I can’t start a project without having a list made of the order that things need to get done in, I even do this for cleaning my house.

IDENTITY

This aspect shows how confident we are in our abilities and decisions. Turbulent people are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They are likely to experience a wide range of emotions and be success-driven, a perfectionist, and eager to improve.

The Type Groups:

Based on these aspects I have the role of Diplomat. Your role decides your goals and interests. This means that I focus on empathy and and cooperation. We are a cooperative and imaginative group of people, often playing the role of harmonizers. These traits make us warm and influential individuals but also causes issues when we need to rely on cold rationality to make decision.

There are also four strategies, which show our preferred way of doing things and achieving goals. My strategy is “Constant Improvement,” meaning that I am quiet and individualistic. We spend a lot of time that the results of our work is the best it can possibly be. We are high achieving individuals that are dedicated to their craft (my blog!!), but we tend to worry too much about our performance.

So… what does all of this mean?

STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

INFJ Strengths: creative, insightful, inspiring, convincing, decisive, determined, passionate, altruistic.

INFJ Weaknesses: sensitive, extremely private, perfectionist, always need to have a cause, can burn out easily.

I feel like these are sooooo accurate, I’ve been noticing my weaknesses especially lately. I find that If I can’t find a reason for doing something I WILL NOT do it, which isn’t a great habit to get into.

RELATIONSHIPS

INFJ’s aren’t usually into casual relationships, they look for depth and meaning. We find it important to establish a genuine connection with people we are about. We seek people who share our desire for authenticity. INFJ’s are enthusiastic in relationships, aren’t afraid to show love, and feel it unconditionally. We look for connections that are more than physical, looking for emotional and even spiritual connections.

FRIENDSHIPS

We like to connect with people who share our interests and passions, and we’re unlikely to start a friendship just for the sake of having a friend. It can be difficult to get to know an INFJ as we are usually private people and only share our thoughts and feelings once we get comfortable. We are loyal and supportive friends, encouraging growth and life-enriching experiences. We don’t require daily attention, quality over quantity.

PARENTHOOD

This section is interesting for me, as I’m not a parent yet and always wonder how I’ll actually be when I have kids. INFJ’s look at relationships with their children as opportunities to grow with someone they care about while working to raise an independent, responsible adult. Although at times we try to project our own qualities onto our children, we push them to think independently and develop their own ideas and beliefs.

CAREER PATHS

Corporate career paths are not designed for INFJ’s. Many struggle to choose a career early on because they see many paths each with its own benefits. We need to find meaning in any work we do, wanting to make connections and help people. INFJ’s are well suited for healthcare, especially the holistic varieties – counsellors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches, and spiritual guides. We also crave creativity! INFJ’s often find roles in leadership or starting their own practice (I honestly do not enjoy working for people!!). We also often pursue careers in writing such as blogging (looks it’s me), writing stories, or screenplays. Music, design, photography, and art are also options.

That is all the information I’ve learned about my personality type so far and I’m so happy I did this research. I’ve been struggling to understand myself lately especially when it comes to the career path I want to take and I think this gave me a lot of insight and some good ideas. If you haven’t taken the test I absolutely suggest you do and definitely read all the information it gives you! Leave me a comment letting me know what your personality type is and anything that you learned about yourself/something that resonated with you! If you enjoyed this post please subscribe to be notified when I post in the future and feel free to share! Also check out my social media, I’d love to connect with you! All the links are in the sidebar!


“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” – Shannon L. Alder

 

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5 WAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE

Hello my friends! One of my resolutions for 2018 is to develop healthier routines in my life. A big part of that for me is organizing certain parts of my life so that I can feel more productive when it comes to my daily tasks. I think having a clean, organized living space is so important, especially when you spend a lot of time in your house. We often forget that it’s not just our physical space that needs some TLC but also our online space and even our mind. There’s nothing better than feeling like you’re successfully living life as an adult and that’s what todays post is all about.

Here are 5 ways that you can organize your life and get your shit together:

SELL/DONATE THINGS YOU DON’T USE

Take a look at all the closets, cupboard, and drawers in your house. You probably have clothes that haven’t been worn in months, Tupperware that has lost its lid, or a junk drawer that’s overflowing. While you’re in there organize the things you’re keeping! If things are valuable sell them and make a little bit of a profit, you can also donate and give your items and new home where they’ll be loved. There is nothing more satisfying than having organized, uncluttered spaces in your house.

CLEAN UP AT NIGHT

Try to tidy up your living space daily. It’s considerably easier than letting everything pile up for a few days and then trying to tackle that mess. It’s as easy and putting things back into their place, wiping down your counters, and sweeping the floor. If possible make sure your house is cleaned before you go to bed at night. This lets you wake up to a beautiful space and makes getting out of bed and getting your day started so much easier. Nobody likes to wake up to dishes in the sink and clothes all over the floor. It’s much easier to be productive when your space is clean and organized.

GO PAPERLESS

Chances are you have a pile of bills or other papers lying around your house. Switch to receiving your bills online! You can keep everything organized in your email and there’s no chance of losing your papers somewhere around the house. Bonus: you’ll be helping the environment, with less paper needing to be produced and ultimately ending up in the trash! While you’re at it, find a nice way to organize the papers you currently have. You can even scan them onto your computer and keep them in a file there! Less loose papers in your house will make your space feel more clean and organized!

CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

While this isn’t going to organize your physical space it will make your online space more appealing and a happier place to be. Lately, I have gotten into the habit of deleting or blocking anyone on social media who is spreading negativity or posts that annoy me. When I go onto Twitter or Facebook I want to see the people I like and what they’re doing, not the person who I had biology with in high school and haven’t spoken to since. I know that I used to go on twitter and get upset about someone harassing vegans, now I just block them and move on with my life. They don’t deserve my attention. Less negativity on my feed means less negativity in my mind!

USE A PLANNER

This is another way to declutter your mind. I grab my planner every morning when I wake up, I write out my most important tasks that I need to get done that day and make sure I do those before doing anything else. If I have big task to get done over a few days I’ll chunk it out in my planner. It really helps to keep your mind focused on what you need to be getting done. There’s less wondering what you need to do next or whether you’ve gotten through everything you needed to. Having a planner is great for productivity and keeping your mind clear! If you’re looking for a planner check out my blog post My 2018 Planner to see which one I use!

If you give any of these ideas a try then let me know in the comments! I’d also love to hear any other ways you “organize your life”! Thank you so much for reading! If you enjoyed this post please subscribe (in the side bar) to be notified when I post and feel free to share! Don’t forget to connect with me on social media, links are in the side bar as well!


“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination” – Christina Scalise

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MY VINYL COLLECTION

Hello again! Over the past couple years I’ve been starting to build up a decent collection of vinyls. My dad opened a record store this past year and most of my collection has come from him! I would not have even half the amount that I do if he hadn’t given them to me, thanks dad if you’re reading this! I do have a huge box of old records that my boyfriends parents gave to us that still need to be sorted through and cleaned so none of those are going to be in this post! The ones that I’m going to show you today are some of my favourites and the newest that have been added to the collection!

I really enjoy listening to vinyls because not only is the sound unreal but you don’t have the ability to just skip through songs whenever you want. You get to hear songs that you might not have heard if you had listened to the artist/band on Spotify. I think that it gives you more of an appreciation for the artist. Having music on in the background is one of my favourite things in the world, it’s so relaxing and totally changes the atmosphere of the room.

MY COLLECTION

  • The Hurry and the Harm – city and colour
  • Sometimes – city and colour
  • AM – Arctic Monkeys

  • Magic Potion – The Black Keys
  • Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits
  • Eagles Greatest Hits

  • Little Hell – city and colour
  • Saint Cecilia EP – Foo Fighters
  • Little Machines – Lights

  • Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (their best album, I might add)
  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
  • Legend the Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers

Let me know in the comments what your favourite records are and which ones you want to get next!! If you don’t collect vinyls, let me know who your favourite artist/band is!


“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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