Sustainability A to Z

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I am starting my first side project! For the longest time I have been wanting to do something fun, creative, and environmentally conscious outside of my day job. What has stopped me in the past and still inhibits me, is the fact that this is outside of my comfort zone. I’m used to designing websites and marketing materials, not creating original graphics, illustrations or art.

It is always nerve-racking to put personal work out there for fear of judgment and/or failure, especially when you’re trying something new and not very good at it. I have finally decided I can no longer let the discouraging voices stop me and that I just have to do it, no matter how much it scares me. I probably will be terrible at first, but I can only get better if I practice.

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New Direction + Happy Earth Day

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After taking a bit of a hiatus to self-reflect and rework the direction of this blog, I am back and more excited than ever! When I started Simply Conscious, I intended it to be a sustainable lifestyle blog, but found myself struggling a lot with what to write. I realized it was because I had a vision of what I wanted the blog to be, but was trying to do and become something I was not.

My new approach

Don’t get me wrong, I still strive to live more consciously every day and hope more people do too, but I just wasn’t finding excitement writing about the “how-to’s” of sustainable living. Plus, there are plenty of blogs out there who are already doing a great job of this (see my Favorites). I wanted to contribute in my own way, a way that is more inline with who I am — a designer.

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Why I’m Becoming a Weekday Vegetarian

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My veggie journey

When I was younger I went through the, “I’m going to be a vegetarian” phase. I’m not really sure what sparked it. I do remember one of the reasons I stopped eating beef was that my Chinese zodiac was an Ox and my kid logic told me, “I can’t eat myself”! Despite how silly the reasoning was, I haven’t eaten beef in nearly 20 years. I’ve kept it up mainly for health and environmental reasons, but it was never my favorite meat in the first place. Chicken and pork, however, I couldn’t resist.

Over the years I have gone in and out of vegetarianism. I go through detox phases where I’ll be a vegetarian for a few weeks at a time. The longest was for 3 months while I was in yoga teacher training, which was when I fully experienced the benefits of being a vegetarian.

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Coastal Cleanup Day

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On Saturday, September 19, 2015 beach cleanups will be held all across the world as part of Coastal Cleanup Day. I will be joining the Surfrider Foundation West LA/Malibu Chapter in Santa Monica for their cleanup from 10am-noon. It will be followed by a donation-based beach yoga class noon-1pm. Details are below. I hope to see you there!

Can’t make it to Santa Monica?
If you live in California, check this Statewide Map for the cleanup site nearest you. Even if you do not live near the coast there are cleanups being held inland as well.

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5 Ways To Be Eco-Friendly At The Movies

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Over the past few months I have been making an effort to move closer to a zero waste lifestyle. As a result, I have been finding new ways to reduce the amount of trash I produce wherever I go, including the movie theater.

By simply thinking before we take or toss, we can keep a lot of unnecessary waste out of the landfill and still have a great time! Here are some of the ways I try to reduce my waste at the movies:

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