February echoes all things love. However, I’m going to focus on self love with this guide. Sometimes our days (or weeks are filled with challenges and setbacks. Or we try overcompensate productivity to complete an idealized goal for the validation of feeling accomplished. This goes back to refilling our cup before we start to run on empty. We can’t neglect the most important part of our life: our self.
In my opinion self love is something we should integrate everyday. It doesn’t have to be extravagant nor should you feel like it must be a time consuming or romanticized vision that seems unattainable. The way someone cultivates self love may not be the same as mine or yours and that okay. So whether you decide to take a day in February to buy yourself some chocolates and wine, creating a gratitude list, or having a good cry to feel + release those emotions, remember that it truly does matter.
Here is an updated version of this years zero waste dental products I love + some new to me. When it comes to zero waste I chose to live by example and it certainly requires thought and execution. Being mindful of what we purchase and its lifespan offers us insight to what choices we make. At the end of the day I like to reflect on how much trash I did, or didn’t produce. At the beginning of each day I try to reflect on what I hope to achieve, invite, and value.
As y’all know, I love exploring and studying the benefits of botanicals + plants and their uses. Living Libations is a Canadian-based company who dedicate themselves to meaningfully creating botanical based products for our body + mind. Their oral care products featured here are full of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties and I love them! I hope they integrate bigger sizes for bulk buying. Most of their products are vegan, and everything featured here is vegan!
Is it possible to have jet lag from driving? As in sitting in the passenger seat while we made our way up north for a week-long vacation? I am still recovering + reliving our trip through these photos and films I shot along the way. Our first stop was Cambria, a little town nestled in the central California coast It reminded me a lot of Stars Hollow, perhaps a more beachy + overcast version of it. I wish we had stayed here longer and explored more of the city (and cafes!). If you like a picturesque drive from L.A. (or Southern California in general) this is definitely worth it.
October was an absolute whirlwind. I participated in Project Green Challenge (founded by Turning Green). It was a 30-day event in which students have several challenges focused on a theme. They ranged from Zero Waste (my submission I posted here), Fair Trade, and Biodiversity. The goal was to challenge us to create ways to improve, educate, and, expand on our knowledge of sustainability and the environment. I knew I wouldn’t be able to participate in all of the 30 days but being in my last year of university + wanting to become more public with my passion for the environment I went for it and gave it my all and had the pleasure to be awarded in a few of the challenges. That and October was midterms-month!
The one closest to my heart was the Zero Waste challenge. I’ve spent this past year transitioning into a more zero-waste lifestyle, reducing and minimizing what I don’t need. I have realized that for me less is truly more. It hasn’t been terribly hard for me and I have learned to plan ahead. I don’t view it as limiting – I view it as lighting your step and being kind to the environment. Which leads me to this post!