#ConsciousLiving: My New Year's Goals, Big and Small

ethical living: my new year's resolutions

I wanted to write a year-in-review post, but this year has been such a doozy that it's going to take a bit of energy to sort it out. This is the first time I've had my head above water in at least 5 months, so I'm just relieved I can look ahead, setting new goals and clarifying old ones. 

I have a number of personal goals for the new year, some life-changing, some not so much. But I'm hoping to balance them with the mantra, "You are enough," constantly beating in my head. 

Resolutions aren't about perfection, they're about fulfillment.

I won't be disappointed if some of them fall to the wayside - that's just life - but I'm hoping a few of them will stick, or at least teach me something about myself. 


Rekindle my love for creative movement.

I grew up dancing (tap, hip hop, swing, Irish, you name it) and I even took an adult ballet class when I first moved here, but it's been years since I've had the chance to dance and move and trust my body to hold me up. I've been itching to try aerial yoga, but I'd also be up for a low key dance class.

Take photography more seriously.

I used to be really into photo walks and portraiture, but I just let life push photography to the wayside. I want to dedicate more time to getting the perfect shot, and I'd also like to make sure that every photo I post on the blog is something I'm proud of.

Give up coffee, at least for awhile. 

I've been meaning to do this for awhile, because I don't like my over-dependency on caffeine in the mornings. Headaches, crankiness, lack of focus. Not exactly a healthy habit. I am planning to replace it with a high caffeine tea for a less severe energy boost, and then we'll see how I fare reducing my intake after that.

Eat all vegetarian except for on special occasions. 

I cook vegan/vegetarian at home already, but I often eat out during the week and don't really pay attention to what I'm eating. While researching and writing my post on Christian vegetarianism, I was taken with the idea of meat being associated with ritual. Saving meat for special occasions means the animal is elevated to a place of honor, which reminds us of the sacrifice. I plan to reserve meat eating for rare occasions, like holidays and birthdays.


Make a part-time income on freelance writing and ethical brand collaborations. 

I've ramped up my freelance writing over the past several months and learned how to better negotiate with brands so that collaborations work better for both of us. I am looking forward to initiating long term relationships with the brands I love on this platform, and also picking up more freelance creative writing and copy writing/editing for ethical brands. If you're interested, hit me up here

Take a leap of faith and get the chops to go where I feel called. 

I'm leaving this intentionally vague because the details are still murky, but there's something I've felt vocationally called to for most of my life and I'm excited to finally be taking the steps to pursue it. It's scary, but it's time. 

Gettin' Around: See Me in Selva Beat and Bustle This Month

Selva Beat magazine Fall/Winter 2016

I'm in print! 

The team at Selva Beat was so kind to accept my piece, Dispatches from the Mall: What I Learned When I Gave Up Fast Fashion, for their Fall/Winter Issue. It was one of those essays that came easily, and acted as a reminder and self-inspiration to keep on the ethical fashion path. I love what Selva Beat did with page design and formatting, too!

Selva Beat is an Austin-based ethical fashion and vegan lifestyle magazine aesthetically inspired by '90s zine culture. I have been impressed with the attention to detail, fashion spreads, and touching articles and essays in the two issues I've purchased. I highly recommend it.

If you want to read my piece and get some ethical fashion inspiration, you can purchase digital and print copies here.

I'm on Bustle!

Fair Trade Fashion Bloggers in Bustle
I was thrilled to find myself listed among several other inspiring ethical bloggers in an online article a couple weeks ago! It's encouraging to get good feedback outside of direct channels like my blog and social media channels. I'm also crossing my fingers that this means people are really starting to look for communities that can help them find ethical alternatives when they shop. Read the article here.

I have also been writing pieces for the NUMI Organic Tea blog. Read my recent essay, Celebrating People: Why Fair Trade Matters, here.