Good Morning Lovely!!
How has your week been?
If it's anything like mine, you've had some highs and less-highs.
There's a lot of change happening out in the world right now and it can be overwhelming.
While skimming social media, I vacillate between hopeful and discouraged (with the odd super-cringe). I'm trying to stay focused on the good things and not get sucked down any rabbit holes! Those can be dark and scary.
Wouldn't it be nice if this hardship shifted society towards a different, new way of operating?
What if we could make the world a kinder, more just place simply by shifting a few daily habits?
If you think about it…
We vote for the type of world we want with our money.
The stores and businesses who make enough money to continue, will. And they will continue to operate with the intentions and motivations that work for them. How many companies regularly rely on slave labour, environmental atrocities, animal testing/abuse, and bribery resulting in broken laws?
When you shop at Walmart who benefits? Which practices get supported and continued?
When you buy Nestle products, who suffers as a result?
Does Amazon make the world a better place in any way?
I like to ask these questions of all the places and companies I support, because when I give them my money I’m supporting all of their business ethics.
I regularly shop at my local farmers market because I want these organic farmers to keep doing the great work they’re doing. They are making the land richer with their farming, rather than depleting and polluting. They're creating nutritionally superior foods that taste better than anything I can buy at the grocery store! I want to support my local economy and reduce emissions that would be used to transport my food from Mexican/South American farms, where humans aren't always being treated with respect. I bring my own bags (made from old clothes) so I’m not using plastic destined for the landfill.
Just shifting a couple of decisions about the way we shop can make a big difference!
Here are some ideas of where to start:
Buy everything local that you can.
Grow your own food, or start with herbs!
Shop at the farmers markets, they're everywhere now!
Avoid buying plastic (for anything), it's forever.
Buy products made with recycled materials.
Shop at small businesses to support your neighbours.
Shop secondhand (especially for clothing-so much waste!).
Upcycle objects before recycling or throwing out.
Put unwanted items up for free online.
Learn to DIY all the things you love. (cooking, sewing, fermenting etc...)
Donate to or volunteer at a local charity/shelter.
What do you love to do that supports a kinder and more just world?
This week I'm focussing on sharing my gifts.
A wise and kind friend reminded me that we're here to shine brightly so others can light their candles in our flames.
What are your gifts?
How do you share them?
Shine on Beautiful Star!
In gratitude, health, and love,