Random thoughts

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I do not have a title for this post but, I will talk about two things: Covid’s ending and clothing donations.

Covid feels over where I live in NYC. I see people in my neighborhood who do not follow social distancing/masking or act like I’m crazy if I give them some feet of space to walk. My neighborhood is full of life. The boulevard in my neighborhood is so full of cars, its like a full highway but inside one of the five boroughs.

Yesterday, I went to the park around 2:00pm and couldn’t get away from the loud noise from cars honking, loud engines(people in NYC like to install loud engines that spit fire or sound like motocycles-don’t ask me why), music blasting from multiple cars with windows rolled down. A dozen loud delivery trucks. I couldn’t get away from it. It was a bit of a shock since I am used to the calm and quiet from Covid. It was an active day yesterday. NYC is definitely making its way back to its full capacity of filled streets with social distancing. At times I have forgotten how full the city is. And the fullness is spilling into the boroughs outside of Manhattan. I guess I have to start getting used to that. Currently, I do not have a plan to branch out to a slower town/county. One day, I will.

I will miss the slower life. People are always in a mad rush. Anxious. Paranoid. A slower life would remedy all that.

Now onto the next topic.

I visited the Salvation Army recently by where I live and to my surprise it is full! I found articles online about people cleaning house and donating their unwanted goods to charity stores. The stores are all packed and full of stuff. Piles of stuff. So, it is not just me. Wanting to clean out my home and keeping my home “minimal” in a livable way. I am not achieving a blank home with just furniture like you see in minimalist images online. Just owning less things.

It has been wonderful since I donated 50% of what I owned last year. It is less maintenance. I clean easier and I have less stuff to pick up off the floor. I used to throw my things all over the floor because I had no spot to put things. Now, my “stuff” have a countertop or a drawer for it to belong to.

I am not going to lie and deny purchasing. I have been summer updating which put me in a materialist obsession again. This time, I am thinking about what I do need versus what I want. For me, it has been alot of thinking. What to buy and not to buy. Okay—lie, I bought a couple things out of impulse. I still have my old shopaholic/impulse buyer in me.

The minimalist articles made it seem simple. Buy it if you need to and do not buy if you don’t really need it. If you have a impulsiveness in you, it makes it hard. Not as simple as buy or not to buy. I still have the “Well, maybe I will need it mentality”.

I recently bought extra pants than I really need. I can always donate something but, after looking inside the Salvation Army, I am not sure when my stuff will be purchased. And they toss things they can’t sell eventually. To put it simply, there is more stuff than actual selling. Some of the items are so outdated, I am not sure if it will sell.

I am sure people will be like me, always looking to update and wear the latest trends. I hope people will buy less and use what we have. Sometimes, people donate their extra home items in mint condition. Buying second hand is fantastic way to not throwing away things.

I have decided to try thredup.com recently and am very pleased. Although, I am not great at measuring myself yet. Thrifting is a great way to reuse items people do not want. Especially, when they are new with tags at a lower price. And hopefully, reduce unwanted stuff out of landfills. Thred Up is also a great way to reduce the use of water in creating a new clothing piece. I never knew how much water goes into making clothing. Actually, I never thought about the creating processes. Things get created and it is never seen. People just go to the store and purchase.

With news about water shortages especially in the west coast, I would love it if more people came together and reduced the use of water. Last weekend, I saw a man wash his huge car with a power washer. That actually hurt alot. What is wrong with bucket of water, sponge, soap and the old fashioned water hose? I love fresh water and will be very sad once fresh drinking water becomes hard to find.

I’ve been also into recycled items versus a brand new as you can see. Just want to create a more green lifestyle so future generations can live a beautiful Earth as we see it today. Appreciating Earth has lead my purchases to be more conscious about the plastics I am buying, the trees, the food waste and so on. I am not perfect yet, since I live in an area where plastic is everywhere. Slowly there are green options. The cheaper option is preferred especially with price hikes on food. Hopefully, there will be more affordable green items to buy in the future as green jobs are more in demand. That is just ideal.

Thanks for reading my random thoughts.

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Loving Mother Earth

I was sad to read about the storms that have hit North Carolina and Texas. Global Warming have caused these shifts and it reinforces the need to be mindful of waste. The waste we produce can negatively impact our planet such as the dying coral reefs in the Ocean.

I remember as a kid in school my elementary school taught us: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

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I do admit I have been a heavy, wasteful consumer and guilty of buying toxic products that are harmful to the body and to the planet.

Since becoming more spiritual, I am currently learning how to be more mindful of what I consume. It is a different transition. Learning to produce less waste is harder than I thought it would be.

Things that I am working on shifting:

  • Buying less products and using up everything that I have which saves money overtime
  • Using biodegradable products once I am done with my Cleaning products or learning DIY recipes which is way cheaper. I used to think natural products were less effective but this is not true. It depends.
  • Once I finish up my body wash, I will be switching to bars of soap to reduce plastic use
  • Switching to bamboo toothbrush eventually but, for now I will disinfect (with vinegar or mouthwash) my plastic toothbrush as often as I can and for as long as I can to reduce buying.
  • Using cotton material for towels. I found out microfiber cloth is made with plastic. When we wash it it releases tiny bits of plastic into the waters which affect our fish. If you are a fish eater, please be mindful of plastic.
  • If you use a swiffer mop, use cotton towels to mop floors instead of swiffer sheets!
  • Trying to cook more at home to avoid plastic containers and plastic utensils. Not all plastic is reusable and we already have so much plastic on this planet who knows when all the plastics will be reused
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  • Laundry- detergents have toxic chemicals for people and the planet. Be label conscious and seee what’s in your products before purchasing.
    – Fabric softeners- I just found out vinegar is a great way to soften clothes and it helps whiten your whites without leaving a smell.
  • Using less water if you can.
  • Grocery shop with reusable bags. The Reusable fruit bags may add weight but I read the weight can be taken off at the register.
    – Grocery shop for the least amount of plastic packaging if possible.
  • Use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. There are so many pretty options at stores like Target.
  • Buying clothing from second hand shops. I haven’t started this one yet. And beware of bugs. Wash the items as soon as you bring it home!

There are so many ways to reduce and reuse. There are many sources on the web to guide you in doing this. There are YouTube videos on this as well which kind of makes you guilty for not doing it sooner, but that’s okay!

Be conscious now! ❤