I found myself feeling embittered by 2017- with all the mess that it ushered into my life, the political noise, the tension and anxiety- and was looking forward to closing the chapter on this rugged year. But instead, the past few weeks have been inviting me to close the year out with generosity…. and it feels better than being bitter. Ending the year with generosity fees like I’m taking control of all the mess — and instead of letting it define my year, I’m re-writing the narrative on my own terms.
I am 100000% aware that end of year giving…
I took a trip to the zoo the other day and I kept thinking about one thing:
Why isn’t this establishment zero waste? Why isn’t this zoo off the grid?
Instead, the zoo was consumer heavy, waste heavy, heavy with its large carbon footprint.
I started thinking. And it got me on a few thought experiments regarding sustainability and how we should be actively moving towards being zero-waste (meaning, everything is either composted or recycled). Not just at the zoo, but it’s a great place to start.
A zero-waste dining experience isn’t novel anymore- at least, not…
I’m a lot like the stereotypical Millennial. I use social media. I prefer indie music and locally grown food from a sustainably managed farm. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries. I have a bike and don’t watch cable television. I would drink craft beer, but I’m gluten intolerant. And like most other people my age, I’ve also never had a mentor. I’ve had teachers and bosses and people that have given me advice, but there’s no one I really look up to or want to be when I grow up. And I don’t have that wise warrior looking…
i’ve been thinking lately about the great recession.
remember that little thing? it happened back in like 2008 and didn’t really end until a couple years ago.
for me, i graduated college and chose to go to grad school so i didn’t have a gap in my resume. i accumulated thousands of dollars of debt and had to fight tooth and nail to get a job when the economy finally did turn around… and i was one of the lucky ones. so many of my peers left the industry to do something else- teach, consult, manage, whatever they could find.
when i was living in Seattle, i kept trying to grow plants. specifically, i was trying to grow trees. but over four years, i learned that you need something called “sunlight” to grow stuff. how trees manage to grow on their own up there, i have no idea. literally.
now that i live in San Diego and the weather is a little bit different, i wanted to try the whole “plant” thing again. it started off with some seeds (and a few avocado sprouts that i had to leave up north), but very quickly grew into wanting some established growth.
It’s been a while.
It’s not you- it’s me.
Truth is, life’s been really really chaotic for the past six weeks.
I quit my job.
I got a new job.
I packed up everything I own, put it in the back of my car, and moved out of Seattle.
I drove for twenty hours alone down I-5.
And landed in San Diego. In a few hours, I’ll sign a lease and become an official California resident.
Which means that for the first time in six weeks, I have absolutely nothing to do. That’s why I’m posting on Medium- because…
For the past three weeks, my house mates and I have been doing group counseling. This probably sounds strange to a lot of people, especially because our house is not dysfunctional- but the truth is, it is strange. Let me rephrase that: and the truth is, it is strange. I’m learning that I need to replace the word “but” with the word “and.” That’s one of the things we talk about in group counseling.
The biggest thing we talk about is a emotion- the nitty gritty feelings that we deal with week in and week out. And here’s the thing…
The terrifying and dizzying story
of what happens when you decide to not check social media for six weeks
It’s Tuesday, which means tomorrow will mark end the first week into Lent, which means that I’ve been without social media for six days now- not that I’m counting. Luckily, this is my second year doing this so I know exactly what I signed up for- a feeling of complete alienation from people around me and being bored a whole lot. Seeing as you are reading this on a social platform- Medium is inherently part of the social media fabric- I’m…
engineer + creative + sustainability thinker. trying to reduce the noise in my life. future dog owner.