Thursday, October 18, 2018

Zero Waste Alternative to Paper Towels

Now that I'm on the mend from the health problems that I've been experiencing since Ukraine (more in this life update video), I want to focus on sharing lifestyle and fashion habits that allow me to create less waste in my day-to-day life. These small changes have a big impact on our environment and the way we interact with the world with which God has blessed us.

Today, I wanted to share what I use as an alternative to paper towels: OLD T-SHIRTS! We all have that shelf or drawer in our room that is filled with old t-shirts from high school, college, and freebies from events. Yes, you can wear these to sleep in, but there are only so many pajama shirts that you can wear. About a year ago, I was in this exact dilemma. I wanted to get rid of those old t-shirts that were taking up space, but I didn't want to just throw them away. Around the same time, I started reducing my waste in other areas, but hadn't stopped using paper towels. I realized that my old t-shirts could be the perfect swap for paper towels. Problem solved!

By switching from paper towels to old t-shirts, you are:
  • Utilizing existing resources that otherwise would have been thrown out 
  • Reducing the amount of single-use products in your life 
  • Voting for the type of world you want to live in - when you don't spend money on paper towels, you are reducing the demand of paper towel supply and saving the Earth's resources 
  • Being an example for others to choose eco-friendly alternatives 
  • Saving money - think about how much money you spend on single-use products 
Personally, I use these alternatives for spills and cleaning. After, I place the dirty ones in a jar before washing them in the washing machine. For more info on how to make your own, watch the video below and don't forget to tag me on Instagram if you make these!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Strength in the Face of Adversity

In the face of adversity, there is beauty and there is strength.

These words have never rang more clearly to me than in these last eight weeks. On July 31st, I arrived home from my two-month journey traveling and teaching English in Europe. My best friend was arriving in just a few short days and we were to embark on a three-week road trip up the East Coast into Canada. She arrived, and before I knew it, I was on the road once again...a place where I felt free, where I felt comfortable, where my heart was happy. In the midst of traveling, I started having stomach pains. I dismissed them thinking that they were related to traveling and would go away once I got back to a "normal routine" (whatever that is when you're drawn to living on the road).

Three weeks passed, and the pains persisted. Two months later, after visiting different doctors, I stand in my childhood home in New Jersey awaiting an answer. Did I eat or drink something contaminated? Did I catch a virus from traveling? Did I have this illness before I left? Amidst these questions, I was also faced with the uncertainty of figuring out the next chapter of my life. Where was I going to live? What job was I going to do? Was I going to leave everything behind and pursue the dreams I had dreamt throughout college?

I don't need to know the answers to all of these questions right now. I don't need to know what the future holds because I trust in God and that in due time, all will heal and be revealed to me. I will do what I'm supposed to be doing and the experiences I'm having now will shape where I'll be in the future. Where there is adversity and uncertainty, there will always be beauty and strength, and I know I will take that beauty and strength with me wherever I may go. 

Written by my dear friend with words that inspired this post, "Know that in the cracks, the brokenness, and the uncertainty of your heart, life is growing and a garden is forming." You are beautiful and you are strong. Keep going.