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GOOD VIBES WITH MAGNOLIA JADE
NOBODY IS PERFECT
I spend too much time reading about climate change, but I feel like I’m bad on the earth. We don’t recycle, I use a lot of plastic, there’s so much trash gets tossed out here… and my kids use so many straws. It’s like everything I try to do, I can’t overcome the horrifying things we do, and then I feel even more guilty. Help!
I hope you don’t mind Tessie sharing this with me — this is kind of my jam.
I have to start by saying that you shouldn’t beat yourself up for not being the “perfect” green, organic, hero who will single-handedly save Earth.
Nobody is perfect, and you shouldn’t actually try to be. Hasn’t anybody ever told you that 1,000 little things add up to a whole lot?! “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” (Confucius said it.)
So, here’s what you do… start small. Switch to soap bars, instead of liquid. They last longer and they’re typically wrapped in paper, not plastic. You can even buy shampoo and conditioner bars! Instead of using one time zipper bags for leftovers, use washable storage containers. Get a few reusable bags, or just make a habit of skipping plastic bags at stores when you can carry stuff, like a gallon of milk.
Then, tell your friends about it. Maybe you get one or two of them to remember when they’re shopping. Maybe they tell another friend. Even if all anybody does is use soap bars over washes, it’s a step for everybody.
Now let’s think about just one change. If you switch to shampoo and conditioner bars, and you usually get those three times a year, you’ll throw out six less plastic bottles every year. If four friends do the same, and would’ve made the same purchases, they’ll use 24 less bottles a year. Everybody together, but because you started it with one eco-friendly trade, will throw away 30 less plastic containers a year. That’s probably a whole trash bag full, which means one less plastic trash bag, too! Look at you go making a huge impact with your one trade! Kick that guilt, friend!
Good vibes always,
What do you get for a guy who has everything when you’re supposed to get them a Father’s Day gift? He literally wants for nothing, and when he does, he just buys it for himself, because he can. Why do men have to be this difficult?
Gifts are hard. Smile big and remember that even pretending to be happy can help fool you into thinking you’re actually happy and relaxed!
Then, get down to business. The loudest thing my heart says is to make him something. Or, go with the next best thing… buy something that someone else made for him. By that, I mean, he’s probably got some kind of interests, and you can find a unique gift online, made by hand. Just do a quick search!
There are a ton of subscription type boxes for guys, too. Whatever his hobby is, there’s probably a subscription service that will send him a box of stuff he can get excited about.
Most of all, give him all the good vibes you can for Father’s Day, and every day! Everybody could use some of that!
Good vibes always,