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My daughter says she wants to recycle, but there’s nowhere near here that does recycling! Our community doesn’t have any programs, and I don’t think we’re really doing good by driving to San Antonio for a special trip to recycle! But I don’t want to ruin her dreams, so what can we do?
The best instruction for being an earth ally: reduce, reuse, recycle. Did you notice that recycling is just one part of that?
You have to make positive changes instead of trying to suddenly be perfect. Think about it like keeping a garden. If you don’t water it, everything dies, but if you overwater it, things will die anyway! You’re looking for a sweet spot so you can do a good job with it for years.
So instead of stressing because you can’t always remember to bring your reusable bags to the store, save the bags you get those days and reuse them. Don’t buy small trash bags for your bathrooms or pet waste bags… just reuse grocery bags. Throwing them in the trash eventually but giving them a second life prevents a second new bag from going in with them.
And remember it’s not all about materials you use, but the energy you use, too! Work with your daughter to do projects to help reduce your energy use. Make sure the windows and the doors don’t have leaks around the edges, install blackout curtains, and let it be her chore to hang clothes on a line instead of using a dryer!
Maybe the recycling is super hard, and that’s a bummer. But you can totally make a difference by reducing and reusing.
Good vibes always,
How would you handle a family member who is toxic, but you can’t get rid of them?
My brother… It’s not that he’s bad, but also, he is bad? I know he knows how to act because we grew up in the same house, but I swear he’s so self-absorbed, he doesn’t understand that he’s a jerk. Does that even make sense?
He drives me crazy, but he’s my only sibling, and we have to work together with my parents. What can I do here?
I’m not a fan of cutting people out of your life anyway. I think that anybody who is in your life has been put there for a reason. And who are we to question what that purpose is? So don’t let him be a hang-up just because he’s around.
You won’t be cutting him off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create some boundaries for him. Let him know that there are certain topics or situations you’re willing to have with him. And if you have to allow him to mess with your flow, just pick your battles. Don’t let him drag you down and mess with your vibes unless it’s an issue worth the trouble.
Also, focus on the positives, and try to distance yourself from the negatives. You think he should know how to act but that doesn’t mean he’s a soul that’s near as awesome as yours. It might stay heavy on you for a while, but sometimes you have to lower your expectations and recognize that if you expect a person to be better, they’ll just be a downer. Make it harder for them to bring out that bad energy and you’ll be able to fill the place with light and love instead!
Good vibes always,