Today I’m 25. Here are 25 things I’ve learned about this conscious living thing.
1. Like the name implies, a slow life happens slowly. Be patient with yourself.
2. Ethical living (and all of the in’s and out’s of it) has different definitions to different people. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to conscious consumerism.
3. There’s a common misconception that ethically made clothing all looks like a hemp-grown, shapeless, burlap sack. Although I’m a fan of the style, this isn’t true.
4. You don’t have to have a plan to start living more consciously.
5. You don’t have to have a lot of money to start living more consciously.
6. Thrifting is, in my opinion, the most ethical form of consumerism.
7. Your life isn’t more ethical if you share about it on Instagram.
8. You can start slowing down right now.
9. Self-care isn’t a choice - it’s a necessity to live a full, healthy life.
10. It’s ok if your kids wear 100% thrifted pieces. Kids grow faster than our wallets do.
11. It’s ok if you don’t know where to start. Or if you get discouraged.
12. Capsule wardrobes may be trendy, but they’re onto something. They’re like the gateway drug to conscious consumerism.
13. No, you cannot have too many tencel garments.
14. If there’s a “fast” option, there’s always a consciously made alternative.
15. Supporting people and their ideas, dreams, and talents is always, always, always worth it.
16. Saying “no” is self-care.
17. Let go of unhealthy guilt ASAP. No one is 100% ethical and eco-friendly 100% of the time.
18. Sometimes, you’ll talk to people who think you’re legitimately crazy. That’s ok.
19. Living a “conscious lifestyle” doesn’t mean all the other alternatives are “unconscious”.
20. Fall is the most ethical of the seasons. (Just kidding, but can fall never end, please?)
21. Investment pieces are worth it and the 30-wear rule is legit.
22. You can love color/prints/patterns and still shop ethically.
23. “Minimal Grandpa” is an acceptable personal style descriptor.
24. Each purchase is a vote for the kind of future you want. Be it a white tee, a new purse, or a tampon.
25. One step in the right direction is better than no steps.
Thanks for joining me on this little journey, friends. This space is better because you’re here. <3