Day 120 - See You In A Couple Weeks!
Well friends, it's been a crazy 120 days! I started this blog, left my fashion industry job of 7.5 years, made a plan to move to the U.K., and made the decision dedicate myself to being a full-time zero-waste, minimalist, sustainability advocate. All this while living in a foreign country.
Now the time has come for me to leave India. Mat and I are moving out of our apartment today, and we are headed out on a traveling adventure before we return to the Western Hemisphere. This morning we are off to New Delhi, and from there we'll go to Agra to see the Taj Mahal (I feel sheepish that after a year in India we are just now getting around to this). After that, we're headed up north to Leh Ladakh, where we'll spend two days acclimating to the 11,000 ft altitude before commencing an 8 day Himalayan trek through the Marka Valley.
As a treat to ourselves after our trek, and to celebrate our anniversary (forgot to mention that all of the above has happened in our first year of marriage!) we are going to Singapore for four days. Then Mat will head straight to Manchester, and I'll head back to New York to clear out my old apartment, pop down to Charlottesville to see Erica and Joel at Free Union Grass Farm, then head home to Oklahoma for a few weeks for some much-needed family time before starting my next expat chapter!
So with all this life stuff going on, I'm giving myself a little blog vacation, but rest assured I'll be back in action with more zero waste, minimal living inspiration promptly on August 17th. Mean time, keep up your efforts and keep the conversation going! If you haven't already, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and feel free to send me a message with your thoughts, feedback, questions, musings, whatever! I'd love to hear from you!
If I can't get B12 from plants, does that mean I'm designed to eat animal products? Maybe.
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I WANTED TO SCREAM. I wanted to cry. I wanted to stop every person I saw walking along the water and say "WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?!" at the top of my lungs.
I like to stay aware of and promote brands that are doing their best to minimize their impact on the planet, while providing livelihoods for workers in developing countries.
In a city that is quickly becoming more and more urbanized, it was refreshing to hear how these two women are standing up for children's need to play, and re-using existing materials in order to do it.
I'm trying to use up all my old products before I make the switch to more sustainable options, but that hasn't stopped me from lusting after some beautiful zero-waste, plastic-free, natural cosmetics from some awesome brands.
All this inconvenient thinking about my impact on the planet (gah!) has unavoidably led me to consider coffee.