I’ve been doing a lot of sitting since I had gallbladder surgery a week ago, so I have been doing a lot of thinking, reading, pondering. As a lapsed English student whenever I don’t have the answers for things, I head straight to the library. Someone somewhere has usually written a book about whatever it is I’m curious about, and they can tell me what I need to know. This plan has a flaw in it in that it means I’m not always doing much of my own thinking, but I really like to know what others have done before me, and reading/learning has always been my jam. (That really looks like the food, jam, but I think that’s how you spell it! I’m so old.)
So here are a few things I’ve been taking a look at while I’m sitting here, “recovering”, or anytime over the course of this project.
- The True Cost – https://truecostmovie.com/ – a documentary on Netflix about fast fashion and how the fashion industry is second only to the oil industry in terms of its environmental footprint (not to mention the havoc it wreaks on the lives of the individuals who work within it.) WAS FASCINATING, and probably deserves it’s own blog post all together. Has really really made me reconsider how to shop and what I will be shopping for when I start shopping again. In like 11 months. OMG.That’s a long time from now.
- 16 Personalities – https://www.16personalities.com/ – my sister in-law Lani Lupul posted on her blog a while ago her results from this personality test and I was so intrigued I had to take the test. I’m a Mediator, and it was INSANELY ACCURATE. So I paid the $40 USD or something for the extended profile and have been reading through it again this week. (Please note, I paid this before I started the project;))I know it’s not exactly project-related, but one thing it said here was that a Mediator always needs a “cause” to work for, and that I should most definitely definitely avoid sales! Ha, oh dear. :S
- Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing by Jamie Holmes – all about the state of uncertainty and confusion and how it can behoove us to understand better how we deal with these states. Actually had a really interesting passage in it about the clothing company ZARA and how they deal with uncertainty in the fashion industry by producing smaller amounts of clothing with great frequency to keep up with how fashion trends change almost WEEKLY. Necessitating shopping more often. Super interesting.
- Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson (great name!) – I just started this one last night and already I’m incredibly intrigued by this lady. Her journey sounds a lot like mine in some ways, though she’s adorable and blonde and French, and I’m, well, me;) She and her husband had a 3,000 square foot house in the suburbs and decided to move smaller and more central, and all of a sudden she’s buying things in bulk in cloth bags and making her own eyeliner, and that’s about as far as I’ve gotten, but it promises to be amazing. When I searched for the hashtag #buynothingnew on instagram, it linked me to a lot of #zerowaste bloggers as well. I had no intention of actually getting to that point, but I was up racking my brains how to reduce the waste in our home until about 11:30 last night! So we’ll see.
- Stuff-ocation by James Wallman – Just got this from the library so we will see how it is, but it says “Reject materialism. Embrace Experientialism. Live more with less.” Sounds about right doesn’t it?
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – I have this feeling that what I’m missing in my life lately is a creative outlet. I’ve created two kids, but that’s about as much as I can boast. I’ve had the urge to sew, to paint, to dance, to write, SOMETHING that serves as an outlet for my brain. So let’s see what the Eat, Pray, Love author has in the way of suggestions!
So there’s a bit of a glimpse into my brain. Also last week was the fall launch of jewels. I only used up my pass, and my credit, but it felt like shopping. So I think I’ll have to re-think that whole thing…I’ve returned 90% of what I ordered as I keep having the same thought over and over again, ” I don’t NEED anymore jewelry!”
Well I’m saying it;) But I’ll keep thinking about it.
Any other resources y’all would suggest?? Sorry I was a day late! Hope it won’t happen again:D