living my values

I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t have a lot of rules. But, that really isn’t the case. I do love having a set of standards. And the more I learn, the harder it is for me to not make changes in our lives that better reflect our values. I’ve also found that having a set of rules makes it easier to make choices and move on so I can focus on the things that really matter to me.

I recently shared a little bit about my move to vegan and cruelty free makeup. I’ve used up a few products since I posted that and, honestly, nothing feels as good as getting complete use out of something you spent your money on! I’ve also been slowly replacing all of our personal care items with vegan and cruelty free items.

One rule I know no one else really gets is our paper free kitchen. It is more cost effective and so much better for the environment. I’m not quite ready to give up my TP just yet but at least we’re saving a few trees! We’re currently very happy with cloth diapering – hopefully that continues until potty training!

Three years ago, we moved from Chicago to Columbus and I transitioned from working in a  trendy office culture to working from home. I found it very hard to justify spending money on new clothing and have only purchased a few special occasion items in the meantime. Since I become pregnant, I have had to purchase a few maternity items but I’m still mixing in lots of my old clothes as well. I tried to keep to a very small maternity wardrobe: 2 long sleeve tops, 1 tee shirt, 2 tank tops, 3 dresses, a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts as well as a swim suit. And I’m pretty ready to pack these pieces up and try something new. I have also purchased a few items that aren’t maternity wear but are a size up that I could wear until late in the third trimester and plan on getting a lot of us out of us this summer and fall.

HOWEVER, fast fashion is a major, major contributor to global warming and ecological waste (it’s over 10% globally, more than personal vehicles and air travel). I’m really over the cycle of gaining / losing weight and rushing out to purchase new clothes to make myself feel better. I know that I have a period of transition coming postpartum, but I’m also really excited to work towards a striped down, wardrobe for a stylish work from home mama.

Some rules for my wardrobe I’m considering:

  • shop used first, ethical fashion second and fast fashion last
  • be open to sewing and altering more clothing than I have in the past (my mom is also getting into sewing more clothing items so I’ll have someone to bounce ideas off of)
  • make do with less – I’ve been holding onto clothing that I think I’ll fit back into, that I’ll need when I go into the office, that I’ll need for when we start to get invited to a monthly cocktail party

We’re also welcoming a new person who will need clothes! Some rules for the baby’s wardrobe I’m considering:

  • shop used first
  • sew adorable baby things! I already have designs on our family Halloween costume 🙂

I’ve also been feeling very convicted about the food we eat. I miss being a vegetarian. I really do – it is pure laziness and wanting to not make a fuss that caused me to start eating meat again when I moved to Columbus. M loves his steaks and never really loved keeping a vegetarian kitchen, so I’m not sure I see that going away from our lives any time soon. But, I know I can make some changes to make sure we’re eating in a more ethical way – without changing the food budget too much.

  • eat less meat – only at one meal a day
  • purchase organic, local meat whenever possible
  • make better use of larger cuts of meat with freezer/crockpot cooking

 

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