Awake and curious

Living in harmony with the Environment

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I’ll start this post by saying that the main reason I decided to have a blog was because I like to write, especially about the environment and how to live in harmony with nature, and for those who follow me on Instagram know that this is true. Nonetheless, I haven’t been writing a lot on this blog since last year, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on having a more sustainable lifestyle.

I would like to give you guys a bit of context, I am a Venezuelan girl that has been living in the UK for the last 2 years and a half. Back in my country, I worked as a Geochemist, until 2014 when my husband and I moved to London to study English, one thing led to another and, for reasons I might explain in future posts, we decided to stay. Since then, I have been working in a variety of jobs, from nanny to waitress and as bookkeeping assistant, whilst I’m looking for a job in the sustainable field.

Why is that relevant to anything related to the environmental field or any advice that I could be giving you on this blog? Well, it gives me perspective, you see when I read blogs or I watch videos on youtube about people who live a more sustainable lifestyle, whether is zero waste or vegan, I find it looks lovely but sometimes unachievable.

I am pretty sure they struggle like any of you guys, but sometimes it can be even more daunting for those who live with a low budget or those who do not know anything about microbeads, food waste, or any issues related to the environment and our impact on it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that yes, this is a blog to give you tips and tricks on how to live more in harmony with the environment, but I also would like to share my struggles, I want to keep it real, I want to shed some light on the challenges that our daily life presents and the curiosity that takes over my brain when I feel we tend to fall into “trends” without thinking about the impact on the long run.

Part of my journey has been on defining what is sustainable? and I have encountered some doubts and challenges, like the following…

CHALLENGE 

Organic and healthy food is expensive, how can I tackle this issue? Believe me living on a minimum wage in a city as expensive as London… is just way to easy to fall into old patterns of buying prepackaged food that is not good for your health in the long run and very bad for the planet.

DOUBT

Vegan or Local slow food? If vegan food means eating lots of nuts, legumes, and a wide spectrum of veggies and fruits, but you live in a country where there are seasons for this and that and the majority of the food they don’t produce they have to import, is it really better to create that demand? Is it wiser to increase the carbon footprint in food miles? Or is it better when eating meat, on choosing local quality over quantity?

CHALLENGE

How to live a zero waste lifestyle if you have a hectic life? I mean is not only students or people with a 9-5 job, let’s talk about that waitress that worked 55 hours or more per week, or parents that work full time and want a bit of practicality in their lives, I have seen it, and sometimes even I have lived it. It is a real challenge!

So basically this is what I would like to talk, let’s read, let’s investigate, not only online but let’s ask people, real people, from all kinds of professions, from all ways of life. I am pretty sure we all would like to keep our nature beautiful for next generations, we just have to put our heads together and start the conversation and come up with new and feasible ideas available for everyone.

There are many more doubts and challenges that I know I will find, in the meantime, I will tell you this, while we are trying to understand what globalization and industrialization did to us, we will have to remain curious and awake!

“Be curious, not judgmental.” Walt Whitman

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