money

Commercial origins of “National Days” and holidays

President Ronald Reagan declared July 1984 “National Ice Cream Month” and more specifically July 15, 1984, National Ice Cream Day. He was looking for a way to help the dairy industry, and at the time he was already trying to get rid of 500 million pounds of cheese. James Hamblin pointed out in The Atlantic:… Continue reading Commercial origins of “National Days” and holidays

minimalism

What it was like to stay offline for a whole day

As I’m staying at home during the pandemic, I decided to try different things to keep myself occupied and motivated. This weekend, as we celebrated Easter in a rather subdued way, I decided to try being less digital. Unlike the last time I didn’t have my laptop, this time I wanted it to be a… Continue reading What it was like to stay offline for a whole day

beginning · decluttering

Challenges to make staying home more interesting

When you’re staying at home during the pandemic, only leaving once maybe twice a week to run to the store to get groceries, keeping your sanity can prove challenging. First, let’s acknowledge our privilege where we can stay at home, and maybe even work from home (as I’m doing). Let’s acknowledge how lucky those of… Continue reading Challenges to make staying home more interesting

decluttering

The phrase I learned to hate: We might need it for something

Spending a lot of time at home means I keep thinking about getting back to decluttering my belongings. But because I don’t leave on my own, every time I want to throw out or donate an item that isn’t my own, I have to ask my mom if it’s okay to get rid of it.… Continue reading The phrase I learned to hate: We might need it for something

activism

The best goal for 2020 is to try and #MoveTheDate

I’ve written about the Earth Overshoot Day in the past and about the ecological footprint each of us has. I’ve written about all the ways we could lower our impact on the environment. Here’s the cruel truth: In 2019 Earth Overshoot Day was July 29. On July 30 we started to use resources Earth cannot… Continue reading The best goal for 2020 is to try and #MoveTheDate