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#plasticfreelife, with 42 plastic bags

Let's make reusing fun! I really enjoy crocheting and creating with my hands. So when my aunt cleared out her apartment last fall, she found herself with an entire garbage bag FULL of plastic bags. She could have just recycled them, but instead asked if I wanted them. Enthusiastically, I said YES! Why? Because with … Continue reading #plasticfreelife, with 42 plastic bags

it’s september

the days are getting shorter. it's dark at 8pm. the leaves are starting to change color. everyone is settled back into their school routines. my tomatoes are finally ready. pumpkin spice is everywhere! and i still have no idea what i'm doing with my life. for some reason i thought that i would have something … Continue reading it’s september

a journal entry: 31 aug 2008

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, I served in Southern Province, Zambia. This usually doesn't mean much when you tell someone where you served. BUT, if I told you it's where Victoria Falls is, then you might have an idea of where I was. And if you can't locate it on a map, you have probably … Continue reading a journal entry: 31 aug 2008

Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much

I'm a big fan of documentaries, especially those about where our food comes from. Most of these documentaries have the same basic information: we eat too much processed food, people in low income communities don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and corporations make the money while farmers can barely make a living. I … Continue reading Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much

A Request, A Walk

It started out innocently enough. Lwendo, a fellow Peace Corps Volunteer, invited us to her house in the Village. She had a community that wanted to start their own school because they would get cut off from the main school during the rainy season. Of course we could help! We could easily share with them … Continue reading A Request, A Walk

Every Evening in Siambele

As the day’s hot unforgiving sun fades into the maize fields on the horizon in Siambele Village, a cool respite takes over the farm and I walk into the chikuta. The mud bricks in the worn and well-used kitchen are blackened from years of open wood fires that have been keeping 18 people fed, washed … Continue reading Every Evening in Siambele

This is why I find Social Media Challenging

I wasn't on social media for a very long time. I always did it for work, so started to see a very different side of the social media cog. Since I've been trying to build my online presence to job search and get consulting gigs, I've created all of my profiles again. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. … Continue reading This is why I find Social Media Challenging

a journal entry: 3 Aug 2008

10 years ago, I was in Peace Corps in Zambia. I was living in a mud hut, no electricity, no running water, and having an amazing, challenging life changing experience. Since it's been 10 years, I decided to randomly peek into my journals and share with you what I wrote at the time. Raw, unedited, … Continue reading a journal entry: 3 Aug 2008

more, more, MORE!

i've never been one for buying a lot frivolous things. before the days of streaming every show on the internet, i would spend my money on dvds. i would also spend a lot of my money on things that i didn't really need and only bought because they were 'cool' at the time, like my … Continue reading more, more, MORE!

#plasticfreejuly, Shower Edition

I was in the shower a few weeks ago and had an epiphany: Why on earth am I'm using a shower pouf made from PLASTIC!?!?!? I have no idea! I've just always used one and never even thought about it being made from plastic. These plastic shower poufs are cheap and easy and one of … Continue reading #plasticfreejuly, Shower Edition