Want to try to live more ethically, or at least be more intentional about the things I do in my every day life. I’ve been slowly trying to do this, but as I begin this transition out of college and into “the real world,” I want to practice holding myself more accountable for my decisions.
In a piece we were assigned for my sociology course titled, “The Forest, the Trees, and the One Thing.” In it, there is much discussion about systems and parts, and how people participate in systems without being parts of them. Part of this piece also touches on how we can kind of dictate how we participate in a system while it’s acting upon us, even if we can’t necessarily separate ourselves from it.
It is with this in mind that I want to embark on this task. Not from a self-righteous standpoint or anything, just simply because I know I am part of a network of people, and if we collectively acted in ways that took others into account, the world could be a better place.
Two places I want to start with this are: clothing and food. I briefly mentioned how I am trying to minimize my wardrobe (and have been for some time), but I want to extend that to getting my clothes from places that treat their workers well, and that use materials that aren’t harmful or processes that are sustainable. The same goes for my food. Part of these thoughts stem from reading “Where Am I Wearing?” back in high school (I was gifted this book by my AP Human Geography teacher – she was so nice), and I was also given “Where Am I Eating?” by the same author at the conclusion of the year.
Do you all know of any grocery stores or places that sell food that is ethically sources? Both from animals and the workers? I tried looking this up but only found articles and lists that takes about the food itself…nothing about the people that harvest or raise it.
Well, these are just some thoughts. I’m always caught in this bind though because cost factors into things for me personally (broke + in college + limited transportation etc), but I do want to try to exercise good karma including the things I place in and on my body.
Enough rambling though!
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Long time no chat my friends. I apologize, I really do, but I can’t promise that it will change. I can say that I would like to be more effortful with my blog this year, but I am just going to take things one day at a time.
With that being said, I wanted to devote the first post of 2017 to addressing where the hell I’ve been since this summer, as well as what I am looking forward in the future personally, academically, and so forth. I mention all of these things in the video as well, but if it’s not your cup of tea, you can get the run down here! But, without further ado:
Where Have I Been
Boyfriend: I’m cuffed y’all 🙂 Got into a relationship this year with a wonderful guy, and I’m really happy. With all of the stress that has been 2016, it’s been great having someone by my side who’s able to keep me grounded and who is just a big source of happiness. Shout out to you :*
Happiness: As I’ve touched on in a couple of posts here, I struggled with depression for many years. This was exacerbated in college for a number of reasons, and this year was the one I decided I was done. While I’ve encountered a few dips here and there, my overall happiness has been so much greater than ever in my life. Relationship aside, I’m really learning more about myself, and growing into myself as well (if that makes sense). Part of this journey has been detaching a lot so that I could focus on things that immediately kept building on this.
I don’t think I ever formally talked about it, but at the end of August I was accepted into the fellowship program with Breakthrough U.S. (which lasts an entire academic year). They’re a human rights organization working to end gender based violence through culture change, and as fellows, we try to bring that work to our own college campuses. We do this by developing an iconic, disruptive action that we plan for the first half of the semester by doing different analyses. Then, for the second half of the semester, we plan and execute our action. Mine will tackle slut shaming, but that’s all I’m going to mention here since I’ll probably devote a whole series of posts about my work with that.