New Year, New Beginnings

Redundant, I know. "New year, new beginnings, new me," is a phrase I usually hear over and over again in the earlier weeks of January. By the time February rolls around, people forget about their claims as the, "new me" and fall back into their habits as the "old me." Because let's face it, a new me is a lot harder to achieve than the old me. I don't believe the stroke of midnight could possibly change anyone. That would mean you have the ability to literally change in one minute. I wish it was that easy, but it's not. It's a process. However, in this year, I know that I need to revise some of my old behaviors. I feel like I'm stuck in the wash, rinse, repeat cycle, and I'm bored with it. Thus, I've decided as a, "New Year's resolution," 2015 would be dedicated to revising my life through a creative outlet. Like a blog. Redundant, right? I know I feel that way. For years I have read blogs. I've watch so many people try to become successful at it. When I find another blog, I think, "great, another ploy to try and become famous or make money the easiest way possible." How hard can it be to sit down and post pictures of your awesome closet or write about your personal beliefs? It wasn't until I sat down to write this out that I realized blogging isn't easy. In order to blog, you need substance and life experience. My goal, and purpose, is to get out there and live life and change the current cycle of my stagnant behavior.

For the last few years, I've taken a huge interest in what's been going on with the environment. I find myself talking about change, wanting to make a change, but never do anything about. I am a full time student and I work two jobs, so it's hard to find time to make a change when there aren't enough hours in a day. I also believe that my consumerism and "passion for fashion" conflict with my beliefs about the environment, and sometimes the former takes precedence over the latter. But then I thought, what if I could create a space where I can discuss my personal beliefs about the environment and how it relates to the things I like the most - clothes, beauty, and muse. I believe that in doing this, I'll be able to actually remain consistent in my actions and beliefs. My thoughts are that I want to look good and feel good about it. Every time I walk into a mall, all I can think about are the people half way around the world dying in sweatshops so I can feel good about myself. I'm tired of it. I also know I am not the only one who feels this way. I still want to look good but I don't want to feel guilty about it either. In this forum, I'm going to cover interesting topics surrounding the environment, what I (and you) can do to help, and show you how to look good, guilt free.

My love for the environment truly began after my friend showed me this short video. It impacted me in such a way, that I felt compelled to change immediately. This was the first video in, Annie Leonard's, "The Story of Stuff" Project. She has spent a lifetime learning about the ecology of stuff. It's a project that focuses on how the process of mass production contributes to environmental degradation. It's a monumental video that majorly impacted my life and helped me recognize my impact as a consumer. Short, sweet, and informational. Who doesn't love that? (My friend's must be laughing because they've all seen this about 100 times.)