Hello my sisters (and bros).
Welcome back to my blog.
Well it’s been QUITE the year, hasn’t it?
I recently turned 47 (duuuude). My candidate did not become president. And a bunch of other stuff happened too. Let’s keep in touch. I should be in town for awhile.
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Sometimes, I feel like I am alone. For years, I’ve been in a sort of no-man’s land between mainstream and the green-stream. As a trend consultant, my message to brands is always the same: the consumer only cares about your product if they like it–then they will take into consideration the green-ness of it. If it’s ugly, poorly-packaged, ill-fitting–forget it. This is the hurdle most green companies need to get over. As another Fashion Week comes to the streets of New York, I find myself still waiting for the light bulb moment where a green approach is also a well-designed, marketable product (I know there are some–but far too few). Eco Salon has an excellent take on this discussion.
Each year about a third of all the food produced is wasted. That’s right, 45% of all fruit and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereal, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat goes straight to the trash.
Meanwhile, 795 million people suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition. Well-publicized attempts to combat the loss of food – such as recent laws in France that require supermarkets to distribute unsold food to charities – have highlighted the issue of food waste, identified by the UN as one of the great challenges to achieving food security.
Just think about it–if the amount of food wasted around the world were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed everyone on the planet.
Yoga helps me everyday and it has nothing to do with my yoga mat. While there are so many people in the world who have found and embraced yoga, there is so much misunderstanding about it by people who are not familiarized with what Yoga really is. But, I’m not going to get into that right now. For me, connecting Yoga and to Design and Living isn’t about burning incense and incorporating an alter to Ganesh into a living room floor plan. It really all comes down to 1. Mindfulness: becoming aware, continuing to live in that awareness. 2. Intention: making a decision about who and how you want to be in the world. 3. Action: the most difficult part–actually getting up and doing it. Anyway, that’s what it’s all about for me. I make a connection between my Yoga practice and design, and ultimately, consumerism. I’ve put an excerpt (it’s actually the introduction) from my book. Have a lovely evening.
For most of a generation, juggling has been framed as an individual talent in the Good Mom Pageant. As Ellen Galinsky of the Families and Work Institute says, “Work and family were seen as separate worlds. We all imagined other people were doing it well and only we weren’t.”
Why not harness the power of technology to increase the odds of making healthy choices? You probably already know this, but, I’m not the only one feeling tech-love for good for you apps. Researchers have come to the obvious conclusion that technology is one of the main drivers of people making good living choices. I’ve put a list together of 5 current faves that help me live a life that’s good with style.