In the modern world, sustainability has become synonymous with eco-friendliness—and rightly so. But in this category, I like to take an even broader definition of sustainability that also includes whether a given object or action is sustainable to you and your lifestyle—not just the planet as a whole. Sustainability with this definition answers the following question:

Can I keep doing this? Can I do this over and over without harming myself, or other people, or the planet around me?

When you approach sustainability in this way and seek to answer "yes" to this question, the big-picture, eco-friendly side of sustainability tends to just fall into place. It's less likely to feel like a burden or a sacrifice, but instead feels like a choice, and the natural way to be.

Read blog posts on the topic of Sustainability below:

33 things I want to tell my younger self

On my thirtieth birthday I shared some lessons I’ve learned that I would love to tell my younger self. Today, in honor of my thirty-third year, I’ve added three more lessons. I’m no smarter than anybody else, of course, but thought it might be fun to share a handful of my wiser moments, the ones that […]

Setting intentions for 2017

  Happy New Year, beautiful! I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions today. Do you set them? Do you keep them? Did you wake up January 1 wishing you were skinnier and richer and more successful? I used to be quite diligent with resolutions and goals, setting lofty expectations I would inevitably fail spectacularly […]

My favorite essential oils brand—and how to know you’re getting the highest quality

The difference between taking a deep breath in a room that was recently sanitized using traditional cleaners (harsh/synthetic/don’t-breathe-too-deep/am-i-getting-cancer-from-this?) versus being in a room I just cleaned with my own DIY-essential oil version is immense. The essential oils are so blissful, and not just because they smell good, but because they are legitimately healing—the beneficial properties […]

7 lessons learned in two years of self employment

OMG! As of this month, I’ve been working for myself for TWO WHOLE YEARS. (Queue all the cliche things coming out of my mouth: where did the time go? I can’t believe it! It doesn’t feel like that long! etc. etc.) The last two years have also, incidentally, been two of the most tumultuous years […]

The definition of insanity

With Thanksgiving firmly under our belts (both literally and figuratively) we find our selves in the beating heart of The Holiday Season. The delightful implications of this time of year are numerous—twinkle lights, evergreen trees, frosty snow, social gatherings and ugly sweaters, snuggling up in slippers and blankets with hot cocoa and flames (provided via […]

The best gift you’ll give this holiday season

When the calendar rounded into November, I could feel a change in the air and a sense of elusive, impending magnitude…the holidays are coming. Thinking back to when I was a kid, holidays were all anticipation and parties and playing outside and magic and talking reindeer. Also, presents. And turkeys made from little kid handprints. […]

What “homemaker” means to me

My friend Molly wrote a post this week about a conversation we had, in which we talked about our feelings toward homemaking. She posed the question: Are you ready to reclaim the term “homemaker”? It got me thinking, for all the time this topic has spent all up in my brain, I haven’t actually written […]