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:

Everything is already yours.

Years ago I read a blog post that blew my mind. I wish with all my heart that I remembered the brilliant human who first shared this thought with me (and if it rings a bell, please tell me in the comments!) It was a discussion…on Reddit, maybe?…about stuff. Having possessions. Having too many possessions. […]

The barometer you didn’t know you had

PART ONE This post began as a note scrawled to myself on a post-it: time to cook is a barometer for how well I’m taking care of myself. It was a night when, for the first time in weeks, I found enough time to enjoy putting together a big pot of goat cheese pasta for […]

Meal plan stressing you out? Try this one tip.

As a person who loves to cook, and thoroughly enjoys making elaborate meals from scratch (while dirtying every dish and utensil in the kitchen in the process), I learned the hard way that cooking that way all the time is not sustainable. If you hold yourself to a standard of making gourmet, time-intensive meals every single […]

Unicorns + productivity

I don’t do this very often…in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever done it. But today’s blog post is, in essence, a love letter to someone else’s blog post. Because I’m pretty sure that me and this blog post were made for each other. It’s not a new post…but it’s still so incredibly relevant. It will […]

Hallelujah, I’ve solved my personal food crisis (+ my 7 truths)

Back in February, if you recall, I did a reader survey. One of the comments that was checked on nearly every single submission was, “I never feel like what I’m making for dinner is healthy enough.“ I added that line-item on a whim…and it was mostly because, I get that feeling. Maybe instead of making regular […]

Last call to sign up for my Spring Cleaning email series!

The “How to make cleaning less sucky” email series OFFICIALLY kicked off this afternoon, and I’m so excited to get started. I’ve been getting several signups at the last minute, so I wanted to send out a “one last shot” reminder that if you haven’t signed up yet—do it now!  Click here to sign up. […]

In honor of Earth Day: secondhand shopping in Winona, Minnesota

Earlier last year, I was walking down second street on a break from work, and I was stopped by a man and his daughter. “Do you know where we can find a thrift store or an antique store around here?” Um, YEAH. I do. (And, boy, did you pick the right girl to stop on […]