Zero Waste Month was a wonderful experiment in becoming aware of the materials that surround me. I decreased my waste to nearly nothing for an entire month. This means I prevented an estimated 129 pounds of trash from being put in landfill. As this month ends, I am filled with so many emotions and questions on how I want to live my life.
I reflected on how restricting Zero Waste is. The things I missed the most by the end of the month were Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, frozen fruits, (processed) almond milk with granola, fast-casual food, and delivery food. As I transition out of this challenge, my plan is to live a low waste life. I invested in a few products last month, which have reduced my waste for the rest of my life (mini bamboo spork, crystal deodorant, menstrual cup, reusable bag). For example, I got in the habit of always carrying my spork with me and now I will continue to do that so I never need to use plastic utensils again.
This month I transitioned from Zero Waste, but had a few major personal transitions. For the last two years, I had been working 2 jobs (1 full time, 1 part time). I gave my notice to quit the part time job almost two weeks ago. My apartment was connected to the role, so I then needed to find a new apartment quickly. Apartment hunting in NYC is quite a stressful experience, but luckily I’ve found a great new place in Long Island City, Queens that I’ll be moving into next weekend! I also am taking on a whole new world of responsibility at my full time role, which is extremely exciting and pushing me to learn & grow constantly.
I have decided to make April a month of Minimal Stress. This means each day I am going to meditate for at least 10 minutes + some type of physical activity. Zero Waste took a lot of energy, which I was overjoyed to expend. But I want this to be a month of self care and self love as the world around me is swirling with change.