When we moved back to the U.S. after living abroad in Australia, I made a vow to myself to consciously reduce my use of single-use plastic and reduce waste wherever I could. Here are ten of the things I tried and stuck with.

Moves are a great time to start something new. When we transitioned back into our old home after living overseas, I wanted to go as zero waste as possible. However, it’s kind of daunting! I mean, where do you start?! So I decided the best way would be to start small and adjust as life happened. (Because…


Learn about six simple zero-ish waste ways we can reduce our impact on the environment while we travel.

For many of us, the mere idea of zero waste travel feels completely unattainable. But is it? How close can we really get? I was curious about what simple swaps I could make to reduce my impact on the environment. It turns out, it was a lot less complicated than I thought.

There’s no doubt that we, as a nation, need to recycle more, but that’s only one piece to the complex puzzle of battling global warming. Recycling alone isn’t enough. I…


It’s easier than you think, and it saves money.

As an American living abroad in Australia, I came to notice firsthand at how rapidly we’re destroying the planet. Sydney, Australia, is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world; however, I was absolutely horrified the first time I leaned over the harbor railing to look into the deep-blue seawater, only to find it littered with plastic bags, takeaway containers and empty bottles. I stumbled upon straws and plastic bottle tops strewn on beaches. In the heart of the city, I saw countless bins overflowing with trash. So. Much…


sunlight in forest, spirituality, connecting with spirits
sunlight in forest, spirituality, connecting with spirits
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Can hearing from the dead help heal our wounds?

I’m not a medium person. I’m not even a “call a psychic hotline person,” except for that one time in college when I was dying to know about a crush. (Spoiler alert: the psychic was super vague and the crush never panned out.) OK, OK, there was one other time when I had my tarot cards read just before graduating and the woman said I would meet my soul mate that spring. That was seventeen years ago and we’ve been married for fourteen. We met that June. I couldn’t tell you…

Emily O’Brien

A freelance writer and editor who likes to stay curious about life. www.emilytellsstories.com

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