A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist

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I usually wake up at 6 am, but Sunday’s are my lazy days so I got up at around 8 am. I tied my hair with a Zero-waste wooden barrette instead of using a disposable hairband. As soon as I wake up, I practice meditation every morning. I’ve been doing it consistently for about 3 years and on and off before that. I made the smudge stick with herbs that I collected from my garden and it’s made of sage, thyme, and rosemary. I usually set up my meditation timer for about 10 to 15 minutes or do a short guided session using the Insight Timer app. After meditation, it’s yoga time! So to prepare, I placed a few drops of rosemary essential oils into my nebulizer. The scent is very calming and grounding. I recently started drinking more water to better hydrate myself. My yoga mat is foldable. So it’s very minimal, compact, and I can travel with it. My sister also joined me for Yoga with Adriene. I practice yoga because it helps me release tension and it allows me to invite more nourishing movement to my daily routine. But I try not to strive for the perfect advanced pose because I want to focus on being gentle and embracing the imperfection of my form. Practicing every day really helps me stay in touch with my physical body so I can really listen to where I feel stiff and uneasy. It’s actually very hot today maybe because I just did that yoga session. It’s 47 degrees right now in Austin and it’s gonna go up to 64 and it’s sunny! I’m gonna change to another outfit something more summery, although it’s the end of February. Something more summery and more light and breezy 🙂 Some of you want to know what’s exactly inside my closet. I’ll share a full tour of my capsule wardrobe in my upcoming video. I took some CBD oil as a supplement. This one is 2500 mg in strength and it helps me feel less anxious and stressed throughout the day. Before making breakfast, I watered my sprouting tray. I’m currently growing some broccoli, radish, and mustard sprouts. This one is made of terracotta clay and it’s pretty space-saving and I really love it. Now for breakfast, I plan to make a simple smoothie in the morning. I put chia seeds some bananas and some frozen strawberries. I usually drink celery juice before eating anything but we were out of celery so I just skipped it for now. I’m currently growing vegetable seeds indoors for my community garden. Which I went towards the end of the day to water the seeds and to check out my plot. I later went out to the farmers market for a stroll and to get the kitchen knives sharpened. We own an electric vehicle, which we got this year and we love it so far. The charging port is in the front and it’s pretty easy to charge around Austin. We went to the farmers market in Mueller Park and it was pretty packed since it was the weekends. I also came here to buy some soap for washing my hair and body. I’ve been doing no poo for several years and haven’t bought a package shampoo bottle or body wash for many years. We first went to drop off the knives so we can look around for an hour. So I decided to get some charcoal and hemp blended soap. It wasn’t completely Zero-waste but the packaging was pretty minimal so I decided to get it. We later went to the grocery store because the farmers market didn’t have much fruit options. We got half a week’s worth of fruits and some celery finally! I’ve been doing a mostly Fruitarian diet since last year. I really love how simple my meals are because there’s no cooking involved. These are all the packaging and the stickers that were left over. I try to be Zero-waste wherever I can but it does get tough at times. I had some watermelon and other fruit platters for lunch before heading out to my community garden. But I also eat snacks in between and drink smoothies if I need to eat more during the day. I got my biodegradable foam helmet and a recycled plastic bike bag. I wanted to actually get a bamboo bicycle when I first moved to Austin from New York, but it wasn’t within my budget. So I decided to buy one from a small company that’s based in the US. I signed up for my community garden not long ago and it’s almost the last frost in Austin. So I’m excited to put everything out and see some sprouts coming up right now. I have some kale, lettuces, radishes, spinach, and edible flower seeds in my plot. I just love the idea of being in the process of growing what I eat and also forming a deep connection with nature through plants. I decided to get some more herbs to brew tea later in the day. I got some fresh organic sage and some peppermint. The garden is conveniently pretty close to where I live. So I like to use my bike instead of the car. Now I’m going to head out to my Sangha and this is where our practice and meditation, mindfulness, and sharing with my community. This time, I am the person to make tea this week, so I made dandelion tea, so I hope everyone enjoys it! I’ve been going to Sangha and really connecting with the people there every Sunday for about three months. I just came back from my Sangha and it’s around 8 pm right now. I’m just gonna have a quiet night after having dinner and I’m just drinking my sage tea that I got from the community garden. I also added some mint herbs to it so it tastes really good and its really relaxing and soothing. Thanks for joining me today, and I hope to see you again

100 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist

  1. I allow my journey to be imperfect. For me, I focus on doing what I can in the moment and doing it with compassion and mindfulness at the center. How do you practice sustainability or minimalism in your life? What changes have you made or want to make to be more eco-friendly?

  2. its very calming …i admire your passion… my self i can make a bit minimalism as i dont like make up, fashion… but for food..maybe difficult. i like to cook, and i like a little bit everything in my plate… thank you for sharing this soothing video

  3. Hope she will will not go "extreme fanatics" vegan zero waste person, because it's no any step to go next… And it's so annoying showing off all her "recyclable/nonrecyclable" things…of course, it's impossible to not have a waste. And if you've got something plastic- use it as long it lasts! And don't be sorry or just throw it out to buy something more "sustainable" instead… If people have no problems, they make them… #howtrendscanspoilyourlife

  4. Would you consider doing a similar video for a workday? I would be interested in how your work-life balance looks like because I struggle with mine.

  5. Imagine if everyone were like her 😍 nor using disposable anymore, zero waste and driving and electrical car, the world would be saved

  6. Please teach us how to prepare smudge sticks from fresh herbs and how to use them. I always try to make them but they never lit up for more than 3 seconds, even when the herbs are dry.

  7. Hello! It’s me. I really loved seeing a day in your life and even though I’m not the same religions you, I love hearing about your practice. Thanks so much for this video. 💕

  8. I'm a little late to the party. I just found your channel. What is the name of that company that makes your bike?

  9. If you don’t mind me asking, what’s your job during the week? Could you do a weekday version of this video? Thanks 🙂

  10. wow this is the life I yearn for… simple , healthy and life changing.. I currently have highlights in my hair however I want to dye them to black. Do you suggest I let it grow out until its black or just dye it with some natural tint?

  11. While I’m not a minimalist myself, I love how relaxing your videos are! I’m thinking about trying some methods you use to improve your lifestyle.

  12. I guess I am taken aback by how many are concerned for her health. OMG, look around at the way we eat! I am not worried for her at all. I believe she listens to her body and she makes very thought out choices. You go! I am really fascinated watching this!

  13. May I ask what brand cbd oil you use? It's proven difficult for me to find a higher MG cbd oil and was told for the health issues I wish to treat it is needed in high dosages. As always your videos are calming and inspiring to start living a more intentional life for my holistic health. Thank you!

  14. Right on time got hold of yr channel,thank you for making it eadier for others to follow….and then explore further…Namaste

  15. Wow, we are on the same wave!) we use the same insight timer and I also watched the same yoga videos!! Thank you for sharing!!

  16. On ur lazy days u wake up at 8? Omg on my lazy days I wake up at 4pm and usually I’m forced to wake up at 11 when I’m working.

  17. Je vis en France. Je suis vegan, je travaille dans le commerce et pourtant ma philosophie est très poche de la vôtre. J’ai décidé de me lancer dans le minimalisme que je pratiquais à mon échelle sans savoir que c’était une réelle pratique quotidienne. Mon mode de vie va progressivement changer pour n’être orienté que dans l’utile et la gratitude envers le monde.

    Merci pour votre partage !

  18. This seems like a mental illness. It’s very aesthetically pleasing but this is insane amount of control and food obsession…

  19. As an 18 year old, I'm not mentally organised enough to be this intentionally with my possessions or actions, but I hope to start meditating soon. When I come out of adolescence in a couple years (around age 25), I hope to be mature enough to be on a journey not dissimilar to yours.

  20. Your life is so adorable!!! Your life really inspires me. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I do not need so many, so many things to be complete happy.

  21. I don't want to tell you what to do so please take this as a comment from a place of care and love. Make sure you eat cooked food at least once a week because you will find that the longer you go eating that diet the more intolerant you will become to other foods and in the future you may want some pasta or some lentils and you will be in agony for days and days.

  22. To all the haters: Over 700 million people already live on less than US$2 a day. This lifestyle is luxurious compared to that.

  23. I have a question: why raw veganism and not just veganism? I’m not an expert, but I know from working as a farmhand on a vegetable farm that many fruits and vegetables do not reach their full nutrient potential unless cooked. And doesn’t raw veganism mean you can’t have cooked oats, grains, etc?

    Another question, not meant to be offensive at all, really just wondering: if you eat raw vegan, what has your doctor and/or nutritionist said about it? I don’t know much about it and I know opinions can vary, but what is the general opinion?

  24. Why burn candles or incense? Seems like a waste, especially when the inner work of mediation requires no outward props. Also, eliminate the dependence of essential oils and dang, now that would be some extreme minimalism!

  25. Hi can you give me to the link you got your clothes? I’ve looked at a lot of places here in Australia and I can’t find anything yet.

  26. Just wanted to say that before you go vegan or change your diet in general, ask your doctor if they think your body can do this certain diet and for how long. I tried going vegetarian for 2 weeks (not even vegan) and I started having imbalance and a fainting feeling. Turned out that my iron levels were extremely low, even before starting the diet, so at that point, for me, a vegetarian diet was forbidden. After that, I believe balance is everything and we shouldn't do a certain diet just because it's popular right now

  27. I watched a investigative journalist for CBC ( a Canadian news channel) do some research on Chia seeds and apparently they arent as nutritious as people are led to believe. Of course, I always think its best to do research for ones elf but if thats something that surprises you and maybe you havent heard more than what is advertised, I suggest looking into it. Maybe it would be a good thing to do a video on, on what you eat and why. I know the what I eat in a day is taken a little overboard but i actually am interested on what you decide to eat as you seem to be a lot more mindful about that versus the average individual

  28. apparently peppermint tea is supposed to be really good for you so if you can grow it, I would. I wish i could grow right now but im no deployment…

  29. I do not like this video very much. The advantage of it is that it shows how beautifull green living can be. However the disadvantage it that it tells you nothing about the PHILOSOPY of sustainable life. So this is essential a green influencer showing green products why I had expected some more depth.

  30. Electric cars are the biggest fraud in the environmental industry so far. It just boggles me that people still support this as being better. We already have the technology to make cars that run on water, but it means that some big influential companies will loose money, and they won't let that happen.
    Also eating animals that are able to turn areas not sustainable for growing "our" food, into nutrition for us (meat) is actually sustainable living.
    What's not sustainable, is the big industrial keeping of animals for food.
    If everyone turns vegan, there will not be enough soil to sustain everyone. Growing vegetables means killing everything that might be a treat, like insect or even bigger animals like deer, birds, and all other vegetable eating animals.
    Also its a monoculture, so not really good for the planet either.
    Indoor growing is actually a good idea for growing vegetables sustainably. Aquaponics is also good, as it cleans water while growing food.
    And whenever you go for a special diet, like fruit or vegetables, you really need to learn about nutritions, to be able to eat a sustainable and healthy meal.
    Many fruits and vegetables are actually been transported half around the world and that isn't always sustainable living.
    So trying to survive on a diet that is locally grown, might be pretty limited, but if you can add meat from sustainable farmers, you will be able to have a pretty minimalistic impact on the environment.

  31. I came across to your channel while browsing and I really enjoy watching your videos. I'm new to minimalism and thanks for great tips

  32. you really don’t seem like the type of person to revert back, but if a raw fruit diet starts to cause any complications please please please don’t go back to eating animals – just introduce more veg & grains into your diet. as a vegan, i just worry that other people will see you eating that way, try it (without educating themselves), get sick & then blame veganism. this isn’t coming from a place of criticism, but genuine concern for the animals. my dream is to live in a loving world where every living being can live out their lives free from exploitation and unnecessary suffering.

    i trust that you will do right by your body, the animals, and the earth <3 i am so inspired by you & the minimalist lifestyle and have been taking notes on your videos:) i am so thankful that you are sharing part of your life with us and paving the way for more people to take steps towards zero waste/minimalism. thank you, beautiful human. namaste 🌸

  33. dear, I've got a question about the smudge sticks. This video is a couple of months old so I hope you see this or maybe another nice person like @WittyWolfWrath can help.
    I've learned the how & why of smudging by my grandmother. But we only used dried leaves, stalks etc.
    Those sticks look great & I would love to learn more about.

    I am wondering about the making: do you guys use fresh herbs when tying them? Don't they start moldering when they're in such a thight bundle?
    If I dry e.g. mint or sage I only bind a "normal" bunch but those "closed" sticks makes me worrry that the herbs will decay.
    It would be great if anyone could help my on that way ( & sorry for my poor English guys, I tried my best 😉 )

  34. what do you use for detorant? i have extremely sentitive skin and even natural vegan stuff make my pit itchy. i bought salt water detorant but it gives me a slight itch and my pit starts to smell after a while.

  35. I hope you are making sure to take your B vitamins and omega suppliments! I tried being vegetarian for a while I felt sick without them!

  36. Using the toliet pollutes the world and it is horrible for our environment. What I do Is Incompost my poop so that it turns into soil . very possible 🙂

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