#MIMmindfulliving: A project on Sustainability

I've been thinking a lot about waste and sustainability lately. How much are we wasting as a family? How sustainable are we? Where do the products that we buy come from? Who makes my clothes? Are they being given fair wages? Or are the clothes that I'm buying being made by small children? How ethical are the products that we buy?
How far did my food travel to get to me? I know these are some hard-hitting questions and if you're anything like me it can be so daunting to think about them. It can also be really hard to convey them without sounding like I'm on a soapbox or I'm on some sort of high-horse! The truth is that I've had these questions for quite some time now.  But wasn't until recently that I began to wonder if there was anything more I could do about it. Moreover, I knew that I could do more.

I tend to feel overwhelmed when I think about everything that we do that isn't sustainable. I fall short in so many ways and that leads me to feeling discouraged. The other day as I watched the boys play in their DIY cardboard sandbox, it hit like a ton of bricks: if I don't start now I won't ever. It's tempting for me to want to overhaul my entire life haha! However, that isn't feasible or realistic for our family. But I want to begin by taking small steps in the right direction.That makes sense to me right now. As I've started brainstorming ideas I decided that the place to start is in my closet.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sorting through my closet and asking myself what needs to stay and what has to go. I'm so embarrassed to say that so many of the clothes that I own have only been worn once. I have them in my closet because I keep holding on to the idea that I might wear them again. Truthfully, they're only taking up space. I've decided to donate several and I will be opening up a closet on Instagram and auctioning them off for those that would like to purchase. I'll be sure to update you guys on here and on my Instagram of those details. In all honesty, I was really hesitant in sharing this with you all. I know it's because it might open me up to criticism and perhaps have my future choices viewed under a magnifying glass.

This project is not a commentary on how any of you choose to live your lives. It's an introspective journey that's been a long-time coming for me. I'm moving forward because I know that I'm not perfect and that I will make mistakes in the process of figuring things out. I've come to realize that I have to be okay with that in order to grow. 

Thank you for being a part of my journey and I cannot wait to share more of my little sustainability project! My sincere hope is that you find some ideas as I share the process and if I can inspire even only one of  you to do the same then it would be completely worth it to put it all out there.

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