The way I see it, we have to support innovative ways to turn waste into a resource by creatively recycling it into the products we use *while* reducing our own waste contribution 🌊 ⠀ If you’ve been here for a while, you know upwards of 12,000,000 metric tons of plastic wind up in the ocean every year. We often hear the reference of a garbage truck worth of plastic being dumped into our ocean EVERY SECOND 🤯 ⠀ Take a moment to visualize that & let it sink in. ⠀ @LifeProof is giving some of that ocean plastic pollution a second life with their new WĀKE case made from 85% ocean-based recycled plastics (#sponsored) I’m excited to see a huge company like LifeProof navigating in this direction and shrinking their waste creation footprint! I want to see all brands following in their footsteps & moving to a recycled waste model. ⠀ LifeProof has also partnered with water-conscious nonprofits (@water, @coral_org, @americanrivers and @oceana) who need support in their work to heal our ocean, our waterways and our water supplies. You pick the cause you’d like to support through your purchase of any product. LifeProof will donate $1 on your behalf! Keep this info in mind next time you're in need of a case 🌊 ⠀ #ShowUsYourProof #LifeProofGivesBack #LifeProofWAKE
My love language is words of affirmation. Aaron’s is quality time. With so much energy and time spent inward lately, we’ve been out of alignment and it feels really, really good to connect on a soul level — just us and the sound of the waves 🐚 #datenight #luckywelivehawaii
If there’s one thing that you take away from our interactions, let it be how inextricably connected we are with one another. Yes, because we are connected right here in this moment as you read my words ––– but more so in the way that each action we take has an effect on another. Whether it’s right in front of us or across the world 🌎 ⠀ Not all harm is caused consciously. But the willingness to stay numb or unaware is a privilege and just as detrimental. There are harmful, wasteful systems in place that we are upholding and supporting with our unconscious actions, with where we invest our dollars and with the way we live on autopilot. ⠀ My goal in everything I share is to create a little spark that hopefully sets your soul on fire. Helps you seek out answers. Helps you unravel all that is out of alignment with your values. And alongside me, learn new solutions, new paths and new ways to show up. ⠀ Our ignorance is *not* bliss and we all have a role to play. We have the power to make our impact a POSITIVE one, an important one, a loving and joyous one! Are you with me? What has been an aha-moment or takeaway you’ve had from our interactions? 🌞🌾🐚
@cleowade’s words have lingered in my mind and on my lips so I’ll share them with you: ⠀ The world will say to you, We need to end racism. Start by healing it in your own family. ⠀ The world will say to you, How do we speak to bias and bigotry? Start by having the first conversation at your own kitchen table. ⠀ The world will say to you, “There is so much hate. Devote yourself to love. Love yourself so much that you can love others without barriers and without judgment. ⠀ When the world asks us big questions that require big answers, we have two options. One: to feel so overwhelmed or unqualified, we do nothing. Two: to start with one small act and qualify ourselves. -@cleowade ⠀ We have been listening and watching. We have been learning AND unlearning. Now, we take action. ⠀ And when we wonder 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵? ⠀ Change starts with us. We have to start within. Look ourselves in the mirror and acknowledge areas in need of growth. Educate ourselves beyond social media. Start with conversations in our homes. Start with our loved ones. Start with our businesses. ⠀ Alliship is a lifelong commitment, not a quick fix, and we need to lay our foundation of knowledge and understanding before we can implement effective, sustainable action. The start of this month has been transformative & eye-opening, even as a WOC who has always been anti-racist I am learning, and I welcome the growth that comes 🙏🏼 #togetherwerise
To my black brothers and sisters, I understand that I will never truly understand. However, I stand with you, mourn with you and I will continue to fight for you. ⠀ The wave of change starts within. It’s up to all of us — white, middle eastern (me!), latinx, asian, black, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting racism out. Explore all the ways that silence suffocates and ways we can influence, big or small. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. ⠀ It’s past due time to have uncomfortable conversations. (I’ve had them all my life & will continue) To listen and to learn. Here are just a few ways we can come together to put anger into action: ⠀ 1. Actively educating ourselves through the lens of the black community. Education is the foundation on which change is created. Read books (swipe for some recommendations), listen to podcasts, watch films. Anti-racism information is out there, it has always been out there, and a simple Google search can open up a world of information. I will continue to share resources as I find them. Support black educators, authors, artists and businesses. Remember, we vote with our dollars. ⠀ 2. Taking tangible action: signing petitions, calling lawmakers, donating or volunteering for organizations. ⠀ 3. Widen our community by following and paying attention to those using their story to educate and empower. Follow people who don’t look like you, leaning in to discomfort and allowing their stories and experiences influence our lives. Listen to and support leaders in the black community. Here are some incredible people to connect with: @cleowade @ijeomaoluo @rachel.cargle @greengirlleah @laylafsaad @ambertamm @theconsciouskid @ibramxk to name a few. ⠀ 4. Stay updated. Stay informed. Stay engaged. Even if we are tired. The black community has been endured MUCH more for much longer. ⠀ Swipe for words by @cleowade @ijeomaoluo @desmondtutu @morganharpernichols @carloshappynpo 🙏🏼
This weekend’s bright joys —— ⠀ Immersed myself in & finished a book that took me across the world & deep within the human experience, soaked my bones in the ocean and watched the light play in fragments (my favorite), connected with friends on long-overdue FaceTime calls, laughed & flowed through yoga with Aaron by my side. Simple, but rejuvenating. ⠀ Ahhh what a difference it makes when we focus on the small joys amidst our days instead of all the noise and the things we can’t control 🌞🐚🌾 I’ve been taking things day by day but decided to plan out our menu for the week and am going to try to give myself some things to look forward to in these coming days for my sanity. How are you feeling lately? Have you been in your head a lot lately too?
Some weeks, I NAIL our menu, with plenty of food stocked in our fridge / pantry 👌🏼 Abundance. Harmony. Happy bellies all around. Other weeks, Aaron looks at me and I’m like ... “wine for dinner?!” Coming out of one of the latter (thank the lord for our pantry supply) & I am drooling just thinking about our CSA tomorrow! #quarantineandchill #quarantinecooking
This time has been a mirror in many ways. Showing me parts of myself I had been avoiding, parts I was unhappy with — and in contrast, things (even the teeny-tiniest things) that I am deeply thankful for. Sunshine, fresh air, nourishing food, moving my body, hugging my loved ones, the ability to express myself in photos, this collective community — to name a few. ⠀ Self-reflection can be unnerving at times, but crucial to our personal growth and self-acceptance. I don’t always like what comes up when I dig deep but I’m always thankful for the movement, even if it’s baby steps, that come after it. ⠀ We tend to be quick to soothe, quick to sweep under the rug creatures but as I ease farther along in life, the more I’m challenging myself to face things, to heal them, to learn from them. I think we’re all sifting through a lot right now & I just wanted to share the thoughts in my mind and my compassion for you. We’re in this storm, and in this life, together. ⠀ ———— wearing: @prana yoga mat: @alwaysxalways ————
A lot changed when we moved to Hawai’i. Some things we expected, others not. ⠀ We went from supermarkets, malls and concrete ... to knowing our farmers and letting seasonal ingredients (many which we weren’t familiar with!) shine in our food. We learned to embrace wisdom of islanders — that everything you have is a resource and there’s power in repurposing. ⠀ Honestly, I assumed it would be all fruit stands & farmer’s markets — that we could say goodbye to packaged food shipped from who-knows-where and hello to locally grown abundance. ⠀ Turns out that many stands source from wholesale stores / resell the goods & that eating in paradise wasn’t quite what I had thought... ⠀ Without a recycling service, we became more aware of our output. We learned plastic doesn’t get recycled here (or anywhere, really). And finally... that if I wanted the change I was seeking, it would take a bit more time and planning. ⠀ It was hard at first, but eventually we found a rhythm, an ebb and flow, and the beauty in this. It became so much simpler and easier than the way we were living before. ⠀ We learned how to compost to limit what we throw “away.” We buy less (and higher quality) and value / reuse what we have. Over time the changes started feeling normal & less like a challenge. Soon these things became comforting and brought happiness to both of us. ⠀ Life is slower paced. Our backyard, full of fruit trees & our small garden, is our sanctuary. Making food ourselves brings us joy. We learned to make decisions with care & the importance in investing locally. ⠀ Moving to an island has brought many changes to our life, but all for the better. The “conveniences” we had in a city feel less like necessities now. We enjoy a simpler life — one swayed by the tides and engulfed in green and blue hues. We are happier and healthier this way. ⠀ We have more than we need. I like how I can enjoy the stillness, maybe for the first time in my life. On both coasts, I carry this stillness with me. I don’t miss the sounds or pace of the city because when I close my eyes, I hear the songs of the birds, the tapping of the rain or the crashing of the waves... and what else could I need?
“Don’t jinx it,” the mind whispers. “But celebrate it (!!!),” the heart patters. “Welcome it and let it sink in,” the soul encourages. ⠀ There are words on the tip of my tongue. News of something I’ve wanted for a long time. I want to share but I’m lost in the excitement of it all, and in all honesty, also in the worry of not having it workout. So I’m just here rambling, welcoming your good juju and positive energy. I’ll tell you more soon xx