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IT’S FEBRUARY! WTF. This month is about working harder than last month. Planning on starting riiiiight meow. January had its perks though. I had the chance to visit the Everglades and Key West, Florida. Download some of these images. They’ll warm you up 🙂
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Each Friday we share some tidbits from our week. We want to break down these internet barriers and invite you into our lives and we’re hoping you’ll do the same. You are welcome to share your a bit of your week or day in the comments, or if they’re better represented by a photo, tag us on instagram @liveseasoned
Sarah Here :
This vacation has me exhausted and I know what you’re thinking, ‘oh booooohoooo, sleepy Sarah in sunny Florida,’ but I’ve been busy running around seeing the sights and I sure could use a little rest. Don’t you always feel a little tired after a really great vacation? This past week and a half I hopped around traveling East, West, North and South, from Orlando to Key West and back again. I really am nodding off here, so below is a quick rundown of the highlights this time around. I’ll be sure to share some more images and details next week.
- Seeing my childhood best friend and her beautiful new home – she is killin’ it! It pains me to live so far away from her.
- Teaching sweet, young, autistic kids a bit of yoga. We didn’t do too much, but I think they really enjoyed it!
- Sleeping in an old Airstream trailer for a few nights. AirBnB is an amazing resource that never disappoints me.
- Traveling to the Everglades for the first time in my life, even if I didn’t see any Alligators. We totally saw a manatee, which made up for the lack of gators.
- Laughing at my brother after he was stung by a Portuguese Man of War. He just haaaaad to poke it.
- Checking out the Florida Keys – another first for me. Next time I go back, it will be to camp in one of the many state parks for a few weeks.
- Seeing my Brazilian family and laughing away the days with them. My heart is so full, yet it will ache until I see them all again.
- Spending quality one-on-one time with my brother and truly not having a care in the world for a dozen days. Travel with your fam – you won’t regret it!
I’m currently reading a great book called Everyman’s Guide to Ecological Living by Greg Cailliet, Paulette Setzer and Milton Love. I wanted to share their general rules to live by because they resonate so deeply within me. This book was published in 1971 and only cost $.95 at the time! It’s pretty short with a little more than a hundred pages. It is written in a really straightforward and simple manner and while some aspects are outdated (because this was one of the first resources of its kind and the internet wasn’t around yet) the ecological principles hold up. It’s actually pretty quaint to read things like, “Support manufacturers that sell deposit bottles. Write them and express your satisfaction with this policy.” So while some of those suggestions don’t make sense today, the ideas behind the actions the authors want you to take are still important and shouldn’t be forgotten.
I think Everyman’s Guide to Ecological Living is a great text if you haven’t really given ecological living much thought. I’m not sure if I mentioned this on Seasoned yet, but I have dreams of living far away from “the real world” on my own little plot of land. Self-sustainability and off-the-grid living is an attractive fantasy and one day I hope it’s an attainable goal. Not many of these principles are new to me, instead I find myself shaking my head ‘yes’ while I read page after page. For me, this book is a nice affirmation that living simply should and is valued by many, even if I don’t come across those folks every day. I also love the simplistic nature in which all these principles are laid out for the viewer. This text would actually be great required reading for middle school kids. Each page has suggestions for living a more ecologically-sound life; we could all do a little bit better, yes?
Here’s how the book begins:
General Rules to Live By:
Be Constantly Aware of the Interdependence of Man and Nature.
- Everything we do has an effect somewhere.
- Be alert to the ultimate fate of items you use.
- Before using, ask, “What will it do to the state of the environment?”