If there’s one thing I’m grateful in my life, it’s living on an island, close to the seaside. Many would envy me and many would find this declaration completely stupid, compared to the urban lifestyle they have in the city, but I don’t mind. I’ve lived here my whole life and I never got bored of it, and I think that even if I’d lived in Seattle instead of here, I’d still want to move.
The city is great, it’s just not for me. Plus, it’s much more difficult to be sustainable in an environment that’s so busy and loud. Everyone is always in some sort of a rush, there’s much more trash on the streets, a lot of air pollution, plastic waste… it’s just a turn-off. I’m not saying that the only way you can lead an eco-lifestyle is away from the city, I’m just saying that it’s not for me. I have a lot of friends and family over there and they’re doing great, but whenever I go there to see them, I usually have my fill of the city in a week, and then I am glad to go back home.
Living on Whidbey Island means I often go to the beach, obviously, but I also bike a lot. There are a lot of scenic bikeways here and it’s part of my weekly schedule to cycle at least twice and clear my head, get some fresh air. Setting time for yourself is also sustainable, I’d say. Exercise is very good for your mental health and being happier and more content in your life allows you to be able to make better choices and strive for a better life!
I carry a thermos filled with green tea when I’m biking, I love green tea. I purchased some new tea infusers and I swear my tea tastes a million times better. I never thought something as trivial as an infuser would make such a difference. I don’t add anything to it, like lemon or honey, but I usually have a few oatmeal scones, they go well with green tea. I also use a mandolin slicer from Appliances Reviewed to cut the perfect slice of lemon.
It saddens me that there’s so much pollution in the ocean, but I try not to think about that too much and focus on getting my message about green-living across. I’ve met many new like-minded people since I started my journey – even in Seattle! – so that makes me hopeful for the future of our planet.