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Life in San Diego – 2 Years Later

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I moved to San Diego after living in New York City for over a decade. I left New York at a time when I was really depressed, dealing with a difficult break-up, and searching for a new direction in my career and life. Two years later, I’m happy to report that things have worked out really well, and I’m loving life on the West Coast. I’m about halfway through the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at Pacific College, newly engaged, and starting to feel more at home here in San Diego.

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I Bet We Agree on More Than You Think

The right and left wings of the US need to start working together. Together they can bring balance back to this country. Everyday I read in the news about issues we should all be fighting over. Lately the stories about Kavanaugh are gobbling up every headline. People are sitting on the edge of their seats…

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How to Minimize Waste in the Bathroom

I first learned about the “zero-waste” movement after reading an article about how Lauren Singer, founder of the blog Trash is for Tossers, managed to fit all the waste she had generated over the course of several years into a tiny mason jar. I was really inspired, and wanted to start my own journey towards…

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Be Constructive Not Destructive

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS | More Live to Sustain is podcasting! Laura and Adam recently sat down to chat about being constructive vs destructive. We discuss: How to better communicate with loved ones and friends Being unifying not divisive Finding common ground Empathy Constructive criticism Electric Scooter Mania Solutions…

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Reusable Napkins – A Lesson in Patience

At Live to Sustain we advocate for a paper towel free lifestyle. At home Laura and I do not use disposable paper towels. We pieced together a napkin set of about 30 or so cloth napkins. Some were bought at the swap meet for pennies. The rest we found while cleaning out some old stored…

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Changing the Flower Business – One Bouq at a Time

When it comes to the flower industry, sustainability is a complicated question. For example, flowers imported from the fertile climate of Ecuador may have a smaller carbon footprint than flowers grown in climate-controlled greenhouses in the US. On the one hand, flowers could be considered an expensive waste of water and other natural resources. On…

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Kitchen Renovation Part 4 – The Big Reveal

Are you ready for the big reveal of our kitchen makeover? If you’re not already caught up, be sure to check out: Part 1 – Before + Design Plan Part 2 – Construction Begins Part 3 – Construction Progress and Design Finishes Things were starting to come together by the end of Part 3. The…

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All About Straw Bale Building

Image source: https://simpleconstruct.net/ Straw bale building is a really cool way of creating buildings using straw bales covered in plaster as walls. This building technique has been used for centuries, but is regaining popularity due to it’s excellent insulation properties and fire resistance. The straw bales are stacked and covered in natural clay to create…

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