7 Reasons To Participate In Earth Day Cleanups

Last weekend, I participated for the second year in a row in my city’s Earth Day cleanup. I had honestly been looking forward to it for months. My assignment for this year was cleaning up a baseball field and the surrounding area down the street from where I live. I’m always surprised that I don’t…

Clothes Swap!

I get nervous about playing host. I love the idea of it, then get super nervous when the time comes to play the part. But I’m always pushing myself to get over things like that and put myself out there. And when a co-worker told me she did a clothes swap at her house one…

Putting Off Paper Towels

Continuing efforts to waste less paper at work, I decided to commit to cutting out using paper towels for drying the dishes when I wash them out after lunch. We have folding paper towels at work that fill a drawer at it takes a few to effectively dry a bowl, or say, the cup from…

Reusing Office Paper

The office where I work wastes a lot of paper. I think this is a byproduct of being a newspaper. Sure, we have big recycle bins in the hallway where we dump all the printoffs we no longer need. But we print several pages a day to edit stories we could just as easily mark…

Back to the Beginning

So I started this blog almost three years ago — three! And I can’t believe it. I don’t even have 40 posts to show for those near 2,000 days. As with other parts of my life, I’ve struggled to find the focus here. But I think it’s been found. And it’s so simple. As simple…

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Nicholas BoullosaA Jay Shafer tiny home. My husband and I think we’ve found a way to pay off our mortgage early, without taking on an extra job or working nights. We’ve decided to construct a rental unit — a “mother-in-law suite” — within our home. If it pans out as we…

Taking a Moment to be Mindful

So you may have read last night’s post about how I was full of calm and mindfulness after yoga. Unfortunately, by the time the morning came, that mindfulness had slipped away (although, for the record, I did get back to my morning visualization of energy moving through me), but not in the way you might…

Starry Yoga Night (Find Your Escape)

I love yoga. The stretching, burning, twisting, intensity and calm of it. About 9.875 times out of 10, it makes me feel better about life. Since moving to Worcester almost a year ago, I hadn’t found a good yoga place. Instead, I sometimes take classes offered at my rock climbing gym. They’re not quite like…

Business Benefits of Solar

Solar energy seems like such a simple concept. Or at least on the surface it does. Until you really delve into it. Even beyond the science of it, there is so much to know if you want to really understand your options for paybacks and how long it takes to see a full return on…

Replacing Paper Towels with Reusable Washcloths

Talk about a simple way to be greener! I was happily surprised when I went to use the restroom at my dentist’s office (shout out to Dr. Hubbard and his awesome staff!)  and saw that in lieu of paper towels, there was a basket of washcloths on the counter and another basket on the floor…