What does a sustainable lifestyle designer do?

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Sustainable life design green mentoring for individuals and families.

We are consumers, we are creators, and we are doers.

We, humans, are here to survive on Earth, and to thrive is but a dream for many of us. There is always something more that we want or need, but the real truth is that we are taught to “want” more than we need.

And problems arise when too much stuff floods our homes, leaks into our garages, and out into storage spaces. For years and years people will cling onto the thought that they must keep everything. “I paid for it, I earned it…” is a phrase that commonly appears when dealing with possessions.

The former you wanted those things. The new you doesn’t need them.

Maybe you are only just finding out that the minimalist-essentialist journey is for you.

Perhaps you learned about overconsumption the hard way – dealing with the excess belongings from the death of a loved one. Maybe you’ve always been one to live with less, but feel obligated to keep up with the fast pace of society.

And sometimes you may feel stuck exactly where you are, with everything that you own, and aren’t quite sure what sustainable steps to take so that you can help create a brighter future for life on our planet. You can imagine a world with much less, to no, pollution, much less, to no, dubious plastic and happier, healthier people all around the globe, yet there is no one to hold you accountable for your decisions, actions, and no one to ask questions from when you are confused with the many “eco” choices out there…

Plausably, you might have already shifted paradigm, to that of living at one with nature, but have no connection yet to the tangible, palpable realms of carrying such a lifestyle out with all its intricacies, what’s more: in the shortest time possible, because you well realize that time, time is of essence at this turning point in human and Earth’s history. In other words, you so gladly would grab onto wise, experienced, practical advice for the future intuitive you…

That’s where a sustainable lifestyle designer comes in:

A sustainable lifestyle designer is someone who helps you organize your home, your emotions, thoughts, your belongings, even your work/life schedule – she or he helps you discover a certain kind of efficiency that is in alignment with how many hours you wish to work each week, along with how many hours you choose for relaxation, self-healing and family, all these essential matters in a fulfilling life.

A sustainable lifestyle designer examines your current living conditions and compares them to a life lived not only closer to, but in and with nature. The sustainable lifestyle mentor looks at efficiency and organization, just as much as it discusses the materials required for living – clothes, bookshelves, furniture, bedding, cosmetics, transportation, office supplies… She will discuss the consequences of overconsumption and plastic pollution, as well as suggest ways that you can change/modify your habits to make positive progress in the co-creation of a sustainable future. He will introduce you to nature’s mentality, so you can quickly pick it up and apply it too.

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In the pursuit of less, you may have already found yourself identifying with the minimalist movement. This is a great place to start if you want to embrace and absorb eco-principles into your life. And this is something that we should all want! A degrowth of sorts, if you will, to fit again into nature’s boundaries, so that once and for all, your lifestyle will also fit into one planet Earth by any kind of ecological footprint calculator – with a good margin.

What is wonderful for the future of the Earth is also good for you, what harms you is also bad for the Earth.

It is true that the Earth will be here long after we are gone, however, keep in mind, that is has long been here before us. We are but guests here and have no right to pollute it to pieces for our own wealth and greed. We have no good reason to ignorantly destroy what we do not understand. Nature has a way with winning, cooperation with her is the key to living, and loving, a sustainable life.

It is easy to fall for what we are taught in school as we are growing up. We put trust and faith into our parents’ words and conversations with other presupposed role-models, we want to obey and listen, but at a young age we do not realize that our caretakers and teachers are also influenced by corporations, big business and politics. They likely belong to the main-stream that carries the most debris and hubris with it.

And right or wrong, our choices in life are often informed by the news, television and more recently, the internet.

The much we talk about the importance of taking a digital detox, once or twice a week when possible, the internet has been, and currently is, instrumental in fostering a global ecological consciousness movement. We have real-time access to raising backyard chickens, knitting patterns and thunderstorms heading our way – we can connect with like-minded people the world over with a single click.

Through a series of weekly Skype conversations with a sustainable lifestyle designer you will become acutely aware of the way you live, and how you (and your family) impact the land around you. With gentle guidance you can, and you will (if you haven’t yet), shift your ecological paradigm, learning how to respect the Earth, and your minimalist self at the same time.

Find the deep listeners, ones who are profoundly connected to nature, and learn all that you can from them – the success and survival of future generations is your story to write too.

Walk down the path to sustainability with us, we are glad to show you the way!

Cheryl Magyar

Cheryl is a freelance writer and content creator on all things related to simple living, ecological minimalism, organic gardening and foraging. She is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude Journal, a monthly downloadable journal that focuses on having greater appreciation for living on this incredible planet.

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