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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inequality and Debt

I decided to share a video on inequality and debt with you on this years Blog Action Day.



Do you feel democracy and equality is possible in capitalism? Or do we only have problems because of how we (or he richest 1%) is managing capitalism today?

A part of the rebel me is thinking that those richest people are only 85 persons according to the video, and we are millions, it really should be easy to balance back the power. Unfortunately these people hide behind multimillion dollar companies. Just this morning it made me angry to think about how these international companies are dictating how we eat, which medicines are used to treat our sicknesses and how and what food is produced.

It is however, easy to pin point the problems in our economy but what about the solutions?

Here is some of my own thought on how you can take action;

1. Support your local economy and small companies. 

Increases transparency, local economic resilience and keeps jobs in the region.

2. If possible, support and use an alternative bank;

Like ekobanken and JAK in Sweden (unfortunately I haven't found an alternative in Finland yet!). Do you have one in your country/region?

3. Familiarize yourself with different social and economic architecture systems.

Get to know steady state economy, economic democracy, benefit corporations. circular economy etc. etc. Any system you want to tip me about?

4. Support organizations working for a better economic system or fixing ours

Some of my favorites are Positive Money, Reconomy, New Economic Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and TEEB. Please let me know if I missed your favorite.

Because we talked about debt Positive Money  are taking on this problem by looking how money is created which is quite interesting as today's money is created directly as debt. This is why I will finish this post with their video. Could we take on the issue of debt by looking at money creation and loans? Would that in turn increase equality and democracy in our current economy?




Have good Blog Action Day!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Detox week

Today we are finishing a week of detox. I've been wanting to try to do a detox for a while now but I also knew that I wouldn't make it without my husband agreeing to detox too. So about a week ago he voluntarily brought the subject up and said "let's do it" (I was surprised, but happy he wanted to try). We decided to follow the program on the Vogel.fi webpage (link in Finnish) as it allowed us to eat quite a lot, we thought that a juicing detox might be a bit too much for beginners.



During the week I made some notes on my phone about how it felt. Here comes some of the comments:

Day 1

During day 1 I could still not feel any mayor differences.

Day 2

I woke up super thirsty, perhaps I had not been drinking enough water during day 1? I was also very cold after lunch as well as would have liked to eat more and suffered from sugar cravings.

Day 3

Constipated in the morning, why? Again too little water? Cold after lunch again and foggy headed.

Day 4

Finally felt lighter when I woke up. Very cold at the office but it later turned out that the battery was not on. Again sugar craving after lunch & stomach cramps mid-afternoon.

We had suffered the whole 3 days from drinking the awful tasting carrot juice until a friend of ours tipped to add some ginger in it. What a success! We did a smoothie of carrot juice, ginger, lime and grapefruit and we didn't suffer anymore.


Forgot to eat apple with dinner and forgot the evening snack (again) but was not as hungry as other days anymore.

Realized that autumn/late summer is a good time for detox as we could pick and eat our apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, paprika's and chili's from our own garden.

Day 5

Passed as normal, but no sugar-craving neither hunger feelings.

Day 6

Felt lighter, again constipated though but definitively clearer skin (usually suffer from spots). Afternoon hungry & energy drop but otherwise ok.

Day 7 

Today! So far so good, really hungry right now but it is almost lunch time.Tonight I will break my detox by attending a cray fish party and I think the social pressure to drink a glass of wine will be too great to resist.

Anyhow, I am glad to have tried a detox week now, it wasn't that hard in the end as I imagined and after a week I am really cured from my sugar cravings (for now). All in all I think we are not eating that bad with my husband in general either, it is mostly chocolate, ice cream and alcohol (red wine) that are my weaknesses. At some point I'd like to try a juicing detox too, perhaps only for a day to start with. Perhaps I need to have a detox from social media next, a week without Facebook wouldn't be bad at all.

What about you? Have you tried a detox? How did it go?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Liebster Award

I'm happy and honored to have been nominated by Veganjavel for the Liebster Award. This is what she writes about the award.

 "This award is meant to encourage new bloggers, create connections between bloggers and help people discover new blogs, and what could be greater than that! It’s one of the things I like with blogging – except the obvious, reading and writing – you can find and connect with like-minded people from all over the world."
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How nice to have been nominated even if my blog has not been updated so much lately (it was considerably easier to have time for blogging while I was a student). My blog has also been around already for about three years so maybe not so new. If she wouldn't have nominated me though, I wouldn't have found her blog (a new favorite of mine). 

The rules of the award go like this:
  1. Link and thank the person who nominated you (Thank you Veganjavel !)
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag 11 bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the 11 bloggers 11 questions, and let them know you nominated them!
So here are my answers  goes as follows:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I started this blog when I got accepted into the "Environmental management and economics" master program in Swedish Agricultural University. I wanted to write about my studies and about green stuff that I felt was important.

In the end the blog has been a great companion during the way, by now I have already graduated and moved back to Finland but I hope to keep posting at least every now and then on the blog. The problem for me is to find time between work, gardening, yoga, friends etc. I realize that we lived in a little bubble in Sweden, where I mostly concentrated on studying and stuff that interested me and our social life was kept to a minimum.

2. What inspires you in your life?

People that do things differently. At the moment I am also addicted to Pinterest which is a source of endless inspiration on whatever topic you like.

3. How do you spend a normal day?

I get up around 6 am
shower
have breakfast (if I have time because I am often snoozing until 6:30)
drive to work ( I know, I drive, I wish there was another alternative but unfortunately we live in the middle of nowhere right now, at least it is not a long way)
I arrive at work around 7:30, spend my day doing lots of office related tasks as we are a small company anything can come up, lunch around midday
arrive back home at 16:30, depending on the season and day you might find me in the garden after that but quite often I do some yoga, then cook dinner, summer season we'd have dinner in the garden if possible (quite often with some friends), during winter dinner is usually eaten while watching something on Netflix (right now we are following Elementary)
I am an early bed person (otherwise there is no way I can get up at 6 am) so by 21-22 I will go to bed, read a book and fall asleep by 22-23 pm

Oh God, my life sounds so boring!

4. Who is your favorite person?

My husband.

5. Is there an animal that has a special place in your life? Who is he/she?

Our dog of course! Here, how can you not adore him?:



6. What is your favorite fruit?

Hmm, difficult one, perhaps banana? Right now I'm more into citrus fruits though.

7. Your favorite song?

Another difficult one...but yesterday I rediscovered Alicia Keyes' "we are here" and added it too my playlist

 

8. What is your dream job?

I'm not sure there is a paid job on the current job market that would be my dream job. I wish I could do something different everyday, continuously learn new stuff, having good conversations with people but also be able to work alone when I feel like. I don't care working hard if I feel that what I do makes sense and is meaningful.....something like that?

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'm quite content of where we live right now. Sometimes I wish that the landscape was different though.

10. If you won one million, what would you use it for?

I would probably put a sum into renovating our house (this we will do soon anyway, without the free million or not) and buy solarpanels or other reusable energy source, I would buy a more ecofriendly car, I would invest part of the money into eco/sustainable businesses as well as my husbands company, probably somehow help my friend who is sick, depending on what's left I'd save it or give some to charity....now when I think of it, perhaps I'd start my own company too.
 
11. If you knew you only have a few days left of your life, how would you spend them?

A party would be nice, with all the people I like most.
Now about the nominations, I'm afraid I don't follow many blogs at all at the moment, I would like to but there is too many good blogs and too little time. Anyhow, I liked all the blogs Veganjavel nominated (listed below), Organized Chaos (number 6) is also one of my favorites and another Swedish-speaking Finn I follow is Bohemian Maggie (she's travelling in Asia at the moment so not sure if she will blog for some time).

So this is Veganjavel's nominations ( I took away number 5 as it was my own blog and listed Bohemian Maggie instead), I will be as lame as to say that I support Veganjavel 's nominations and I'm sorry not to nominate anyone further. Please visit the blogs below though, I think you will like them, and please, give me tips about small cool green blogs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1 month into no new clothes for a year

My best tip so far is don't go into any clothes shop. What you don't know exist, you don't desire.

When we were in Spain on holiday there was a couple of shirts I saw I would have liked to buy but instead of my usual habit of trying to convince myself why I needed them I had to convince myself why I didn't need them. Good brain exercise for changing your shopping habits though!

This month I bought long underwear. You need them in Finland for winter and underwear is allowed to buy during the challenge (can you see how I am good at deceiving myself). Furthermore long warm stockings make dresses wearable in autumn as well (perhaps winter too if not too cold). I am also thinking of combining them with oversize sweaters and long tops, let see how that will work out...


This is how I think I will look, reality might be a bit different...

Friday, September 26, 2014

No Impact Man

We recently saw the No Impact Man movie on Netflix which was interesting as I have read the book as well as participated in the No Impact week project.

The movie is a good watch if you want to get an insight to what the No Impact Man project was all about for Colin Beavan and his family. However, if you are more interested in the project I recommend you read the book, the movie is fun if you already have read the book but if you have not I think it can leave you wondering a bit over his choices and his reasoning. The movie is a good addition to the book though and it was fun to see some of the things "live" that I had read about in the book.

If you want to try to do a lighter version of the No Impact Project you can participate through the No Impact Project's webpage

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Year Without New Clothes

I was invited on Facebook to the event A Year Without New Clothes and after once again cleaning out my closet today and realizing that we just don't have the space for all our clothes I thought, why not? I already don't buy a lot of new clothes ( I do get some from friends and family as well as buy second hand though) but since I rarely throw anything away the clothes just seem to add up.



So now, until September 2015 I will only be allowed to buy shoes and underwear if needed. Clothes I will have to do with what I have.

I'll keep you updated!