Monthly Archives: April 2017

Earth Day for the Lazy

We all want to say we care about the planet and want to do our part to save it. But, then, things come up and saving a planet just doesn’t fit in our schedules: too busy to plant a whole tree, don’t want to get dirt on our cute dresses, etc.

Now for those, who don’t believe anything is happening to our plant – please, see my other articles, and also, you stink.

Anyway! There are PLENTY of things us lazy, non-outdoor folk can do to honor Earth Day!

 

  1. Go buy a reusable water bottle! Yay, shopping time. Here I come, Amazon. Stop using plastic water bottles and tossing them. Last year, we threw out over 70% of our water bottles instead of recycling, so since it seems super difficult for us to recycle, let’s just have reusable bottles, ‘kay?

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  1. Plant a tree… from your laptop. Donate easily to plant a tree here and be one in a billion! Donate as little as $1 to The Nature Conservancy and select what region of the world you want your tree planted. SO EASY AND LAZY.

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  1. Start a garden! Put hose DIY skills to the test and make a itsy bitsy gardne on your balcony or patio or window ledge. Grow some tomatoes, herbs, whatevs. This way you can show off your mad green-thumb skills with a super cool Insta post.

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  1. Spring Cleaning and Replacement! It’s time to throw out the old beauty products, and buy some new eco-friendly ones. Try Tarte Lip Crayons, Alba Botanica products, Burt’s Bees stuff, and more. This is a selfishly fun way to save the planet; plus, who doesn’t love to buy new make-up?

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  1. Save the oceans, animals, and forests while you watch Netflix and stuff your face with ice cream. Here are a bunch of great organizations you can donate $1 or more. Celebrate Earth Day by donating your Starbucks’ drink for the day (money-wise, don’t ship your drink to one of these poor organizations).

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  1. Clean up your mailbox. That’s right, time to delete and stop that junk mail! Check this site to see how you can stop those credit card scams and catalog junk mail to help save thousands of paper and trees. By filling these forms out online, you can sit on your butt and save trees. Go you!

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  1. Re-evaluate your cooking style! Reducing red meat consumption can dramatically save hundreds of gallons of water PER serving. Or choose pasture-fed beef if you can. I promise turkey burgers are as delicious as hamburgers if you cook ’em right. You do have to go to the store to do this one, but you need food, right?

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Expectation vs. RL: Turning 25

Expectation versus Real Life: 25th birthday edition. After your 21st birthday, we’re told everything is downhill after that: “The next big one is 30!” We’re told that 25 isn’t said to be hugely celebrated; if anything, it’s deemed our quarter-life-crisis. But fear not, you’re not alone in your realization that life isn’t what you expected. You have me, at least…

 

1. Career

Expectation: Account Manager at some fancy-pants, Fortune 500 dream company putting your hard-earned college degree to good use

Reality: Bottom-level employee at a relative’s business, doing work that requires a free high school degree and not that college degree that sent you thousands of dollars into debt

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2. Money

Expectation: Enough money for rent, food, and going out once a week and some left over for all the bridal shower and wedding gifts you need for friends

Reality: You’ve gone down to 1 and 1/2 meals a day and two showers a week

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3. Significant Others

Expectation: You’re in a long-term relationship with the person you see yourself with forever – omg yay, so cute

Reality: You’ve started considering a monk-like, life of solitude and writing about it for money – since you have zero of that to go with your zero mate-prospects

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4. A General Sense of Having Your Sh** Together

Expectation: Gracefully balancing work, life, and a healthy lifestyle #crushingit

Reality: Incapable of balancing your food on a paper plate

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5. Being Healthy

Expectation: You go to the gym 5 times a week and managed to find a healthy diet that works for you, helping you to be slimmer than high school so you can shame those haters from 10 years ago

Reality: You have to go up the stairs at work because the elevator is terrifying, but you reward yourself with a Venti Starbucks every day

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6. Friendships

Expectation: You have multiple close friends and a huge group to hang out with on weekends, always staying busy and taking adorable Insta photos together

Reality: Everyone lives in a different state in different time zones with different schedules and you’re alone every Friday night

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7. Your Future

Expectation: Crystal clear, ducks lined up in a row, and the world at your fingertips

Reality: It’s the Grim – thanks, Prof Trelawney!

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What have you learned since turning 25? Comment below to share with me!

Original blog post found at my new website: http://www.shaylaokeeffe.com

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