Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

ThanksGreening Day 2

Today is a tough day. Many friends have lost loved ones within the last few days, which always makes you stop and think about how precious life is and how lucky we are to wake up and see another day. So today I’m grateful for life itself, with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows. All the more reason to live with as little impact, both on ourselves and the planet, as possible.

In keeping with our Greening theme but recognizing the consumerism that seems to define the US, I’m excited to talk about a program some of you may already be aware of. Patagonia, maker of fine sports/outerwear clothing have a great program called their Common Thread Partnership. The goal of the program is to reuse, recycle and reduce our environmental impact. It’s a pledge between the manufacturer and their customers to provide a quality product, with responsible use of the products. With the Common Threads program, Patagonia will repair, replace worn out products, find a new home for items you no longer use or recycle existing products into something new. It’s a simple, yet intelligently realistic program put on by one of the most famous lifestyle clothing companies in the world.

As a proud owner of repurposed Patagonia clothing (yay Regulator fleeces!!), I can vouch for the quality of what you receive. My used items are several years old, but certainly don’t look/smell/feel old. If you’ve always wanted the look of Patagonia, but couldn’t afford it, the Common Thread Partnership may be just the thing for you, or for gifts this upcoming holiday season. It’s absolutely a fantastic way to responsibly provide a product and reduce waste.

Join Patagonia for “Anti Black Friday”, which encourages us to not buy what we don’t need and to reuse what we already do have.


Do you know of any other companies who practice sustainability and responsibility? Share them with us in the comments!!

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Tales From The Ward: Violent Young Females

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People wonder why anyone would bother working at a psych hospital-- but they don't realize it's a place where you can live out your Disney Princess Dreams.  Within the walls of the ward, you can be whoever or wherever you want. 

When I first started, I worked on a ward full of fairly docile adults who'd been found too incompetent to stand trial for their various violent crimes.

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Read this first thing in my morning (not what most people think of as morning, but it's mine). Made me feel grateful. And she's a fine writer. I can't bear to say "enjoy"- too close to the bone for many of us. If anything, I'd have to post a Trigger Warning for those of us who have spent any significant length of time in a psych hospital. But here's a view from the other side of the... experience, I guess you could call it.


I woke up 2 hours ago, mad. Mad at my husband for turning on the heat in the middle of the night. I literally woke him out of sleep to yell at him. Now, I’m still so mad I can’t go back to sleep..

What is wrong with me? Why can’t I just let things go? My mind feel so tight right now, like I’m about to get a killer headache.

Why can’t I ever sleep through the night without waking up because I’m congested or mad?

Oh, I know why!


Launching ThanksGreening Week!!

It’s Thanksgiving time here in the good old U.S. of A and that means taking time to reflect on the blessings of our lives, overeating and stressing out over family gatherings. I decided to take some time this week to bring you a series of short posts that reflect the things I’m grateful for as well as “greening” our everyday lives, including in ways you might not have thought of. So, I dub this week “ThanksGreening Week”.

What am I grateful for? Well, plenty. It might seem like I’d be the opposite seeing as I’m only a few months into a bipolar disorder diagnosis and my finances are a mess. But I’m looking to the positive things I have. I am grateful for a loving family, fantastic friends, a really understanding psychiatrist, a cozy home, a steady job and a fuel-efficient car. In the vein of fuel-efficiency, I strive to live as “green ” a life as I reasonably and feasibly can. I take steps to reduce my carbon footprint, but one thing I hadn’t realized is that my blog has a carbon footprint. That’s right, my blog.

Retale.com has a great program in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation called Green Gestures (http://retale.com/green/our-mission/) in which every day suggestions on greening your life are offered and it also provides an outlet for a greener blog! The process of cooling and energy consumption on computers results in emissions. Green Gestures seeks to plant one tree for each blog that participates. I’m happy to say I am a participating blog, meaning one tree will be planted in my blog’s name to offset it’s CO2 emissions! Any blogger can participate and have a direct impact on reducing their carbon footprint!

I’d like to wrap up this post by expressing my gratitude to Green Gestures for being able to participate in this program! Look for more posts on Gratitude and Greening this week!

Filed under: Wellness Warriors Tagged: Arbor Day Foundation, CO2 emissions, Green Gestures, One Blog One Tree