Breathe It In…

March 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm (Ramblinz) (, , , )

There are times in our lives where we stop. And we breathe it in. These are the times that we acknowledge where we are and what it is that we have accomplished, or quite frankly, how we got here. It is in the moments that we live, it is in the smoke that we inhale, it is in each joke made by someone close to you. These seconds of realizing that you are alive, they make or they break you.

The journey of life was never designed to be a smooth road to walk down, but there are times where we all think: does it have to be this rocky? But if it weren’t for those rocky parts in the tar… how would we recognize the smooth and appreciate it? The pain, the hurt, the suffering and everything that comes along with it, are all part of our learning and growing process. How else would the child have learnt not to touch the oven plate?

How many times do we stop and just take a deep breath in and remember that it is a miracle that we are still alive? We have survived, we are here, living. Have we ever been thankful for a power failure so that we can remember how it was before man started conquering his own mind? To sit in the dark by a fire, to truly cut away from everything that we have brought upon ourselves…. that is when we realize that all we have to do, ALL that we have to do, is to survive.

Every moment that we are breathing, we are creating memories. Building future reminiscents to be retold. The life we live today will be an imprint engraved tomorrow. Towards the end of your road, would you like to have happy stories to tell curious children? Or would you only be able to remember the strive, the rat race?
To see the world! To learn new cultures! To embrace the gift of life as we hold it! Those are the stories they want to be heard…. those are the stories that you would want to remember.

Breathe. Absorb. Appreciate and realize that it is a gift… and we dont know when our road ends. Accept their will be forks in the road where tough decisions must be made, but we are never faced with something that we can not handle. ANYTHING is possible. And by anything, i mean everything.


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What Shade of Green Are You?

March 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm (Design, Eco-Friendliness) (, , , , , , )

As Earth keeps on turning, more and more people are becoming eco-conscious, or at least aware of it. Some people will laugh and say ‘too late for that’, maybe it is? But we won’t know until we try.

I think in a lot of cases, people just don’t know where to begin. I can say that for me. There are the obvious acts like turning off your pc, tv, lights, separating trash so plastic can be recycled. But that just doesn’t feel like enough. Sure, on a scale of 6 billion, yes, but that isn’t the case.

Anyways, so I when I decided I wanted to be in design, I knew I wanted to be an eco-friendly designer.What? How? Pffft. It’s simple things like choosing to print on recycled non-toxic renewable materials, choosing only to print when necessary – email is proving more efficient anyway, using as little packaging as possible… and it doesn’t end there. Practicing green design conserves natural resources, reduces energy consumption, cuts solid waste and I believe it is the first step towards changing the environment around me.

Some things you may be interested in practicing to be eco-friendly :

  • Separating recyclables
  • Re-use anything that you can
  • Keeping the thermostat at a reasonable level
  • Drinking from a glass, not plastic or styrofoam cups
  • Not using running water to clean dishes, fill up the sink
  • Turn off appliances by the plug when not in use
  • Use the material shopping bags – they are GREEN
  • Try not to drive to the shop twice a day, think ahead, save petrol
  • Use compact flourescent light bulbs
  • Buy energy-efficient products
  • Eat local food not imported food (it’s better for you anyway)
  • And if you’re feeling really green, plant a tree!

These are a few changes that we could all implement. It might seem like a mission, but once the habit is there, you’re set.

Encourage others to conserve, we could be the change that saves the world.

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