Ideas to celebrate Earth Day

One aspect of intentional living is being mindful that our actions have an impact, and so making decisions based on what impact they have, and trying to make it a positive impact as much as we can. Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the day marking the birthday of the global environmental movement in the 1970s. Whether or not you are an activist or interested in being one, it’s a good occasion to celebrate our beautiful planet (did anyone say cake?).
There are many opportunities to celebrate it within our local communities, or you can do something to mark it with your family and friends, or even by yourself if you wish. Here’s a list of our favourite ideas of what to do to mark the day.  

Am I already living intentionally without realising it?

The title sounds like an oxymoron, but when it comes to lifestyle changes, it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing exciting new things and inspirational people, and feeling like your life is a mess and you’re not living up to the standard. Intentional living, hygge, conscious consumerism etc all sound like very big terms, and it’s easy to find them daunting and unachievable, but the truth is, you may already be living like that without realising it was even a thing.

An introduction to Intentional Living

Intentional living is about taking conscious decisions so that more of our life is about what makes us happy. Many people use it as just a synonym for Minimalism, and in fact Joshua from The Minimalists makes the same “mistake” in their documentary (available on Netflix) when answering the frequent objection that people don’t want to get rid of collections they have because they are passionate about it. It’s, in a way, a justifiable “mistake”: in recent years, minimalism has become a mainstream word (I’m writing a book with that word in the title too). Talk about intentional living and people usually give you a blank stare. However, they are not the same.