Self Empowerment

I guess everyone has their problems with being self-confident and sticking to their own opinion from time to time. I understand that and you are not alone, we are in the same boat. It can be hard sometimes to pursue something but having people telling you otherwise.

What does Self Empowerment mean?

The meaning of Self Empowerment is easy, everyone we know has their very own and unique strengths and weaknesses. Every day of our life we discover something new in our personality, e.g. how we react to certain scenarios and people. Working with our strengths and weaknesses is something else, we need to accept our traits in order to be successful and set goals. To empower yourself means to take positive choices and to be in control of your own life.

The first thing you can do to be self-empowered is to believe in yourself and your decisions. I know this is not always easy and we all need a little advice from someone else from to time, but we also have the famous gut feeling, which is right most of the time. Additionally, I strongly believe that you should go for something that makes you happy. So let’s say you want to attend a course and everyone around you is telling you not to do it because of whatever reason, would you still do the course? Personally, I’m trying really hard to be independent, make my own decisions but it can be tricky sticking to your decisions when a lot of people are telling you otherwise.

Why is it important?

The question is why is it important to empower yourself? It is simply because we should not depend on other people, especially on their recognition towards us or their opinion on certain things. I know that at some stages in our life we have to decide between two different paths, whether it is your career or something more personal and we would like a second opinion from an outsider. There is nothing wrong with this. But in order to empower yourself and take full responsibility for your decisions,  we must listen to our feelings and our inner voice. We can’t let other peoples opinions guide us through life. We can talk to our family and friends and ask them for advice but in the end, we should listen to our feeling and our own desire on which way to choose.

Choose to be you and to be the best version of yourself daily.

 

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Tips to reduce plastic waste

Hello everybody and welcome back! 🙂

The Ocean cleanup started on the 8th of September 2018 and it is one of the best news of 2018. The number of plastic waste in our ocean is shockingly high. Nowadays, we have more plastic in our ocean than fish, which is more than sad and we can’t ignore the fact that every single one of us is responsible for what is happening on the planet, earth.

The ocean cleanup is a Dutch start-up company focusing on our biggest problem, which is the world’s „ocean garbage patches“. In 2016, the 24-year old developer Boyan Slat and his employees introduced their first prototype, which was successfully tested in the Dutch coast. The first stop is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (the size of the patch is three times as big as the size of France).

Cleaning up the Pacific Ocean is not simple, the ocean is big and using conventional methods like vessels and nets would take thousands of years. With the help of the new system, the start-up company estimates to clean up the ocean to 50 % in just 5 years. For more information and donation, you can check out their website.
GIF Source: The Ocean Cleanup

Facts

  • every year 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die, due to our plastic waste
  • In most parts of our ocean, there is six times more plastic than plankton
  • one plastic bottle needs 450 years to fully dissolve, but it still does not disappear, it just dissolves itself into small plastic particles – sadly most animals mistake it for plankton
  • an average of only 7 % of plastic bags are being recycled in Europe

Source: Plastikmüll Statistik 2016

How can I help?

Plastic can be found in nearly everything we use nowadays. In our food, car, phone, hygiene products and in our apartments. Everyone can help by following easy steps in our everyday life. In order to decrease the plastic waste in our environment, we must start living sustainably.

Here are some tips on how to live with less plastic

Reusable produce bags

Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit centre for Marine Conservation. (Source)
We can do better than this and start using a reusable bag every time we go shopping, whether if it’s groceries or clothes.

Avoid Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles are a huge problem for our environment, it takes 500 – 1,000 years for plastic to degrade which is insane. Use reusable bottles and coffee cups. A lot of different coffee shops and other brands offer a wide range of reusable and portable coffee cups.

Give up gum

To be honest, before I started my research for this blog post I had no Idea about how bad chewing gums are for our environment and the human body. But it is quite simple, chewing gum was originally made of chicle, which is a latex sap of the sapodilla tree. Later on, scientists created a synthetic rubber and replaced hence the natural rubber. Which means we are chewing on plastic.

Disposable plasticware

Plastic knives, forks, spoons, and plates are hard to recycle and we should pay more attention to it especially when we order food online or buy a lunch in the supermarket across the street.

Reuse glass jars

You can find a wide range of prepared foods in glass jars, just like tomato sauce, jam, peanut butter etc. Instead of throwing the glass jars away you can reuse them to store food like cereal, flour etc.

Your lunchbox

Pack your lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic wraps. Avoid fruit in serving cups from the supermarket and pack fresh fruit for lunch.

Watch out for microplastic in shampoos

Unfortunately, a lot of hygiene products contain microplastic, whether if it is in our toothpaste, shampoo or makeup and face washes. Microplastic is everywhere, even in our clothes, but how can we spot if microplastic is involved? Next time you are out on your shopping spree, watch out for these ingredients: Polyester (PES), Polyamide (PA), Polyethylene (PE), Polyimide (PI), Acrylate (ANM) etc.

I can only recommend the CodeCheck App, where you can scan the barcode of a product and get a full list of the ingredients inside and how good and bad they are for our body.

 

 

 

References:

Mother Nature Network

The Ocean Cleanup

Mother Nature Network – Gum

T-online – Microplastic

Plastikmüll Statistik 2016

GIF and Featured Image Reference:

The Ocean Cleanup

 

 

Why me-time is so important

2018-09-09 025632394225687109439..jpgHello everyone! 🙂

Today I would like to write and think more about me-time and why it is so important. Now I know everyone is in school, working, going after hobbies and spending a lot of time with friends, family etc. There is nothing wrong with this, but I guess after a while everyone needs a break and a relaxed time by yourself.

Why is this so important?

We are constantly on our phones or laptops nowadays and online 24/7, which causes stress. We are afraid to miss out on something in the world. This is why we keep checking our phones up to 88 times a day. But this is exactly why we need to hit the pause button and learn to enjoy a little time without our mobile phones. Being stressed in the long run is seriously damaging our health, especially today where we need to give 100 % to our Jobs and success. This is exactly why we would need some time by ourselves to recharge.

How can I make time for myself?

One thing you can do to create me-time is simply by waking up earlier. I love to wake up a little earlier to drink my morning coffee in peace and just relax before the day starts. Waking up earlier has a lot of benefits. First of all, your phone would not ring all the time, because the rest of the world might still be asleep. This is the best way to charge your batteries and get enough of Energy for a long day.

Now another scenario would be: You spent the whole week at work, school etc. After that, you meet your friends, family…going out and meeting people is fun and I would never say that this is a bad thing, but after a while, you feel tired and you come to the conclusion that you need a little time for yourself.

What can you do in your me-time?

Take a whole day off on the weekend and create a special me-time day just for yourself. Do whatever makes you happy, you could go shopping by yourself or just stay at home with your favorite book and tea and enjoy the quietness of your own. Of course, the definition of me-time is different for everyone. If you would rather go out for a walk with your dog, or go to the gym, it is up to you.  Watch your favorite Netflix show, eat your favorite food or just relax with a face mask on watching a movie. There are no rules for me-time. Enjoy the time by yourself, leave your phone in another room or put it on airplane mode. Whatever makes you happy to disconnect and feel comfortable on your own is the perfect me-time for you.

How do you like to spend your me-time? 🙂