It seems like everyone is working from home these days and while it can be amazing to not have a commute, roll out of bed and start working, it definitely gets busy and can be hard to stay focused if you don’t have everything you need for a functional and motivating workspace. These seven work from home essentials will keep you productive and have your home office ready to go in no time!
Greenery plants! – Having some greenery and a few pops of color from flowers enhances mood and just adds a calming presence to the room. Using real plants in your home will also help to better the air quality and keep you healthy!
Oil Diffuser – Speaking of a calming presence, aromatherapy will help your workday be stress-free!
Standing Desk – I purchased my standing desk platform after realizing how much time I spend sitting per day and all the back pain it was causing me. This platform is so easy to use! It easily glides up and down and it’s super comfortable in the lowered or standing position! I highly suggest investing in THIS one, which is available on Amazon Prime. It’s super affordable and your back will thank you!
Wall Art + Personalized Decor – It’s great to have imagery and a few small items that inspire you throughout your workday to keep you creative and motivated. You can find some of my favorite prints HERE! Simply click the shopping cart icon on your favorite images and follow the prompts. I had so much fun filling my office space with photos that I captured on my travels. Another special item I used to spice up my desk space is a small brass whale that belonged to my grandparents. Their last name was Whalon, and it turns out they got it in Hawaii! I never even knew they went there! I love it because it reminds me of my family and one of my favorite places.
A Clean + Uncluttered Desk Space – This is something that is so important to me, the less “stuff,” the better! I realized that the more items I can see while working, the more distracted I get. There’s something about a clear space that gives me a clear mind and allows me to focus on what’s important, instead of stressing about how messy my space is.
A Good Desk Lamp – Once you’ve got your desk figured out, you might want to consider investing in a good desk lamp. Having a desk lamp at your workspace creates a different light than the one you associate with relaxing, which will help you stay focused on work! Depending on the type of lamp you choose, they can be multifunctional too! Some lamps offer storage, charging, and even dimming features. Check out this really cool modern option!
Sustainable Coffee Maker + Pods – If coffee is your thing, it can be essential to waking yourself up in the morning and keeping you going throughout the day. Consider sustainable options like reusable K-Cups and coffee filteres! Ekobrew is a reusable k-cup filter that both saves you money, and helps save the planet! Check it out HERE!
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These 5 books have changed my perspective on so many things, I just needed to share them with you!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – This fiction story puts life into perspective and although it’s not a business book, it made me think a lot about my business and why it matters.
Launch by Jeff Walker – This book will be life-changing for your business! I cannot say enough good things about it. If you only invest in one book on this list, it should be this one.
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Business is all about influence, and this classic breaks down how and why it works!
The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan – The first quote in this book is “If you chase two rabbits, you’ll never catch either of them.” It explains why putting all of your energy into one thing is key in having a successful business!
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield – All about the law of attraction and using manifestation to achieve what you want in life!
Another amazing resource is Scribd, which allows you to access thousands of books & audiobooks for just about $10 a month (which is less than the average price of one book!). Another reason I love Scribd is because it’s completely eco-conscious and sustainable. No need for shipping and book manufacturing! Click here to access Scribd for 60 days FREE!
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Plastic Free July is a great time for all of us to reflect on our daily actions and consider the simple switches we can make to lessen the amount of waste we create in our daily lives. There’s no shame in Plastic Free July, only self-improvement!
Here are a few simple things you can consider this month!
A Bamboo Toothbrush! – This might be the easiest switch because it doesn’t require much of a change in your routine. Simply choose bamboo brushes next time you restock on toothbrushes!
Toothpaste Bites! – Toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled, so the best option is to eliminate using them. I just started using toothpaste bites from Huppy! Simply put a bite in your mouth, chew for a few seconds, and brush as normal!
Plastic Free Haircare! – Think about the number of plastic bottles going into landfills every year, just from shampoo and conditioner! Switching to shampoo and conditioner bars eliminates all of that! I love the bars from SayNoap! PS- SayNoap is a female-owned company and I’m all about supporting women in business!
Plastic-Free, Natural Sunscreen! – This reef-safe, natural sunscreen from RawElements comes in plastic-free packaging and is good for your skin & the Earth! They also have a great tinted moisturizer with SPF!
There are so many things we can do to live a more sustainable life and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Just remember, millions of people doing “plastic-free” imperfectly is much better than a few people doing it perfectly. Every simple switch you make is a step in the right direction!
Have any other tips that I can consider? Leave them in a comment below!
P.S. Want more inspiration? Click here to join my private FaceBook community group where members share sustainability tips!
Have you ever thought about the amount of waste, specifically plastic, that we create on a daily basis? When you realize just how much your actions affect the environment, it’s hard to ignore.
Although it might seem impossible, living a conscious lifestyle does not have to be difficult! It starts by acknowledging the areas of your routine that you create waste, and considering how you can change them!
Here are a few simple things that you can do to help the environment (some will even make your life easier!):
Use Reusable Water Bottles + Coffee/Hot Drink Cups – This might be the easiest switch! I use metal water bottles and cups to drink tea everyday. Mine is from Corkcicle; they make the cutest designs! A reusable metal bottle will keep your water cold + fresh much longer than plastic, and metal cups keep your coffee and tea hot!
Invest in Stashers or Glass Containers To Store Food – This will help you avoid the plastic bags you usually use for sandwiches and snacks. Storing food in silicone and glass is much safer and healthier than storing it in chemical-filled plastic. I love Stashers because they are dishwasher safe and last forever! Think of all the money you’ll save when you never have to buy Ziplock bags again!
Start Using A Bamboo Toothbrush – And nail brush, hair brush, and any other bamboo options you can find! Every toothbrush you’ve used in your entire life is on the Earth right now. They are made of plastic and they never go away. Bamboo brushes are made of natural materials, which makes them compostable. They work just as well as plastic toothbrushes, my dentist will agree!
Choose Metal or Silicone Straws – This is another thing that I use everyday. I love drinking out of straws, so I pop my metal one into my metal tea cup and enjoy! (Bonus: some even say that using straws while drinking coffee and tea helps to keep teeth white!)
Use Reusable Shopping Bags – When heading to the store, I always have reusable fabric bags on hand. Each bag supports so much more than flimsy plastic bags, making it easier for you to carry all your groceries in less trips! These bags are great for all stores- not just groceries! Fold one up and stick it in your purse or pocket while browsing the shops or mall!
Consider Plastic-Free + Natural Skin Care – Many companies and brands are turning to plastic-free packaging and natural ingredients that are better for us + the Earth! One cool company is Raw Elements, who produce natural, reef-safe sunscreen with plastic-free packaging options!
Recycle Paper – At the grocery store, grab a few paper bags and fill it with any recyclable papers you have in the house. When it’s full, drop it in the paper collector bins at local schools. Some schools even get rewarded the more they collect, so you’re helping students while saving trees!
Create A Capsule Wardrobe – The fashion + textile industry is one of the most devastating in terms of environmental impact. Avoid fast fashion (low quality, quick production to meet trends) by investing in timeless items that never go out of style! Some ideas: black jumpsuits, solid color blazers, classic + black jeans and solid color tank tops + long sleeve shirts. It’s even better if you can support brands that use sustainable materials or offer warranties on their items, so they can be repaired instead of replaced! Some brands that are doing this are Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Reformation, Athleta, United By Blue and Levi’s. Sometimes, these “capsule” products might be more expensive than fast fashion options, but this is because they are made to last! In the long run, this is the better investment.
This year, I attended the New York Women’s Surf Film Festival in Rockaway Beach, NYC. It was such an incredible experience connecting with so many female surfers and creatives.
Prior to the festival, I connected with Davina of Lava Girl Surf; she asked me if I’d be interested in photographing behind the scenes of a Women’s Surf Photography Workshop led by Bryanna Bradley. Of course I said yes! The workshop was put on by Lava Girl Surf, Clifbar, Aquatech Imaging Solutions and Borrow Lenses. It was amazing hearing Bryanna share her experiences and her knowledge of surf photography. She taught the workshop attendees basics about how to use a water housing and professional DSLR camera. She also went over her techniques for shooting in the water and took the girls out to shoot real surfers! Bryanna is such a sweet girl and talented artist, and I feel so lucky to have connected with her!
After the workshop, I spent the day on the beach, surfing + exploring Rockaway with friends. During the evening, the Rockaway Beach Surf Club hosted the film showings of some of the most inspirational films I’ve ever seen! All the films shown were either made by women or about women; so cool!
After attending the festival I’m feeling so inspired to get in the water with my camera! I can’t wait for the next swell!
Getting lunch and hanging with friends at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club!
Such a fun afternoon running around Manhattan Beach with Eryn! We bonded over our love of whale sharks and the Earth! We finished off the night by eating pizza and attending the premiere of Bethany Hamilton’s new film, Unstoppable. So thankful for this day in California!
It has been a dream of mine for YEARS to see Pipe Masters in person, so being there on the beach was literally a DREAM COME TRUE! We saw Joel Parkinson retire after an amazing career and Gabriel Medina win the world title, and then go back in the water for the final heat to win Pipe Masters. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to see this event and I’d love to make it back again in the future!
I had so much fun exploring with my friend Bailey and capturing the cutest bathing suits from Benoa Swim!