I'm trying to live a better life. What does that mean? It means I'm trying to live up to my potential. I'm trying to create the best version of me that I can, at this age and in this point of my life with what I have and know. And I want to encourage you to do the same. It doesn't mean doing any of these things perfectly, it just means that we are making conscious small choices however we can. For instance, you probably already know that I am vegan, but it may surprise you that I'm not a health nut. That is the area I am trying to change the most by choosing healthy alternatives rather than satiating a craving.
It should be noted that some of these things will initially cost more upfront than their alternative, but in the long run, the cost of living a life of toxic chemicals and foods will cost much more, not just in terms of money and healthcare, but in quality of life. Health is always a good investment.
Eat less processed food.
Make one daily meal consisting only of fruit or veggies.
Eat nonGMO foods.
Choose organic and local. (Better yet, plant your own.)
Eliminate animal products. (Or eat only vegetarian or vegan until 6:00 pm each day.)
Drink half your weight in ounces of water each day.
Buy nontoxic household cleaning products. (Store the ones you have outside in garage until finished.)
Use nontoxic cruelty-free body products and make up.
Switch to flouride-free toothpaste.
Simplify your environment by donating what you don't use.
Grow indoor plants. (They act as natural air purifiers.)
Buy recycled products.
Minimize use of plastic. (Never microwave in plastic.)
Daily dose of 10-15 minutes of sun with half your body exposed and no sunscreen. (Don't burn!)
Exercise a few times a week.
Do random acts of kindness. (Ex. Put more money in your meter than needed for the next person.)
Get involved. (Find your passion and voice. Use it. Volunteer.)
Be in nature weekly.
Let go of negative people.
Heal an addiction.
Pass along your knowledge.
Listen to a song you love each day.
Adopt a shelter animal.
Create an emergency fund of 3 months of income.
Don't live beyond your means.
Practice frugality. (Here's a recent post on 25 Tips for Frugal Living.)
Pay off debt.
Donate via automatic monthly withdrawal to a cause that moves you.
Find meaning in your work or figure out how to make it meaningful to you.
Practice gratitude. (Before sleeping or upon awakening, reflect on what you are grateful for.)
Create a 5-minute daily spiritual ritual practice: read, meditate, pray.
Utilize positive affirmations. (Join my Facebook page for daily affirmations.)
Forgive. (Write 70 X a day for 7 days, "I forgive you _______.")
Let go of the past. (Put your energy into creating a better life now.)
Well, that's my list off the top of my head. I hope it has inspired you to live a better life! I'm now off to eat an avocado instead of a cookie.