Hi there! Welcome back into my weekly diary. In this diary I want to show you how I try to live an eco-positive life and what that looks like on a daily basis. The past week was crazy! I started my thesis semester, was mentioned in a local newspaper and I went through my weekly trash again. Want to read along? Here’s weekly diary #77.
Once back in Enschede (I was in Harderwijk at my boyfriend), I went to my grandma and grandad. Grandma is getting surgery tomorrow and so I wanted to come by and wish her good luck. Family time is important. I got a message from my boyfriend with a picture from yesterday’s sushi date haha. Can you tell I enjoyed it? Vegan sushi is the best. I was also looking for a new good snack today. So, I made some roasted chickpeas in the oven. It was delicious and so a recipe will be coming up soon! It’s vegan and zero waste.
Today was crazy! As I said in weekly diary #67, a reporter came by Monday to shoot some pictures for Loose to be on the cover of an article in the newspaper! So, today was the day. I bought the newspaper first thing in my break (I had to work). It was a great article but I would like to clarify one thing: there is plastic on the picture. Bulk plastic. I am transitioning from plastic bulk packaging to full paper bulk packaging and so I still have some plastic which was on that picture he took. I said to him that this should be mentioned, but they left it out unfortunately. So, I was a little scared of all the comment that would come, but all the reactions were amazing! Everybody was so exited and loved the concept. I got overloaded by sweet messages and I was over the moon about it. Zero waste is getting more attention! I made a ‘in the media’ page where you can see the full article (in Dutch). For this article I got interviewed and this audiofile came online today too on some very well known websites, these you can find too at that ‘in the media’-page. It was such an amazing day and I want to thank everybody here for all the great responses!
Another workday, but not a long one. When I came home I hung my rug (the one I bought secondhand) outside, because the smell was awful! It smelled like smoke. I hoped the wind would do the job but it didn’t. I got some great zero waste tips from followers on Instagram though. So, next Monday I will put some baking soda on it and then vacuum that off. If that won’t work I can also put it into the freezer. I was also very exited today because I finally found plastic free dolmades! These are one of my favorite things to eat, like ever. I had eaten them a lot in Greece on our holiday since it was a local dish. In Spain I found them too in a can, something I had never seen before. Back in the Netherlands I could not found them plastic free in a can, so I was sort of bummed about that. But today I did! At the store where I work myself haha! We’re closing 16 februari to switch to another owner, so it will probably go out of the product range. So, I bought all 6 that were still left in stock haha. I am happy, but also hope they will come back! At night I took a bath. Not very sustainable, but one of the things I allow myself to have sometimes.
Today was such a good relaxing day. I slept until late and did some blogging. Then I had a handball match which we lost (yes, again). At night I watched some TV and that is the end of my holiday.
Today is the official starting day of my thesis semester. For the first time, I am doing just one project for a full semester and the pressure is on. A company is counting on me to do well and that is something which really puts pressure on me. I have a plan, which is good. I will work every weekday on it, for as long I can (8 hours a day doing research is just hard so I will see how many hours I can do). Every Friday I will be at my thesis company to see what’s going on and discuss my weekly progress. I am ready to do this! It will be a great semester to focus on myself as well. Since I can plan my own time I have enough time to go to the gym daily, meditate daily and eat healthy. It will be a good semester I think, with a lot of personal growth!
From now on I am afraid my weekly diary will be the same all 18 weeks coming from now, since I’ll do the same every day. So, today I went to the school library to work on my thesis. At night I had handball training which is such a good way to clear your mind from all the things you’ve been doing that day, I really enjoy it. I also went through my personal (so not from our whole household) weekly trash again today and there is only one thing in there: a letter from the government. It’s about taxes and I am not able to cancel that letter so it’s okay. I will reuse or recycle it.
To start the day I went to the gym early to do some yoga class. Then I went home, changed, and off to the library! Another thesis day. At night, grandpa came by to have dinner with us. I realized that we almost never do that. When I live by myself one day I hope I will invite people to dinner regularly, since it’s some good quality time with friends and family. As I said, I had put some baking soda on that rug I bought, and it has not worked quite well. It hasn’t done the full job, so I will put on a new layer of baking soda soon (the idea I mentioned about the freezer is good as well, but our freezer is full at the moment, so). And hopefully, the smell will be gone then!
How has your week been?