The office I currently work in is paperless, in theory. There are still printers, and occasionally you see people taking notes the old fashioned way, with pen and paper. But digital is encouraged over analogue. From an environmental perspective, this is really good. Less trees required. Not to mention less of all the side effects usually associated with the paper production, delivery and recycling process. As someone who is actively trying to live with less things, and to create less waste, I have embraced a paperless existence wholeheartedly. Oh wait, that was not me!
Attempting to eat more nourishing food has brought me a joy for cooking that I have not experienced since I was a child. For most of my adult life, cooking was simply a way to get full for less money than eating out. Or worse, to get a quick sugar-fuelled energy boost. These days, I challenge myself to cook meals that are both nourishing and taste good (almost) every day. It gives me great pleasure, as does going to farmers markets, and to health food focused shops, cafes and restaurants. Eating more nourishing food has also been the catalyst for a lot of other small changes I have made in my life.
Try it: Make an effort to "crowd in" nourishing ingredients to as many meals as you can, and take your friends and family along on your journey.
A small step might not seem like much. Choosing to cook a healthy meal at home rather than getting take out. Bringing our reusable grocery bags to the shops one time instead of packing in flimsy plastic bags. Decluttering one drawer in the kitchen. Saying no to one engagement to spend time with friends and family. But the thing is, taking small intentional steps adds up to big changes over time. This blog, and @the_smallist Instagram, is a collection of small steps you and I can take to be more intentional in our lives. It’s about having less things, creating less waste, slower living and eating healthier (mostly vegetables).