Four Frugal Ways to Live More Sustainably

Each choice we make matters. Our choices as consumers come with costs to both ourselves and the earth. Choosing to live more sustainably can not only save the planet from damage, it can save you money. Let’s consider four areas where frugality and sustainable living meet. 1. DIY: Do-It-Yourself. What can you make yourself rather thanContinue reading “Four Frugal Ways to Live More Sustainably”

Why I ate a scorpion

Can bugs feed the world? Entomophagy for sustainability. Yep, that’s me taking a bite of a scorpion snack… bread, cream cheese, a big black arachnid… and I ate everything except the claws. It was … interesting… en·to·moph·a·gy /ˌen(t)əˈmäfəjē/ noun: the practice of eating insects, especially by people. Years ago friends in Minneapolis experimented with starting a businessContinue reading “Why I ate a scorpion”

Are you doing it for the coffee?

Is your motivation internal or external? Can you recall feeling like you couldn’t wait to jump out of bed? Was it yesterday, last month, several years ago? For me, it had been awhile. Most winter mornings I motivated myself with the thought of fresh coffee. Those days, I didn’t get up because I felt anContinue reading “Are you doing it for the coffee?”

Learning to wait in a world of instant gratification

We are living in a world of instant gratification, instant publication, instant notifications. Now, now, now… WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG?! If you’re creating online content, you’ve probably been advised to share strategically, at a time when you’re most likely to get views. Scheduling posts to publish later on WordPress, Medium or Instagram to maximizeContinue reading “Learning to wait in a world of instant gratification”

My (brief) tale of two cities

From small town girl to big city cyclist When I moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota I was clueless about city culture. Growing up in North Dakota with six siblings did not prepare me for navigating the life of a single college girl, alone in a metropolis. The Twin Cities, Minneapolis andContinue reading “My (brief) tale of two cities”

Lessons learned on two wheels

Triumphs and trials of a car-free cycling fanatic Flat tires, forgotten wallets, blizzards, thunderstorms, road ragers, dead cell phones… How do these problems affect cyclists differently than car drivers? I’ve learned first-hand the determination it takes to triumph, or at least survive, on two wheels. Some call it grit. Since selling my car and livingContinue reading “Lessons learned on two wheels”