#1: short notes to the everyday people who do good

Voting with your dollar is one of the easiest ways to show your love and demand for something. From a small business standpoint, it means all the difference between allowing them to continue their vision and sinking under the water.

A healthier, cleaner lifestyle can be kickstarted by supporting more local markets, artisans, producers, and businesses. It’s one way to live a more giving lifestyle—not only for yourself, but for everyone involved down the supply chain.

*But, just because a business or practice is local doesn’t always mean they care.

Submit your notes to design healthier and more conscious lifestyles over at hellodoublecow@gmail.com to be featured in a future post!

Picture painting

Like each brush stroke leading to a large piece of finished artwork, the small steps and the day-to-day counts. It’s also equally as important to look to the bigger picture, where the day to day amounts to, and why it matters.

What picture are you painting?

Tea leaves and sustainability

Watching tea leaves uncurl in hot water isn’t particularly interesting. The progress takes on its own pace, and there’s no real outcome in waiting.

Likewise, waiting for culture to change takes a long time. The one thing that speeds up the process are trends, and trends come in waves which speeds up the uncurling, expanding, and brewing process. And, they don’t last for a long time.

We need lots of tea and hot water to help the culture of environmental sustainability uncurl and become stained into our lifestyles.

Overcluttered

So much has evolved and transformed throughout the years with technology, social media, and the way we work, but in the centre of it all we’re still very much the same. We’re still people, and we still need our basic necessities: water, food, shelter, safety, and security. Our minds can only handle and process a few pieces of information at once yet we are bombarded by thousands of pieces of marketing content per day.

Take it slow, and appreciate what you already have around you.

To the ones with young minds at heart

Hey you there,

The one with the books in your hand with a thousand fresh ideas, wondering how you’re going to help change the world.

You’re somebody who wants to constantly learn and grow yourself and the people around you. You have heart and care about the world in a peculiar way.

We could do more if we had people like you everywhere.

Let’s face it. We need people to solve people problems. And if you care, that gives you a huge advantage.

It’s a big place, but there’s lots more people out there willing to join and help.

Will you start something today?

Cue wise old auntie

It begins when we change what we think, but things truly start when we act on the things that we think. Here comes the age-old saying, our actions speak louder than words.

Intentions matter for only so long. When we intend to create better transportation infrastructure for a city, to make traffic more efficient, safer, and on time, delays and cancellations communicate that we never intended to do any of it in the first place.

That’s why when Magali Lafleur from Find Your Alternative and I wanted to make an environmental difference in Toronto, we’re going hands-in-dirt into cleaning up our city’s parks with our community.

Two everyday citizens wanting better, where we can make an immediate difference.

If you want to join us, the event is today. We’re meeting up at 6:30 by Trinity Bellwoods Park by Queen St. and Strachan Ave. We’ll see you there!

Think, say, do

Everything counts (who’s counting?)

The details matter (says who?)

We can do it if we try (do you really think so?)

The fact of the matter is, nothing counts only if you think it doesn’t; the details are worthless if you think the attention should be focused on elsewhere; and if you won’t be someone who tries, who will?

What we think should match up to what we say, and what we say should reflect what we do.