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Arta Pretuirii de Sine – Respectul pe care ni-l datoram

“Respectându-te pe tine însuţi, impui respectul celorlalţi.”
– F. Dostoievski

Ce este stima de sine?

Toti avem momente in care ne lipseste increderea in fortele proprii si nu excelam la capitolul imagine de sine.
Astfel de momente sunt inevitabile, dar periculoase pentru sanatatea mentala, atunci cand se inradacineaza drept atitudini pe termen lung fata de propria persoana.

Stima de sine reprezinta parerea pe care o avem despre noi insine – cu cat aceasta este mai buna, cu atat ne putem bucura de o viziune pozitiva asupra vietii, o capacitate de rezilienta sporita, intelegere si toleranta fata de noi insine si fata de ceilalti, echilibru emotional si deschidere fata de nou.

La polul opus se afla stima de sine scazuta, determinata de o imagine de sine negativa, care conditioneaza un puternic sentiment de autocritica, lipsa de respect si acceptare fata de sine si fata de ceilalti, o igiena emotionala precara, frica de esec si teama de necunoscut.

Pozitionarea noastra fata de cei doi poli este determinata chiar de discursul interior pe care il avem fata de noi insine, fie el unul optimist, incurajator, motivant, sau, din contra, unul pesimist si excesiv de critic – ambele perspective au capacitatea de a pune in functiune motorul profetiilor autoimplinite – predictii a caror realizare o atragem in mod subconstient prin propriul nostru comportament.

Stima de sine influenteaza deci comportamentele – o imagine de sine pozitiva va insufla energie, entuziasm, determinare – ea sta la baza mindset-ului flexibil, care faciliteaza atingerea obiectivelor, transformand obstacolele in provocari si experientele negative in lectii; datorita ei, relatiile se desfasoara in mod armonios.

O imagine de sine negativa infraneaza actiunile si initiativele, anihileaza motivatia si alimenteaza speech-ul interior negativ, tinandu-ne captivi intr-o bucla a neimplinirii, un cerc vicios care nu face decat sa intareasca convingerile noastre limitative si sa ne saboteze succesul.

Dar, desi stima de sine presupune oglindirea in propria constiinta, daca vorbim despre un nivel ridicat de dezvoltare personala, atunci cand imaginea de sine nu este consolidata si depinde de validari externe, ea devine influentata de raportarea la exterior si implicit, de parerile celor din jur.

Succesul obtinut in acest caz ne poate oferi un plus de energie si motivatie, dar impactul lui creeaza dependenta, ceea ce va conditiona si starea de bine pe termen lung. Mai precis, exista multe persoane de succes care nu sunt deloc fericite, ci in interior se simt vulnerabile, nelinistite, traind intr-o permanenta incertitudine vis-a-vis de propria persoana.

Aceasta dinamica este evidenta mai ales in randul adolescentilor, pentru care imaginea de sine este dependenta de alinierea la anumite trenduri, in felul acesta vizand acceptarea sociala.

Acelasi principiu sta la baza perpetuarii unor comportamente de consum promovate de anumite branduri care folosesc influenceri ca mijloc de promovare pentru produse si servicii (de la make-up la haine si operatii estetice), avand in vedere ca, atata timp cat validarea vine din exterior, consumatorul va recurge la intarirea comportamentului de consum pentru a-si mentine imaginea de sine in conformitate cu standardele impuse ca fiind ideale.

De fapt, la baza unei stime de sine scazute stau experientele din copilarie, ea fiind determinata de mesajele pe care le primim despre noi de la parinti, rude, profesori, media, etc., in lipsa propriului sistem de valori la care sa ne raportam. Atunci cand suntem copii avem la indemana doar aprecierile parintilor la adresa noastra, o atitudine prea critica facandu-ne sa simtim ca nu suntem suficienti de buni.
Pe de alta parte, laudele nejustificate si atitudinea permisiva in exces pot facilita o imagine de sine foarte buna, dar exagerata si nerealista, care va atrage consecinte la fel de dramatice.

Stima de sine joasa nu numai ca ne blocheaza intr-un cerc vicios al convingerilor limitative, sabotandu-ne relatiile sociale, statutul profesional si sansa de a avea viata pe care ne-o dorim, dar ne pune in pericol si sanatatea mintala, conducand in unele cazuri la anxietate, depresie, comportamente deviante si adictii.

”Respectul de sine, conştiinţa de sine, controlul de sine, iată trei lucruri care ne fac puternici.”
– Alfred Tennyson

Cum putem sa avem o stima de sine sanatoasa?

Pentru a creste stima de sine, va propun cateva exercitii simple si va invit sa le incercati pe acelea cu care rezonati in cea mai mare masura.

1. Eliminarea convingerilor limitative

Pentru eliminarea unei convingeri limitative, pornim de la depistarea ei; aceasta se noteaza pe o hartie, urmand sa fie identificat momentul in care a fost initiata.
Urmatoarea etapa presupune evaluarea dovezilor care pun la indoiala convingerea negativa, urmata de pareri pozitive pe care le avem despre noi insine, intarite de parerile pozitive ale celorlalti – minim 5 pentru fiecare categorie.
Exercitiul se repeta in mod periodic, in scris, comparand apoi versiunile anterioare pentru urmarirea progresului realizat.

2. Identificarea punctelor forte

Acest exercitiu urmareste explorarea unei viziuni pozitive despre propria persoana, pornind de la intrebarile:
🔸 Care sunt cele 5 calitati pe care le apreciezi cel mai mult la tine?
🔸 Care sunt cele 5 reusite personale sau profesionale cu care te mandresti?

3. Factorul de unicitate

Exercitiul invita la construirea unei imagini autonome despre sine prin variantele de raspuns (minim 5) la intrebarea:
🔸 Prin ce sunt eu unic(a)?

4. Arta de a spune NU

Pornind de la identificarea a 5 situatii in care inabilitatea de a spune NU a condus la disconfort, se trec in revista, se reformuleaza si se exerseaza modalitati de a refuza anumite circumstante sau de a evita anumite situatii, in mod politicos, printr-un exercitiu de imaginatie.
🔸 Cum ar fi aratat situatia daca ai fi spus NU? Ce s-ar fi intamplat?
🔸 Ce beneficii ai avut sa spui DA? Dar sa fi spus NU?

5. Esec vs. Feedback

Pornind de la 5 situatii considerate drept “esecuri”, se exploreaza o perspectiva pozitiva asupra lor, identificand lectia de invatat si analizand conditiile care trebuie imbunatatite pentru a asigura succesul pe viitor.

In concluzie, stima de sine, adica cinstea si onoarea pe care o acordam propriei persoane si pretuirea fata de noi insine, include increderea in fortele proprii si respectul fata de sine.

O stima de sine sanatoasa deriva deci din sentimentul de siguranta care se intemeiaza pe resursele personale si pe o imagine de sine pozitiva si veritabila, independenta de mediul extern, atragand astfel profetii autoimplinite, care rezoneaza cu nivelul de unicitate si autenticitate al fiecaruia.

“Esenţa respectului de sine e să ai încredere în propriile-ţi simţiri, şi să fii convins că meriţi fericirea.”
– Nathaniel Branden

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Crisis is the Best Coach #7

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Hello sweethearts,

Following a brilliant week, sprinkled with joyous news and long awaited accomplishments, I have decided to celebrate the completion of the Interior Design Advanced Course provided by Designist.ro – Creative Learning with a cute memory made on the road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea on the West Bank of Israel, when I made friends with a camel and she smiled at me.
You might ask yourself how on Earth is the camel related to design, but a camel totem teaches the lesson of using resources frugally when necessary, just like the inner strength, internal fuel, work ethic, commitment, and positivity win the game of a successful endeavor in any field of interest or expertise.
The spiritual associations of the camel are accomplishment, adaptability, determination, justice, nobility, replenishment, resourcefulness, stamina and TRANSFORMATION.
Just like the Internet says – “Sit with the winners, the conversation will be different.”

#RoyalEndeavors #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

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Crisis is the Best Coach #6

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Happy Friday, darlings!

Please mind my lack of presence online but I have decided to make an appearance online only to celebrate my achievements.
I feel this is a wonderful opportunity to infuse my posts with more enthusiasm and make a greater use of my virtual persona, in order to inspire and motivate my audience during the age of changes and challenges.
That is what #CrisisIsTheBestCoach is all about – facing uncertainty with open minds for what lays in the silver lining of the events shaking reality and shaping history before our eyes.
One thing is certain – we all reign over our ability to invest time and attention in what matters the most or doesn’t at all, therefore we should use our resources wisely, think through and maintain calm.
These being said, today I am celebrating the completion of Coaching & Mentoring for Business Success Diploma Course provided by @Centre_of_Excellence with Distinction, receiving the feedback of a “superb result”.
Meanwhile, enjoy this accurate depiction of how I let my potential flourish as a referent authority during challenging times. I heard “With great power comes great responsibility” so I am definitely looking forward to applying a distinctive touch to the next professional role.

#PrincessaPetra #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

 

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Crisis is the Best Coach #5

Hello darlings,

Just in case you’ve missed me, I am constantly at home, with intermitent pauses of going out to take Joy around for a short walk in the neighbourhood.

The truth is I have been quite busy lately, taking online courses and working on the Interior Design Advanced Course, which is slightly more demanding than I expected. Not the styling itself or finding real products to fit my vision, but the dimensions and calculations are not my cup of tea.
I could certainly get better at them, no doubt, but it will take some time to furbish my skills and I am not sure I would like to invest it in this particular aim towards excellence. Perhaps real practice would be more appropiate in this case and I have big plans for my space(s) of living.
Let’s say I wish to make every corner of my tiny Bucharest studio instagrammable so that’s quite a complex mission, I assume.

The best thing about the course is that I work with experienced trainers and colleagues who are willing to guide me and provide their expertise, which is comforting and delightful.
I also cliqued with some of them immediately which has rarely happened to me lately. It’s a good sign I am getting back to that community feeling, which I missed out because of my former burn out. I am very glad that challenge is finally over.

I also seem to lack interest in taking new pics of myself, expecially selfies, just to keep up to virtual norms of social exposure.
What can I say – you must clearly take my word my beauty has remained unaltered since the isolation/quarantine has begun.
Now I even have more time to put on face masks and body creams, while I use no coverage/foundation/concealer.
It’s a win-win situation – I am satisfied with having my skin taking a relaxing break from make up and grateful I finally found a good reason not to touch it 🙂

I also can’t say I miss my old life since for the past year I’ve been successful at keeping myself isolated while I got my shxt together, although I do feel a new sense of purpose arising and a new perspective of life emerging.
I am glad it is applicable to everyone, even if this change is initiated “the hard way” – I was feeling quite lonely and out of tune because everyone was moving with the speed of light, while I was making efforts to stay still and listen to myself.
I feel an alignment taking place.

What we all can do during this time is a little visualization exercise called Life Vision, which is simple yet deeply positive and empowering. We can start by collecting a series of pics, quotes, words, anything that can relate to the future desire for ourselves once the quarantine is over. They can be related to food, workout, vacations, moods – anything that sparks joy and brings relief.
I use this as a valuable coaching tool, which is also fun and easy if you have a Pinterest account, Power Point and time to do a little matching game.
It’s a brilliant practice to keep the mind fit and the Law of Attraction working, moreover since we are not on the run anymore – now we can use the Law of Allowance for Manifestation to reach us.

Make a wish! xoxo

#PrincessaPetra #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

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Crisis is the Best Coach #1

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Hello darlings,

Although I have promised to deliver daily #CrisisIsTheBestCoach insights, I probably won’t, but still – let’s keep this space extra positive – I am sure if I don’t deliver daily words of wisdom, it’s probably because I am involved in a thorough self-education process.
You see, this is the best time not to waste it – almost everybody is at home, complaining about their uncomfortable lives even before interrupted by the global crisis. Now they wish they would have them back – that’s precisely why spiritual teachings preach and praise the art of GRATITUDE.
Newsflash, ladies and gentlemen, if you don’t like something, just change it.
Maybe not now, because you are in quarantine, but you surely have a lot of time to think about how you will shape your future reality.
Also, there are no more services delegated to outer sources – skills and creativity should come first at play in order to adapt and harmonize to this mindblowing context.
By the way, I can’t wait for this situation to be over so I could cut my hair.
I still need a professional touch to my image but while I am stuck at home, I will do my cosmetic maintainance by myself – it is what it is and my hair doesn’t really matter right now.
Why should I let it disturb me?
This attitude would totally work if I still had toxic people in my life – I also would have cut them off. Lucky me.
However, take my advice and see how you feel about certain people missing from your life, now that you are stuck in isolation and quarantine. It’s a good time to see if you are stuck with the right person/people, don’t you think?
The pandemic context has totally caught me by suprise, as I couldn’t have imagined the whole world would pause and actually reflect the mood I was in for the past year and a half. I hope everyone also reflects ON it. There is time for everything.
It is impressive to see a magical bitch slap given to fast living, fast food, fast everything and especially consumerism.
So many businesses, some not contributing at all to the world’s well-being and best interest, are challenged by this new economic threat – who would have thought industries, business owners and entrepreneurs would get this extra chance to reconsider their mission, vision, products and services? What about meaning, purpose and contribution? Those should be the new foundation of the New World arising from shedding the fake conditioning.
How anyone and everyone can make the most out of this disturbing crisis?
That is the question you could answer, if you all have the time to think.
I hear dolphins reappeared in Venice and the water is finally clear. People see the sky again and the air is fresh and clean. We can even hear the birds singing.
But still… In these troubled times, honesty matters the most  – who are you with?
I finally have a clear mental space to proceed taking the HarvardX Course online on Omens, Oracles & Prophecies.
What a great time to be alive, isn’t it?

#PrincessaPetra #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

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“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”

– Jalal Ad-Din Rumi

My beloved audience,

Welcome to another brilliant “Spiritual Fashion” enlightening episode, signed by your Hypeness, The One and Only, Higher Self(ish w/ her Energy), Queen P, hosted by the dazzling We Cafe, a cozy little piece of Heaven which accomodates creative evenings in the heart of Bucharest, this by taking into consideration I do find Tarot and Therapy to be among the extremely rewarding and highly creative fields of expertise, whose purpose is no different than my personal contribution to Humanity – self-realisation, growth and empowerment.

For this very special ocassion, I chose to dress up lightly, showcasing the impact of bold colors in creating a streetstyle that could match my increasing interest for eclectic harmony, one which could complement the warm and welcoming space of We Cafe with nothing but grace and beauty.
I am particularly pleased of how I refrained myself from adding too many eye-catching details to this styling, so I could accentuate the high class elegance of the Pringle of Scotland cashmere two tone schal. This reminds me of the greatest time I had in Scotland, an unforgettable journey and a spectacular country I would love to see again.

Photography: Volker Vornehm // @volker.vornehm

#PrincessaPetra #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

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“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
– Criss Jami

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to introduce the first photo shooting of 2020 highlightening the fabulous collaboration with my favorite photographer, Volker Vornehm, after an year (+) absence from the attention of social media.
This enlightening edition was brilliantly hosted by one of the most surprising interior decor vintage shops in Bucharest, Circa 1703-3071, a fabulous treasure hunt hidden in the proximity of Club Fabrica, where you can both admire and purchase a bold collection of peculiar ceramics and one-of-a-kind glass chandeliers and lamps, which can easily become the central piece and the big IT in your ambIenT.
It won’t hurt if you try to cast an eye around in this majestic boutique and meet & greet the lamp master – Laura Paraschiv, who was a flawless host and very sweet!

I must admit I stepped into 2020 with a big hit, as I graced Volker’s invitation to make the first working Monday of the year a memorable win, even though doing what I love meant waking up at 4 in the morning to catch the train to B City for this shooting only. After a three hours train ride, two cups of coffee and a rise of my self-esteem, I was sure I can make a blast of what I’ve got, in spite of little sleep and only two days of wardrobe brainstorming.
I might have borrowed 3/4 of my outfit from Queen Mum because style runs in the family – the skirt, the shawl and the belt do not pertain to me, but with a great chance of becoming so, if I insist.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
– Francis Bacon

Photography: Volker Vornehm // @volker.vornehm

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Royal Endeavors – Istanbul – The Ultimate Shopping Guide

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“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
– Alphonse de Lamartine

My esteemed audience,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the final part of the discovery journey delving deep into the fullfiled wishes of the mesmerizing city of Istanbul – I promise this enchanting post to be a delight for the sight and food for your souls. Given my latest tendency to sprinkle wits and bites of conscious shopping over my Royal Endeavors events, while still promoting chic means of sustainability one can easily afford, I made the commitment to deliver an exclusive www. episode on the Ultimate Guide of Shopping, dedicated to the art lovers and thrill seekers willing to expand their horizons and beautify their homes.

In a world struggling to overcome the last bursts of consumerism shoved down our throats through aggressive media and misinformation, the art of making conscious choices becomes a gift, a blessing and a purpose.
I honor the difference of opinions and perspectives but that doesn’t have to lead to a lack of personality while emphasising a casual taste just to fit into a predefined mould, therefore I am willing to promote handicrafts which will definitely capture everyone’s attention, rich in aspects regarding tradition and symbolism.

I believe an elegant manner to support the countries we are visiting is to invest in their local services and manufacturing, as means to keep traditional art alive and solid. I kindly advise you not to settle for the Chinese cheaper souvenirs, when you can make memories count with handcrafted ceramics and luxurious textiles.

Every choice matters and traveling certainly opens the universe of self-awareness, deepening senses, refining tastes and strengthening cultural awareness and diversity, thus contributing to a country’s sense of sustainability.

Once you witness the beauty of Turkey in all its glory, it will be hard to leave the sweet memories behind without purchasing some Turkish souvenirs to spark conversations and act as a magical portal that is reminiscent of the wonders you had experienced.
Please remember everything is negotiable to an extend of -50%, unless clearly specified otherwise.

“All other cities are mortal, but I think Istanbul shall be eternal as long as mankind exists.”
– Petrus Gyllius

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Royal Endeavors – Sights and Delights: The Flavors of Istanbul

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“Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.”

– Edmondo De Amicis

Ladies and gentlemen,

One thing is certain – never have I delivered so many Royal Endeavors signature episodes than in the past year, which, on an individual level, proves my increasing level of self-awareness and demonstrates an unshakable dedication to provide generous knowledge and solid inspiration for my beloved audience.
That is because Royal Endeavors is a lifestyle concept, a unique form of giving what has been taken with an extra touch of artistry, a refined channel to convey insights for impact and subconsciously convert the non-believers to a superior form of being one with their surrounding beauty, a belief that seeks to powerfully support and gently transform the collective perspective on the Art of Living in alignment with Honor, Purpose and Authenticity.

I warmly invite you to walk closely during this fabulous journey, which will be rather short, as I am planning to provide my precious insights for The Ultimate Shopping Guide in Istanbul separately. Please take into account it was probably my third time visiting this breathtaking city, therefore some of its main attractions which I strongly advise you to consider on your first time will not be covered at this time. For example, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Süleymaniye Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Maiden’s Tower are an absolute must, although I haven’t included them in the tales of this 6 days tour. Nevertheless, I promise to delight you with the majestic Hagia Sophia, all three Bazaars, a Bosphorus Cruise sprinkled with visual memories, a glimpse of the somptuos Beylerbeyi Palace and the incredible Intangible World Heritage Dervish Experience at Hodjapasha Theatre.

Let’s indulge together in the immense greatness of this unforgettable city, which never ceases to fascinate millions of tourists every year with its majestic architecture and luxurious experiences. One visit is never enough to taste its mystical flavors and enjoy the fabulous sightseeing therefore you can always find another reason to wander around its vibrant streets and connect to the energy of its intense living.

“To the one in the skies, this city must look like a scintillating pattern of speckled glows in all directions, like a firecracker going off amid thick darkness. Right now the urban pattern glowing here is in hues of orange, ginger, and ochre. It is a configuration of sparkles, each dot a light lit by someone awake at this hour. From where the Celestial Gaze is situated, from that high above, all these sporadically lit bulbs must seem in perfect harmony, constantly flickering, as if coding a cryptic message to God.”
– Elif Shafak

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Royal Endeavors x Absolut – The Art of Conscious Shopping

“If one cares about the earth – if one respects nature – it is better to consume vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. If you care about the planet and wish to adopt an earth-friendly lifestyle, it is advisable to focus only secondarily on the car that you drive, or recycling, or turning off lights and turning down heat, and primarily on what you buy at the grocery store. What we eat has a much greater impact on the environment.”
– Lisa Kemmerer

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the very special edition of Royal Endeavors, a one-of-the-kind episode but the first-from-many to follow, exclusively dedicated to promoting sustainability and the art of circular living.
For this meaningful episode I have teamed up with Absolut Vodka, whose vision of environmental protection manifests through the official launch of the limited edition Absolut Comeback bottles, made out of 41% recycled glass, just like all Absolut bottles.

Together with Absolut and empowered by their step-by-step guide to circular living, I have embarked on a personal journey to support the mission of all Recycling Heros around the world seeking to make a positive difference and bring their valuable environmentally friendly contribution to the world.

Please feel free and confident to implement any of the following small but important steps suggested by The Guide to Circular Living – the collective effort of Absolut and other inspirational minds from across the sustainability and creative industries, which brings together hacks and insights from Recycling Heros, such as zero waste pioneer Lauren Singer, environmental journalist Lucy Siegle and the founders behind brands from across the globe including Veja, Courri, Dandy Buenos Aires, The Green Hustle, Karma, Ocean Bottle, House of P and The Van Effect.

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“All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.”
– Victor Hugo

We will dive deeply into the Celebration of Recycling Guide by pointing out the pressure our beautiful planet is under and that every effort, even the smallest step taken into the direction of environmental responsibility counts decisively to the Greater Good of Society.

Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Recycling Heros – brands and organisations working around the world to make life more fair, circular and clean, as well as more stylish and enjoyable, we are presented a collection of easy-to-implement life hacks, which will also remind us of the opportunity to think differently about our resources and how we consume products, as we are all invited to approach behavioral change with creativity and flair.

We will start over with some simple wins and progressing to more challenging commitments along the way.

🥤 We can all avoid single use plastic by investing in reusable water bottles and coffee cups. If they are made by steel, like The Ocean Bottle, designed in Norway, it can be reused 1000s of times. What is even cooler about The Ocean Bottle is that every bottle funds the collection of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles in rivers and coastal communities around the world. Win-Win! Also, you don’t really need that plastic straw when you go out to drink responsibly, do you?

👚 There is no need to compromise our fashion style when we seek to support environmental care, but we could plan to rewear each piece multiple times, a small hack to avoid energy and water consumption so we should get ready to set a new personal record for number of wears before the pieces hit the laundry.

👜 A new popular trend in Romania is the the intent to drive single-use plastic shopping bags to extinction. This can be done by carrying our own cloth foldable version in our pockets, not only for shopping groceries, but for clothes and household items, too.

🍊 In order to avoid plastic use for wrapper fruits and vegetable, we can try buying directly from a local farm and farmer’s market that is plastic free.

🦷 Unfortunately, almost every disposable plastic toothbrush we’ve ever owned still exists, therefore a good solution would be swapping out the plastic disposable toothbrush for a bamboo version, whose nylon bristles could be cut off in order for it to be also used as a plant market, when we need to replace it.

🚴‍♀️ The best choice in the line of low impact to environment is cycling, which also proves to be very beneficial in the transformation of cities towards a safety driven approach to transportation.

🚰 There is no need to buy water bottles when the municipal one is treated to drinkable standards, a detail which can always be checked with the local water company if we are unsure. Moreover, if prefer water cold but intend to prevent the waste of tap water until it is cool, we can always pop the glass in the fridge.

🛒 Another simple measure we can take is to prioritize glass, paper and aluminum when we are shopping, because glass jars can be rinsed clean and reused or put into recycling when we have finished with them, while paper and aluminium are often more easily recycled than different types of plastic. To ‘live circular’, we need to choose simple materials that we know can be recycled into other products.

🚃 We can commit to making three journeys pollution-free every week by walking, cycling, taking the bus or using public transport, instead of jumping into a taxi or our own petrol or diesel car.

🌳There are many opportunities to support positive change with every step we take or even with every click we make, such as using a search engine that does something positive for the planet. For example, the revenue from searches made on Ecosia goes to planting trees. There are also music festivals and gatherings around the world supporting this movement.

🤳 We should take every opportunity we can to save energy. Mobile phones are more energy efficient than TVs or laptops, so we can use the phone for streaming. Also, streaming from Wi-fi uses less energy than using 3G or 4G.

🍓 Given the unfortunate fact nearly 50% of all the fruit and vegetables grown in the world are wasted, we can initiate a zero waste approach by starting small. As it is easy to forget to eat fruit, we can give it a second change when it goes past its best by chopping it up and freezing it to be used later in smoothies. Whether we’re pickling, fermenting or just simply freezing, we can all learn to respect our ingredients, live seasonal, buy local and preserve.

🍽 A life hack to little waste is the investment in store-cupboard essentials that are multi functional and natural, such as baking soda, which is one of the most versatile tools and totally plastic free, an antibacterial and a salt which can be used for everything from a spot treatment to a scuff remover and deodorant.

👓 Eye glasses can be both a fashion statement and an eco-friendly alternative to disposable contact lenses. Research from Arizona University shows that billions of contact lenses are being washed into waterways each year, where they degrade into tiny pieces of plastic called micro plastics.

👗 Taking into consideration the world produces over 100 billion new garments using resources like water, energy, cotton and oil and we’re increasingly trashing our clothes after they’ve hardly been worn, we can devote to cherish them more by using the ‘30 wears rule’ to slow down the cycle. If we can’t commit to wearing a new piece of wardrobe we intend to buy for more than 30 times as an absolute minimum, we don’t really need it and must walk on by.

🍔 Meat and dairy can be stretched by mixing with other ingredients; for instance, when making hand-make burgers, meat can be mixed with half seasoned and cooked mushrooms; butter can go further by mixing in olive oil.

👞 If something gets broken, we should make three attempts to get it repaired, whether we are talking about hair straighteners, a bicycle or a sports shoes where the sole has fallen off. Keeping stuff in circulation is key in our mission towards a more circular world, which also empowers small organizations like Community Repair Cafes, where those who are good at mending volunteer their time.

💆‍♀️ Beauty routine can be made more circular by swapping out single-use cotton wool pads (which normally contain some plastic) with reusable pads or cloths made from from organic cotton. We can also exclude wet wipes from the routine, as they are made of plastic polymers, do not degrade and can cause havoc when flushed into sewerage systems.

👔 Laundry habits can be changed by using grated laundry soap instead of commercial powder, and white vinegar instead of fabric softener to make a standard wash greener. Given the fact the delicate wash cycle in a washing machine can release up to 800,000 tiny fragments of microplastics into waterways and use twice as much water as a standard laundry cycle, it is also recommended to hand wash our delicate pieces of clothing in the sink.

🧖🏻‍♀️ Changing the beauty consumers’ behavior can proceed by swapping in a good old fashioned bar of soap and shampoo and conditioning bars, instead of taking in a multitude of different plastic bottles. Please remember planet-friendly showers are 3-5 minutes long!

🌴 A great environmental awareness skill we should start developing is taking note of the ingredients labels on food, clothes and cosmetics. As palm oil – an ingredient
in so many of our consumer products, including soap and potato chips – is connected with driving deforestation and habitat loss, we can avoid using it by checking the words Palm, Stear, Laur or Glyc on the labels.

🍶 To be truly circular we not only need to recover and recycle materials but transform the recycled content into new things. Absolut celebrates recycling with the new limited edition bottle that is made with more than 41% recycled glass, just like all Absolut bottles. Finding value for other types of waste is also a commitment made by environmental initiative Healthy Seas, which works with volunteer divers to recover lost fishing nets made from plastic that are then regenerated into brand new yarn (everything from socks to jackets made from recovered marine plastics).

We have to make the best of what we have in order to achieve our true potential are words to live by in what concerns sustainability, a movement which spans larger than just being resourceful about food. If we want something to be sustainable we need balance, making sure the resources needed don’t outstrip
the resources available.

🧶 Knowing how to sew a hem or mend your trousers is empowering! Once we are able to make simple alterations, a whole world of second hand thrift-store clothing opens up to you because we don’t need to search for the exact size anymore.
To be noted, the secondhand economy – a $24 billion market as of 2018 – is projected to grow to nearly 1.5 times the size of fast fashion (retailers with high turnaround and lower prices, like Zara and H&M) within the next 10 years, hitting a $64 billion evaluation, thredUp reports.

🌊 We can all contribute to cleaning movements and initiatives happening in our areas, whether in cities or at the beach, since 8-12 million tons of plastic enter the global ocean system every year. Far from being just litter picking, the initiative of the international beach clean movement brings people together to collect and analyse rubbish from beaches all over the world, their valuable collected data being used to turn the tide on plastic waste around the world.

🥦 Every kitchen needs a bit of greenery, so why not grow herbs at home in a simple plan pot? They can last for months and regrow nicely. And let’s not forget the decorative factor, too.

✈️ By planning purchases ahead and being a less demanding online shopper, when choosing a longer delivery time, we contribute less to the increased demand for carbon-intensive air freighted goods provided through the super fast, premium delivery services.

👖 As jeans are thirsty items, using 919 gallons of water in their lifetime per pair, we should wear them as long as possible between washes. Nearly a quarter of that water consumption depends on how we wear them and for how long. The tip to freshen up jeans some re-wearers swear by is putting jeans in the freezer to freshen or hanging them outside to diminish bacteria.

👣 We are also encouraged to travel local and take it slow, while exploring our surrounding landscape or local attractions without having to use the plane to enjoy nice spots and visit places.

👘 Unfortunately fashion is one of the most polluting industries on earth therefore we all could use creativity to add value to old pieces by transforming them, for instance using eco-friendly dyes to create a pattern on a stained T-shirt.

💨 Another way to stay fresh, natural and keep a zero-waste standard is by making your own deodorant in a reusable glass jar, by mixing 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of shea butter and adding 5-10 drops of essential oils, as per Lauren Singer’s recipe.

🍂 As the humble backyard compost bin is the unsung hero of sustainable living, it is also where we can convert coffee and tea grounds, leaves and fresh grass into rich mulch that can be dug back into soil during the growing season.

💻 It is important to be keep ourselves informed from reliable and scientific sources about the environmental politics of our national government and how it is taking action to confront the climate crisis. We can always demand change and actions to be taken if we feel there isn’t enough progress.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 When we have done everything we can individually, we should think of how we can be part of something bigger, by plugging into local and global campaigns for change, as collective action is how we can get greater results.

I will also add my personal contribution to support sustainable fashion by bringing to light some aspects everybody should hear in order to be stylish and still lower the impact fashion has on the environment. We have already discussed how to avoid resources consumption, the 30 wears rule of new items and the involvement of creativity and the impact of transformation in giving clothing a new opportunity to shine.

Although I do not refrain from buying new fashion items, I prefer pre-owned and vintage clothing as it had already proved to be quality high and resistant in time.
I refresh thrift garments by bringing them to eco-friendly professional washing and treating soft materials with lanolin in order to span their lifetime in my wardrobe.
I also do not throw away clothing – I either donate it or use certain natural fabrics as cleaning cloth.

🕯Since we have discussed washing clothes already takes a toll on the environment through the use of water, electricity and toxic detergents, we can always switch to green laundry detergents.

💡 We can always show appreciation to brands which are considerate of humanity and environment by knowing which philosophy to support through our purchases.

💰 Whether through swapping items or making pre-owned shopping choices, we can save the negative impact of production, as the items we buy already exist. Quality is key in slow fashion, an environment friendly movement as it involves the production of fewer items. Of course, it is a rather difficult approach if we change styles, but that is why smart investments should be made in items that never go out of fashion.

🎓 Ensuring fair wages supports education and directly improves worker’s quality of life, promoting happiness and less conflicts in the world. It is always wise to check a brand’s “About Me” website section to see how well treating employees fairly fits into their philosophy.

🍄 The negative environmental impact caused by animals dying and suffering for the sake of fashion can be prevented by going vegan. Of course, this requires a bit of awareness and further label checking, as only innovative materials like pinatex, lenzing tencil, cork, seacell, mycoworks (mushroom skin) and brands that use recycled materials do have a positive impact on the environment. Plastic and non biodegradable alternative fibers used to replace animal based products don’t.

🛫 Local production proves to be environmentally friendly as well in the line of fashion, as it involves less CO2 put out by transportation and supports small businesses and local designers.

🥋Although I am not a great fan of Minimalism, having as little as possible drives less consumption. The only possible way to do it right is not by discarding the non-essential but by wearing what you already have as much time until you need another item of the same kind.

👕 Organic (cotton) is always better, as well as tencil, lensing, and hemp which offer comparable qualities and need less water for production. Organic cotton saves us from pesticides, it is better for our health, the land of the farmers and wildlife, if it is not dyed and treated with toxic chemicals. It still involves a significant water consumption. For example, producing just one kilogram of cotton takes 20 thousand liters of water.

🤷‍♀️ Recycled materials, however, are waste reducing. With recycled PET we become less reliant on on fossil fuels, which leads to the reduction of GHG emissions. Since these can sometimes use as much water and chemicals as producing new items, we should deeply consider if the quality of the new item made of recycled fabrics will last more than just a few seasons and it is not a time bound design.

💯 Only 100% materials can be recycled, as there is no technology at the moment to separate blended fibers (mixed materials). This means we should turn away from pieces which are, for example, 80% cotton/wool/anything and 20% something else.

These being said, I hope you have enjoyed this powerful read on sustainability and find the lifestyle hacks easy to implement. Every action towards environmental responsibility makes a difference and together we are even more powerful and committed to come forward to rejoice, as by every choice we make, the Earth is becoming greener.

“The paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. Such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.”
– I.I. Gitelson

Yours Faithfully,
The Queen of All Queens,
Your beloved Highness,
Princess P.
💜

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