A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist

A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist

August 3, 2019 100 By William Morgan


I usually wake up at 6 am, but Sunday’s are my lazy days so I got up at around 8 am.
I tied my hair with a Zero-waste wooden barrette instead of using a disposable hairband.
As soon as I wake up, I practice meditation every morning.
I’ve been doing it consistently for about 3 years and on and off before that.
I made the smudge stick with herbs that I collected from my garden and it’s made of sage, thyme, and rosemary.
I usually set up my meditation timer for about 10 to 15 minutes or do a short guided session
using the Insight Timer app.
After meditation, it’s yoga time!
So to prepare, I placed a few drops of rosemary essential oils into my nebulizer.
The scent is very calming and grounding.
I recently started drinking more water to better hydrate myself.
My yoga mat is foldable. So it’s very minimal, compact, and I can travel with it.
My sister also joined me for Yoga with Adriene.
I practice yoga
because it helps me release tension and it allows me to invite more nourishing movement to my daily routine.
But I try not to strive for the perfect
advanced pose because I want to focus on being gentle and
embracing the imperfection of my form.
Practicing every day really helps me stay in touch with my physical body so I can really listen to where I feel stiff and uneasy.
It’s actually very hot today maybe because I just did that yoga session.
It’s 47 degrees right now in Austin and
it’s gonna go up to 64 and it’s sunny!
I’m gonna change to another outfit something more summery, although it’s the
end of February. Something more summery and more light and breezy 🙂
Some of you want to know what’s exactly inside my closet.
I’ll share a full tour of my capsule wardrobe in my upcoming video.
I took some CBD oil as a supplement.
This one is 2500 mg in strength and it helps me feel less anxious and stressed
throughout the day. Before making breakfast, I watered my sprouting tray.
I’m currently growing some broccoli, radish, and mustard sprouts.
This one is made of terracotta clay and it’s pretty space-saving and I really love it.
Now for breakfast, I plan to make a simple smoothie in the morning.
I put chia seeds some bananas and some frozen strawberries.
I usually drink celery juice before eating anything
but we were out of celery so I just skipped it for now.
I’m currently growing vegetable seeds indoors
for my community garden. Which I went towards the end of the day to water the seeds and to check out my plot.
I later went out to the farmers market for a stroll and to get the kitchen knives sharpened.
We own an electric vehicle, which we got this year and we love it so far.
The charging port is in the front and it’s pretty easy to charge around Austin.
We went to the farmers market in Mueller Park and it was pretty packed since it was the weekends.
I also came here to buy some soap for washing my hair and body.
I’ve been doing no poo for several years and haven’t bought a package shampoo bottle or body wash for many years.
We first went to drop off the knives so we can look around for an hour.
So I decided to get some charcoal and hemp blended soap.
It wasn’t completely Zero-waste but the packaging was pretty minimal so I decided to get it.
We later went to the grocery store because the farmers market didn’t have much fruit options.
We got half a week’s worth of fruits and some celery finally!
I’ve been doing a mostly Fruitarian diet since last year.
I really love how simple my meals are because there’s no cooking involved.
These are all the packaging and the stickers that were left over.
I try to be Zero-waste wherever I can but it does get tough at times.
I had some watermelon and other fruit platters for lunch before heading out to my community garden.
But I also eat snacks in between and drink smoothies if I need to eat more during the day.
I got my biodegradable foam helmet and a recycled plastic bike bag.
I wanted to actually get a bamboo bicycle when I first moved to Austin from New York, but it wasn’t within my budget.
So I decided to buy one from a small company that’s based in the US.
I signed up for my community garden not long ago and it’s almost the last frost in Austin.
So I’m excited to put everything out and see some sprouts coming up right now.
I have some kale, lettuces, radishes, spinach, and
edible flower seeds in my plot.
I just love the idea of being in the process of growing what I eat and
also forming a deep connection with nature through plants.
I decided to get some more herbs to brew tea later in the day. I got some fresh organic sage and some peppermint.
The garden is conveniently pretty close to where I live. So I like to use my bike instead of the car.
Now I’m going to head out to my Sangha and this is where our practice and meditation,
mindfulness, and sharing with my community.
This time, I am the person to make tea this week, so I made
dandelion tea, so I hope everyone enjoys it!
I’ve been going to Sangha and really connecting with the people there every Sunday for about three months.
I just came back from my Sangha and it’s around 8 pm right now.
I’m just gonna have a quiet night after having dinner and I’m just drinking my sage tea that I
got from the community garden. I also added some mint herbs to it
so it tastes really good and its really relaxing and soothing.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope to see you again