How To Live A Sustainable Lifestyle

16 May 2020 by M (Mangla) Bansal


A few years ago, I taught 12 at-risk youth how to make films on their own stories (took them through a life coaching process first) and then paired them up with 12 senior citizens so that they could learn how to tell another person's story. I called the project, "What Generation Gap?" and worked with The Surrey School Board and City of Surrey to bring it into our local community. The youth learned A LOT in the 4 week summer program, but I think the most valuable lesson that I personally I taught them, is what I would like to share with you today through this post. 

The Sustainable Life App™'s entire purpose is to encourage, inform and inspire!

So many of us fill our feed with (pardon my language) crap. We probably follow celebrities who are full of botox, face covered with chalked-on cosmetics and who advertise for fast fashion and/or brands who are selling quantity over quality. And if you are like me and don't follow such accounts but for whatever reason they come up in your search feed along with a bunch of Beyonce performance videos (ugh stop exploiting my love of Beyonce's music INTERNET!), it can at times feel difficult to avoid it. 

I have no magic formula for avoiding the crap and negative influences that surround us constantly. We have TV ads, radio/podcast ads, we go to the grocery store and we're exposed toproducts at every corner and general mind numbing "stuff" everywhere we go. The truth is that we can't change everything else and we can only really change ourselves when our "should" becomes a "must". 

If you're reading this blog maybe your at the "should" phase. Or perhaps you've already incorporated a lot of what I'm about to share and you're living in a "must" place. Either way - own where you're at and I hope your journey is a splendid one. 

Print the above chart and assess your life as you read the blog post below. OR get the blank of a piece of paper (maybe even the back of one that you were going to recycle to be TOTALLY eco friendly), and fold it into 8 squares. 

1. PEOPLE

"Most people's lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group." ~ Tony Robbins

I chose the above photo because we are so much more than just our immediate family members and our closest friends (although they make up a big part of who we are). We are also surrounded by colleagues, cousins, aquaintances, romantic partners, exercise group buddies, friends of friends and oh so much more. 

Tony Robbins teaches that "proximity is power" - meaning, if you want to truly achieve a goal, you need to surround yourself with inspirational and motivational people who will help you get there. I am NOT saying ditch your closest friend though! Sure he may not have his life together but perhaps he happens to be the most hilarious person you know and he fills YOUR LIFE with laughter and joy. What I AM saying is don't let those in your circle bring you down. And who knows, maybe if you start down a path towards living a more sustainable and happier life, those around you might become inspired to do the same? 

 

2. TV, MOVIES, VIDEOS (Video games can go here too)

"Sometimes I look around my living room and the most real thing in the room is the television. It's bright and vivid, and the rest o my life looks drab. So I turn the damn thing off. That does it every time. Get my life back." ~ Michael Crichton.