Live Life in Sustainable Style Issue 3

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Sustainable Style ISSUE 3: MARCH 2021



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Going mono with hearing has had its surprising challenges in areas I wouldn't have predicted to be associated with hearing, such as: learning to walk and balance again, having no idea where my phone is in bed when the alarm is going off, checking multiple times all ways before crossing roads so I don't get hit by a surprise car, and guessing my way through conversations held anywhere near an air conditioner or the blender at a smoothie bar. Thankfully I wasn't alone in my shift to a new way of living. We collectively faced a crisis that dramatically changed how we live. From love and loss to celebration and devastation, our March 2020 self would hardly recognise the person we are today. As people who have grown in vulnerability and resilience.

Experiences come from the world around us in 360 degrees. We absorb them actively or subconsciously through our complete immersion in the day-to-day. In 2021 it feels like complete immersion might be bordering on saturation point. Our real-world has collided with virtual worlds in an entanglement that makes it hard to define where our arm ends and the phone in our hand starts. This entanglement of our real self and virtual self's experiences can be exciting, overwhelming, anxiety-inducing or exhausting. It's just as easy for us to shop straight from the catwalk as it is to watch natural disasters from the other side of the globe as they unfold. There is an endless stream of emotive news, products, and services at the tips of our fingers connected to the earbuds in our ears, our cars entertainment system, our work laptop, or the watch on our wrist. It seems, now more than ever before, that society is living with the stereo cranked to full volume. This march I'm celebrating a shift. The movement from stereo-at-full-volume to a quiet world with altered dimensions. It's been one year since I lost my hearing (which happened suddenly overnight) and my world, our world, changed. As I sit to write this Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi plays in my mind: 'Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you got 'til it's gone'.

We've seen how easily our planet can recover if given time for change. The Global call for equality has been so loud that it's been impossible to ignore (even to a half deaf woman standing in a café next to a blender and an air-conditioner). Our collective experience of this pandemic has been a call to be more mindful. Of ourselves. The Planet. Others. This is why this month we're focusing on March, Mindfully. For us, this means mindfully: Returning to social media in our own time. Releasing our exciting self-coaching planner when it's ready to go live. Sharing tools you can use in an organised way. I hope that we can March, mindfully, with you towards life in Sustainable Style.




A Note from Katie..................................................................................... 1 Catch Up on Last Month's Content....................................................... 3 Our March Magazine................................................................................. 7 Coach Yourself for Sustainable Living............................................... 8 Everday Sustainability.............................................................................. 12 Mindfulness ............................................................................................... 13 Being an Ally to BIPOC ............................................................................ 15 Our Self-Coaching Planner...................................................................... 17 Mindful Reading......................................................................................... 21 Next Month.................................................................................................. 25

From Our Community

Sustainability in Style is all about sharing, and we love seeing how you use our tools. Here’s some highlights from our February communications. Our sewing and fitness-obsessed friend @sit_stitch_knit made our upcycled bolster in her unique oval ended denim incarnation.

We’ve been running the Read-Live Zoom book club focusing on Me and White Supremacy through February and March. Our Book Club friend Lis provided us with this wonderful resource she uncovered for learning about others lived experiences.


CATCH UP What You Loved Last Month

Last month, we focused on helping uncover what ‘Sustainable Self’ means to you and how you can support yourself to take action in Sustainable Style without becoming overwhelmed or burnt out. Here are some of the highlights of the content that you found to be most valuable in Feb.


WTF is

Sustainable Self? If you haven’t already noticed, we often talk of ‘Sustainable Self’ here at Sustainability in Style. If you’re wondering WTF is Sustainable Self, then we’ve got the ideal read for you!



We loved hearing how you were using our 'Kiss Eco-Overwhelm Goodbye' worksheet. From walks in nature to cooking a healthy meal or meditating, you've provided fantastic feedback about how you combat stress and overwhelm. If you haven't grabbed a copy of this FREE worksheet, follow the link to get yours today!



make a notebook cover with our DIY


Find some time for mindful rest with our sound bowl meditation YES PLEASE





Be Kind

Our March Magazine

This month differs a little from our previous two issues. In January and February, we provided a campaign-based offering. If you’re new to our Magazine, our campaigns are themed (usually with an associated hashtag) and may have been running on our website and socials for several years. For our March issue, we’ve opted out of campaigns to share some of the behind the scenes here at Sustainability in Style in readiness to launch our new creative baby, the Time is a Non-Renewable Resource, self-coaching sustainability program and planner. In this issue you will also find links to mindfulness-based downloads, tools, musings, and resources. One of our favourites is the Mindful Reading challenge with a free download and a program that you can take part in starting today!


Meditate to increase your mental and emotional resilience. Stop and take a breath when overwhelm sets in.


Lifelong learning increases your critical thinking prowess. When information gets too much critical thought processes can reduce overwhelm.


Make and mend things with your own hands and reduce your consumer impact. Use craft to get into ‘flow’ when feeling stressed.


Einstein famously stated that “Play is the highest form of research” Through play we find new solutions to wicked problems and reduce stress.


Reading allows us to gain a deeper understanding, increase empathy, and expand/challenge norms. Read to relax when stressed or gain clarity.


Sharing your Sustainably Stylish journey in a kind and empathetic way can inspire others. Having a support network when stressed is essential!


Sedentary lifestyles and overconsumption put strain on our planet and our mental and physical health. Stretch your body and mind to reduce stress.


Material culture and personal identity construct are part of how we go through daily life. Craft a sustainably stylish path that suits who you are.

Have you seen our eightpart toolkit for reducing eco-overwhelm? We’ve included the eight themes throughout this magazine (look for stars that match the colours) to help you identify what tools you might want to consider harnessing. Make notes (on your free Kiss Eco Overwhelm Goodbye downloadable worksheet) of the tools you choose to use and how they impact on your key stressors. 7



With Katie We’ve been working hard behind the scenes here at Sustainability in Style for around six months to bring our self-coaching sustainability planner and coursework to you. It’s been a labour of creative love for our small team and our founder, Katie, is here to answer your questions about it. I haven’t seen you on social media for a few weeks, where have you been? Thanks to all those who have been reaching out via socials to see what’s been happening behind the scenes of Sustainability in Style. Ged, Sebastian and I have been working hard at getting our first ever product-based creative baby ready for you. The process began last year when I was tired of juggling multiple worksheets, journals, diaries and notebooks to organise, strategise, and reflect on my sustainability mission. Those of you who have been following Sustainability in Style for a while now will know that we’ve created our unique approach to taking action in Sustainable Style based on our Values Motivators, our tool-kit, and 8

downloadable worksheets. I use this approach daily to keep myself motivated to work on Sustainability in Style, keep my day job happening, teach my lovely students at USC, and maintain some work/life balance. To manage all this, I was using two diaries, a planner, and three separate notebooks. I had a brainwave to bring this all together as a self-coaching tool. The idea gained traction as I shared it with our team, and I worked for months to get this creative vision together. We opted for self-publishing to maintain creative license over the structure and content, which meant that proofing and print layout was all in our hands. With the help of Ged and under the watchful eye of Sustainability in Style manager Seb (dog), we orchestrated the creation of the Time is a Nonrenewable Resource Planner. We somehow managed to stay on socials during this time, it was challenging when I was redoing layouts for printers until 2 am for a couple of months, but the last few weeks, I needed a time out from communications. During this downtime, I’ve been working on the online component of this self-coaching program, which teaches you the details of how to use the planner, and offers extra hints, tricks, tips and ideas—linking all the content back with our ever-evolving website offerings. In between all this, we’ve been making time for adventures in nature and taking some time out to reflect on the crazy year I’ve had losing my hearing, closing Mindful Living HQ due to COVID-19, and the ebb-and-flow of research, teaching, and where to next. Can I read your book? This question is asked often, and the answer is yes and no! I’m excited to be here sharing the details of our soon-to-be-released planner with the world. Yes, you can get your hands on a copy of our planner very soon, and it does have some components you

can read. However, it’s so much more than one-way dissemination of information. It’s a program that you get to live for the entire year that links back with all the tools on our website and socials. When you get your copy of our planner, you are also receiving an online education program on using your planner to coach yourself to live sustainably for a whole year, taking action on things you care about, without overwhelm or confusion. I look forward to seeing how you interact with all our tools over your self-coaching year—then using your feedback to grow these tools in a meaningful and helpful way for you. When will it be released? Soon! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes here to bring this to you as quickly as possible. Our shipment of planners has arrived, and it’s awaiting the final touches to our online course. We are also setting up our online sales system to deliver the planner and the coursework (we’ve only used to for event booking so far) and working out the most eco-friendly way to get to your door safely. We are also partnering with a reforestation charity to ensure that your planner plants trees with each purchase. All these things take time. My hubby Ged works on global logistics and sourcing, Sebastian is the king of workplace OH&S (he lets us know when it’s time to take a break), and the rest of the work is mine to fit into my work/teaching schedule. I’m hoping (all things going well) we will be ready for sales at the end of March, but it might be early April. Can I buy my planner instore? We have been chatting with potential stockists in Queensland, and it’s hoped that you will be able to buy from mindful boutiques and stores near you. If you’re Aus-


tralia based and interested in stocking this one-of-a-kind tool, we would love to chat with you.

tools you can harness to make your sustainable living journey mindful, enjoyable, and to accomplish success on your own terms.

I’ve heard there will be workshops based on this planner. Can you tell us more?

Why do you do this work?

Yes! There are events on the horizon. We will be hosting a launch workshop for the planner. This will be a half-day event based on the Sunshine Coast that integrates all the self-coaching program elements into a relaxing and mindful morning shared with likeminded people. Numbers will be within COVID-safe regulation, and details on this workshop will be released shortly. We are also working with some of our beautiful yogic friends to be part of the workshop offerings of a Gold-Coast yoga festival in Maymore details on this as they arrive! Will Sustainability in Style be changing this year?

After more than a decade of sharing advertising-free here at Sustainability in Style, I ask myself this question often. I do this work because I know I have to from a place deep down inside my soul. I’m motivated by Environmental Sustainability Values (if you don’t know your category check out our quiz here). I’m intrinsically guided to use the academic education I’ve been fortunate enough to gain and provide tools for people to take action to better the planet. I don’t think everyone needs to spend tens of thousands of dollars or years of study to learn how to reflect and take considered action to live sustainably mindfully.

A few of you have noticed some subtle changes on our website and socials. Yes, we are changing how we share to simplify your access to the sustainability resources we offer. Sustainability in Style began way back when ‘blogging’ was a thing. During this time, I would experiment with sustainable living ideas and write about my experiences. The online journey began with a fashion focus with my Wardrobe Workout yearlong shopping ban and evolved to explore kitchen waste, DIY projects and more. Having spent years in academic studies learning how to create sustainability education programs, I’ve moved on from using this space to share personal experience. Harnessing the platform to provide you with tools you can use to take action, created by someone who has had the academic training in how to make them. I’m not here to share my personal opinion on news, media, or to communicate via Sustainability in Style from an influencer capacity. It my hope that with enough traction, Sustainability in Style can evolve to be an online learning space with free and paid




We’ve been spilling the tea on easy life-hacks for everyday sustainability on our Instagram social channel. If you’re a ‘grammer be sure to check our stories for updates on #everydaysustainability tips you might want to consider or adopt. If you’re not on often but like to catch up from time-to-time, we save our Everyday Sustainability tips in our Instagram highlights for you to access at any time.

Ideas FROM OUR INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Use your wax wrap to get a grip on lids you find challenging to open.

Make raw sweets in advance and freeze them for easy snacking

Get a safety razor and shave in Sustainable Style

Buy your nuts in bulk and use them to make your own trail mix. Store nuts in recycled glass bottles in your refrigerator to maintain freshness 12

mindfulness [mīn(d)-fəl-nəs]


a: : the quality or state of being mindful b: : the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment ~Merriam-Webster


AT ANY TIME We’ve trawled our extensive archive of content and found this wonderfully simple post that offers ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day. With tips for morning, midday, and evening mindfulness practice there’s bound to be an idea that resonates with you.



Are you on our email list? If not, you’re invited to head to the website and sign up. When you do you will receive a free worksheet of ‘Prompts to Inspire your Sustainable Self’. This worksheet is filled with ideas on how you can reflect, learn, and take action in Sustainable Style. If you’re already signed up to our email list, then consider this a reminder to dive back into the worksheet and select a new prompt to inspire.




We’re in the final weeks of our Read- Live book club session for Me and White Supremacy. This book has been a challenging read for all of us with some important learnings. We’ve shared stories, frustrations, revelations, and research and learned to unlearn ingrained habits or ideas along the way. During our Read- Live Book Club we meet we share online coursework and resources (which will be available to Mindful Living HQ members when our site goes live later in the year). Some of the resources we’ve collected are way too valuable to not share with others so we’ve rounded them up for you to access now.

What does BIPOC mean ?

You may have seen the acronym BIPOC (pronounced By-Pock) on social media and been curious about what it means. The letters stand for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour and it’s used to discuss race, racism, and environmental racism. Traditionally, media has favoured the acronym POC to discuss race issues related to systemic exclusion, suppression of, and/or violence towards People of Colour. Traction with the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the social, political, and statistical significance of systemic racism with a specific focus on Black (who may be people from African, Caribbean, or African American descent or otherwise self-identified), and Indigenous peoples, leading to the addition of the BI to the POC acronym.



There is no easy guide that shares how to be an Ally to BIPOC. We are all from different geographical locations and each of us has differing lived experiences. Where and how we are raised have a substantial impact on our worldviews and how we treat others. The premise of Layla F Saad's, Me and White Supremacy reflective journalling mission is to highlight that those of us who identify as White or pass as White are offered systemic advantages due to history and systems that favour White people over BIPOC. If you are White or pass as White. It is important to use reflection to deep dive into your brand of White privilege to better understand what conscious or subconscious bias you might hold. We've rounded up some resources on our latest post that might aid your journey towards being an Ally for BIPOC as they provide a good jumping-off point for investigation and reflection. We've rounded up resources relating to: » » » » » »

White fragility White Feminism White Leadership Discussing Race with Freinds Discussing Race with Family And Humanistic Approaches to Communication




THE ULTIMATE HOLISTIC SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR CHANGEMAKERS Plan for a Better Today and Tomorrow and Live Life in Sustainable Style. This planner and work-at-your-own pace online learning space are designed to guide you to self-coach your sustainable living journey. The planner works as a stand-alone self-coaching tool where you can learn what you are motivated to take action on, complete realistic audits of how much of your resources you can commit to taking action, and assessing and reflecting on sustainable living goals you can achieve. When combined with the online content (which is all included in your one-off price) you are provided video guidance for each area of learning (pre-recorded so you can work at a time that suits you), along with a suite of other tips to help simplify sustainable living. This comprehensive system fits back with all the resources that are available on our website which means that you are offered new ways each month to take action (without eco-overwhelm) through your year of self-coaching. You might pay hundreds of dollars to work with a life-coach or spend thousands of dollars on courses to learn about sustainability. While both of these options are highly valuable and can have amazing outcomes, we believe that sustainability should be accessible for all. Which

is why we offer this complete self-coaching package for under $100 AUD.





RESOURCE" PLANNER YOU WILL FIND: *Stunning full-colour FSC pages *Comprehensive self-coaching tools, *Year and Monthly Overview Pages *Day-to-a-page diary days with daily reflection and sustainability coaching tasks *Systems for combatting eco-overwhelm *Weekly review check-in’s *Quarterly sustainable goal setting with check-in planning *Mindful reflection prompts *A year of sustainable living prompts


Online Guidance

Login to your online self-coaching resources for guidance on how to get the most out of your planner. There are eleven separate coaching lessons each with their own video tutorial and additional tips




MINDFUL Reading Knowledge is a vital part of our sustainability journey, and, as hard as it can sometimes be, we need to read some of what is being said in the media. Mainstream media and social media provide a current mostly-reactionary lens through which to learn about our society’s state and the economic and political issues of the day.

platforms and channels, each with its agenda or desired reading outcome, which means that daily news perusing can be pretty overwhelming! Our Mindful Reading 'take-action' option (if you haven't seen the Take Action themes on our website be sure to check them out) offers a kind-news challenge that you can explore.

Information about our impact on the planet (short of reporting on natural disasters which are more urgent) is largely presented through slower and more observational reporting processes. A good portion of what we see filter into mainstream media about the environment is reporting on scientific studies that were conducted or data observed over a more extended period. However, the media tends to selectively present, dramatise, or sensationalise findings to get clicks or ratings. We also get presented with industry-based news. This can be aimed at those in the industry know, or it might be information that the industry has provided consumers about a product, brand, collection, or trend. All this information is provided across various 20



This little experiment is a week-long challenge that give you a brain break from consuming traditional news sources. Banning news perusing from your usual channels and opting in for “Kind-News” only. Kind news is news that is delivered to you via sources in your daily life. It’s your mum ringing you to tell you about the story she saw last night on television, your friend letting you know about a pod-cast she saw that reminded her of you, or the neighbour who tells you about the colder than average winter that’s coming. Kind-news shouldn’t replace ALL the news in your life. ESPECIALLY given the changeable times that we are currently living in. However, a week off from consuming news (you still need to check your government regulations for COVID-19 in your area, weather updates and any other ESSENTIAL news for your geographical location) will let you choose a more mindful approach for the future.

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