Do We Live In A Throw Away Society?

It’s an interesting question, that I don’t know the answer to. I only have my experiences to put forward a possible answer. I think we DO live in a throw away society. If something doesn’t work or loses it appeal, it is normal to replace it with something shiny and new.  We do this with electronics and relationships.

Our society is moving forward so fast that things lose their value quickly. The latest electronics to the latest clothes and relationships. You can see this attitude in the way we fill our environment with landfills, and the way we treat our older population. We dispose, and throw away.

I’m here to tell you that you can give anything more than one life. Resist the urge to ‘throw-it away.’

Those clothes in the back of your closet donate them to the Salvation Army.

Those old electronics sell them, have them refurbished and sold again.

Plastic! Forget it! Use glass, glass can be used over and over again.

And most importantly don’t forget about Grandma. She maybe feisty but she has knowledge and stories to share.

I find value and magic in old things. When I see an old t-shirt my mind fires up a way to repurpose it. Even when I look at an old building my inner Property Brothers comes out and starts making floor plans and setting a budget. Repurposing can be fun, it your open to it.

If you have time look-up Depression Era tips to frugal living. Frugal living can help you save money and teach you to be more self-sufficient.

Do you guys think we live in a throw-away society? Leave a comment below.

Two-Year Anniversary Of thebarefootqueen

Two years ago this month I was inspired to start this blog. While it has a long way to go, I’m happy to say I’m very proud of it. This month Google renewed my blog name thebarefootqueen.com.

I don’t know what it is about sentimental moments but I don’t realize how how magical they were until it’s over.  Let me start from the beginning…

Why thebarefootqueen Name?

I image thebarefootqueen as a loving, free spirited leader. She has a bohemian style and

flowers in her hair. She sleeps by the sun and lives by the moon. She fearless yet vulnerable, because vulnerability is strength. She is the embodiment of  who I want to be.

What Will Happen Over the Next  Two Years?

The next two years you guys are going to see a lot more of me. I plan on starting a YouTube channel and doing vlog, GRWM, OOTD, travel videos are much more. I find myself happiest when I am creating. I remember taking a drawing 101 class in college and everyday I was excited to go. I feel the same way when posting.

Where Do We Fit In?

You guys are important to me. While we are a small  group, we are a strong group. I can truly say I’ve gotten nothing but positivity and inspiration from you guys. I hope to grow our group and get a conversation going. I enjoy hearing feedback, comments, praise, so lets start chatting!

I Hate Fashion Trends

screenshot-pixabay.com-2017-07-12-14-36-49I hate trends. Every year something new, has everyone running to the nearest Forever 21. I feel like summer months bring out the most trends.  The boho festival girls, rave girls, the Kim K look-a-likes. I cannot lie, I have been a victim of trends. I remember in high school Good Charlotte, and Green Day was super popular. My parents were traditional and won’t let me wear the ripped jeans and band tees my friends had. They did let me wear that little wrist sweatband with the band’s logo on it. It’s  all about the small wins.

I’m thankful to my parents for setting those boundaries.  When I look back in my

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yearbook I think ‘gosh…how did we think that was cool?’ Thanks to my parents I appreciate quality clothes and I am particular on what I choose to buy. I try to buy clothes that are well-made, ethically made, sustainability made, self-made or second hand.  We have a responsibility as fashionistas to buy products that support our environment.

 

 

Fast fashion contributes to landfills and CO2 in our atmosphere. Synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, and acrylic (looking at you Forever 21) take thousands of years to break down. Let me finish by saying Forever 21 is not the enemy. The fast-paced, consumer-driven economy we live in is. The next time you shop think about how often will you wear it, what is it made of, and who you can give it to after you’re done.

Thanks guys.
 What was your favorite trend growing up?

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Revisit

Hey everyone! This is a quick check-in on OUR New Year’s resolutions.

We are passing the 6-month mark and now it’s game time. If you haven’t

kept up with your goals it’s not too late!

1. Reevaluate Your Failures

I never look at failures as failures. To be successful you must look

at failures as lessons. In those lessons you can reevaluate you goals.

For example:

January apply for Study Abroad Scholarships–Completed but did not receive the scholarship instead I went to NYC


February: Update Portfolio–Somewhat, I post quick sketches on my Instagram

March: Write everyday– Somewhat, I have kept up with my blog MW. Thank you for reading every week!

2. Set New Goals

It is important to forgive yourself. It’s only failure when you quit completely. Setting new goals can make your New Year’s Resolutions feel fresh. Posting your resolution somewhere where

you can see it everyday can also help. By looking at your goal everyday you subconciously 

set the path to your goal.

July: Get Certification

August: Post First YouTube Video

September: Interview for Out-of-State Jobs

3. Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines.

There’s no anchor to keeping your goal unless you have a

deadline. A deadline give you a finishline to visualize. I set a couple of goals each month and

the end of the month is the deadline. Some goals can take a week, or 3 months but set a date.

4. Remember Your Mission

Your mission is what you consider to be your life’s purpose. Your goals should always be in

alignment with your mission. If you haven’t already, sit down and write a sentence, no more than three about what your purpose is here. Below I have listed mine;

My mission is  to live and work creatively in art, fashion, film making, teaching, and philanthropy.

5.  Visualize the End Result

Lastly visualize you have already achieved your goal. It will help you when you

don’t feel like working out that day, or make excuses for not completing your

goal. Imagine the end so you can increase your will power to do it.




Modern Dating: Long Distance

While reflecting over the last couple of weeks I realized long distance is not for me.

In New York, I briefly met someone, Jay. He was a bassist, tall tan and handsome.  I didn’t go to

New York looking for anyone but I was still open to the possibility.

The trip to New York was only for a week and I knew that. We started texting back and forth, the conversation was easy and exciting. The day came when I had to leave and I said nothing about where I was from. We continued to text when he said; ‘Looking at your profile and it says your 600

miles away lol.’

I was 600 miles away, and I wouldn’t come back until the winter. I confessed and have not heard from him since. The truth is I am a little hurt but not surprised. Long distance is not for everyone. I don’t think it’s for me either. Long distance requires MORE commitment, more communication, and appreciation.

I know for a fact I am not the best at communication. I assume that people know what I am thinking.

Things like assuming can kill a long distance relationship. I don’t think we were looking for anything serious. This guy ghosted on me so I know he wasn’t ready. As I go through the reasons why this didn’t work, I know the one for me is out there somewhere probably getting his heart broken too. It’s just a matter of time.

What do you think of long distance relationships? Are you in one?

Vacation to New York City

Last week I posted that I was going to travel.

Surprise, surprise! I went to the Big Apple, the center of it all.

After going there, it sure was! I didn’t rent a car or stay in a

fancy hotel. This was truly a budget trip, and it was amazing.

I enjoyed the challenge of finding budget-friendly alternatives

to travel.  I hope to do more again in the future, maybe on Youtube?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you guys think.

Anyway, I decided to attend the Governor’s Ball music festival.

It had a great lineup like the Bleachers, Tove Lo, Chance the Rapper and more.

 I was super pumped. Big musicians like that don’t perform where

I live. So I bought my ticket and off I went!

 In the light of everything that happened in Manchester,

you may be hesitant to be a solo traveler. But we can not

fear life.The night before I was so stressed. I did not start packing nor did I know how

to navigate the city. I went anyway, my stomach cramped and I couldn’t

stop fidgeting. (BTW this is my first time going to NYC and traveling solo)

I pushed on anyway even though every thought in my mind said ‘turn back,’

 ‘are you crazy?’, ‘It’s not safe, it’s not familiar.’

I needed this trip because I  was in a rut. I needed to break

free of the monotony of my life. The same places, the same people, day after day

I was sick of it.

I believe that new experiences, meeting new people are the purpose of life.

We are meant to connect.

So I went forward. I pushed past all the doubts and after it all, I’ve become

a better person.

I hope my trip insipres you to do some solo travel of your own.

In the next couple of posts, I’ll explain how I traveled on

a budget.