Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu
In case you missed it, the storm started on Tuesday with Part I.
Thundersnow is beautiful. It combines powerful elements into one huge force of nature … Ice, wind, snow, thunder and lightning.
Living a happier life works in the same way. Each change contributes to the whole transformation. On Tuesday, I shared ways to live a full life, slow down and get smart about money.
Today, you can:
Create a job that cares about people, not just profits.
Start building an income based on helping people. Profits can be part of the end result, but not the focus. Place it on creating the most incredible products – writing that inspires change, jewelry that helps women feel beautiful, photographs that show the world what it looks like to use your voice. When your focus is on the right place, the money will follow.
- Work is a sanctuary. Make it a place where life, love and solitude exists.
- Find out what you want to be when you grow up. Start making a list. What do you enjoy doing? What makes you happy?
- Want to quit your day job? Meet Tammy Strobel.
- Learn how seven moms turned their talents into a paycheck. (Myself included!)
Eat real food.
A diet full of fruits and vegetables doesn’t have to cost a fortune. What if you eliminated one junk food item for every bag of fresh produce? You could actually save on groceries. Here’s my math:
- 2 pounds of fresh green beans, $2.58
- 1 bag of Doritos, $3.59
- Savings of $1.01
If you feel sad at the thought of life without junk food, start with one item. Choose green beans over Doritos and experience the amazing effects of healthy choices. Give your body the nutritious foods it desires.
- Consider going primal. Matt Madeiro of Three New Leaves created a fantastic series explaining the primal lifestyle. Check out parts one, two and three, in that order. The lifestyle calls for a return to our roots, placing focus on natural food. The alarming trend in America is to emphasize something that comes out of a laboratory: low-fat or fat-free concoctions, fake meats, and all kinds of products that our bodies literally never encountered until modern times.
- Natural is good. Remember that.
Help fiction become reality.
I’m not typically a sci-fi kind of girl, but the movie Moon described a future so beautiful, I felt drunk on hope. In the futuristic film, energy is harvested from the sun via moon rocks. “All the energy we ever dreamed of, right above our heads.” Here’s a future we should all hope for:
There was a time when energy was a dirty word. When turning on your lights was a hard choice. Cars burning fuel to run. But that was the past. Where are we now? How did we make the world so much better? Make deserts bloom? – intro to Moon
We may not be harvesting moon rocks *yet*, but answering that question – “How did we make the world so much better?” – is a charge for us all. We must find a sustainable way to live. Every action counts. We must be held accountable to that question.
Here are a few of my favorite blogs that promote sustainable living:
- Upcycled Love – Lynn Fang writes to empower and inspire you to realize that you have what it takes to make a difference. From personal transformation to community service, everything you do can be a vote for social change.
- Rowdy Kittens – Tammy Strobel encourages readers to imagine what the world would look like if we pursued our dreams rather than a consumer focused lifestyle.
- Raam Dev – Download this free ebook - Small Ways to Make a Big Difference – to learn ways to start making a difference right now.
- Be More With Less – Courtney Carver shows you how to make big (and small) changes to live life on purpose.
I said it on Tuesday, but I’ll say it again: The power to shape the world is within your reach. To me, slow, conscious living is the key to happiness. This includes shifting the way we work, nurture and make the world so much better. Each part contributes to the storm.
A thundersnow of change.
Photo by Mitya Kuznetsov