Buying new things is not the solution. Realizing that you don’t need new things is the solution.

Woman dancing in her bedroom in front of a mirror
Woman dancing in her bedroom in front of a mirror

The process of decluttering is a lot like cleaning. We might dread the action itself, but nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction after it’s completed. For some of us, that feeling ends up being short-lived, but it doesn’t have to be.

If you could declutter less often, would you?

Many of us have become accustomed to decluttering our living spaces each year or possibly even multiple times a year. It’s not odd to take a few trips to the donation store every now and then. …


Will you be silent or will you be an ally?

People at a protest holding signs that say “stop Asian hate”
People at a protest holding signs that say “stop Asian hate”

As a child, I didn’t understand why kids made fun of me for the way I looked or the food I ate. I had no idea that racism was even a word, let alone what it meant. So I dealt with it in the only way I knew how — I changed what I could about myself to fit in. But what bothered them the most was the one thing I couldn’t change about myself: everything that made me different, specifically my outside appearance. …


Your lifestyle may be holding you back from living a fulfilled life.

A calculator, notepad, pen, and U.S. dollars on top of a white table
A calculator, notepad, pen, and U.S. dollars on top of a white table

I grew up desiring all of the things that most of us strive for. I wanted my life to perfectly resemble the American Dream, and attending college was the first stepping stone. I assumed that a stable job, a loving marriage, a big house, and kids would follow after. I thought I needed these things to reach true fulfillment.

After graduating, I had every intention of getting a 9-to-5 job because I knew it would set me up for success — at least what I saw as success at the time. …


Even if you absolutely hated it.

My Oatly milk from my fridge photographed with a painted peach background
My Oatly milk from my fridge photographed with a painted peach background

I yelped loudly seconds into the Oatly commercial after realizing that it was an ad for my favorite oat milk brand. I cheered and exclaimed “It’s a vegan commercial during the Super Bowl! We made it!”

Okay, maybe not a “vegan” commercial but just let me have this one.

I was so happy I felt my heart beating out of my chest. Plant-based options have been growing exponentially within the past couple of years, mostly just noticeable in the aisles of a grocery store. …


With it, you can save precious energy.

A hand holding a mini globe in their hands with a blurred background of mountains.
A hand holding a mini globe in their hands with a blurred background of mountains.

Do you often find yourself in recurring situations that upset you more than you’d like them to? It’s not enough to ruin your day but definitely enough to ruin your mood. Because these situations happen often, our reactions to them can start to become automatic.

Maybe it happens when you are stuck in traffic or when your order at a restaurant takes too long. Maybe it hits you when a stranger acts rudely towards you for no reason. Whatever the situation may be, over time it can start to become a bad habit.

While I agree with most when they…


Living with less doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

A moving box with packing tape, scissors, and clothes placed beside it on a table
A moving box with packing tape, scissors, and clothes placed beside it on a table

It seems like ages ago when the state of the pandemic took a turn for the worse. What was once full of uncertainty soon became unfathomably life-changing. At the beginning of 2020, many of us did not imagine being in the situation we are in now, my family and I included.

Soon after the shelter-in-place order started, my dad was struggling — already living paycheck to paycheck prior to the start of the pandemic. Like many others, my dad wasn’t getting enough work being self-employed and my job was put on pause indefinitely, causing us to discuss what we needed…


It’s a stepping stone, not a one-way ticket.

A street sign that says “ONE WAY” with an arrow positioned at a crosswalk/stop light
A street sign that says “ONE WAY” with an arrow positioned at a crosswalk/stop light

When I think back to my college experience, I don’t remember much of it. It wasn’t because I partied all the time, quite the opposite; on top of not figuring out what my future career would be, I didn’t make lifelong friends, didn’t go to any parties and didn’t fall in love.

Everyone tells you to go to college as if there’s some guarantee when you come out on the other side that will set you up for the future. …


A guide for those who want to be more environmentally friendly this Christmas.

Woman holding a Christmas gift that looks like it was wrapped with recycled wrapping paper.
Woman holding a Christmas gift that looks like it was wrapped with recycled wrapping paper.

Christmas as a child can feel like such a magical time. You’re on winter break, you wake up to gifts under the tree, and nothing can beat the ambiance of Christmas decorations.

The holidays represent something different for all of us. But once you get older, you realize that Christmas has major effects on the environment. Gifts have been the emphasis of the holiday season and that is not without its consequences whether we are aware of it or not. Landfills are filled with 25% more trash during the holiday season compared to the rest of the year and that’s…


Plus 4 strategies to help you stick to your goals.

“Happy New Year” spelled out with wooden squares with black letters on them
“Happy New Year” spelled out with wooden squares with black letters on them

With a new year nearly approaching, the anticipated surge of social media posts with the caption “new year, new me” are soon to follow. It’s a constant reminder that we too made several past attempts at making these resolutions. Every time a new year comes it feels like we have a chance to start anew. We hope this is the year that we will become the person we want to be. With 2020 almost over, we only have hope that things will get better from here on out.

While it has been a collectively bad year and we desperately want…


There is beauty wherever you may be.

A map of the world with pins on certain places with different currencies surrounding it
A map of the world with pins on certain places with different currencies surrounding it

Being in my twenties, I couldn’t deny the constant craving I had to travel the world.

For many of us, traveling makes us feel something that we don’t feel in our day to day lives. Something magical happens when you get the chance to explore a new place and engulf yourself in its beauty.

Sometimes we search to have that perfect travel experience, especially when we see the people in our lives exploring the wonders this world has to offer.

When we think we can only gain this by traveling to another country or hopping on a plane, we start…

Antonelle Cara

On a journey of constant learning and self-growth. Passionate about health, minimalism, & animal rights. BA in Psychology.

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