#PlasticFreeJuly: Be More Enviromentally Friendly

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to do my bit and reduce the amount of plastic waste I use in my every day life. Now, in today’s world, it’s not the easiest thing to do with plastic being almost everywhere, but at the same time, it’s not impossible and there are solutions and alternatives to stuff we use and buy every day.

I’m hopping on the #PlasticFreeJuly bandwagon, making sure I use, purchase and waste as little plastic as I physically can. Like I mentioned, I have been trying to do this over the past couple of months, so I do have a little advantage, but for those of you who feel like you would also like to join me on doing our bit to make our planet a little better, here are my tips, tricks, solutions etc.:

Coffee Cups & Water Bottles

This is probably one of the easiest things you could do starting today! How many plastic bottles do you go through? Just think about it. How many to-go coffees do you get every week? Imagine if you had a reusable coffee cup or water bottle. How many cups would you have not used? How many plastic bottles would you have avoided? If it’s between 5-7 of each, then you’re part of the problem. Get yourself a reusable coffee cup and reusable water bottle the next time you’re out. They’re not that hard to find. Most cafe’s now offer the option to purchase a reusable coffee cup while queuing, and even better again, some offer a discount if you hand them a reusable coffee cup when you order your coffee. As for the water bottle, you can get them almost anywhere. What size you get is completely up to you. I have a 500 ml bottle, a 1 litre bottle and a 2 litre bottle, and which one I use depends on what kind of day I’m going to have.

  • Disposable paper cups contain 5% polyurethane plastic, making composting and recycling of disposable cups extremely rare. — from ecoffecup.eco
  • Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that’s over 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet. — from ecoffecup.eco
  • Just one person switching to a reusable water bottle keeps 2,580 balloons of CO2 out of the air per year. Drinking from reusable water bottles can be safer then disposable bottles. For instance, a glass or stainless steel option won’t contain BPA, a harmful chemical used when making some plastics. — from add-impact.com

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Straws

Yes, that’s one of my iced lattes from a few blog posts ago and yes, that was indeed a stainless steel straw in the photo. Plastic straws were on of the first things I cut out when I started, and it’s also super easy to replace them, and it’s only going to get easier as more and more companies are replacing plastic with paper straws. For those of us at home it’s super easy too, paper straws are the common replacement, but for those who aren’t 100% keen on paper, you can also get other alternatives like bamboo and stainless steel straws, like pictured above. I bought my steel straws in TK Maxx, but I know lots of places are now selling them like Sostrene Grene and Flying Tiger have the paper straws.

  • In just the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day. One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches. Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year, and straws comprise just 0.025 percent of that. — from nationalgeographic.com

Shopping Bags & Produce

“A bag for life”. How many times have you seen that written on your plastic ‘reusable’ shopping bags, only to end up bringing it home and throwing it away. When it comes to shopping, try bring a reusable bag that’s not a plastic bag, or even better, try not accept a plastic bag. Most places offer a paper bag alternative, or even better, bring your own! I use this tote bag I picked up in Penney’s a while back, and if I know I’m going to be picking up a few bits, I’ll bring a backpack with me too. As for produce, this is a recent endeavor for me, where I’m more conscious about what I’m picking up and how it’s packaged. Now-a-days all our fruits and veg seem to come wrapped in plastic–why? What’s wrong with the non-plastic wrapped version? I’ll also try refrain from putting the veg into the small plastic bags they offer to put said fruit and veg in–there’s no need for it!

  • Reusable bags are sturdier than disposable bags. Each reusable shopping bag has the potential to eliminate the use of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. Reusable bags are durable enough to be used for much more than just shopping trips. — from sites.psu.edu

Those are just some of the tips I have to share with you folks, I could probably spout on about so much more, but I don’t want to bore you guys. Hopefully I’ve gotten it across to you guys that it’s so important that we become more enviromentally conscious in everything we do, because unfortunately we can’t help that plastic is everywhere–heck, it’s even in the very air we breathe!

My Notebook Collection

Alternate Title: My Top 5 Notebooks That I Use on a Regular Basis!

Today I want to share with you guys some of my notebooks! I’m a self confessed notebook hoarder, and whenever I’m out shopping and I see a notebook I really like, I tend to end up buying it. It’s even gotten to the stage now where people are actually not helping the situation by actually picking me up notebooks when they’re out shopping that they think I might like. I also tend to receive at least one notebook for either my birthday or Christmas, guaranteed!

On a (semi)daily basis, there are a handful of notebooks I reach for, each one with its own purpose:

Bullet Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetMy bullet journal is my everyday agenda, for lack of a better word. It is essentially a DIY planner, where instead of buying a planner with all the days and weeks of the year filled out for you, you do it yourself, so you can put in the things you know you need and like when planning. I love this, because as an artist it allows me to be very creative and create new and different layouts every month.

 

Sketchbook

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Carrying on with creativity in my bullet journal, next up is my sketchbook. I will admit I haven’t been drawing or making art as much as I usually do in the past 6 months, but that usually happens to me every now and again. I find it hard to put a lot of effort into multiple things at once. I’m making a new mid-year resolution for myself that I’m going to have to fill at least one page of my sketchbook between now and the end of 2019.

Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetNext up is my journal. I don’t write in this everyday, heck, even weeks go past sometimes before I write in this thing. But every now and again when I’m feeling a bit anxious, I’ll scribble some thoughts and stuff in here. It’s a great way to vent, and because I don’t write in it everyday, I don’t feel like I necessarily need to keep on top of this one by making it pretty or artsy. I simply just write.

Dream Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetThis is one of my favourite ones to keep. I don’t dream every night, and if I do, I don’t always remember them. Sometimes though, I’ll get the wildest dream, and I scribble it into this notebook. Sometimes it’s only a few lines, other times it could be a whole page. I’ve been keeping this particular notebook since 2016, and I’ve only filled approx. 30 pages in it, so that will give you an idea of how much it’s used.

Commonplace Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetThis is the newest addition to my little collection. A commonplace journal is: a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use. I basically keep quotes that I see or hear and write them in here, or if there’s an illustration or a photo that I find inspiring I’ll print it out and paste it into here. It’s not unlike a collage book, where you just write and stick inspiration stuff into.


There you have it! My Top 5 notebooks! I also have one or two other notebooks that I grab from time to time, like my little recipe book, where I jot down recipes I like; there’s my fitness journal, where I keep track of my health and fitness; and then I have a blog book, where I scribble all my blog post ideas that I share here with you guys!

If you would like to know more about any of the notebooks I use or what type of notebooks I use in particular, feel free to drop a comment asking all the questions. Let me know if you would like a seperate blog post on any of the above journals, the bullet journal and commonplace one in particular.

What kind of notebooks do you keep, if any? Are you a notebook hoarder like me?

HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

*This is a long one, so maybe make yourself a cuppa before you sit down to read this one!*

This blog post all started after a series of videos began appearing in my YouTube suggested videos feed. Whether it was by coincidence, or by design of the YouTube algorithm, who knows, but what I do know is it struck a chord with me and ever since I’ve cut down on my phone usage by at least 50%. Continue reading HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

Am I Content With My Content?

Alternative Title:  I Don’t Like My Content — A Response to Grace Helbig

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s me, I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted here on the blog–to be honest, it’s been a hot minute since I posted anything anywhere other than on my Instagram (@dean.kealy). Even my poor art Insta and blog has been neglected recently.

I’ve been itching to getting back on here, but not sure as to what sort of content I wanted to share, or what sort of stuff you guys would want to see. If I’m completely honest, I kind of backed down from blogging because I got myself into the rut that I had to create content that you guys would want to see, so I would make a list of posts that I could potentially work on, but when it came to it, I didn’t want to make them, because that’s not the kind of content I like making.

Then, today, I saw a video by one of my favourite YouTuber’s, Grace Helbig, called “I Don’t Like My Content”, and I’ve never related so much to a video in more recent times. I recommend you watch it, because whether you’re a content creator, or someone who just watches other peoples content, it’s so frickin’ easy to get caught up in what people want to watch, that you forget why you create. For those of you who just watch, I urge that you watch the video to get a perspective on why your favourite content creator isn’t uploading all the old great videos or blog posts that they used to, because people change. You change, we change everyday, and sometimes we get bored.

Here’s the video link, and if you don’t watch Grace’s videos/don’t like her, skip to 3:40 and watch until 4:35 in the video to see where I most relate to and kind of where I’m at at the minute. Even if you watch the whole video, it gives an idea of a content creator struggling to defy the norm of creating what people want to see, and deciding to create something because they want to and love to do it, which is what I want to strive to do more of.

Idealistically I’d like to get back to creating a weekly blog post for here, and I’ve also neglected my art Instagram over the last few weeks, so I would very much like to get back to posting more regularly/frequently there too, so here’s hoping that by even writing this blog post that it will kick start me back into gear into doing just that!
Now I’m going to throw a question to you guys, well those of you who are still reading anyway:

Would you stop following a content creator/blogger/YouTuber because they changed they decided to change the type of content they were creating, or would you stick with them regardless, because you liked them as a creator/their personality more so than what they produce?

I’d also love to hear any other opinions on this that you might have, or what you thought of Grace’s video, feel free to let me know in the comments.

🙂

My Birthday Weekend

On Friday, February 1st, 2019 I turned 26. EEEeeewwwww!

To me, 26 means you’re an adult now. Yes, I know you’re technically an adult once you turn 18, but are you really? Even at 21, there’s something there about becoming an adult, but in my head 26 is the age where you’re meant to get ‘serious’ and start making ‘serious’ decisions etc. I’ll let you know how that goes…

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Mam and Me on my birthday

For my birthday, I didn’t really do anything too major. The night of, me and the gang went out for celebration drinks, followed the next day by hangovers all around, which could only be cured by pizza!

On Sunday I had to go to work for a few hours, which was followed by finally getting to eat birthday cake and going out for dinner with one of my oldest friends.

Once all the celebrations were over, reality hit like a ton of bricks on Monday morning because I was as sick as a dog (as the expression goes)! I don’t know if it was the entire weekend catching up on me, or purely bad timing, but I got hit with a stomach bug which more or less just wiped the entire day out of existence for me, as I slept the majority of it away between bouts of illness (being polite for those of you with weak stomachs).

Regardless of that, I had a fantastic weekend, and I certainly am not one to let being ill for one day ruin the whole thing for me!

Always act your shoe size at least once a day – Anonymous

What about you? Do you enjoy celebrating your birthday? Do you consider yourself an adult?