La Dolce Vita...
An old-fashioned Italian phrase meaning "The Sweet Life" - The idea that we might have our cake and eat it too.
While everyone might have their own version, we find our fullness in simplicity:
Mixing a love for plants with the love for our city to create a large impact with a small footprint.
It would be inevitable that our worlds would collide with The Sweet Life of Being Vegan - a local educational platform, brought to you by the ever joyful Meaghan Marton. As committed vegan for over 4 years, Meaghan engages with animal lovers of all kinds through the creation of educational initiatives like the Compassion Classroom. Meaghan has created a Meatless Mondays support group for transitional vegans, and hosts vegan potlucks for the community regularly. Beyond her ambitions with The Sweet Life, Meaghan serves as a volunteer coordinator with Charlotte's Freedom Farm - a hobby farm in Essex County that serves as a home for over 60 animals from the farm industry.
To Meaghan, the sweet life isn't just about living life to the fullest, it's also about sharing your kindness and compassion with others.
Want to connect with the Sweet Life of Being Vegan?
We were psyched when Meaghan approached us to collaborate in a Thrifting Give-A-Way. Over the years, thrifiting has become one of our favourite hobbies. There can be such a thrill in finding a hidden treasure that the donor did not see. But, when we broke it down to what we LOVE about thrifting, we all took something a little different out of it.
Why Do You LOVE Thrifting?
Your Trash Is Another's Treasure TOO!
Thrifting can be joyful in both giving and receiving. If you have a gently used item that you're aren't using - donate it! Give it to a friend who will get more use out of it, or drop it off at any one of Windsor's second hand boutiques. Make more room in your life for things you will routinely use and enjoy. Create a sense of community around your love for thrifting by encouraging others to join in with you.
From simply turning on the lights or faucet, to our public transportation and roadways, the decisions made locally impact our lives daily. These are the decisions that we have the greatest influence on, but often have the least awareness to. Understanding the power we hold as citizens is key for an outcome truly reflective of the values we have as a residents.
This week, I was honoured to be a guest on Rose City Politics - an hour-long podcast focusing on the movers-and-shakers affecting the political scene with an emphasis on municipal issues. We sat down together to review the new goals put forward by the city for the 20 year strategic plan, and a had a fun lightening round about hot items affecting decisions here in Windsor.
Some of the topics we highlight in our discussion include:
✔️ Why a 20 year strategic plan shouldn't include items that are considered basic care for residents.
✔️ How strategically improving green space, by considering permeability could help combat affects of climate change in Windsor.
✔️ How we can improve poverty by considering economic development within the region in a calculated way.
You can download the episode anywhere you get your podcasts - including Itunes and Spreaker.
Follow Rose City Politics on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on important happenings in the region.
So how can you become more aware of what's happening in your municipality?
Increase Your Understanding - Verify information by considering it’s source, and cross check with other sources. Don’t rely on stories with a single viewpoint. Follow verified accounts for sources like CTV Windsor, CBC Windsor, or the Windsor Star on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated daily.
Interact with Your Community - Venture out in your neighbourhood. What do you like about your neighbourhood, and what could make it a better? What would make Windsor a better place to live? Get to know your neighbours, and consider what would be important to them too.
Participate in the Conversation - Join a neighbourhood group or come out to a community event. Get to know your City Councillor. How are they working to improve your community? Advocate for issues you feel will have an impact on your life in the city.
BONUS Sneak Peak!
Next week, we will announce our collaboration in a give-a-way with a pretty incredible voice in the community.
Stay tuned for details!
In our research for off grid systems to improve tiny living in the RV, one word kept resurfacing: Permaculture.
The umbrella of permaculture includes a long list of unique systems being pioneered around the world: food forests, rocket mass heaters, and rainwater collection and irrigation, to name a few.
These projects peeked our interest enough to send us on a deep dives of videos and forums. Somewhere in the rabbit hole of online information, TJ found Matt Power’s Advanced Permaculture Student Online, a program that took our journey from a lifestyle crush to a real attainable goal. In this blog, we're going to touch the surface on the foundations of permaculture, and break down how to apply it in simple terms.
If you've been following along, you must be dying to know: What the heck IS permaculture?
The tendrils of permaculture reach far into the way we live, eat, travel, and work. Permaculture observes what nature does best and uses this lens to form systems around its environment, asking us to consider a more sustainable way to achieve our goals. Sustainability is the destination, but working with nature is the road map for our actions to become regenerative.
To help us tap into the possibilities, the teachings of Permaculture had 3 moral cornerstones put in place by its founding fathers - Bill Mollison and David Holmgren:
The Border City Hippies Movement
The permaculture community transforms these ethics to form practical systems on whatever scale of land is available. This summer, we are interested in testing out some new systems for our little homestead.
We will break these down more for these projects as they come closer to fruition. If you would like to learn more, or want to get your hands dirty on any of these projects or others, send us a message. We would love to connect with you!