Hello there, I hope you are having a fantastic day. Now I'm not a yoga teacher but I am very interested in yoga and I absolutely love to learn so I wanted to combine it with something I also find very intriguing; chakras. More specifically how to use different yoga poses to balance your chakras. There are tons of poses to help each chakra, I have chosen the ones I like best and if you want to, make it a routine that goes through all of them - otherwise if you are out of balance with one or some of them, use these poses to gain alignment. If you have never heard of chakra before, we have 7 main chakras;

When I was younger I used to have the softest hair. Shiny, thick and healthy. Then as I went into the teenage years I started using all of these products on my hair and it was not happy. Slowly my scalp started to get more oily and my ends started to get dry, split and the opposite of soft. And because of that I started using hair products that were meant to make my hair happy but it just.. did nothing.. So I slowly started to minimize my use of hair products and my hair started to smile again. 

Going zero waste, or low waste for a more reachable term, is like any other lifestyle changes a process. Despite the fact that I would love to have absolutely no waste overnight it is no possible and there are still changes I want to make in the direction of lowering my waste and I discover new ways every single day. Because it does not happen overnight. There is nothing that happens overnight and that is where I think some of the lifestyle changes like minimalism, veganism and zero waste lose some people. Because of the exclusiveness, the name calling and the overall  'internet police'.

It is such a common thing today to struggle with the simple act of falling asleep. Many of us lay hours and hours awake trying to enter the state of sleep yet only manage to get more and more frustrated as it seems like an almost impossible thing to do. I have struggled with insomnia for many years and it is one of the most horrible and destructive struggles to have. Not getting enough sleep will ruin our energy, our concentration and our overall well being. Sleep is so important and since I have beaten the constant insomnia I wanted to share some of my tips for a better sleep and tips to fall asleep quicker.

As some of you may know I recently published a new eBook with delicious vegan dessert and snack recipes that are vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and as the title suggest; nut free, so anyone, no matter if you can digest nuts or not can enjoy the recipes - learn more about the eBook right here. To celebrate my new eBook I wanted to share a recipe from the book and I absolutely love these easy to make bliss bites so I thought why not? Let's get into how to make them:

I think we can all agree that I buy a lot from the thrift store - if you want to know more specifically about why I thrift click right here. But there are some things I don't buy thrifted, to be honest it's just a couple. Either because I can't find it even though I have looked for months or because I don't really want to. If you want to know more about how to build and ethical closet then just click right here to check that out and let's get into what I don't buy thrifted: 

There are so many small ways to help the environment, the animals and your own health. The new year is the perfect opportunity (like every other time of the year) to make some changes in your choices. Choose to care. About the planet, the environment, the animals, humans. Choose to want to do better. To create a better world. I am not saying to completely change your life over night or that you need to be doing everything in the world to save the planet - but just small changes can have a huge impact.

During this year I have been working a lot on myself mentally and I have discovered what I actually care about and how I want to live my life. I have been diving into my zero waste and minimalist interest, found amazing tips and new products that make my life less wasteful. I have stripped back completely, I have removed all the things I thought I 'needed' in order to be who I thought I was - I have let go of who I thought I needed to be from the eyes of others. Because I have let go of the image I need to present to others I have gained peace in my mind, my soul and my body. For the first time in many years I have been able to enjoy things in a way I never have before.

Here are some of the things I have enjoyed and absolutely loved in 2018:

I have been loving discovering new products that can help me towards a low waste, sustainable and minimalistic lifestyle. Here are my absolute favorites:

Menstrual cup: Oh my lord am I glad that I tried one more time to get this to work. When I first bought it I could not get it to work because I did not relax. Relaxing when using a menstrual cup is key and now I absolutely love it. It is so amazing that there is no plastic waste during my period and it just works so well for me. I am going to have a post about it in the new year but I already talk about it in my post about 3 natural period products

The basics from Organic Basics: This year was a goodbye to fast fashion for me and I bought my basics at fast fashion stores so what then? Organic Basics is just.. yes please. Everything I want in my basics; organic, ethically and sustainably made. Check out my post where I talk about their items here. Seriously the softest fabric ever.

Shampoo bar: I wanted a shampoo solution without plastic and the bars from Friendly Soap are perfect. Only three ingredients, the one I use without fragrances and they work wonderfully! I have a post all about it is coming soon.

Yoga mat: Every night before I go to bed I stretch and practice yoga. It makes me sleep better, I fall asleep faster and it has improved my well being and mental health so much. Therefore I looove my yoga mat!

My plants: They bring light, cleanse the energy and the air in my room and I love taking care of them. They inspire me so much to being in the moment and growing. Plants do not question why or how they grow, they just do. Now, that's something I can learn to do.

Onenote: I really wanted to get all my notes and thoughts and ideas in one place instead of spread into different notebooks and onenote has helped me do just that. I love the format and it is so easy to organize and helps get a clear view of all the things that clutter my head and I avoid using paper.

Call me by your name: the story, the love, the characters, the connections, the filming, the surroundings. Everything was so amazing. The filming was so simple yet there was so much more underneath. I love the ‘don’t cut away from the feeling’ effect. The timing of everything was perfect, the acting and the dialogue was perfect. The father's quote ‘feeling nothing, what a waste’ hits hard in a way I cannot explain but it just feels so true. There is nothing wrong with feeling. Stunning movie and definitely one of my favorites. 
 
RAW: I find this movie so disgusting yet so good - and so interesting at the same time. It has that 'so-disgusting-but-I-can't-look-away' effect and I found myself needing to know what the hell was going on. I am not big on watching movies where they speak other languages than English but this has really made me interested in going beyond the English language because wow was that an experience!

Brokeback mountain: I have wanted to watch this movie for quite a while now I just never really did. That changed this year and I absolutely loved it. This movie is so simple yet there is so much to it that makes it an absolute masterpiece.

Arrival: had me tensed up throughout the whole movie until the screen turned black. I was so invested in the story and found it so incredibly cool. I love the fact that it kind of fucked with the viewers mind - at least it did to me - with the aspect of time but I found it so refreshing that this topic is 'discussed'. Definitely a must watch! 

Restore me: I am a huge, if not enormous, fan of the Shatter Me series and this one did not disappoint. I was so excited when I heard that Mafi continued the series but also terrified that it would be 'ruined'. It only got better and the next book cannot come soon enough! 

Milk and honey: Like a lot of people this was the book that really got me into poetry. I always hated it in school because it was so… school. But Milk and Honey completely shatters the (to me) 'boring' and uninteresting 'classic' school poems. So thank you Rupi for renewing the genre and making me fall in love with it!  

Call me by your name: Even more amazing than the movie but I will say that I am happy I saw the movie first so I had the amazing visuals in my mind. Nothing put pure art and I like the 'restore me' I am so afraid of the continuation but also so freaking excited!

The power of now: This is probably, no actually not probably, this is the book that has affected my life the most out of every book, not only this year but every book, I have ever read. This has completely changed my life. This has opened my eyes to what actually matters and who I am. I have let go of so many destructive feelings after reading this book, I am more present and I have connected more with myself. I have written a post inspired by this book - read it here; the powerof silence.

Big Magic: Yes, yes, yes! This is a must read if you like being creative in any way because it makes so much sense and explain the process of ideas and the creative process so well in a way you can use it for your own.

Kristen Leo: was the one to push me the final step to quit fast fashion and thank you so much for that! She makes the most educational videos on topics that are right up my alley; zero waste, sustainability and veganism + so much more. Definitely my favorite youtuber this year! 

Shane Dawson 2.0: I have followed Shane for quite some time and was ready to unsubscribe because the more I went into sustainability and conscious choices the less interesting his content became with building things from candy, tasting 'toxic' foods, burning barbies and whatever else he made. Then he started his docu series and started actually liking what he made which shines though. 

Vegan Earth and Soul: Calming presence, veganism, zero waste, questioning our use of makeup, fashion and social media is what Anna's channel is all about and I am so glad I found her. She has inspired me so much and I was so lucky to collab with her on tips for de-stressing - check it out here. Definitely also a favorite this year!

Here is the music I have been listening to a lot (and when I say a lot I mean A LOT) throughout the year. They have definitely broken the repeat button:
  • What’s it gonna be by Shura (just Shura in general; Just Once, Touch, White Light and more)
  • Volcanic Love by The Aces
  • Swimming Pools by Troye Sivan (Troye Sivan in general; Animal, Seventeen, Plum, Bloom, Dance to This)
  • I believe you by FLETCHER
  • The Middle by wet
  • Psycopath by Sasha Sloan, Charlotte Lawrence and Nina Nesbitt
  • Normal by Sasha Sloan (Chasing Parties, Older, Version of Me, Ready Yet, Faking it and other songs by her)
  • I know a place by Muna
  • Where's my love by SYML
  • Empty Space and Naked by James Arthur
  • Aly & AJ-'s EP 'Ten Years' - it is so good! Impossible to pick a favorite!

These are my favorites from 2018. Thank you so much for reading! What have you been loving this year? 

Soluuna 

Every year, before the new year starts I go through every area of my life to see if there is something I need to get done. I write down everything I can think of and when I am done I take the ones that occupy my mind the most to get them done first. It really helps to clear my mind before the new year starts. Here I have 10 ideas to things to get done before our calendars starts to say 2019. You do not have to do every single one of them but choose a few to get done thoroughly. Is there anything you do before the new year? Leave them down in the comments below.

So what does a minimalist and a person who would like to minimize their waste do around the year where people literally go crazy with spending, spending, spending and giving, giving, giving? Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong about giving, in fact the thought about giving joy to others is beautiful - but when it turns into nothing other than consumption, money and greed  it loses that one thing it should be about; heart.

The time of year that is all about joy has been turned into nothing but stress. 'Christmas is so stressful' is something I hear every single year, multiple times but Christmas in itself is not stressful. What we feel like we 'have to do' around Christmas is what is stressful and let's not forget the fact that stress is a choice. What should be joy turns into necessity.

Last Christmas (I gave you my heart, haha sorry I had to) while my family and I were unwrapping presents I stopped towards the end and looked at our big plastic bag of wrapping paper and thought: 'wow, that's a lot of waste' and we are only one family not even giving that many gifts so I actually got stressed thinking about how much it must be worldwide. Have you ever stopped to wonder how much paper is thrown into landfills every December? Last year I did exactly that and I couldn't even imagine how much it actually is.

I have been thinking a lot about what I wanted to place on my wish list for Christmas this year as this is the year I have been decluttering, diving into minimalism, zero waste and sustainability. So often people, me included, put things on our wish list even though it is not really something we need or want but well.. there has to be something there, right? 
I created a list where I placed items I need and items I have had my eyes on during this year so that I wouldn't end up with a list filled with because-I had-to-items but items I have been wanting for a long time. These are the wishes that has stayed on the list:

Gift giving can sometimes be quite tricky because there are people you just do not know what to wrap up and give them. It is also tricky because there may well be something on their list of wishes that are neither ethical nor sustainable - should you set your values aside in order to gift something a loved one wants? This is a question only you can answer. I myself, will have a hard time purchasing something that is not vegan, for example, actually I am quite sure I will not buy it even though it is something another person wishes. I just do not feel comfortable with that and I do not want to support cruelty. So what then?

And what do you do when someone has no wishes? First of all, don't buy something just to give something  - yes, it is definitely a nice gesture and this time is about giving but giving something purely to give is such a huge waste of resources  so ask yourself; who do you actually want to gift presents to?

Because this is what it is all about. It is not just about throwing gifts from left to right mindlessly but bringing joy to those you surround you who makes you happy. Bringing joy to them in an ethical and sustainable way. So, how do you do that? Here are some gift ideas to help destroy the planet a little less: 

This is definitely one of my absolute favorites. A bracelet that pulls plastic out of the ocean. Made from thrifted materials and the absolute perfect gift. One bracelet pulls one pound of plastic from the ocean and you can even choose which animals you want to support. Do you have a friend who loves sharks, turtles or maybe polar bears? Then gift them the bracelet supporting that animal. If you want to know more about the company then click right here to getto my post about them.

I discovered Not Just Bamboo this year and I absolutely love their products. I use their straw and their tooth brush everyday and I love them! Plastic is a huge problem on this planet - read more aboutit here - so this is definitely a great idea to show people that sustainable products are just as good if not even better and the products from Not Just Bamboo are something everyone can use, no matter gender or age. For example, you can gift their bottle (many different sizes to choose from), their toothbrushes or maybe their straws?

Why not gift someone the most comfortable and softest basics you can ever imagine? And to make it even better they are ethically made and their cotton is organically grown. If you want to know more about them click right here where I tested some of their products and shared information about their company. Shop for him or her and to make it even better get a pack to same money. You can also get a gift card on their page so the lucky one can choose just want they need in their wardrobe.

You can get 15% off your next purchase with the code soluunaxOB15 

There are so many possibilities on this site for every gender and age and the best thing is that you support the bees while giving joy to others - 10% of the sales go to the bees. Choose between t-shirts, sweatshirts, swim wear, crop tops, bags or long sleeved with the important message to save the bees and to make it even better the clothing is made ethically and sweatshop free. I am so lucky to be an ambassador for the company and I absolutely love the t-shirt I have.

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Do you know someone who would love to spread the vegan message on their clothing? Then something from Wholesome Culture is perfect! Their products are ethically made and there is something for every gender and age so you should definitely be able to find something for your loved ones. I have one of their t-shirts and I absolutely love it! Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, tank tops and they even have a holiday collection. You can also get a gift card so the lucky one can get just what they want to.

I absolutely love the vibe and I literally cannot choose between their designs - they are all so cool. Eco Bug Bags make zero waste (and therefore plastic free) friendly tote bags, produce shopping bags and kitchen towels that are also vegan friendly. They are so useful for zero waste grocery shopping and I think they would bring a lot of joy to a lot of people. I mean… how freaking cool is that banana tote bag?? And don't get me started on the avocado bag..

Another gift that I think is very versatile and something for everybody is a shampoo bar. I love the fragrance free version from Friendly Soap (I get them fragrance free from a Danish site, they do not have it on the Friendly Soap shop - but I believe the aloe vera version is fragrance free) but they also have other great soaps with different (natural) fragrances such as lavender, tea tree, orange, grapefruit and many other. What I love about these is that they are handmade, natural and zero waste friendly. The soaps are cruelty free, palm oil free, sls free and parabens free.


Do you already have an item in mind but do not know where to find it sustainably made? Then check out the online marketplace Earthhero and see if they have an alternative there. The site is filled with ethical and sustainable items that would make awesome gifts. It is a place where you can search for items you want to find sustainably made with companies that care as much about the environment as you do. You can find gifts for every gender and age so there should definitely be something for everyone! 

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Do you have any sustainable gift ideas? Leave them in the comments below! 

Soluuna