I’ve been downsizing my life for more than 5 years and it’s been a very transitional process. For awhile, I went back and forth between getting rid of stuff and accumulating more stuff, but for at least the last 4 years I’ve been pretty much on the path of decreasing the amount of stuff that I have. Many times I would go through everything in my house and get rid of all the stuff I wasn’t using. My criteria would typically be if I hadn’t used something in 6 months or a year then I’d find a better home for it. A lot of the time that would result in me getting rid of as much as half of my stuff!
For most of my life I have given my business to the big banks. In college, I had an account with Bank of America and I remember feeling great about it. After college when I moved to San Diego, I started banking with Chase, had my personal account with them for about four years, and my business account with them for at least three. I had multiple credit cards with Citi, and was really happy to have them. I generally respected all of the big banks and had never thought of doing things in any other way.
I’m very excited to announce that I was invited to do a TEDx talk at the TEDxTeen event in London in January. At first I was unsure if the environmental impact of the flight was worthy but after some thinking I decided that I can make it worth it. There were no direct flights so I have decided to spend some time in each of the cities I am passing through to pass on some inspiration. In each city I’ll be presenting The Food Waste Fiasco and discussing how you can work to end hunger and food waste in your city. For the entire week l I will be at the service of the people in the cities I visit so please contact me if you’d like to do some good together. I’ll have a little free time in each city and would love to get together.
I’m auctioning my tiny home and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to build tiny homes for the homeless.
January 29th is my one year anniversary of living off the grid in this tiny home. It has been an incredible experience but in my quest to live simply giving away my home is the next step. I will now travel my country and the world, lending my hands to bring strength and courage to those in need (more on this here). I will not have a physical home for the time being but by embracing the earth as my home, I believe that I will never be homeless. Lately I’ve become more aware of the vast wealth gap, where a small percentage of people hold so much money while others have so little. I am not rich in financial wealth but there are many people with less than I, living on the streets of the USA, and I know that they could use the comforts and security of a home much more than I.
You read that right, I compost my own poop. I live off the grid in a little house in San Diego and I compost my own poop. You might have some questions like:
Is this safe?
Is this stinky?
Haven’t we evolved past having to deal with our own poop?
I’ll let this video do the explaining:
This might sound bold but I’m going to put myself out there.
Am I Southern California’s most water-conscious resident?
I use less than 5 gallons of water per day, harvest rainwater, poop in a compost toilet, shower in the ocean, and use most of my water at least twice!
I’m definitely doing my part to beat the drought but I’ll let this video do the rest of the talking for me:
Earlier this year I was feeling disappointed with the community that I live in. I felt that there was a good level of consciousness here, but very little action to back it up. Every day I was walking past trash cans filled to the top and beaches littered with trash. I heard people talking about being good to the earth, but it seemed to be all talk and little action.
It was around that time that I walked past a new store called Blue Dot Refill. I stepped inside to check it out and my faith in my community was restored by the time I walked out.
This business creates almost no trash and is helping the world do it too!