I resolve to …
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If you need inspiration for your New Year’s Resolution,
you’ll want to listen to Michelle Obama’s final address to Educators.
The video is 21 minutes, but you can fast forward through the first 5 minutes of introductions. It starts getting interesting but not critical until the 8 minute mark, then definitely watch to the very end.
[If you cannot see the video, follow this link: https://youtu.be/pPHyNsBua_E]
New Year’s Resolutions: Live low on the food chain, high on the integrity ladder. BE CONSCIOUS! Be well read and well traveled and well partied, yes “partied” so that you can have a clearer sense of where you fit in this big, beautiful world.
And, what will you wear to these fabulous parties? Resale, secondhand, twice-sold, thrift, consignment, vintage, antique, retro, anything but Brand New. Wearing resale clothing absolves you of all environmental and human rights sins associated with the fashion industry. Decent people are always stunned to learn the entire cycle of an article of clothing, from resource to seamstress to you. For more specifics, see post May 2015, Prom Season and the High Cost of New Clothes.
The titles of these two recent articles will help you build resolve to purchase resale!
Calculate your slave labor footprint: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/slavery-footprint-forced-labor-app-calculator/ and
Child labor in fashion: http://www.globallabourrights.org/reports/child-labor-is-back
And for an uplifting perspective on resale,
remember that you are no longer part of the shipping that is necessary for new clothing. Shipping affects open seas with noise, effluent, and dumping, and air quality from exhaust, and the heavy burden on land resources needed to deliver your new purchases.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are employed through the secondhand stores, including many bright and beautiful people with disabilities; not to mention the vast number of small businesses based in resale and resale boutique.
Additionally, you are giving the clothing new life. Your artistic curiosity forces you to wonder where last were these fabulous party shoes danced? Or, what inspired the handmade shawl or booties or even the discarded wedding dress? It’s a wonderful mystery that connects us all.
If you want to participate in the political process, but can’t decide what to do or how to do it, you might seriously consider joining the Women’s March January 21, 2017. If you cannot attend the massive gathering in Washington DC, then find your local march. Simply search for “Women’s March your town 2017.”
Women’s rights are human rights.
Gentle men are always welcome.
Happy New Year
Here’s to being your Absolute Best Self in 2017!!
Wild By Nature, Inc. www.wildbynature.org