I discovered sustainable DIY diva Sarah when she began submitting her groovy tutorials and thrifty tip articles to my Refashion Nation and became an instant fan! Although still new to blogging Sarah’s honest writing style and creative upcycling projects combine to create a blog that you’ll return to often.
Take a peek at how it all began and why I’m so Totally Smitten With Saving Sarah Grace:
It’s impossible to talk about where my blog came from without talking about being creative, and being broke, most of my life. I had enough money to get by, but not much more than that, and that’s been ok with me. I went to school to learn about people and how they work, getting a Masters of Arts in sociology with some credits in weaving, etching, and drawing on the side. I wanted to work with people, and help them grow. I didn’t choose to pursue money I chose to pursue happiness. I have a ridiculously fulfilling job now as a director of a Youth Centre and I come home to unwind with my favorite hobbies: being creative, and loving on the planet. What started out of necessity (being creative with upcycling projects or salvage materials) I now do for fun because it fits my values.
I believe the earth can take care of itself but if we want to stay, and we want generations after us to be able to grow up healthy and free, we’ve got to take care of nature and we need to tread lightly. I’m not an eco-expert, I’m not planet-perfect, but I’m happy to continue challenging myself to live ethically and inspiring others to come along.
I found some amazing blogs over time that helped me make the most of my moolah and provide endless DIY inspiration, and I wondered if I could do it too. When I was trying to find my own voice it only made sense that I write about being creative, overcoming being broke, and inspiring people to take care of nature (because I specialize in inspiring-nurturing-growing-challenging-motivating people & I love being green).
I took a few stumbles while I tried to find my way. I consider myself a ‘learning newbie’ to the blogging world, and I still love to go back and rewrite posts, or swap out images, or refresh my social media – but it’s quickly become something fulfilling. My heart soars every time I see that someone liked a post, commented or hit Follow. I am sincerely PUMPED to be getting to know like-minded eco-creatives around the world. With practice and research I’ve learned to focus my posts, create strong images, think about who is reading and what they may take away from the content, and my goal is to add new posts regularly in three categories: Upcycle Studio, Green Money, and The Human Side of Environmentalism.
Sarah’s top 5 thrifting/refashioning/DIY/sustainable lifestyle tips:
1. Ditch the meat sometimes / often / all the time. Animal agriculture is environmentally costly. Try to cook without meat as often as is comfortable. This requires you to learn to cook and experiment with both your tolerance for meat-free eating and your preference in vegetarian foods; but it’s worth it.
2. DIY outside all the lines. DIY is a window to feeling confident about a project, doing it on the cheap (DIOTC), doing it with innovative materials, doing it your own way. Upcycle whenever possible.
3. If you CAN thrift it, you SHOULD thrift it. Doing anything else is just wasteful.
4. Most environmental actions save you money – and it’s ok if that’s your motivator to be green. None of us are perfect. It doesn’t matter how you came, it’s being here that counts.
5. Humans are ridiculously complex and strange weirdos. If you hope to help someone change their behavior be prepared to try lots of things and to try lots of times, and to use your empathy muscles more than anything else. Kindness is sexy. Judgments hurt. Don’t forget you’re a weirdo human too.
A massive hug and huge thank you to Sarah for sharing her journey to sustainable blogging with us! Pop on over to Saving Sarah Grace and enjoy her eco-friendly articles and tutes!