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Kelsey Goldstein  Your one-stop-shop for ethical consumerism and sustainable life choices. Learn how to find sustainable seafood below!

http://www.getculturedkitchen.com/flying-fish-co-sustainable-seafood/

Negative emotions are not always a negative thing, and they are not always irrational. They are trying to communicate something with you! It is what you chose to do with those negative emotions that matters. Listen to your heart with openness and compassion. Seek first to understand rather than to be understood. In conversations with others and in observations of your mind. Have a beautiful weekend my friends! <3

My burly Golden Retriever friend, Toby, and I were just on a brisk walk catching the last of the suns rays when we passed an elderly, frail man. "Hello", he greeted us, "What a magnificent dog".
"Thank you", I replied for Toby.
"He is so beautiful to look at in the light. What do you call him?" I liked that he asked me what I call him rather than what his name is. As if to imply that Toby has an identity beyond the name that was decided for him.
We chatted for a bit longer, and then he thanked me for taking the time to stop and allow him to marvel at Toby.
I feel fortunate to have been graced by this mans presence. He struck me as someone who really appreciates the gift of life. His gentle face was painted with wisdom and his eyes, worn from smiling, were genuine.

When I got back to Toby's house I let him out into the back, caught up in my head about writing this post when I got home. There Toby was, magnificent, eagerly watching my every move with a sock hanging out one side of his mouth and his tongue the other. And there I was, too busy to appreciate this magnificent dog, this magnificent moment. Thinking of the man I suddenly felt inspired to appreciate this beautiful life I have and I charged after Toby. We ran around in circles on the grass until we were dizzy, landing in a big embrace. Both of us with goofy dog grins.

Thank you magnificent man.

I look around my room and I am overwhelmed by the amount of stuff crammed in it! I wish I could start over with my material possessions and only own the things I truly need. I wish all the useless things in our home could be unmade and go back to being trees, cotton and other original forms. We often relish the idea of "decluttering" only to fill up our homes again, and decluttering just leaves more in our landfills which are quickly reaching capacity. Clothing donations are often shipped off to third world countries and replace local textile jobs. Other things find their way into the ocean, choking out marine life and poisoning the fish some rely on for food. We cannot escape our choices. So let's WAKE UP! STOP measuring success with purchasing power! STOP deciding our worth and happiness in terms of comparative success. Consume less! Consume less! CONSUME LESS! DO measure success with LOVE and what we GIVE not what we take.

For the last few days I have been able to put food on the table from our garden every day. People are not exaggerating when they say you haven't had a (fill in the blank) until  you've had a home grown one. Our pickling cucumbers are the sweetest, crunchiest I've ever had. Our parsley is so aromatic and boysenberries are succulent and sweet with just the tiniest pucker to them. Our lettuce plants give us a buttery, speckled salad every week. The green onions are in such abundance I've been giving them away to the neighbors in thick handfuls, only to have them grow back within days. Next week I look forward to our first Romano bean harvest. The plants have been gifting us a beautiful crop of beans all maturing at once. I've been pinching back the pepper plants, but they are so eager to set fruit and finally sturdy enough to bare large harvests. Peanuts poked their heads out of the soil this week, and I'm so excited to watch them mature. There is something really magical about the connection we have with local and home grown food. Knowing someone loved and cared for those tender plants. Their lives celebrated and never taken for granted. True symbiosis. No exploitation of the Earth or it's inhabitants. No one killing the diverse world of bacteria, minerals and insects with herbicides and pesticides. Just love. Just balance. Everything in its right place. Pictured on this sandwich are pickles I fermented myself with cucumbers I bought at the farmers' market. This year I look forward to making cucumber pickles with my own homegrown cucumbers, dill, garlic and peppercorns!

"Everything is how it needs to be right now. Look past the illusion, and see underlying order". Remember as we strive to live greener, have more compassion and live a more mindful life that we are ALWAYS enough. Your journey is beautiful!

Say hello to the healthy, fragrant basil at @fieldsforeverfarm! It's a beautiful spot surrounded by redwoods and horses and run by a dear friend of mine. Deep in one of my favorite places on Earth: Humboldt County, CA, be sure to find their produce at the Arcata Farmer's Market!

Humble dumpling, you satisfy the roar of my belly and warm my tired soul. Recipe on the blog!

Take a moment to pause today and say what you are grateful for. Beyond the illusion is a life already in complete order; everything is how it should be.

It's easy to get caught up in our own little worlds and forget that they are just that... little. Spring is in full swing! Get outside of your house! Get outside of your head and appreciate what life has to offer! For the more we appreciate and notice the miracle of life the more compassion and love we have to share.

If you haven't read my interview with Flying Fish Co about sustainable seafood be sure to check out the link in the bio. And check back with me soon for a post about different types of fishing and their impact on the environment!

Photo credit: @flyingfishpdx

In spirit of EARTH DAY I'd like to share an interview where I spoke about how CONSUMERISM NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THE ENVIRONMENT and what we can do about it.
Link in the bio and at @millennialmanifest "Earth Day, April 22, 2017
We have but one place in the universe to presently live. We can destroy it in a universal heartbeat with ignorance and arrogance. We have learned much and have much more to learn; backwards is not where we should be headed." -Dorothy J. Lyle Anderson
ALSO check out this sweet potato toast!!! ^^^

EXCITING NEWS! I got interviewed about Get Cultured Kitchen! I talked about how the site helps you all find environmentally and humanely ethical businesses and teaches you about sustainability! Check it out in the bio link or over at @millennialmanifest

Thank you Annie for creating such an awesome website full of motivating interviews! It was an honor to be a part of such an inspiring idea!

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