Episode #1: Introduction

Hello everyone! I would like to formally welcome you all to the first episode to Sustainable Existing. I’m sure some of you already know me, but for those of you that don't, my name is Lexi. I'm seventeen years old and a junior in high school. Just like most of you, I have a pretty ordinary life. I go to school, have a job, play sports, am in band and something that I consider to be pretty cool is that I am a Girl Scout. I have been a Girl Scout since second grade, so that is just about 10 years. Besides what some people may think, there is much more to Girl Scouts than just the cookies. I bridged to the Ambassador level just a few months ago and am proud to say that I am working on my Gold Award project. For those wondering how this is all related to Sustainable Existing, this is my Gold Award.

What is a Gold Award? Well, I'm glad you asked! The Gold Award is the highest level of award a Girl Scout can receive. It includes submitting an initial proposal to your local council. In end you need to fill out a final report, again submitted to your local council to be approved. The project requires at least 80 hours of dedication and work. It's kind of a big deal. I plan to carry on Sustainable Existing after my Gold Award is completed, but the actual period that it will be actively considered my Gold Award project is from now until the end of June 2020.

So when starting the proposal, there is the question of what issue you want to address and in what means do you want to tackle your project. I originally had a few ideas for the issue but wanted to find a unique way to complete my project. In the past, I had done my Silver Award which consisted of me making handmade games like checkerboards and tic tac toe for local nursing homes and volunteering at them as well. Although it was a great experience, I wanted to be more ambitious for my Gold Award. Sustainable choices and being more eco-friendly was an option that stuck out to me in the initial process because, in scenarios, I don't necessarily take the time to think twice about my choices and whether or not they are the most eco-friendly. I thought it would be more beneficial to both me and all of you to choose a topic that I may struggle with from time to time to give more vulnerable and authentic feedback and information. For me, I find the influence of media and journalism to be very interesting and I also write for my school's newspaper so I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate it into the way that I presented my project. Hence Sustainable Existing was born.

With Sustainable Existing, my mission is to create awareness to the choices people make and encourage them to switch to more sustainable items. Through a podcast and blog that I will be producing, (as well as an Instagram and Twitter for promotional reasoning,) I hope to prove it doesn't matter your age or who you are, and that it won't necessarily break the bank to make more environmentally conscious choices. I believe that there is an assumption that to become sustainable or the more common phrase "zero-waste," that you need to invest in loads of high-tech equipment to be successful. In reality, this isn't the case and in future podcasts and blog posts, I plan to go more in-depth about this topic. I am and will be doing loads of research. This project if for documenting how I plan to make more eco-friendly choices to things in my everyday life. Hopefully listening to Sustainable existing will inspire and encourage all of you to make an effort and do the same.

For the general layout of this podcast and blog, I plan to release every Sunday. I also plan to post to my Instagram story and twitter a few times a week as well, so be on the lookout for that. Please bear with me because just like all of you and I have a busy life as well. I plan to rotate between doing informational and crafty, DIY episodes. I understand that the DIY episodes may be hard to follow along with by just listening to the podcast which is where the blog comes into play. All of the blog posts will include pictures as well as the written out version of the podcast to help anyone interested. I decided on this style because I didn't want this project to be me just spitting facts out at all of you. That would be fun for neither me nor you. Also creating new things from items you may already have at home and don't need to go buy is a good way to be resourceful and sustainable. It's extremely beneficial if the items used may be something you haven't used in a while or something you may have gotten rid of anyways. It is important to try to reuse items before tossing them.

As much as this is my project, I want to include you as well. I want Sustainable Existing to be a community that we can all learn from each other. I am new to sustainable living as I’m sure many others are and would love to hear any advice that you may have. Any suggestions, comments, or feedback can be sent to either my email, Instagram, Twitter, or in the submission form on the contact page of my website. If you haven't already, check out the Instagram and Twitter which can be found on the footer of the website at Thank you all for listening and/or reading. I can't wait to partake on this journey along with all of you and see where it will take us.

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