# 1 Must Have for Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Living
Make the choice to embrace a new way of living.
Is it that simple? Yes, to make the decision. The challenging part comes when the habits that have taken years to develop no longer add value to our new way of living.
What to do then?
Well, for starters be kind to yourself. Get familiar with the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day." Understand that it will take time and the intake of loads of new education, to better serve you.
Please, please do not try to empty out the entire house with all the items that were not developed or designed in a sustainable-fair-trade-eco-friendly way. If you do feel the need to remove the items from your space, look into a way to recycle, reuse or repurpose the items. Be mindful of which "donation" stores the items are left. Do some research.
Seek communities both IRL (in real life) or online (a Facebook Group). Look for places specific to your new outlook.
Engage. What do we mean by that? Be active and purposeful. Do one thing at a time. Remember, stat small. For some that may be with future purchases that are in need, key word being need. Do you need a new gadget from Amazon, a friend spoke of? A new fashion item? Really, do you? Can you survive without it?
Speaking of survival. Friends and family may find it difficult to survive you, if you bombard them with information that may cause uneasy feelings about their way of living. You made the decision to change your lifestyle, not your brother, mother, bff or college roommate, you. Please, spare them with your speeches. Simply lead your life, be an example.
Now with that being said, if they ask questions, please answer in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. No one likes to hear that they are doing their life wrong. No. One.
If you're more of a visual person check out the 15-min short documentary about a family who is homesteading + sustainable living in the city limits of Southern California.