Tell us about yourself.
I am a middle school special education teacher, mama to a sweet 1-year old boy, fair trade shop owner (@EthosKolekto), and sustainable lifestyle blogger. My undergrad studies were in fashion design and merchandising, but I somehow ended up becoming a teacher! I love to travel and have lived in New York City, Paris, an 800-year old village in Germany, Las Vegas, and I am currently giving living in the mountains a try!
Location: Golden, CO
Favorite LANE EIGHT color: I LOVE the new Earth Green shoes!
What Does “Your Best You” mean to you?
The phrase “Your Best You” represents balance to me. In the business of our daily lives, it’s easy to lose track of ourselves and our goals. In order to be at our best, I think we’ve got to find balance between what must get done and doing the things that we genuinely want to do.
What changes have you made in your life to be more sustainable?
I have spent the better part of the last decade trying to live more sustainably. At first, it was tricky to do, but I’ve gotten really good at turning out lights, turning off water when I’m not using it, unplugging things when not in use, etc. The hardest switch for me has been in the way I shop for food, home goods, and clothing. After many years, I’ve finally gotten to the point where the things I’m purchasing are about 85% second-hand, organic, zero waste, fair trade, or otherwise eco-friendly.
What sustainability goals do you have for this year?
Now that I have a child, the amount of waste our family creates has nearly doubled. We’ve been doing regular trash audits to help us see where the majority of our waste is coming from and at least once a month, my husband and I sit down and brainstorm ways to avoid creating this waste.
What is your favorite place on earth?
That is an incredibly good question. For the better part of my life, I’ve moved every 2-3 years so I feel like there are a lot of places that feel like home. When I lived in New York City, spending time in Bryant Park was a way to recharge. When I lived in Germany, I loved to hike into the woods to an overlook that gave me a view of the entire village. In Las Vegas, the Tule Springs Fossil Beds brought me quite a bit of peace. In general, though, if I’m on a beach and can watch and listen to waves, I’m able to center myself and find some amazing stillness.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
I love to hike! Being able to take my time, take photos, get some fresh air, and explore is a quick, easy, and fun way to recharge.
How do you connect with nature?
My family is trying to spend 1000 hours outside this year (Check out the 1000 Hours Outside website and social media accounts for more info on that initiative)! We started on 1-January-2021, and have spent almost 75 hours outside even with long work weeks and super snowy weather. I’m hoping that over summer break (my husband is also a teacher, so we all get some downtime), we’ll be able to do some camping and spend much more regular time outdoors. For now, we connect with nature with daily walks in our neighborhood or hikes on the weekend. Something that I’ve tried to do in 2021 is focus on my breathing when I’m outside and to do more to appreciate what the fresh air is doing for my body.
If you could share one message with the LANE EIGHT community, what would it be?
If you want to live more sustainably, baby steps are the way to do it. Change doesn’t always happen over night, but pick one place to start, get good at it, and give yourself credit for the changes that you have made!