| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

A Day in the Life of a Sustainable Minimalist


I usually wake up at 6 am, but Sunday’s are my lazy days so I got up at around 8 am. I tied my hair with a Zero-waste wooden barrette instead of using a disposable hairband. As soon as I wake up, I practice meditation every morning. I’ve been doing it consistently for about 3 years and on and off before that. I made the smudge stick with herbs that I collected from my garden and it’s made of sage, thyme, and rosemary. I usually set up my meditation timer for about 10 to 15 minutes or do a short guided session using the Insight Timer app. After meditation, it’s yoga time! So to prepare, I placed a few drops of rosemary essential oils into my nebulizer. The scent is very calming and grounding. I recently started drinking more water to better hydrate myself. My yoga mat is foldable. So it’s very minimal, compact, and I can travel with it. My sister also joined me for Yoga with Adriene. I practice yoga because it helps me release tension and it allows me to invite more nourishing movement to my daily routine. But I try not to strive for the perfect advanced pose because I want to focus on being gentle and embracing the imperfection of my form. Practicing every day really helps me stay in touch with my physical body so I can really listen to where I feel stiff and uneasy. It’s actually very hot today maybe because I just did that yoga session. It’s 47 degrees right now in Austin and it’s gonna go up to 64 and it’s sunny! I’m gonna change to another outfit something more summery, although it’s the end of February. Something more summery and more light and breezy 🙂 Some of you want to know what’s exactly inside my closet. I’ll share a full tour of my capsule wardrobe in my upcoming video. I took some CBD oil as a supplement. This one is 2500 mg in strength and it helps me feel less anxious and stressed throughout the day. Before making breakfast, I watered my sprouting tray. I’m currently growing some broccoli, radish, and mustard sprouts. This one is made of terracotta clay and it’s pretty space-saving and I really love it. Now for breakfast, I plan to make a simple smoothie in the morning. I put chia seeds some bananas and some frozen strawberries. I usually drink celery juice before eating anything but we were out of celery so I just skipped it for now. I’m currently growing vegetable seeds indoors for my community garden. Which I went towards the end of the day to water the seeds and to check out my plot. I later went out to the farmers market for a stroll and to get the kitchen knives sharpened. We own an electric vehicle, which we got this year and we love it so far. The charging port is in the front and it’s pretty easy to charge around Austin. We went to the farmers market in Mueller Park and it was pretty packed since it was the weekends. I also came here to buy some soap for washing my hair and body. I’ve been doing no poo for several years and haven’t bought a package shampoo bottle or body wash for many years. We first went to drop off the knives so we can look around for an hour. So I decided to get some charcoal and hemp blended soap. It wasn’t completely Zero-waste but the packaging was pretty minimal so I decided to get it. We later went to the grocery store because the farmers market didn’t have much fruit options. We got half a week’s worth of fruits and some celery finally! I’ve been doing a mostly Fruitarian diet since last year. I really love how simple my meals are because there’s no cooking involved. These are all the packaging and the stickers that were left over. I try to be Zero-waste wherever I can but it does get tough at times. I had some watermelon and other fruit platters for lunch before heading out to my community garden. But I also eat snacks in between and drink smoothies if I need to eat more during the day. I got my biodegradable foam helmet and a recycled plastic bike bag. I wanted to actually get a bamboo bicycle when I first moved to Austin from New York, but it wasn’t within my budget. So I decided to buy one from a small company that’s based in the US. I signed up for my community garden not long ago and it’s almost the last frost in Austin. So I’m excited to put everything out and see some sprouts coming up right now. I have some kale, lettuces, radishes, spinach, and edible flower seeds in my plot. I just love the idea of being in the process of growing what I eat and also forming a deep connection with nature through plants. I decided to get some more herbs to brew tea later in the day. I got some fresh organic sage and some peppermint. The garden is conveniently pretty close to where I live. So I like to use my bike instead of the car. Now I’m going to head out to my Sangha and this is where our practice and meditation, mindfulness, and sharing with my community. This time, I am the person to make tea this week, so I made dandelion tea, so I hope everyone enjoys it! I’ve been going to Sangha and really connecting with the people there every Sunday for about three months. I just came back from my Sangha and it’s around 8 pm right now. I’m just gonna have a quiet night after having dinner and I’m just drinking my sage tea that I got from the community garden. I also added some mint herbs to it so it tastes really good and its really relaxing and soothing. Thanks for joining me today, and I hope to see you again

100 Comments

Heal Your Living

Mar 3, 2019, 3:30 pm Reply

I allow my journey to be imperfect. For me, I focus on doing what I can in the moment and doing it with compassion and mindfulness at the center. How do you practice sustainability or minimalism in your life? What changes have you made or want to make to be more eco-friendly?

Fernanda Coelho

May 5, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

how is your social life ?
can you invite friends over?
do they get bothered by your lifestyle?

George Ourfalian

May 5, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

I literally want to live like you-you are life goals

Claudia Kol

May 5, 2019, 11:31 am Reply

What kind of wallet do you have? What is it called? I have been looking for ages for a wallet like that!
Btw, I love your videos🥰

OH It’s Sow

May 5, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

"I wake up at 6 but Sundays are my lazy days so I wake up at 8" I lost it . I could never, but it's this is amazing

Brenda Rivera

May 5, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

So what do you do for a living to be able to buy essentials oils and cat food? I’m not judging I’m curious

Esther B.

May 5, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

burning sage is as bad as cigarettes. i hope your neighburs dont have asthma. think about people with asthma!

ivy Stanage

May 5, 2019, 5:53 pm Reply

I assume a minimalist lifestyle not as extreme as yours will help with many of my daily struggles… stress, acne & overall mental health

Rebecca Wilson

May 5, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

She must get her 10 a day, easily

Han Lohan

May 5, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

Job??

Kezza Noot

May 5, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

Where can I find a similar hair clip?

Solokv Por

May 5, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

That used match is waste ya know

menina

May 5, 2019, 9:16 am Reply

What is sunga

Katarina Tibai

May 5, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

Its a narcissistic minimalist – she cares so much for her self and her cat have no place to hide in that damn flat – only one more cat tree would not kill her.
Bat more of the damn essential oils maybe kill her poor cat.
I wonder why have some people pets at home and do them selfe not adicaitet on theyr needs – they do know fucking nothing abaut their pets – do not respect theyr natural needs.

Stop Motion

May 5, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

Твои видео так успркаивают. Я как-будто медитировала)

heymaryle

May 5, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

Just subbed! Really enjoyed how you live your everyday life. Its so fascinating and inspiring!

Jucebaux

May 5, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Thank you for sharing this, I found this very relaxing ❤️

Aurora Morales

May 5, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

Truly amazing 🙂 but i wonder if you miss having furniture and clothes. That would be the hardest for me

Kezia

May 5, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

Honestly, this looks so peaceful

Comrade Valentine

May 5, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

What do you feed your cat?

Hana

May 5, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

Try watching Fightmaster Yoga perhaps 🙂

juju

May 5, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

It’s weird that we are running low on trees, yet us minimalists use wooden items. Yes I know, it’s reusable, which is what I get but why not collect trash from the oceans, sanitize them, and make them into utensils! Someone use this idea!

Alannamarie Mock

May 5, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

47 degrees is hot?

Rita Crespo

May 5, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

I have few questions about the use of electrical equipments. For example your nebulizer.: wouldn't be more sustainable using a traditional one that uses heat produced by candles or oil? Thank you so much for your time answering.

Marlyse Chase

May 5, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

Thank you for posting these. I find I get something new when I rewatch. This time I noticed the wooden hair barrette. Do you know where I can find the same one? Thank you.

Lourdes baby

May 5, 2019, 8:44 am Reply

Meditation on waking up? Isn’t that the reason we sleep??? To rest the mind and body!!!

Asoka

May 5, 2019, 10:33 am Reply

I would like to keep the chemical herbs, perfumes or burning materials that cause lung cancer as far away as possible.

Rita Fernandes

May 5, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

You're my favourite real-life Jedi ;D

Less Is More

Jun 6, 2019, 6:47 pm Reply

This is what i want. How old was you when you turned minimilist and how long for you to transition into it. Ive been slowly doing it and gradually getting rid ofmore and more stuff it makes me feel more alive and more appreciative of everything im seeing life differently. Im struggling becaise i live with my bf who is untidy with an over flowig wardrobe who throws his clothes on the floor so i keep tidying them away if i tidy his area it makes no difference because he has too much stuff but its up to him to organize hisown space 😔

Harmony Neil

Jun 6, 2019, 7:25 pm Reply

Does your electric car make noise or is it nearly silent? I find I can't hear electric cars especially if they're standing still. This is particularly not useful, especially if the car is similar to the surrounding light or darkness, so I can't see them either.

joyful journey

Jun 6, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

But how does she pay for all this stuff? Where does she work?

Manda Panda

Jun 6, 2019, 4:01 am Reply

Keep the plastic ties from the vegetables.. you can use them as ties for tomatoes..bean vines etc.

Jada Cornelius

Jun 6, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

wonderful video!! how do you shop for your cats needs with the sustainable lifestyle? (food, litter, etc)

powerpuffgirl46lover

Jun 6, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

its very calming …i admire your passion… my self i can make a bit minimalism as i dont like make up, fashion… but for food..maybe difficult. i like to cook, and i like a little bit everything in my plate… thank you for sharing this soothing video

It’s Jay/ Jenna

Jun 6, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

Do you drink water from the tab?

Heather Warren

Jun 6, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

Did you make the little rug/ couch you sit on?? I would love to make something like this!!

Katrina V.

Jun 6, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Hope she will will not go "extreme fanatics" vegan zero waste person, because it's no any step to go next… And it's so annoying showing off all her "recyclable/nonrecyclable" things…of course, it's impossible to not have a waste. And if you've got something plastic- use it as long it lasts! And don't be sorry or just throw it out to buy something more "sustainable" instead… If people have no problems, they make them… #howtrendscanspoilyourlife

Anne-Lou

Jun 6, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Would you consider doing a similar video for a workday? I would be interested in how your work-life balance looks like because I struggle with mine.

Marcs Reid

Jun 6, 2019, 8:18 am Reply

You always bring my focus back when I see you thankyou.

Prince shruikan

Jun 6, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

What do you do for work?

Cecilia Lee

Jun 6, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

What’s the brand of your blender?

Lia

Jun 6, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

Imagine if everyone were like her 😍 nor using disposable anymore, zero waste and driving and electrical car, the world would be saved

Dewirusdy

Jun 6, 2019, 3:20 pm Reply

Do you use toilet paper?

Palak D

Jun 6, 2019, 7:33 am Reply

A bit too extreme but I love this, I can learn from it, thank you hun. 💕

Mr Nobody

Jun 6, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

47 degrees? It's going to go up to 74??? You're dead! 😮

solarlola 9

Jul 7, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

Jesus Christ is the only way to God

Lays Calazans

Jul 7, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

Please teach us how to prepare smudge sticks from fresh herbs and how to use them. I always try to make them but they never lit up for more than 3 seconds, even when the herbs are dry.

Olivia Bowerman

Jul 7, 2019, 8:46 am Reply

Hello! It’s me. I really loved seeing a day in your life and even though I’m not the same religions you, I love hearing about your practice. Thanks so much for this video. 💕

Liz Workman

Jul 7, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

You can only get vitamin B from red meat. You need to take a supplement.

DropsOfJupit3r

Jul 7, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

Where did you purchase your terracotta sprouting tower from?

oliviaxvibes

Jul 7, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

Jesus loves ya'll!

Raul Meza

Jul 7, 2019, 8:25 am Reply

I'm a little late to the party. I just found your channel. What is the name of that company that makes your bike?

Vincent Flores

Jul 7, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

Your videos sre so relaxing ❤️😻😻

Sarah Delfino

Jul 7, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

If you don’t mind me asking, what’s your job during the week? Could you do a weekday version of this video? Thanks 🙂

Sarah B.

Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 am Reply

Your lifestyle is not applicable to all since you don't work

hawtshrlyn

Jul 7, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

wow this is the life I yearn for… simple , healthy and life changing.. I currently have highlights in my hair however I want to dye them to black. Do you suggest I let it grow out until its black or just dye it with some natural tint?

Manjus kitchen World

Jul 7, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

I have a cooking channel, as you like please watch and sub my channel dears

Yeet Boyo

Jul 7, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

While I’m not a minimalist myself, I love how relaxing your videos are! I’m thinking about trying some methods you use to improve your lifestyle.

Indigo gypsy

Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

I. Have. Fallen. In. Love. With. This. Channel. Infinte thank you ❤️

Nevena Glogovac

Jul 7, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

Great video! Could anyone please tell me what kind of wallet she is using? Tnx

Sumaiya Khan

Jul 7, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

I'm your new subscriber from India….loved your channel

Johan Liebert

Jul 7, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

You know what I can do without? A smartphone. I hate smartphones with a passion.

ale vel

Jul 7, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

What were the drop you drank?

SNOWINGSART

Jul 7, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

Thank you for reminding me.. Go back in those boxes for your Germany move and get RID OF MORE!

SNOWINGSART

Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

I guess I am taken aback by how many are concerned for her health. OMG, look around at the way we eat! I am not worried for her at all. I believe she listens to her body and she makes very thought out choices. You go! I am really fascinated watching this!

JBL Creations

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

What do you do for a living/work?

Jennie Sui

Jul 7, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

How can I connect with you ? I am really inspired by your life.Cheers from Ottawa

Prema p r

Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 am Reply

How do you make your dishwashing soap/liquid and detergents??

LaunchAnia

Jul 7, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

What does the cat eat?

Tomasz Jäschke

Jul 7, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

So helpfull and relaxing. Thank you o much! best regards:)

Katrina

Jul 7, 2019, 12:49 am Reply

May I ask what brand cbd oil you use? It's proven difficult for me to find a higher MG cbd oil and was told for the health issues I wish to treat it is needed in high dosages. As always your videos are calming and inspiring to start living a more intentional life for my holistic health. Thank you!

Shalom Sixta

Jul 7, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

Right on time got hold of yr channel,thank you for making it eadier for others to follow….and then explore further…Namaste

xeniya vassil

Jul 7, 2019, 8:00 pm Reply

Wow, we are on the same wave!) we use the same insight timer and I also watched the same yoga videos!! Thank you for sharing!!

Genesis M

Jul 7, 2019, 5:34 am Reply

On ur lazy days u wake up at 8? Omg on my lazy days I wake up at 4pm and usually I’m forced to wake up at 11 when I’m working.

Thomas Ferrara

Jul 7, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

Je vis en France. Je suis vegan, je travaille dans le commerce et pourtant ma philosophie est très poche de la vôtre. J’ai décidé de me lancer dans le minimalisme que je pratiquais à mon échelle sans savoir que c’était une réelle pratique quotidienne. Mon mode de vie va progressivement changer pour n’être orienté que dans l’utile et la gratitude envers le monde.

Merci pour votre partage !
🌱🇫🇷💚

Tasia Lysinger

Jul 7, 2019, 6:08 pm Reply

Do you have a link for that sprouting tray?

snowieskiesabove

Jul 7, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

This seems like a mental illness. It’s very aesthetically pleasing but this is insane amount of control and food obsession…

Ghoul _

Aug 8, 2019, 8:49 am Reply

As an 18 year old, I'm not mentally organised enough to be this intentionally with my possessions or actions, but I hope to start meditating soon. When I come out of adolescence in a couple years (around age 25), I hope to be mature enough to be on a journey not dissimilar to yours.

TEAM G

Aug 8, 2019, 10:04 am Reply

People like you inspires me to be less 🙂

J K

Aug 8, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

Are you ok? You seem so very sad.

Dave McDaverson

Aug 8, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

Nothing any of us do is sustainable 😃👍🏻

Random Rachael

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

I wonder what CBD oil she uses

Casey Facey

Aug 8, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

Your skin is incredible

Erica Payne

Aug 8, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

I love dandelion tea 😍🖤

Karenina Salazar

Aug 8, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

mexican matches MAYA 😍😍😍

Eternal Tales

Aug 8, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

Nice videos , very motivating

Open Mind

Aug 8, 2019, 6:29 am Reply

How much money you got

Dulce Sirenita

Aug 8, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

NICE LIFE!!!

Dulce Sirenita

Aug 8, 2019, 5:13 am Reply

Your life is so adorable!!! Your life really inspires me. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I do not need so many, so many things to be complete happy.

Dulce Sirenita

Aug 8, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

Your cat looks like a cow haha. I mean the color.

Temps

Aug 8, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

I don't want to tell you what to do so please take this as a comment from a place of care and love. Make sure you eat cooked food at least once a week because you will find that the longer you go eating that diet the more intolerant you will become to other foods and in the future you may want some pasta or some lentils and you will be in agony for days and days.

sita yoga

Aug 8, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply

hello beautiful, can u recommend me some yoga channels to do some calm yoga classes, thanks in advance dear

sailaway258

Aug 8, 2019, 10:27 pm Reply

Where did you get tthe wooden barette and water bottle??! I want one

Bleu 1

Aug 8, 2019, 7:34 am Reply

Watching her videos are so peaceful!!! Thanks for sharing!!

ABC 123

Aug 8, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Super hero. 💛

Kathy Buchanan

Aug 8, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

What job do you do..how do you make a living…

Kerry King

Aug 8, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

You are inspiring!

Abby Kennell

Aug 8, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

When she said no poo I thought she meant something else

Michael Bernardo

Aug 8, 2019, 4:52 pm Reply

To all the haters: Over 700 million people already live on less than US$2 a day. This lifestyle is luxurious compared to that.

Ava Avacado

Aug 8, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

I have a question: why raw veganism and not just veganism? I’m not an expert, but I know from working as a farmhand on a vegetable farm that many fruits and vegetables do not reach their full nutrient potential unless cooked. And doesn’t raw veganism mean you can’t have cooked oats, grains, etc?

Another question, not meant to be offensive at all, really just wondering: if you eat raw vegan, what has your doctor and/or nutritionist said about it? I don’t know much about it and I know opinions can vary, but what is the general opinion?

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