Rachel Dolecheck

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I have been wanting to do a sustainability post for quite some time now, but I haven’t been able to think of an approach to take. Well, if you haven’t noticed, my title kind of gives it away. Sustainability for dummies aka me. Probably you. Unless Helena is reading (she’s a sustainability kween and also pictured below).

Anywho, sustainability. It’s a difficult topic to understand and sometimes especially difficult in practice. So I thought I’d break it down in 5 cute little steps for anyone who wants to try and take part in saving our planet!

Step 1: Always start with some research.

As I am also part of this ‘sustainability for dummies’ group, I’m going to do some research as I write this blog. Below are some articles I found easy to understand and ultimately interesting for beginners.

Step 2: After some quick research, figure out whats best for you.

So there’s a lot when it comes to being sustainable. Recycling, composting, ethical shopping, etc etc etc. However, it’s not always possible for a single person to practice every aspect of sustainability especially depending on where you live. For instance, in smaller towns composting can be quite the task, but a reusable shopping bag is always practical and very sustainable anywhere you are.

If you can compost, though, I highly recommend because it’s a beautiful process 🙂

Step 3: Understand that no one is perfect.

This one is important. Not a single person is perfect, especially when it comes to being sustainable. We all make mistakes, and it’s okay. I used to get so mad at myself when I would forget my shopping bag for groceries or my reusable water bottle, but I have realized its okay. The world isn’t going to end because I didn’t compost my food. It’s important to understand that it isn’t so much about what we do, but instead how we do it. Basically what I’m getting at is how important the little things are. Understanding how to properly recycle can be ever-changing to our environment.

Step 4: Be conscious.

So you’ve done your research. You know what will work best with your lifestyle and you now know that no one is perfect. It’s time to really think when it comes to making sustainable choices (that is, if you’re serious about it). Check if your grocery packaging is recyclable, what your clothes are made of, where your food coming from, etc. It’s time to take a second to really think about these choices we make every single day. Some questions I have been asking myself lately, “Do I really need this?” or “Is this recyclable?” etc.

Step 5: Never stop learning.

Last, but not least, never stop learning. The world of sustainability is evolving every single day. From new products being launched to innovative ways to be more sustainable. A new product that I have been wanting to try which is great for the environment is the “cora ball” or in other words, a laundry ball that catches all the tiny micro-fibers coming off our clothes in the washing machine. Micro-fiber is actually the single biggest pollution problem facing our ocean, hence why I’m curious to try this cool product! Check it out here and always stay curious about all things sustainable. 🙂

I hope this helped anyone who might be a little interested about sustainability because it’s really such a cool thing. Knowing that I am saving so much plastic using my metal straw or reusable shopping bag is honestly what inspires me every day.

-R

So here’s a story about a sandwich. The best sandwich ever in history of sandwiches according to 5-6 people. Also known as Tina. I literally just made that up while deciding to write this post.

It’s about a famous sandwich that I make, of course. And just to be clear only 5-6 people have been graced with the opportunity to try it. I first made this bad boy in high school. I think it was sophomore year (but also bad memory). I used to only eat at home during the summer, and it was either frozen pizza/pizza rolls, quesadillas, or my famous sandwich.

Either my mom or dad would occasionally bring home the most amazing bread from the grocery. I’m talking that Italian bakery bread. The bread that doesn’t even need butter.

Anywho, I decided to use the delicious bread to make my most amazing sandwich (however I’m open and have used multiple types of bread – per my photo of wheat bread).

I thought I’d just go through the steps for any of those 5-6 people that might be wondering what the mystery behind the best sandwich in the history of sandwiches is.

Step 1: Gather ingredients (this depends on your preference) I use –

  • Bread
  • Turkey
  • Swiss cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Bacon
  • Honey mustard and/or chipotle sauce

Step 2: Begin cooking bacon (but only if you like bacon of course).

Step 3: Toast bread. Now this depends on the type of bread you have. Regular old sandwich bread, throw that in the toaster, but the Italian goodness (a delicacy) goes in the oven on broil for about 5-6 min.

Step 4: Fire up your turkey in the delicious bacon grease. I mean my goodness. My mouth is watering just thinking about this masterpiece of a sandwich. Now the key here is to clean some of that grease out of pan, yet leaving just enough to cook your turkey slices with. Depending on how hungry you are, start with about 4 slices (sometimes 4 and 1/2 if you’re feeling crazy) on your pan. Cook on low for about 5 min. Now, flip and add your cheese on top of the turkey until its melting deliciously down the sides.

Step 5: CHECK YOUR BREAD! Don’t let that baby burn.

Step 6: I am assuming you have taken out your bread and now time to physically make this bad boy. Put your turkey and melted cheese directly on your toasted bread, add the bacon and lettuce, and drizzle your secret sauce (I have been loving chipotle mayo lately) on your other naked piece of bread.

7. Let sit for… just kidding, eat that baby as soon as it’s made and let it burn the hell out of your mouth because it’s just that good.

And that’s on periodt.

-R

These past few weeks have been confusing to say the least. And the past few days I have felt more anxiety than I have in years. I’m not sure if it’s because of the unknown, or the fact that I can’t really go home during this time of panic. However, I continually look back to this beautiful photo (shown above) and feel the calmness it brought me on the day I took it.

So you see, the day this photo was taken, I was on my way to see my long distance boyfriend, missed my flight, and felt like I just flat out ruined the day.

Well spoiler alert, the day wasn’t ruined. It was actually almost perfect. I had the most amazing Lyft driver who was calming, full of positive energy, and had the most encouraging words. I have always been a firm believer in the saying “everything happens for a reason” yet I never really seem to practice it.

It wasn’t until Katyria, my lovely driver, told me just that. While I was panicking, forcing back tears, and not knowing if I was going to have to buy a completely new flight, she said “everything happens for a reason babe, but don’t worry we’re going to get you there on time.”

I knew the moment I stepped in the car we wouldn’t make it, but she gave me some positive hope (and just for kicks, I was literally 5 min too late, which is quite impressive considering I woke up 30 min before my flight left).

Anyways, it wasn’t until this moment of peace and serenity that I realized she was completely right. Everything does happen for a reason, and while these times are so confusing and unpredictable, we are all here for a reason and we all have some sort of plan. Most of us (including me) have no idea what that plan is, but we can try to go with the flow and enjoy every bit of life we can get.

That’s it for today, but stay tuned because I promise I have lots of blog ideas in this very weird time of social distancing.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and always be happy, my loves.

-R

Working and going to school in the NYC metro area is all fun and games until you take a bogus part-time job in between semesters and your hours basically get cut in half. And by half I mean I have the next 13 days off so I have found myself doing absolutely anything and everything to keep myself busy. With one week down of figuring out what to do when you have nothing to do, I thought I’d report my best findings (for anyone who might find themself in the same situation or just needs a good laugh).

First things first, you are going to have a lotttt of free time. This means no more excuses. Go exercise, do your skincare routine, and clean your room. But seriously, skincare. Do it. Every day, twice a day. Actually do all of these things whether you have time off or not. Don’t listen to me. Be the organized, healthy queen you know you are.

With all this free time, might as well try and make some money because you’re already broke. So go ahead and list your entire closet on Poshmark and Depop. It keeps you busy and more money in your pocket. Check out some of my newest listings below because I actually haven’t sold anything in this hard time of not having anything to do.

Another fun activity to do is learn a new skill (if you’re into that sort of thing). There are surprisingly tons of free videos on graphic design, computer programming, and communication skills. You can even take it to the next level and learn to cook a bomb ass meal. In case you were wondering, I have not taken it to the next level, but see below some of my finest, amateur work.

With the lack of income, you might as well spend your money only on necessities (aka groceries and coffee, of course). Explore different coffee shops in your area, write a blog post on your favorite ones, and rate who has the best muffins.

On days when you feel like being a hermit, read a book, drink some tea, or photograph absolutely everything in your apartment in the most satisying ways possible. Many photos were taken, but these were the ones that made the cut.

Lastly, and probably the fan favorite is to binge some Netflix shows. But only at night because you are a hardworking, independent woman/man who needs Vitamin D and human interaction. Anyways, some binge-worthy shows I have watched recently are You, Good Girls, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

In conclusion, if this is what being a housewife is like, I want absolutely no part in it. Find a good, honest job and always have a backup plan when things go a little unexpected.

I hope you all enjoyed my segment on what to do when you have nothing do. 😛

-R