June – you rocked.

Hello world of blog readers!

Today I thought I would take some time to sit down and reflect on the amazing month I have just had and share with you some of the many things I have learned and experienced. They say spring is a tough act to follow, but June never fails to disappoint.

This month I knew I was on the precipice of my busiest months of the year (July & August) and so I made a conscious effort to carve out time for myself and to relax and recharge. The reward for this conscious effort to take care of my self has been huge – I feel ready to succeed this summer and ready to rise to the challenge of a couple busy months at work.

When reflecting on the month of June there are 4 themes that come into focus, which I will discuss in this blog: volunteering, sustainability tips, my solo road trip, and of course my Tesla. So let’s dive in; I hope you learn something new!

Adding Volunteering to my Life…

June started off with a great volunteering experience thanks to my continued involvement with the group Green Okanagan (I feel it is worth mentioning, this is not volunteering with the Green Party of Canada, despite having similar sounding names and some overlapping visions). Green Okanagan hosted a town hall discussion in early June in Kelowna regarding the Green New Deal for Canada – a report being delivered to Ottawa in the fall suggesting how Canadians see ourselves moving towards a just society and green, sustainable economic system.

The town hall was organized by a team of volunteers (myself included) and I have to say working with such an amazing team and seeing the night succeed was a very rewarding experience. Some of the key suggestions our 57 participants collectively put forward included investments in public transportation, life cycle accountability for producers of consumer goods, and Canada to meet their commitments to the Paris Accord.

The amazing team of Volunteers (sporting our thrifted t-shirts I was tasked with creating!)

Sustainability Hacks

Another area I have been making changes in during June would be trying to reduce my waste and use of plastic in much of my daily life. I recently began composting and making use of the central compost drop-off bin pilot project here in Vernon. I have found that I can divert much of my household waste from the landfill by mindfully composting and I only regret not doing it sooner!

I have also begun shopping at the bulk foods store for items such as pasta, grains, sugar, coffee, and snacks. I even take glass containers which are re-used from kitchen sauces etc., which makes the bulk shopping completely packaging free! Just take your containers to the weigh scale at the checkout where they will mark the empty weight on the jars.

Not only do I feel great knowing I am not generating unnecessary packaging waste, I have also been saving so much money. For the price of what I used to spend on a bag of coffee ($12), I am able to get 4 or 5 jars full of various goods like Quinoa, sugar, coffee and candy.

Lastly, I have made some significant sustainability alterations to my bathroom products – specifically, ordering a stainless steel razor, using shampoo bars, and finding a recycled cloth makeup remover towel (locally made as well!). These products are working really well for me and made for a very easy transition with zero compromise.

Local Compost Collection Bin in Vernon BC.
Bulk Foods in Re-Purposed Kitchen Glass Recycling and Glass Milk Container.
Shampoo Bar, Stainless Steel Razor, and Re-Usable Makeup Cloth made of Recycled Fibre.

I hope those of you who are looking for small ways you can implement changes at home to green your footprint find the above suggestions useful – remember that when it comes time to vote, your vote is a moral multiplier (it takes your values ex. sustainability, and allows larger changes to occur from the top down, something we know is necessary if we are to achieve the ambitious emissions reduction targets the world needs).

Who’s ready for a Road Trip!?

A few months ago I decided to book a small Cabin on an Organic Farm in Loon Lake as a getaway spot for myself, what a great decision that turned out to be. One of the tendencies I have when single is to travel less because I get caught up in the scarcity mindset (I don’t have a partner to come with me, so it wouldn’t be as much fun). I challenged that thought process by booking what could have also been a romantic couple’s retreat, but for myself. It was also my first chance to take my new Tesla on a mini road trip, and to check out the Kamloops superchargers.

This turned out to be a GREAT DECISION! I have talked to many people who are in relationships and they even agree that solo time and trips are good for all of us, and they are envious that I was able to spend 3 days of quality alone time. During my 2 glorious nights away I was able to write, read, cook, take photos, and relax (oh and sleep, A LOT!). Not to mention, I had zero transportation costs (thank you free Supercharging!) and zero tailpipe emissions. Now that is truly a vacation I can feel good about.

Home for 2 Nights
Loon Lake, BC
Friendly Farm Animals
Kamloops Superchargers – 40 minutes, $0, 225km added range.
Sitting on my front steps, before the mosquitos chased me inside…
Leaving Paradise heading for Home.

Spreading the word, Tesla style.

This month I was fortunate enough to offer plenty of rides to first timers and to attend my second Electric Vehicle car show, this one hosted by the climate club at a local elementary school.

It was great, as always, to connect with other Tesla and EV owners and to showcase our experiences and vehicles to those with questions and those considering making the switch to an EV. The students had also put together some great projects and posters about the subject, and were even on hand to offer to ‘do the math’ for you in making the switch, calculating monthly costs and savings for attendees. Pretty amazing way to spend an afternoon, and always rewarding to see this car living out it’s true potential.

EV Car Show in Vernon on June 22nd
3 x Tesla Model 3s

You made it to the end!

Thank you for reading and I can’t wait to update you all again soon, until then enjoy this beautiful sunset I captured in Lake Country last night.

Until next time,

Olivia.

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