My magical boiii and i went to the golden sunflower fields yesterday. My soul filled up with so much beauty it could last me the entire year. So blessed <3. Now all i want to do is travel to magical places all over and let the beauty of the earth fill up my sad tank.

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consumed-youth:

Irishman Mark Boyle tried to live life with no income, no bank balance and no spending. Here’s how he finds it:
"If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal. The plan back then was to get a ‘good’ job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.
For a while I did it – I had a fantastic job managing a big organic food company; had myself a yacht on the harbour. If it hadn’t been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi, I’d still be doing it today. Instead, for the last fifteen months, I haven’t spent or received a single penny. Zilch.
The change in life path came one evening on the yacht whilst philosophising with a friend over a glass of merlot. Whilst I had been significantly influenced by the Mahatma’s quote “be the change you want to see in the world”, I had no idea what that change was up until then. We began talking about all major issues in the world – environmental destruction, resource wars, factory farms, sweatshop labour – and wondering which of these we would be best devoting our time to. Not that we felt we could make any difference, being two small drops in a highly polluted ocean.
But that evening I had a realisation. These issues weren’t as unrelated as I had previously thought – they had a common root cause. I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems.
The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now means we’re completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the ‘stuff’ we buy.
Very few people actually want to cause suffering to others; most just don’t have any idea that they directly are. The tool that has enabled this separation is money, especially in its globalised format.
Take this for an example: if we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.
If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor.
If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t shit in it.
So to be the change I wanted to see in the world, it unfortunately meant I was going to have to give up money, which I decided to do for a year initially. So I made a list of the basics I’d need to survive. I adore food, so it was at the top. There are four legs to the food-for-free table: foraging wild food, growing your own, bartering and using waste grub, of which there far too much.
On my first day I fed 150 people a three course meal with waste and foraged food. Most of the year I ate my own crops though and waste only made up about five per cent my diet. I cooked outside – rain or shine – on a rocket stove.
Next up was shelter. So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid. I’d use wood I either coppiced or scavenged to heat my humble abode in a wood burner made from an old gas bottle, and I had a compost loo to make ‘humanure’ for my veggies.
I bathed in a river, and for toothpaste I used washed up cuttlefish bone with wild fennel seeds, an oddity for a vegan. For loo roll I’d relieve the local newsagents of its papers (I once wiped my arse with a story about myself); it wasn’t double quilted but it quickly became normal. To get around I had a bike and trailer, and the 55 km commute to the city doubled up as my gym subscription. For lighting I’d use beeswax candles.
Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that’s the thing I don’t get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.
Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I’ve more friends in my community than ever, I haven’t been ill since I began, and I’ve never been fitter. I’ve found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.
Could we all live like this tomorrow? No. It would be a catastrophe, we are too addicted to both it and cheap energy, and have managed to build an entire global infrastructure around the abundance of both. But if we devolved decision making and re-localised down to communities of no larger than 150 people, then why not? For over 90 per cent of our time on this planet, a period when we lived much more ecologically, we lived without money. Now we are the only species to use it, probably because we are the species most out of touch with nature.
People now often ask me what is missing compared to my old world of lucre and business. Stress. Traffic-jams. Bank statements. Utility bills. Oh yeah, and the odd pint of organic ale with my mates down the local.”

consumed-youth:

Irishman Mark Boyle tried to live life with no income, no bank balance and no spending. Here’s how he finds it:

"If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal. The plan back then was to get a ‘good’ job, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society I was successful.

For a while I did it – I had a fantastic job managing a big organic food company; had myself a yacht on the harbour. If it hadn’t been for the chance purchase of a video called Gandhi, I’d still be doing it today. Instead, for the last fifteen months, I haven’t spent or received a single penny. Zilch.

The change in life path came one evening on the yacht whilst philosophising with a friend over a glass of merlot. Whilst I had been significantly influenced by the Mahatma’s quote “be the change you want to see in the world”, I had no idea what that change was up until then. We began talking about all major issues in the world – environmental destruction, resource wars, factory farms, sweatshop labour – and wondering which of these we would be best devoting our time to. Not that we felt we could make any difference, being two small drops in a highly polluted ocean.

But that evening I had a realisation. These issues weren’t as unrelated as I had previously thought – they had a common root cause. I believe the fact that we no longer see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect is the factor that unites these problems.

The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now means we’re completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering embodied in the ‘stuff’ we buy.

Very few people actually want to cause suffering to others; most just don’t have any idea that they directly are. The tool that has enabled this separation is money, especially in its globalised format.

Take this for an example: if we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today.

If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor.

If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t shit in it.

So to be the change I wanted to see in the world, it unfortunately meant I was going to have to give up money, which I decided to do for a year initially. So I made a list of the basics I’d need to survive. I adore food, so it was at the top. There are four legs to the food-for-free table: foraging wild food, growing your own, bartering and using waste grub, of which there far too much.

On my first day I fed 150 people a three course meal with waste and foraged food. Most of the year I ate my own crops though and waste only made up about five per cent my diet. I cooked outside – rain or shine – on a rocket stove.

Next up was shelter. So I got myself a caravan from Freecycle, parked it on an organic farm I was volunteering with, and kitted it out to be off the electricity grid. I’d use wood I either coppiced or scavenged to heat my humble abode in a wood burner made from an old gas bottle, and I had a compost loo to make ‘humanure’ for my veggies.

I bathed in a river, and for toothpaste I used washed up cuttlefish bone with wild fennel seeds, an oddity for a vegan. For loo roll I’d relieve the local newsagents of its papers (I once wiped my arse with a story about myself); it wasn’t double quilted but it quickly became normal. To get around I had a bike and trailer, and the 55 km commute to the city doubled up as my gym subscription. For lighting I’d use beeswax candles.

Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that’s the thing I don’t get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.

Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I’ve more friends in my community than ever, I haven’t been ill since I began, and I’ve never been fitter. I’ve found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.

Could we all live like this tomorrow? No. It would be a catastrophe, we are too addicted to both it and cheap energy, and have managed to build an entire global infrastructure around the abundance of both. But if we devolved decision making and re-localised down to communities of no larger than 150 people, then why not? For over 90 per cent of our time on this planet, a period when we lived much more ecologically, we lived without money. Now we are the only species to use it, probably because we are the species most out of touch with nature.

People now often ask me what is missing compared to my old world of lucre and business. Stress. Traffic-jams. Bank statements. Utility bills. Oh yeah, and the odd pint of organic ale with my mates down the local.”

Day 3 of 365 day challenge. I miss so much doing photo shoots with my ladie tribe back home :(! I have a fascination with vintage clothing accompanied by different experimental types of jewelry. i love colour accompanied by lack of colour and using my aesthetic to make myself into a living, breathing part of my world.

Unfortunately my DSLR cam was forgotten at my sisters college :(! so i had to take these shitty webcam ones. oh well, still had fun doing this mini shoot. this is one of the photos from it. “I am ladie gemini, learning to embrace the highs & lows knowing that i have the capability in my soul to feel such a large spectrum of colour & weight. Learning to embrace the dark & strange with the pure & collected corners of me. Once i can love all of me is when i’ll set myself free upon the moon, realizing that nothing is good nor bad. it just is. like humans, like animals, like situations…just are.”

Collected this dress from a local antique/thrift store in hampden, baltimore.

Expressing myself through image & word is my way of life & being. It makes me feel happy and alive in the moment and free. This is why i do what i do. <3 energies over n out. -Jendigo

Day 2 of 365 day challenge:
I went for an amazing run and made this delish:
Glowing Green Smoothie for Glowing Clear Skin and Shiny Hair!
Here&#8217;s the link for the recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF3MjDvzNdc
Despite all the greens in here it&#8217;s pretty yummiii! I also daily add a table spoon or culinary grade diatomaceous earth. I&#8217;ll do a more in depth post about that soon. Research it though&#8230;its quite amazing and seeps in benefits. 
Love energies over n out, &lt;3 jendigo! P.s. you can see my 4ft creature sculpture in the background :P

Day 2 of 365 day challenge:

I went for an amazing run and made this delish:

Glowing Green Smoothie for Glowing Clear Skin and Shiny Hair!

Here’s the link for the recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF3MjDvzNdc

Despite all the greens in here it’s pretty yummiii! I also daily add a table spoon or culinary grade diatomaceous earth. I’ll do a more in depth post about that soon. Research it though…its quite amazing and seeps in benefits.

Love energies over n out, <3 jendigo! P.s. you can see my 4ft creature sculpture in the background :P

Day 1 of 365 to a greener, healthier land & me!

"Tampons are made from rayon, a petrochemical-based fiber or cotton which we already know can contain pesticide residues… Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), one of the toxins found in sanitary napkins & tampons has been called the most toxic chemical ever produced." - Living Green, Greg Horn

In reading this book, I’ve found crucial sustainability advice for everyday products that we don’t think twice about. Today I ordered my first box of organic tampons from http://www.seventhgeneration.com/! Surprisingly they weren’t that expensive. A 20 pack for 5.49! It freaks me out to put something inside of me for hours in such a sensitive organ that can easily absorb into a females blood stream or effect the delicate lining of the vagina. 

Love energies over n out, <3 Jendigo

Some lovely lavender tea with a side of meditation before bed tonight.
Lavender healing properties: helps insomnia, reduces anxiety, can help treat fungal and yeast infections, helps depression, &amp; muscle relaxant.

Some lovely lavender tea with a side of meditation before bed tonight.

Lavender healing properties: helps insomnia, reduces anxiety, can help treat fungal and yeast infections, helps depression, & muscle relaxant.

HI. can i just have my dream earth ship home and grow all these medicinal plants :(

one day, one day! i will def be ordering some of these for my window sill though!

this blog has become ENLIGHTENED.

  • WHOA there....know what's dumb as FUQUE. the way that i use my personal blog. reblogging images of rad, simple, beautiful things is great but i want this to be something way DIFFERENT & informative & an exploration of my time on this earth, something real (god knows we need more of that).
  • ****starting when i get back home to Baltimore i will be giving this blog a facelift. this means this will solely become a sustainability, informative herbal, (sharing of my personal art & projects, and music), daily adventures, DIY projects i pursue, writings of me BLOG.
  • I want to start this 365 day challenge to at least post one interesting musing or exploration i made that day. this will be an amazing opp for me to become more productive and also an effort to break any feelings of depression out of me!!! i'm overcoming my withdrawal from zoloft and i dont want to regress in anyway. i feel that herbal and holistic approaches are ones of which i want to do for the rest of my life.
  • My goals are to inspire, inform, and renew human who follow me and for it to have a reciprocating effect on myself as well.
  • I vouch to live the rest of this summer more organically, wholesomely, spiritually and ALIVE. being a beacon of light so that i can attract light minded beings to me like a mouth in the velvet night sky.
  • here we go: love energies over and out.
  • <3 Jendigo