Upcycling, Small Business Ownership, and Teaching Children to Care for our Environment: An Interview with Faith Delozier of Faithfully Yours Atelier

I asked Faith if she would be willing to be a guest on my blog due to the nature of her business. Faith’s sews, crochets, and creates upcycled products from thrifted and donated goods. Her makes range from sustainable scrunchies to shirt-sleeve pants to crochet crowns to satchel bags. She also offers alterations and repairs in her home studio.Faith is a genius when it comes to making something both practical and beautiful out of something that would otherwise be thrown away. Her passions for educating and caring for our planet are apparent in her work, and I learned so much about upcycling and reducing waste from my conversation with her.

Choosing to Sit in the Unknowns, Enjoy the Mundane, and Cultivate Rest

A few weeks ago, Carson and I sat down to talk about our goals for the next few years. We have some big dreams of investing in a rental property of some kind to use as passive income to save for Lincoln’s future—whether trade school or college or something else that the Lord calls him to. I remember sitting in our swivel rockers one evening after Lincoln went to bed, and I told Carson that I needed a new, very specific goal to save for—given I already have about eight that I’m trying to juggle. We are nearing the end of our major renovations on this house—there is still a lot to be done, but I often have a desire to move on to the next big thing.

The Only Eco-Friendly Cleaner You’ll Ever Need

Since embarking on this journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle, we have been looking not only for cleaner products but also for ways to reduce our consumption. A few years ago, I found a cleaning concentrate from Rocky Mountain Oils that lasts for months and can be used on nearly every surface in our home.

Why I Sold My Car & Started Biking to Work: Cecilia’s Story

Today, I have the honor of sharing an interview with Cecilia Thibault–who recently sold her car and bikes to work nearly every day. I had the privilege of meeting with Cecilia Thibault last week, and after talking with her for an hour I was so inspired and started rethinking a lot of aspects of how I live my life. Cecilia is an incredibly talented and multi-passionate person–she loves dance, she started an organization to provide leadership opportunities for young Latino professionals, she recently bought her first rental property with her husband, and she has multiple long-term goals to better serve our community.

Inexpensive Sustainable Swaps to Try Today

So you want to start pursuing sustainable living but you are overwhelmed because you feel like you need to throw out everything in your home and start completely from scratch. Did you know the most sustainable thing you can often do is to use what you already have? Throwing out all of your clothes that aren’t made of sustainable fibers… ditching all of your plastic products… throwing away full bottles of personal-care products–that is a tremendous waste. Now, I understand the desire to get toxic chemicals out of your home once you learn about the harmful effects; however, I personally don’t recommend throwing everything away and starting from scratch. For one, who can afford to do that!? Certainly not me. Here are some simple swaps that you can make to get started!

Our Cloth Diaper Routine

So this post won’t apply to all of my readers, but cloth diapering our son is one of the main ways that our family has chosen to live life more sustainably. I never planned on cloth diapering and honestly was disgusted at the thought, but our doula mentioned the benefits to us (less waste, saving money, gentle on baby skin) shortly before our son was born, and now I would never turn back! Our doula and several other women helped me get started because initially it can be quite overwhelming! There is so much information and so many opinions out there, but we finally found a system that worked well for our family. I’ve gotten questions from friends or even strangers about why we chose to cloth diaper, what our routine is, and if it’s as disgusting as it seems. Although I know cloth diapering is not for every family, if you are even a little bit interested, I highly recommend doing some research and giving it a try–especially if your family is looking for ways to reduce waste.

Simple Steps to a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Over the past few years, our family has made some conscious decisions to live more sustainably for a variety of reasons. If I’m being honest, our original reasoning was from a mindset of frugality, but as we learn more and more about the importance of living life as thoughtful consumers our reasons have expanded to include ethics, health, and a desire to better care for this beautiful earth that the Lord gave to us to enjoy.