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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Getting Good Sleep

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For a number of reasons -the change of seasons, the news, stress, early-rising chickens- I have had trouble sleeping lately. After a lot of trial and error, and many, many bedroom redesigning sessions (am I the only one who's obsessed with sleeping with my head pointing towards the North?), I've come up with a few tricks to get better sleep and finally come up with a bedtime routine.

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Create the right environment

  • Comfy bed

This one is a no brainer. Whether it's a mountain of pillows or a warm duvet, the mere thought of your bed should make you want to jump right back in it.

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  • Minimalistic decor

A bedroom is a place to rest. So you might want to keep the decor pretty minimalist and let your brain relax.

  • Dark room

According to the place where you live (Iceland in the summer, a house with no blinds), make sure that your room remains dark. It's the best way to fall asleep and stay so as long as needed.

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  • Pillow mist

A spray bottle, distilled water and a couple drops of lavender essential oil are all you need. A couple sprays of this concoction on your pillow will come a long way to help you drift off.

  • Ear plugs

It's not for everyone, but when your chickens decide that 6.30am is a reasonable time to sing the egg song, you do your best to prevent it or just stuff wax balls into your ear canals.

Bedtime Routine

  • No stimulants after 3pm

I personally don't drink coffee, but downing a glass of orange juice right before going to bed is certainly not a wise move.

  • Regular bed time

I sometimes go as far as setting up an alarm to start my bedtime routine (shower, brush my teeth, etc). This helps me make sure that I'll get enough hours of rest.

  • Put socks on!

There's this pair of fluffy socks I wear most of the time when I'm at home. Being warm and comfy is a great invitation to then transition to bed.

  • Dim lights

1 hour before bedtime, I try not to turn on bright lights, which is one of the reasons why we have dimmers, candles or reading lights in almost every room of the house.

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  • Books only!

No phone, no TV, no computer in the bedroom. You might remember my "No electronics in the bedroom policy". I have to admit that I've made an exception for my Kindle.

Do you have secrets to get better sleep? I'f love to know your bedtime routine secrets!

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Finding Inspiration

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Freelance life has got its pros and cons. Getting free time can both be a blessing and a curse, especially when you feel uninspired.

I often suffer from decision fatigue. Some many options are offered to me that I feel paralyzed and end up on the couch binge-watching Netflix' latest hit show.

I've been working hard in the past few weeks in preparation for winter, a slower season for my line of business, which can get pretty hard on me.

And here are my tricks for fighting discouragement and finding inspiration.

  • Read a book

I just got my copy of Guillaume Wolf's You Are a Circle and read a page a day.

I like to alternate between ebooks and hard copies, whether I buy them or borrow them from the library and from friends.

  • Watch a TED talk, any TED talk

I was very moved by this talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I also added the TED app to our Apple TV so I do not immediately fall into the Netflix pit. This makes TV watching more productive.

  • Listen to a new podcast #trypod

This week, I'm gonna start listening to How I Built This from NPR.

  • Go for a walk

A short walk to my neighborhood coffee shop is sometimes enough, and sometimes I'll drive a little further and go for a hike.

Pairing listening to an ebook or a podcast while walking to run an errand is also a great hack!

  • Socialize

In order to make my return to Portland less daunting after a summer of exciting adventures, I scheduled weeks in advance coffee dates with friends and fellow creators and even reached out to people I had been inspired by like Andrea, Annika and Alba. The response was overwhelmingly positive. I should do this more often!

  • Learn a new skill

Calligraphy, macramé, natural dyeing, lip balm making, photography, editing, car repairing, the list goes on. My new goal is to improve my public speaking abilities, so, as you know, I'm gonna attend my local Toastmasters meet-ups.

Learning a new skill does not necessary mean attending a class or paying for it. There are many ways to learn something new.

How do you get inspired?

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10 little things #7

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Here are 10 little things that have been making me happy lately:

  1. Meeting my parents halfway for a vacation.
  2. A big seasonal cleanup.
  3. Blank notebooks.
  4. Swimming in rivers.
  5. New music.
  6. New friends.
  7. New projects.
  8. Eating our garden bounty.
  9. Connecting with our neighbors.
  10. Not killing a single plant this summer.

What little things have been making you happy lately?

Photograph by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.