Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

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Sledding for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I kinda want to go sledding again!

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Zero Waste Swaps - Laundry Sheets

Zero Waste Swap Laundry Sheets by Conscious by Chloé

It's been a while since I last wrote about my journey to less waste.

After living in a pandemic and moving to a rural town, my priorities have shifted and my access to zero waste resources has diminished.

But I still strive to live a life in alignment with my values, I simply have reassessed what made sense for me, my house, my wallet, my time, and my mental load.

One thing I've done recently, since using up the last of my DIY laundry powder, is switching to laundry sheets.

Zero Waste Swap Laundry Sheets by Conscious by Chloé

I was quite happy with the recipe I used despite everything I read about people ruining their clothes with DIY laundry detergent. Do you remember that phase in the pandemic when people were stripping their laundry in their bathtubs?

But I suddenly didn't find myself inspired to make it again (I might have run out of ingredients, I don't particularly remember how it happened).

Side note: I tried to make liquid detergent once and it was a total failure.

Zero Waste Swap Laundry Sheets by Conscious by Chloé

Anyhow, I did some research and ended up ordering these laundry sheets. They came in cardboard packaging but I put them in a mason jar because of... aesthetics!

I use them weekly and I sometimes only use half a sheet just to see how effective they are and I must say they work just fine.

When I think about it, I add some white vinegar to the softener dispenser, but I honestly don't need it here, the water isn't hard, my laundry remains soft.

Zero Waste Swap Laundry Sheets by Conscious by Chloé

They're cost-effective (especially if you use a half sheet per load), dissolve perfectly even in cold water, and boy would they have been useful during our road trip (we had to wash all of our bedding after a rainstorm and ended up buying laundry powder at the laundromat)!

So there it is, one little switch that saved me time and money. I might experiment again with laundry products (I need to find where to forage horse chestnuts) but this solution will do for now.

If you want to know more about my laundry routine, check out my laundry essentials.

What's your favorite Zero Waste Swap? I'd love to hear!

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The Conscious List

Hot Chocolate in the snow for Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna go play in the snow and drink all the hot chocolate!

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My One-Word Theme for 2022

One-Word Theme Inspiration for the New Year 2022 by Conscious by Chloé

I usually chose my word of the year before I write down my list of goals for the new year, but I somehow had more inspiration to focus on small tasks rather than the big picture this time.

This is my 6th year choosing a theme for the upcoming year. My words have included, Routine, Learn, Grounded, and Prepare.

One-Word Theme Inspiration for the New Year 2022 by Conscious by Chloé

For 2022, the word I chose is BALANCE.

It did not come to me right away, but I ultimately came to the realization that it simply made sense.

I've been struggling for the past couple of years with my place in the world and this country, juggling between moves and visa applications.

I've been working to feel a sense of routine and belonging, and it eventually all boils down to finding... balance.

This year (the third one that we are going to live in a pandemic) I want to focus less on the material and more on the intangible.

I'm working remotely, connecting virtually with friends and family (travel is still complicated), and don't have yet a place to call my own (as in where I can take down walls and plant trees whose fruit I'll eat over the next decades :)

I want to find a way to live a meaningful life where I am at right here, right now.

One-Word Theme Inspiration for the New Year 2022 by Conscious by Chloé

Balance can be achieved in so many ways.

Literally, I am going to keep practicing yoga and may or may not be able to do a crow pose someday.

I mentioned in my 22 for 2022 list that I want to tweak my diet to find the right balance and identify triggers for my migraines and other hormonal issues.

I want to find the right balance between work and play by scheduling a proper workday routine.

Financial stability is also high on my priority list...

I've subscribed to Skillshare and bookmarked a whole bunch of classes, I'm also starting my Master Gardener training this month!

I've signed up for Yoga with Adriene's 30-day yoga journey for January and also started training with weights in our garage!

A couple of these goals sound super serious but I am determined to have fun along the way. Nothing is pressing, nothing needs major work, I just want to make my life more fun, more meaningful, and more impactful.

I want to learn and share, support others and feel supported, feel powerful, and empowered.

So this is my intention for 2022. I hope you'll follow me on this journey and share your own "words of the year" with me along the way.

One-Word Theme Inspiration for the New Year 2022 by Conscious by Chloé


Now, it's your turn, if you had to choose one word, or a short phrase, to sum up what you want to focus on in the new year, what would it be?

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22 for 2022

22 for 2022 Year Goal List for my Happiness Project by Conscious by Chloé

Happy new year!

Boy am I glad that this year is over! It was overall alright, but, for some reason, I feel like 2020 was easier, which doesn't really make sense.

I've been lucky to have a job, a house, a roof over my head. My friends and family have been safe and I was extremely lucky to have been able to see my parents again after 22 months apart!

I'm typing this on the last day of a year that flew by and was also terribly long, looking back on my goals for 2021 and feeling quite accomplished if I do say so myself.

I did not cross everything off my list but still feel like I got a lot done and set the foundations to go in the right direction.

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Now is the time to write a new list, with one more item for one more year. I've been brainstorming while spending many hours on snowy Oregon roads over the past few weeks and came up with the following.

1. Read 22 books

I'm not sure I reached my 21 books goal last year (do home decor and coffee table books count?) but I'm so excited to inaugurate my 2022 reading list.

2. Learn new skills (virtually)

I've been waiting to be able to take classes in person again, like ceramics, but until the pandemic is over and/or I get a car, I'm gonna sign up for Skillshare and learn from home. I'm excited to browse the catalog but am also eager to learn how to properly edit my pics.

3. Go backcountry skiing

I may or may not be hinting at a hut-to-hut backcountry ski trip to a couple of friends. This will hopefully happen early in the new year!

4. Go rafting

I used to go rafting in the Alps when I was a kid and really want to do it again. A couple of our friends here are whitewater rafting guides, I need to sign up for a trip!

5. Update my resume / Reflect on my career

I haven't done this in a loooong time and want to gather and update the data I have on hand, reflect on my achievements and work on potential interview questions. Maybe there's a course about that on Skillshare (see goal number 2)?

6. Travel to a new city in the US

It's been ages since I last explored a new city. Our travels usually consist of road trips to remote places, but Austin, Nashville, and New Orleans are on my bucket list. Let's see how safe 2022 will be to travel...

7. Book a massage

I got a gift certificate at a spa for my volunteer contribution on the committee of my farmers' market and need to book an appointment this year. Should I do it in January to get a fresh start to the new year?

8. Buy a car

I sold my car at the beginning of 2019 when our visa ended and didn't get around to buying another one when we came back to the US. I didn't know how long I would stay, then the pandemic happened, and we moved to a small town. Now I feel the itch to go places and a smaller car would make sense for non-overlanding activities (we have Octave's truck for those).

9. Donate blood (repeat from 2021)

I am not eligible to donate blood in the US so I want to make sure I do this if I ever get to go back to France this year.

10. Knit a sweater (continuation from 2021)

I switched my goal from "knit a sweater" to "knit a beanie" in 2021 so I now feel comfortable enough to complete a more challenging pattern this year. I've already got the supplies, let's do this!

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11. Write a song

I've always been fascinated with lyrics. When I was a teen, my dad forbade me from making up words when we listened to American songs on the radio and bought me this French magazine that featured top 20 songs lyrics so I would learn them (this might have led me to become a translator). Anyhow, I really want to spend some time playing with words this year. So here goes nothing.

12. Become a Master Gardener

I've already signed up and been accepted into the program, so this should work. I'm looking forward to volunteering more in and sharing what I learn with my community this year!

13. Tweak my diet

Back in 2019, I set a couple of goals relating to ditching certain categories of food, mainly for sustainability purposes. This year I want to do this again to see how particular ingredients affect my migraines and hormonal imbalances. I might need to read In the Flo again.

14. Make my own Bitchin' Sauce

I'm addicted and found an easy recipe (and this one too). Less plastic, more fun!

15. Celebrate our 10th anniversary

No pressure. Just putting this here so I don't forget. Shall we go back to the Montreux Jazz Festival? Or attend a Sébastien Tellier concert? So. Many. Options.

16. Schedule my workdays

New year, new me. I want to be happier, healthier, and more productive and a proper routine should help. Regular meal, wake up and bedtimes (I need my 8 hours of sleep), and time set aside for workouts, walks, yoga, reading, and writing.

17. Create a proper workout area

This will be quite a bit of work as it will require rearranging our garage, which is regularly overtaken by shipments of products from Octave's outdoor brand Tillak. I love organizing, so this should be fun!

18. Bake croissants

We're lucky to have really tasty French pastries in our little town but, as my parents reminded me last week when they visited, they are ridiculously expensive. We have a Sunday tradition in our household to get croissants on Sundays, so I'm gonna try to bake my own. I tried once last year, it was a lot of work and the result wasn't so good (not enough salt, not enough puff) but I'm determined to try again.

19. Write a list of seasonal activities

I love crafting, cooking and creating but sometimes find myself realizing that certain activities require some form of planning (I have missed nettle foraging season 2 years in a row!). So, at the beginning of this year, I want to fill my planner with lots of fun seasonal activities such as wreath, candle, and soapmaking, mushrooms and plants foraging, natural dyeing, and so much more!

20. Keep my budget and finances in check

I don't have major money goals this year, except for not waiting for the last minute to file my taxes (I'm a big procrastinator) and keeping my records updated. Oh hold on, I already forgot about goal number 8!

21. Keep my health in check

My last doctor appointment dates back to before the pandemic... I've been keeping a health journal for a couple years now and have questions to ask and investigating to do. Goal number 13 should help as well.

22. Sew another quilt jacket

I already have 2 thrifted quilts ready to be upcycled. Now I just need to find the perfect pattern, because I'm not self-drafting one again!

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I'm gonna let this list simmer a little and put it to paper in my new year planner.

As always, I'm keeping previous years list handy, like my 19 for 2019 list) as I feel like the work is never done and I want to continue to build on the foundations I've laid in the past.

I wish you all a happy new year and hope to hear about your hopes, dreams and 22 for 2022 list in the comments below!

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What's on your list for 2022?

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