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Have a Blissful Weekend #22

Anne Parmeter Preparedness Chart for Conscious by Chloé

Every Friday, I feature an original chart by Anne Parmeter, an amazing artist & fellow Portlander whom I connected with on Instagram. Here’s today’s.

What are you up to this weekend?

I've finished my contract in Geneva and am headed to the mountains with my mom and dad. I'm beyond excited!

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Have a Blissful Weekend #19

Anne Parmeter Productivity Chart for Conscious by Chloé

Every Friday, I will now feature an original chart by Anne Parmeter, an amazing artist & fellow Portlander whom I connected with on Instagram. Here’s today’s.

What are you up to this weekend?

Tonight's our wedding anniversary and our little tradition is to go to a Japanese restaurant (we had takeaway sushi at the motel on our way back from Vegas) so that's what we'll be up to...

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

My 10 Personal Commandments

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I always get very pensive on trips, I brainstorm, make up lists in my head, take inventory of my life.

During my last long flight, I came up with a list of personal commandments - truths and tricks that generally make my life simpler and happier.

Having a tried and tested list of answers for the interrogations, big and small, that life throws my way gives me a sense of control, peace and security.

As a questioner, I like to research, gather data, and make decisions based on that information. I also like it when these decisions can be applied to many aspects of my life, to save me from spending more time researching.

Reading this list calms me down, makes me smile, reminds me of what's important.

I've kept this list in my notebook for the past 6 months or so, and only just came back to re-reading it this week, to see whether it had passed the test of time and was still relevant.

My 10 personal Commandments by Conscious by Chloé

I edited it - as some commandments were too specific to the period I came up with them - and wanted to share it with you. Here is how it goes:

My 10 Personal Commandments

  • It's OK to say NO.

I wrote a whole article about this one. Whether it's deciding not to go to an event you are invited to (and staying at home to take a bath instead) or refusing to make coffee for a client (because you know your boss did not even think about asking your male coworker to do it), you're the master of your fate, you do you, enjoy that freedom.

  • Alcohol isn't worth it

This one seems very specific, but it's playing a very big role in my life.

I've suffered from migraines most of my life now and I'm only starting to learn to identify my triggers.

Alcohol is a major one (so is lack of sleep and loud environments). So when I don't feel like drinking - at an event, at a family gathering - I just don't.

Lately, I also stopped justifying my non-drinking. If people want to think that I'm a party-pooper or that I'm pregnant... I. don'

  • Let it go

There are things you can change, others you cannot. And oftentimes, you just have to let them go. It's a tough one for me as I have a tendency to ruminate, overthink and beat myself up about things. This story of two monks and a nun really opened my eyes. It's a quick read. I swear!

  • Smile

Too often - because, I'm shy, nervous, insecure, because I have a hard time understanding people in loud environments - I tend to retreat into my "serious gaze" (those glasses sure help), which, I feel, makes me appear unfriendly. So I try to practice smiling more, one trip to the coffee shop at a time.

I've also been trying to put into practice the "act the way you want to feel" mantra. They say that if you want to be happy, you could start by looking happy.

I'm not 100% sold on that last concept, but seeing people smile back is a very rewarding experience.

  • Less is more

I suffer from FOMO, analysis paralysis, and many more afflictions caused by the abundance of options.

When my head starts to spin, I just remember that less is more. Having one good sweater is better than 3 cheap ones. You can probably count your true friends on one hand. Outer order, inner calm.

Simplifying, downsizing and organizing are amongst my favorite pastimes. I know, I'm weird.

  • Act now

I usually wait for the "right time" to do something, big or small. Whether it's changing that broken light bulb in my bedroom or starting writing this book that's been on my mind for a while, the best option is always to act now. It will either provide an immediate satisfaction (now I can read in bed) or just give purpose (sharing my wisdom with the rest of the world, in all modesty).

  • Don't expect a gold star

This one is a tough one for me. I'm a gold star junkie and am convinced that my work and efforts should be acknowledged, always.

I'm working on it, it's gonna take time. In the meantime, if you want to tell me how much you appreciate what I do, suit yourself :)

  • You can stand anything for 10 seconds, then you just start on a new 10 seconds

I borrowed this saying from the one and only Kimmy Schmidt! This goes for headaches, scrubbing floors, or any unpleasant task or experience. It's just a practical translation of the "This too shall pass" adage.

  • Assume that people are doing their best

This is one of the main lessons I learned from Brené Brown's "Rising Strong". You never know what someone might be going through. There could totally be an extraordinary circumstance that made them behave themselves the way they did. I try to repeat myself this whenever I'm about to snap at someone. It helps, most of the time.

  • Think about your future self

Whether it's by going around the house at night and putting things back where they belong or exercising regularly, I try to do things that will make my future self happy, or thankful.

Waking up to a tidy home is definitely a good way to start the day and taking that yoga class or doing that core training will for sure help me in the medium and long run.

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What are your personal commandments?

If you haven't done so yet I would highly encourage you to take some time to write down your personal commandments (in your planner, on your phone, next to your bathroom mirror) where you can reference back to them easily.

The Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Ethical and Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2017 by Conscious by Chloé

'Tis the season!

Shopping consciously, ethically, and sustainably for our loved ones at the end of each year (for those of us who celebrate the holidays) can be a dreadful task.

If you're like me, you keep a list of gift ideas all year long. But sometimes, things do not work out the way they should.

Like last week, when I ruined my plan by leaving Octave's eye prescription on my desk (I want to get him solar prescription glasses).

So now I'm on the hunt for the perfect gift/s for him, and he's a tough one to please!

For this year's Gift Guide, I decided to make things easy, so all the items in the following lists can be ordered on Amazon. This might be a controversial move, but you know my motto: simpler, greener, happier.

For those of you who live in Portland (or don't mind ordering online from various places), read until the end of this article for my recommendations for small business Saturday.

The Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Let me introduce the Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, a complete eco-friendly & sustainable gift guide for her, for him, for the adventurer, for the cook, for the nerd, and for the little one:

Gift Guide for Her

1 | Clogs | Sandgrens | made in Sweden | Because low heels are empowering.
2 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
3 | Book | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Because we should.
4 | Pin | Because sometimes, all she needs is a cup a coffe and some space (metaphorically or not).
5 | Bag | Baggu | made in USA | Because she doesn't need a bigger one (a backpack would be nice as well).
6 | Face Mask | SW Basics | made in USA | Because she deserves it.
7 | Hat | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Peru | Because she loves to support the work of other women.
8 | Earrings | PARIKHS | made in USA | Because you can never go wrong with a piece of jewelry.

Gift Guide for Him

1 | Sweater | Pendleton | made in USA | Because he collects them.
2 | Book | I love Dick by Chris Kraus | Because you can't wait to see his face when he opens it.
3 | Scalp Massager | Because he deserves it.
4 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
5 | Dopp Kit | Baggu | made in USA | Because he loves stripes as much as you do.
6 | Beard Oil | The Regular Guy | made in USA | Because he's not a regular guy.
7 | Boots | Danner | made in USA | Because, Portland!
8 | Patch | Because he cares for the environment as much as you do.

Gift Guide for the Cook

1 | Tea Towels | Because they're vintage.
2 | Dutch Oven | Le Creuset | made in France | Because it's French.
3 | Wooden Utensils | Because they get even more beautiful over time.
4 | Butter Warmer | Because you never knew you needed one before you had one.
5 | Book | Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman | Because cooking is a form of art.
6 | Cheese Grater | Because it's always better to grate cheese at the very last minute.
7 | Reusable Sandwich Bags | Bee's Wrap | made in USA | Because we should all ditch plastic wrap.
8 | Sprout Jar | Modern Sprout | made in USA | Because cooks love to grow their own food.

Gift Guide for the Adventurer

1 | Compass | So they'll always find their way.
2 | Bandana | Pendleton | made in USA | Because it's a pretty versatile piece of fabric.
3 | Hobo Knife | Case | made in USA | Because they love multi-use tools.
4 | Travel Pillow | Because sleep is so important.
5 | Camp Chair | Tillak | 25% of profits to the environment | Because it's very light.
6 | Gloves | made in USA | Because they lose them all the time.
7 | Kindle | Because it's easier to pack than 10 paperbacks.
8 | Book | A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit | Because reading about exploring is also part of the journey.

Gift Guide for the Nerd

1 | Bamboo Speaker | Because, bamboo.
2 | Solar Battery Pack | Because, solar.
3 | Compostable Phone Case | Pela | made in Canada | Because, compostable.
4 | Cardboard Standing Desk | Because, cardboard.
5 | Smart Outlet | So he keeps his devices safe.
6 | Book | ELIOOO: How to go to IKEA and Build a Device to Grow Food in Your Apartment by Antonio Scarponi | Because it reads like an instruction manual.
7 | Cable Tacos | Hatton Henry | made in USA | Because cables are always entangled.
8 | Key or Phone Finder | Because losing your keys or your phone is not eco-friendly.

Gift Guide for the Little One

1 | Wooden Teether | Grimm's Spiel und Holz Design | made in Germany | Because plastic sucks.
2 | Beanie | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Uganda | Because you're never too to support the work of women.
3 | Feminist Patch | Ectogasm | made in USA | Because you're never too young to learn about Shakespeare, and feminism.
4 | Native Seed Bombs | Seed Balls | made in USA | Because learning about invasive plants is important.
5 | Recycled Recycle Truck | Green Toys | made in USA | Because it's so meta.
6 | Organic Onesie | Because they'll criticize your sense of humor soon enough.
7 | Book | Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk | Because we should read more stories from native cultures.
8 | Wooden Bowl & Spoon | Camden Rose | made in USA | Because plastic sucks.

Shop small in Portland

Here are my favorite places to shop in PDX:

And I can't wait to visit Portland's latest small shop: Wild Poppy Goods this Saturday!

I selected these gifts for their aesthetics, their usefulness, their makers and their country of origin. For more ethical & sustianble shopping inspiration, check out my kits.

I hope you'll find what you're looking for here but also highly recommend you to visit your local small shops to find the perfect hand- and locally made gifts for your loved ones.

Picture by Alexandre Guimont for Conscious by Chloé. This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

To-Do List #2

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I'm so happy to report that, thanks to my accountability partners you, I've been able to cross all the items of my first online to-do list! I've sold my iPad and used the money to replace it with a Kindle, I've been doing a lot of meal prepping and loved the time saved during the week and FINALLY dealt with some overdue paperwork.

So, if you don't mind, I'm gonna give this to-do list think another try and see where it goes.

I hope it will inspire you to set up goals for your week, don't hesitate to share them with me. Let's support each other, shall we?

1. Organize a garage sale

It's scheduled for this week-end (unless I cancel it, once again). I've put all the stuff I want to sell in the garage, washed & ironed clothes I want to part with, checked that the electricals work, etc. I still need to gather supplies, post signs and... price & tag everything. I'll post the details on Insta for the locals who want to come over.

2. Draw

I've been meaning to make and sell Conscious by Chloé products. I've finally made up my mind, now I need to work on the design and production. So first: design. I've been going on a couple inspiration trips and am starting to have a precise idea of what I want. So now, let's put in on paper!

3. Schedule talks and workshops

I've had a couple people and businesses contact me on the subject. And I'm having so much fun meeting you guys. Keep your eyes peeled for fun times ahead! Oh and if you'd like me to come teach a workshop or give a talk at your office, shoot me an email.

4. Cycle

We did some mountain biking this past summer but I haven't really ridden my bike (its name is Jean-Jean) in the city. Autumn is arriving very quickly and so will the rain, so I want to make sure I clock at least one long bike ride in Portland. There's this shop I've been meaning to check out for a while. Maybe I should decide that I can only go there cycling?!

5. Health Insurance/Accounting

We pay way too much money for our health insurance. A fellow French expat mentioned a solution. We need to take the time to study plans and figure out how to make the switch, so I scheduled an admin meeting with Octave at our neighborhood tavern. This will also be an great occasion to look into our finances since our last talk on the subject was one year ago!

6. Schedule some me-time
I've been asking the Zero Waste PDX community for their recommendations on chemical-free nail salons and spas, so now it's time to try them all!

7. Attend a Toastmaster meet-up
See #3. I've been postponing this for a couple weeks but would really want to improve my public speaking skills.

What about you? What are your goals for this week? Share them with me and let's motivate each other!