Connection over Consumerism
Happy December! Today, we have two more resources to share with you as we roll into 2022. Can you believe it's almost the end of the year? I still remember 1999 and Y2K. Two decades later, here we are.
One thing I am grateful for is that we are growing older together. I am glad you are a part of our community of like-hearted professionals who care deeply about personal excellence and empowering others.
Thank you for being here! I hope you enjoy today’s perspective on the upcoming holidays!
Holiday Message: Connection over Consumerism
by: Laurel Elders
Living in a consumerism-centered society has its costs. It means businesses tend towards giving profits a higher priority than people. It means people tend towards placing a higher value on consuming products than on connection with others. I saw this happen in my family growing up.
The good news is that this is changing! People are craving more whole-life, whole-hearted living. Many people, without knowing it, are becoming more Integratively Intelligent.
What inspires me about Integrative Intelligence is that many companies are starting to embody a more conscious and aware approach to business. They are focusing on succeeding in all areas, not just their bottom line.
We are in the middle of the holiday season, and today I wanted to share two things that I'm hoping will be an inspiration to your heart.
First, I'm sharing a simple reminder that getting through the holidays with a happier heart is possible when we place connection as the priority. In what areas are you feeling disconnected from yourself and others? What can you do to reconnect? This might be volunteering, a random act of kindness, or calling an old friend.
Secondly, I am excited to share that I have created a list of conscious, integratively intelligent companies doing good work globally and using business to elevate humanity.
You can check these companies out below! I've personally transitioned to almost 100% plastic-free cleaning products. Voting with your dollar for a more conscious business economy is the best way to effect positive change. Sharing with others evokes a large-scale positive impact.
By changing to products like these, I eliminate around 48 plastic containers from going into landfills and oceans annually. If I share with five more people who do the same, we save around 288 unnecessary containers! If those five do the same and then share with five more who switch, we've saved 1,488! If they are also inspired to recommend these products, and each get five more to switch, the saved containers jumps up to 7,488! That is only three referral streams out. It adds up quickly.
Feel free to share the products below and invite others to share. There is a better way, and these companies get a shout-out for being a part of the solutions!
P.S. I have shopped from each of these companies personally for years and absolutely LOVE them!
P.P.S. I do not receive commissions to promote these companies. I promote them because the world needs them, and they exceed my expectations for high-quality products that solve problems.
Thrive Market: https://thrivemarket.com/about-us
Reel Paper: https://reelpaper.com (plastic-free packaging)
Earthling: Plastic-free shampoo, conditioner, body soap, face wash and more: https://theearthlingco.com
Blueland: Plastic-free (or drastically minimized) dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent, hand soaps, cleaning products, etc. https://www.blueland.com
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By Laurel Elders, PCC
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