Blogger Recognition Award

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Recently The Zero Journey was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, which is not only AWESOME, but it is also a great way to recognize other people’s written work, validate their passions, and share their journey.  I love the online community that I am a part of because global eco-warriors not only inspire me, but also let me know that there is hope!  We give a shit!

A big smile and thank you to Yen-Van Tran from Design Life Hacks for the nomination!

How my blog started:

In 2013 I was given the opportunity to take on a project with the non-profit environmental organization, Wildsight.  As part of their waste reduction efforts, I came across the Clean Bin Project documentary.  One simple film based on a couple living in Vancouver (fellow ginger – what up!) who challenged themselves to create less waste created a snowball effect for me.

I began analyzing my waste habits and thought about where I could start to create less waste.  I started with my kitchen bin because organic waste made up so much of my weekly garbage!  Along came my soulmate: the compost bin.  That was my first big change and then I just kept on changing things along the way.

Cloth bags at the store, reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, buying bulk with my own containers, and all sorts of DIY projects… it just kept going.  I kept wanting to challenge myself to do better.  I knew there was still more I could do.

I also love to write.  It has been my passion from a young age.  Since I was inspired by a couple in Vancouver through film, I wanted to inspire others to change through writing.  So that’s basically it.  I started a blog to reach a bigger community, to spread environmental awareness, to share my writing and my journey, and to seek further inspiration because the educator in me knows there is always room for improvement!

Two pieces of advice for starting your blog:

  1. Find your online tribe.  There are thousands, if not millions, of people out there who share your passions and your vision for the world.  Find them!  This has been such a huge motivation for me, and also gives me ideas for content and other helpful hints.  Like I said – they let me know there is hope!  Support each other.  My tribe?  The Zero Waste Bloggers Network.
  2. Write in your own voice.  I like reading work that has personality.  When I can hear the blogger’s voice as I read their work, I connect much more with what I am reading and it makes me want to continue to follow their work.

My nominees and favourite bloggers:

When you are nominated, there are a few steps that you need to take to accept the award nomination.  These are the guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your award

  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog

  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started

  4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers

  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers to nominate

  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Nadine

The Zero Journey

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