Happy New Year! In October I decided I was going to make the once in a lifetime decision to move to Munich. I sadly left my family and friends behind, sold all of my furniture and belongings and I’m currently living out of a backpack and a suitcase. I don’t have a job nor a visa…yet, but I’ll keep you posted 😉

It’s definetly been a while and I want to come back strong and share with you not necessarily my goals but ways I intend on living in 2018. These past months I have been watching loads of documentary about sustainable living, minimalist lifestyles and plant based diets and they have changed my perspective about the way I live. So I thought, why not apply these ideas in a fresh new year?

So here are five ways I would like to live throughout 2018!

Vegan. Through my teens I was vegetarian for seven years. I had then developed an interest in veganism which lasted for about three quarters of a year. Looking back I definetly didn’t approach it in the right way. There was no way that I was getting all my nutrients and vitamins, this lead me to step away from the vegan lifestyle. After doing more research on this way of life I feel like I understand what my body is missing (ahem B12). The website Cronometer is a life saver. I highly suggest it to anyone eating a plant based or vegetarian diet. It not only tracks calories, carbs, fats, but it also tracks micronutrients. So you know exactly what vitamins and minerals you’re missing. I’ve been vegan for about three months now and have noticed major changes in my skin, nails and energy levels.

Minimal. From closet to kitchen to cosmetics, I want to learn how to live with less. If you haven’t already, check out the Capsule Wardrobe concept, it will help you transition and reduce the amount of clothes you have. Learning to live with less makes you appreciate what you do have and it’s easy to tell what you’re missing.

Ethical & Fair Trade. I’ve supported fast fashion and major grocery stores for years. 2018 is the year of change! I’d like to buy my fresh fruit and veg from farmers markets and my clothing from second hand or ethical clothing companies. Obviously this will be a slow transition and will take time to accomplish a fully ethical wardrobe but I’m looking forward to it.

Eco Friendly. This word isn’t very specific and can mean a lot of things. But I know what my weaknesses are. I consider myself a ‘lazy recycler’, I kind of half recycle, but this year I’d like to do the whole shebang, even compost! It is very important for our future generations.

Cruelty Free. I’m happy to say that most of my cosmetics and skincare are already cruelty-free and organic! But I’d like to expand this concept into my cleaning products, detergent etc.

So here I am in this beautiful city like ‘right I got this’. Clearly living out of a suitcase and a backpack is a good start to a minimalist lifestyle. I feel like I’m on the right track! What are your New Years resolutions?