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5 benefits of buying second hand more often

This year I made a promise to myself that I will buy 90% of my clothes in second-hand stores. I don’t shop much – I literally shop twice a year – but I have decided to upgrade my shopping routine and be more ethical to humans as well.

Today I want to share with you 5 benefits of buying second hand in hopes of pursuing you into buying more ethically and consciously. As a vegan, I try to be as conscious as I can about where my food comes from and what the products that I bought were made from (and how they were made), but I haven’t made the connection between my clothes and sweatshops yet. Not fully at least.

Every piece of clothing that we own has a story behind. There are hundreds of hands that have touched the material and there are hundreds of stories that run through them. If you know anything about sweatshops, you know that people are usually underpaid and work in horrible conditions – many even commit suicide from the exhaustion. I don’t want to pay for that.

The first time I went to a second-hand shop, I felt like I was settling for less, that I was somehow showing people how broke I was or that I was poor. But then I found really affordable sweaters and they looked cute and comfy, and I felt good knowing that I voted for a good thing with my money.

Let me tell you a story about my friend. My friend – who knows me since I was born and could probably tell you a hundred embarrassing stories about me that only she knows and that I can only tell her – loves to shop. She loves fashion and she loves to spend money on new things. She denies that she is a materialist, but she is far from being a minimalist or a conscious shopper.

When we hang out, we usually go to the mall and look at pretty clothes. We talk about how one day we will be rich, married to someone who looks like a mix between Ryan Gosling and Chris Hemsworth, and how we will walk around in dresses that would put Blair Waldorf to shame. Its fun, not an actual goal of mine, and it’s also exhausting.

I love her and I know that she does care about people and animals, but she is not conscious of what she pays for when she buys things.

What I am trying to say, is that I have a front seat at observing how people consume things that are not good for them and buy things that they don’t need, simply because they are pretty, cute, and would make someone else jealous because they have it. It gives me the opportunity to re-affirm my values every time I step my foot in a store and see things that I could buy for myself.

I constantly ask myself: how can I harm the least amount of beings with my next purchase? How can I vote for a good cause? How can I invest my money in this and in the people who created this product or thing that I want to buy?

I am learning every day to meet people where they are. I am learning every day to look at people who are not trying to be conscious of how they buy and what they buy, as the sleepy ones. Just because they are not vegan and they do not buy second hand, doesn’t mean that they are bad people, it just means that they haven’t woken up yet.

I am still asleep when it comes to many other things, but instead of watching them come up with new excuses as to why they could not possibly be vegan or try to lessen the amount of money they invest in unethical brands, I want to show them that I have heard it all and they don’t need to feel obliged to give me an excuse.

I want to be that person who says: It’s okay, I get it, and you will get there. It took me a while to wake up, too.

Now that I’ve explained a bit of why I love second-hand shopping and how I try to do that more and more, I want to present 5 benefits of buying second hand.

  1. You are not supporting fast fashion. You are not supporting cheap clothes that were made for little money but with a lot of hard work. You actually get all the clothes that are cute, nice, and fashionable, they just happen to have a previous owner. But you are not directly paying for those clothes to be produced.
  2. You are bound to make more conscious choices. Although second-hand items are more affordable, they are also unique and one of a kind. You don’t have piles and piles of the same pink shirt that everyone else has, but you have unique pieces of clothes that you can choose from. It makes you pick what you really want and it helps you create a more beautiful wardrobe. You are not buying because it looks pretty and it’s on sale, you are buying because you found something that really compliments your wardrobe and because you made an effort to find it. It’s less shiny and new because it’s unique and personalized. Do you get what I’m saying?
  3. It’s affordable. Not only are the clothes unique and versatile, they are also affordable for your budget. If you love fashion and love to experiment, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on clothes. You can actually get more clothes for less money.
  4. You are being eco-friendly. Manufacturing clothes takes a lot of energy and puts dangerous chemicals in the environment, so by not paying for H&M and Zara to produce even more dangerous clothing, you are investing in greener businesses.
  5. It’s all just a big exchange of clothes. It’s all about building a community of people who get clothes that they like from someone who doesn’t want them anymore, and they can also give their clothes away. It’s not about consuming and consuming and consuming and then throwing it all in the trash, but about taking what someone else doesn’t want anymore.

Like I said, I am not an expert on buying second hand, I just started looking into the benefits of buying second hand a year or two ago, but this year I made my New Year’s resolution, to expand my compassion to human animals as well.

That doesn’t mean that I won’t buy anything from the usual suspects (New Yorker, H&M etc), because underwear and shoes are best new – and buying from 100% ethical and eco friendly stores is not really cheap -, but I vow to build a wardrobe that is 90% ethical and human friendly.

I would love to hear from you. Are you buying second hand? Do you have any tips for us newbies? Let me know in the comment and I will get back to you.

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p.s. – Are you super into being ethical towards animals as well? Then you might be interested in learning why ZOOs suck and are no bueno. Click here to learn more.

Figuring life out and choosing yourself.

How often are you told that you should know what you want from life and how you’re planning on getting there? How many people have asked you why you’re still single or why you still live with your parents?

Welcome to adulthood, guys.

I remember when I was about 13 years old and I was taking a test in school. A test that would determine my strengths and weaknesses, basically, a test that would tell me what I should do with my life.

The results came in and I got told that I should not work with people because I am not good with working in groups. A decade later, on my first meeting with my career counsellor, she pulled that test out and told me that I should absolutely not work with people.

I was astonished at the stupidity that she showed, although I quite liked her. I still do.

A test that I took when I was 13 was supposed to guide me throughout my twenties and help me establish a career that a 13-year-old me would be comfortable with.

If you are reading this and you happen to be 18 or younger, and you happen to feel like you are already behind this whole adult thing, let me tell you something:

  • There will be a million things that will happen to you that you won’t have any control over and will have to surrender to them. Your life with take you to places that you never thought existed and I am not talking about the good places. I never planned on getting depression or anxiety, but I had to change my life plans when I did.
  • You will always be behind. There will always be people in your age group that are smarter, better, prettier, more successful, sexier, more comfortable, and more confident and a whole bunch of other things. So instead of spending your Sunday eating chocolate ice-cream and feeling like a loser because your high-school bullies are doing better than you, sit down on your bed, close your eyes, meditate and then come back to you. Because the life that is real for you is yours.
  • You will have to choose you. No one else will give as much shit about you as you can. Sure there will be people, who will love you and want to help you, but they will never be with you 24/7 and that is what makes all the difference. No one will help you if you will not help yourself and no one will save you if you won’t save yourself.

I have read a great amount of self-help and business books in my life. I was eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I couldn’t get enough of them. They all pushed me in the corner and kept asking me: what do you want to do?!? I don’t know was the only answer I had.

I still don’t know.

At first, I thought I was the only person who had no idea what they wanted to do. I thought that no one else in the entire world ever questioned their choices and what they wanted to spend their life doing. I thought I was alone.

But we are never alone. There is always a bunch of other people who feel the same way as we do when it comes to everything.

I can’t even tell you how many times I tried to re-brand my website and write about something else. How many times I switched between writing about veganism to writing about mindfulness to writing about anxiety and then back to veganism. I just had no idea what I want to do.

I knew I wanted to write, but for nature’s sake, what on Earth do I want to write about?

So here I am again, for the millionth time I am doing something new. Writing about life in general and not pushing myself to be a vegan writer only. This time I will try to write about what I feel like. I will try to write about things that I remember when I sit behind the computer. If the topic will be veganism, fine, if not, fine as well.

One thing I know is that I will choose me. I always have and I always ended up switching it up after a while. I wanted to act so I signed up for acting classes. After two years, adios mis actores and I moved on. Before that, I was super into entrepreneurship so I attended all the start:up events I could. A few months later, I just wanted a simple life.

I have learned so much about myself in the past 5 years. I have learned that I really do enjoy performing and that I do have some acting talent. I have learned that I really love business and would love to at some point have a company. I have learned also that I like to stay free and do not like to commit to one thing. I’m sure this will be a problem when I meet someone but until then, I want to play!

So, how about you?

  • What do you want to try in the next 4 months? What do you want to do but are afraid that might not fit into your plan?
  • How can you choose yourself today? How can you choose yourself tomorrow?
  • Are you able to commit and stop figuring life out? Are you able to let life just be in you and live through you?

We are in this together. I am just as lost as you are and I am just as confused as you are. If I ever find a solution for our confusion, I will let you know, but until then, I invite you to let life express through you.

Love it. Live it. Leave it. Figuring life out just leaves you exhausted, so don’t bother.

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p.s. – If you are interested in eating more healthy foods, check out my post on the topic of eating plant-based and all the science that proves why it’s the best diet for all.

Being a twenty something in today’s world.

Being a twenty something in today’s world is full of challenges and setbacks. We pretend we know what we are doing – or at least we try to pretend because honestly we all look pretty lost – but the truth is, none of us really knows where to go and what to do.

I am close to turning 25 and I have no idea where I want to be when I am 30. That’s 5 years away! It seems like such a long time until then, but I can remember being 20 like it was yesterday.

We stumble and fall and get up and fall again, without even taking the time to look at what made us fall in the first place.

No one offers a hand; everyone is running towards a finish line, not even giving a second thought to being of service to us. And if they do offer an advice, it’s always too old to count today.

But I came to the realization that no one is supposed to give us any advice. Or better said – there should be no advice that would help us or turn our lives around. The interesting part of our life is that it’s unique for each individual. My life is different from yours and yours is different from mine.

Where would the fun be if we would have a book of rules somewhere, ready to be read by every person the second they turn a certain age? Where would the adventure be? Who would see the beauty in the cracks without trying to fill them in? Because that’s what I am noticing in my peers, that we let ourselves be broken, not fixing ourselves. Improving but not fixing.

Being a twenty something in today’s world is meant to be challenging. It’s meant to drag us down and make us tougher. It’s supposed to play with us and make us run for the gold.

It’s called evolution. Only the fittest survive.

Think about all the human species who evolved to become us today. They all had to go through obstacles that toughened them up and helped them survive. It’s the reason we are here today.

The reason why being a twenty something in today’s world is the way it is is because we would not survive without it.

  • Migrations.
  • Climate change.
  • Technology.
  • Social media.
  • A.I.

We have to deal with people leaving their homeland due to wars and environmental changes, we are in the middle of a mass extinction, we are bombarded with new tech toys every week, social media is controlling us, and A.I. is about to become a part of our lives (matter of fact, it really has).

If we would be softer, we would have to die.

Our children are the future and will be living in a world that we create, so in order to make this planet as good as we can for future generations, we must be challenged and thrown on our backs.

We must learn how to survive in a group and how to survive alone. How to navigate through obstacles that are put in front of us by our parents, peers, people in power and the environment.

Let’s look at four things that are in my opinion crucial for navigating through our twenties successfully and with the least amount of stress.

  • Learning how to make money on your own. Instead of planning on being slaves to corporations, we must learn how to put our talents and abilities to work and earn basic income by doing what we know best. Stepping away from working for other people and learning how to work for ourselves. Now, that doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to do that or that everyone wants to, but everyone must be able to identify what are their strengths and how they can use them in the worst case scenario (being fired, incapable of leaving home for work).
  • Investing 5-10% of our monthly income for our future or emergency. We never know when the crisis will hit and we won’t be able to use our body or mind for work. We can get hit by a car and break our neck, lose the ability of speech, lose our arm, or become completely dependent on others. Having enough money for the first 6 months is crucial in today’s world, and since we are not thought about how to start saving or why that is important, we need to learn that for ourselves.
  • Being able to control our thoughts. With that, I mean that we must learn how to step back and let the nastiness in our minds run alone, without our help. That just might be the most important advice I have because I know very well how hard life becomes when the simplest things become the toughest. The ability to think for ourselves and distance ourselves from the thoughts that are in our head is the most powerful tool we can have in our possession when we are 20-something (and every other age).
  • Mastering a new language. Everything is global nowadays and even though we will soon be able to purchase headphones that will translate everything for us in a matter of seconds, having advanced knowledge of another language is crucial. If you live in The United States, speaking Spanish should be on your to-do list like yesterday, but if you are from Europe, I suggest picking up English – which I assume you speak since you are reading this – and an extra language while you’re at it. My father always repeated that knowing languages is one of the most important things one can have and that I should take the advantage of being good at learning them, so I did.

One thing that I want to point out as very important, is that no matter where you are, what your circumstances are and how privileged you might be (or not), there is one thing we can all do, and that is being in charge of how we feel and how we think.

Yes, there are strange forces that we cannot control, such as lack of free will, other people and natural disasters – but we do hold a certain amount of power in our hands. Let us not waste it.

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p.s. – If you happen to be interested in being more eco-friendly today, check out this post that I wrote.

My take on female empowerment + fav women superheroes

It had to happen sooner or later. You know, me talking about why I don’t believe women are the victims and why I am not a feminist. Although, honestly, I doubt I will even go into that. I mainly want to share my story of growing up as a girl and if that ever held me back from getting things done.

The answer is no. Me being a girl has never, ever been an issue.

Ever since I can remember, I was told that I cannot do something because I am from Slovenia, never because I am a female. It was always the location, not the gender that was the issue.

I saw two sides of women growing up:

  • Either they were kicking ass and being heroes.
  • Or they were abusive.

My mother was both. She was the most extroverted, the loudest person I have ever met. She was confident and never took no for an answer. She hit a guy in the face if he touched her and she always found a way to feed us. But she was also abusive, an alcoholic, the cause of domestic violence that I witnessed growing up. She was a hero and a villain.

When I see women in Hollywood talk about the lack of women characters on TV and on the big screen, I cannot help but wonder what they were watching growing up. Because all I saw growing up, were women kicking ass and saving the world. Women were always powerful.

And if you think that if a woman takes her clothes off for a role makes the character instantly less bad-ass, I need to ask you – have you ever counted how many times the greatest actor alive, Jake Gyllenhaal, has taken his clothes off? Does that make him any less of a bad-ass character? No, it makes him equally awesome and able to kick ass.

If we sexualize men in movies, why not do the same with women? Actors can always decline to show their bodies. I mean, have you ever noticed how sexualized men are in the media? I don’t think so. Why? Because you are focused on women, not on men, which is sad when you say that you are all about equality.

I grew up with characters like Sheena, Xena, Sydney Bristow from Alias, Sue Thomas from F.B.Eye, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Elektra aka the movie/character that introduced me to Marvel, Sydney Fox from Relic Hunter.


I never thought of myself as less important because of being a girl. I literally, honestly, truly believed that I can live like Sheena. I was playing with my cousin and I was Lara Croft, he was, obviously, James Bond. I wanted a sword to be like Xena and Elektra.

I still do – not the sword, but to be like them aka search for hidden treasures and fight the bad guys.

Watching these strong women as a young girl, it influenced who I am today. It influenced how I feel about myself.

Watching my mother stand up for herself, and watching her become a monster when she got drunk, it made me realize that women are nothing special. Women are not victims and they are not heroes. They are people. Humans.

Maybe I got lucky because I grew up with strong women characters on my TV screen, or maybe I wasn’t. All I know is that I cannot pretend I am a victim and not represented, or that I am not able to kick ass and win big because I am a girl. I cannot pretend that I feel like feminism will save me because I do not believe women are victims.

I have watched women in my family – and I come from a huge family – belittle men, use men, abuse men, lie about men, lie to men, and punch men. I have seen men in my family belittle women, use women, abuse women, lie about women, and punch women.

I have seen both genders do equal shit.

And feminism today wants me to believe that I am a victim? That all men are just eagerly waiting to rape me? That staring at me is sexual assault? You want me to believe that if I do not like female politicians I am against women? That I deserve to be paid equally even if I take more days off to have children?

Yes, there are problems that women face, but there are also problems that men face and women have no idea about them. We are not the same. Our bodies are different. Our brains are different. Our abilities are different.


But being different doesn’t mean we are not equal.

Do you want more female empowerment?

  • Go to the Middle East and fight against the Sharia Law.
  • Speak up for women who were raped and not just insulted because a man dared to say something sexual to them.
  • Go study science, math, biology, and every other field that you think men dominate.

That is all I have to say on the topic of female empowerment.

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p.s. – If you want to learn about how to become a real Green Goddess, read this post here.