Two of my Favorite Things:
Fashion and the Planet!
Generating over 16 billion tons of waste in 2016, the clothing and textile industry is currently the second-largest polluter of the world. Whoa!
As an avid resale shopper, I always felt that I was reducing my contribution to the waste, but I was unaware of the extreme amount of waste the fashion industry creates. I couldn’t help but feel I had some responsibility in this.
When the WHS Environmental Club (which I am a member of) held a clothing swap, I knew it was a great opportunity to reduce textile waste and spread awareness to others, while getting and giving cute clothes!
I have been into fashion for quite some time now (check out my blog post from earlier this year, My Fashion Fits My Personality) and resale shopping has been a big part of that. Because I buy clothes often, I go through my clothes about three times a year and donate old or unwanted clothes. Those items of clothing either go to my sisters or to a resale store, rather than being thrown away.
However, it’s safe to say I am not part of the majority by doing this. Of the 16,890 tons of textile waste generated in 2017, 11,150 tons ended up in a landfill. This amount is devastating. The percentage of recycled clothing could easily match this if people took the time to donate, trade, or recycle their clothing. As a matter of fact, almost 100% of textiles are recyclable.
On the morning of December 11, the WHS Environmental Club gave students and teachers the opportunity to swap clothing to not only refresh their wardrobes but to help our planet. They made it a quick, easy, and fun activity.
The clothing swap was open to anyone at WHS and we had a lot of participants! Each person brought in one to three articles of clothing. Those who contributed, could go through the clothes and choose something they liked in return. People were so excited!
The clothing swap was so cool to witness. Some people tried on their new clothes while complimenting others and talking about the good outcome of the swap. I felt a sense of camaraderie, too. We had all came together for the same reasons; the planet and clothes. My two favorite things!
After the swap was over, all leftover clothes were donated to a local charity in Franklin County. Not only did I get new items, but I know that someone in need will receive something, too.
Next time you’re going through your clothes, don’t contribute to the waste. DONATE!
Until next time,
Discovering Myself Through Art
I found myself in Room 1321.
In Introduction to Visual Design, I was able to create and design with so many different mediums that allowed me to truly express myself. Art has been my favorite class so far at WHS.
My sophomore year I enrolled in Introduction to Visual Design with Mrs. Schuster. On my first day, I knew I would love the class as soon as I saw the door covered in a mosaic pattern with various little objects and jewels. Inside the huge art room was art from previous years covering the walls, cabinets and even ceilings. Paints lined the back counter, and there was a huge container of colored pencils (my favorite). This was the classroom for me.
What intrigued me most though, was the variety in the projects we did throughout the year. With each project, I got to explore a new medium and make it my own. Mrs. Schuster encouraged us to put uniqueness into each project and she gave us the space to be creative.
I took this in full stride. With every project I thought, “How can I make this different? How can I make it more me?”
This led me to thinking, well, what is “me”?
This brainstorming process is still reflected in all my work. I created and added to my personality based on how I create my art.
In a lot of my projects, I incorporated similar aspects around the main project idea. Some of my favorites include space, nature, and a monochrome or analogous color scheme. I use these to represent a part of me.
Making my art reflect me, made me love my art and myself!
A year later, I still paint and create projects often as a way to express myself! I will forever name Intro to Visual Design my favorite class at WHS!
Create something new today,
Greta Thunberg is on a Mission
to Save our Planet
“We’ve become too loud for people to handle.” - Greta Thunberg
At just fifteen-years-old, Greta Thunberg began protesting outside Swedish parliament for climate change. In under a year, she has become internationally recognized as one of the youngest environmental activists ever. She is responsible for the movement, now called Fridays for Future, that includes thousands of youth who strike for climate change instead of attending class on Fridays.
This movement has been spreading across the globe, giving kids everywhere the platform to stand up and be heard. Greta started a chain reaction of voices that continues to get louder. One of her main goals is to give kids, just like her, a voice in this incredibly urgent crisis instead of being ignored for not being an adult.
One of Thunbergs’ biggest struggles is not being heard by politicians due to her age. During her U.N. Climate Summit speech, Greta stated, “So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not. And since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken a long time ago.”
Greta is preaching her right to take action, whether adults listen or not!
Greta has spoken many times in front of highly-regarded people with no fear. She shows us all that just because she is young, that does not mean she will stand down.
Greta has accomplished some amazing things. She spoke at the United Nations Climate Summit, the World Economic Forum in Davos, given multiple TED talks, and has been named one of the world's most influential teens in 2019 by TIME magazine. Add to that list starting her own climate change movement which has spread to over 120 countries. As I mentioned earlier, each Friday, more teens (as well as adults) join her strike. She is currently on her 59th week of Friday strikes.
In order to bring even more attention to the cause, Greta sailed from Sweden to America on a boat designed to be emission-free to reduce her carbon footprint. Unlike others, she practices what she preaches!
This is only the beginning for Greta Thunberg. The continuing of Fridays for Future is huge and will only keep growing. I for one, am actively waiting to see all that she will accomplish.
She has inspired me to be more environmentally cautious. This is our only planet and the time to act is now. The youth of the world care about our future every single day, but Greta gave us a day to all come together and get loud about it! As Greta says, we will be heard!
My Sense of Fashion Fits My Personality
A sense of fashion has always been something that I’ve held in high regard. Ever since I can remember, dressing and presenting oneself has been important to me. I grew up with my mom, a hairstylist, who always dressed good for work. She has a good fashion style, although she does get a lot of tips and ideas from me. She sparked my interest in fashion. My older sister, Jaden, also influences me in fashion as well. My best friend, Molly, and I also bond over our fashion styles. Being able to share clothes with them is a huge plus (even when we fight over who can have what at times).
I’ve always been in touch with my sense of fashion, but this year especially, I’ve really tried to embrace my style and continue to push my limits to express myself. I feel that clothing is one thing that is solely my choice, so why would I not want it to represent me?
I love shopping in general, but shopping for clothes really opens up my creativity. The whole time I am looking for new pieces, I am throwing together outfits in my head and coming up with different ways to wear different pieces of clothing and accessories. It’s therapeutic for me whether I end up buying a haul, or just two pieces. I won’t buy anything unless it calls to me. I have to love it. My mom taught me that. It helps me be less indecisive, which isn’t the easiest thing for me!
My favorite way to buy clothes is thrifting. Each piece is unique and it makes me feel more unique by wearing it. I can get a variety of fits and styles from thrifting, and this helps me tap into my creativity. I love to make “weird” pieces fit my personality.
My sister once was teasing me about my different style, but assured me that it was “very Joie.” She knows that I have so many different aspects to my personality, that it only makes sense for my style to have variety as well. I love making it a “challenge” to see if I can make an outfit with a piece that is admittedly out there.
The most important part of my style is that I have fun putting the outfit together, and it represents me. I continue to find myself as I grow and change, so I am sure that my style will, too!
Ready or not, Junior Year!
With summer sadly ending, I’m spending more and more time thinking about this school year; my junior year. How is that even possible? Time has flown by so fast.
I’ve always been one that dreads the end of summer, but I am also excited to go back to school and see what the new year has in store! It’s bittersweet for sure, but this year I’m especially taking time to sit back and contemplate (maybe overthink) my hopes for this year.
I have heard people say that junior year is the hardest. Now, whether that is true or not, the idea is definitely implanted in my head. As much as I have been anticipating this school year, you can bet I’ve been doing some worrying, too. Becoming an upperclassman involves becoming more responsible and well-rounded, as well as starting to plan my future. That is scary, even though I know that I have a huge support system behind me that will help me not get lost in the fears and remain focused on the great things to come!
This year I am taking huge strides for my future by taking multiple classes that will prepare me for my career. I hope to become a nurse. It will be my first time taking any medical-related classes and although the medical field is intimidating, I’m excited to finally dive into something I have such a passion for.
And, of course, this is my first year in Blue Jay Journal TV. Sure, it is nerve-racking at times, but I’m so ready to join this family! Trying something new is something I look at with a positive mindset. I know that everything is always as good as you make it.
As much as I do love trying new things, I’m happy to continue doing some of the things I have grown comfortable with such as golf, basketball, and soccer. This is my second year of golf and I’m looking forward to really shaping myself as a player and learning even more about the game. For basketball and soccer, it’s time for me to step up and be a leader. I simply can't wait to play the games I love.
As big and scary junior year can seem, I’m ready to begin it and see where it takes me! Who knows, maybe it’ll be my best year yet?!
Nature is Calling
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”
I have never found this quote to be untrue. To me, the happiness we obtain solely from nature is astounding and essential. The connection that humans share with nature is so crucial to both us and the planet, that the amount of people that look past it, leaves me mind-baffled. There are many things I cannot live without, but nothing will ever top the complex beauty of nature and the happiness I get from being outdoors.
Everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do is open the curtains and let the sun flood my room for my many small house plants. Just like that, I’m already grateful for nature before I even step foot outside. Whether it be sunny, rainy or cloudy, I will find something outdoors that is beautiful to me. It can be as simple as the trees blowing in the wind or the sun finding a gap in the clouds, and it will make me happy.
I think that humans get used to overlooking nature or obsessed with changing it. It’s becoming too rare for us to stop and take nature in, and observe how much it truly affects us. Like humanity, nature is ever evolving and unique. I’ve never been one to take it for granted.
Being outdoors is how I find my peace and clear my head, allowing me to connect to myself and stay grounded. I always say, "Nothing helps me calm down or puts me in a better mood than simply going for a walk outside." I’m constantly pestering my friends to take walks with me. They might call it boring, but I believe it is the ultimate pastime. Nothing beats fresh air, pretty plants, and trees.
As someone that is constantly looking towards nature, I realize just how much it has shaped my personality and everyday life. I’m constantly combining things I love to do with my love for the outdoors. For example, photography and photo editing allow me to capture and play around with the uniqueness of nature. My camera roll is full of sunset pictures! I’m always inspired by nature in my art and I enjoy making pieces that are organic and colorful like the outdoors.
Beyond art, my passion for sports also allows me to spend time outside and makes playing games and attending sports practices that much better. Spending time with my family or friends outside always leaves me grateful, both for the people around me and nature.
Essentially, so much of what I do and who I am is because of, or thanks to, being outside. I could never live without it.
Until next time,
Constantly playing sports
and running late. Anyone that knows me, knows my love for chicken strips, going for walks and the sun. Learning to live life in the now.