Enter, patchwork and junkyards.

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I hate how sustainability looks nowadays. It’s always pretty. Shiny. And new. It’s wrapped up in these packages, with marketing and perfect pictures. It all just feels so… unsustainable.

Hear me out, have you ever tried to buy some of these sustainable products? For instance, in the picture above — I’m going to bet that the total price tag on these products is well over $100. Sure, they may last a long time. And, of course, they are made with 100% organic cotton/bamboo/recycled something or other.

But is it sustainable for most people to spend $100 and not even get…


HUMOR

Hint: You have 7 journals

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As you gaze across your cluttered bed, more affectionately known as your unemployed writer’s nook, your eyes fall upon a nearby stack of 7 journals. They’re precariously teetering atop your pillow. The glow from your flickering candle casts dancing shadows around the room, taunting you and dredging up disastrous thoughts from the depths of your consciousness.

“Do I have a problem? Does owning 7 journals automatically equal addiction? Am I the only one who designates every thought, feeling, and impulse in my life to specific journals designed to hold such creative urges?”

The window to darkness closes. …


I chose to fully read 3 articles written by the hilarious Alex Baia.

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Sound the alarms! We made it to Day 21. The Full-Read February Challenge is complete.

Wow, what a wonderful journey it has been. I hope you’ve experienced something new along the way: whether you found an awesome new writer on Medium or you read longer articles or at least spent one day not skimming. I especially hope you gathered some inspiration.

I’ll bring it all back to where this began one more time with the article I wrote less than 30 days ago that explains why I created this Challenge.

My Day 21 Reads

You all probably know by now that I’m a huge…


I chose to fully read 3 articles by Daniel Ganninger.

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It’s Day 20 of the Challenge — only one more day before crossing the finish line!

I must say — the daily commitment was the hardest part of the Challenge. I love fully reading articles. That’s not difficult. But making sure to do it every day for 20 days so far has truly shown me just how much I struggle with committing to habits. (Something for me to continue to ponder…)

Either way, here we are. Let’s get to it, shall we?

My Day 20 Reads

20 days of finding new writers and reading new articles have taught me a vital lesson. It sometimes…


Why we need to check ourselves before we eject ourselves

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I love space, don’t get me wrong.

I think it’s amazing what humans can do: explore and understand the universe outside of our planet.

But in the same way, I think it’s amazing for me to sit at home in a meditative state and explore the internal world.

<At their deepest levels, aren’t they really the same anyway?>

I take issue with the motivation underlying the recent developments in the privatization of space travel — and I’d like to take a moment to evaluate it:

Are private space travelers going to Mars for exploration and understanding?

Or, are they going…


I chose to fully laugh, I mean read, 3 articles written by Emma Clarke.

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The final countdown continues… only 2 more days remain after today in the Full-Read Challenge. This was definitely a way to achieve the impossible: fully reading 3 articles — without skimming once!

Don’t worry if you’ve missed it along the way. You can participate anytime but just slowing your scroll! Stop, breathe, and read. And you will definitely want to after seeing today’s writer and her three brilliant pieces.

My Day 19 Reads

I couldn’t help but find today’s new-to-me writer on Medium when I read what has to be one of my all-time favorite titles on the platform:


I chose to fully read 3 articles written by Daniel Lyons.

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We’re down to the final 4 days of the Challenge. I hope you’ve been tuning in through the past 2 and half weeks. If not, just know this — I’m on to reading 3 articles by my 18th new-to-me Medium writer and will share those with you below. But first, check out what this is all about (hint: no skimming!):

Now on to today’s reads!

My Day 18 Reads

One of my favorite parts about this challenge is finding new writers — which can happen in many different ways. …


Get an eco-friendly search engine — now!

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Two things seem undeniable at this point:

  1. We are deep in the throes of a technological age that permeates all facets of our daily lives.
  2. Our planet continues to be destroyed.

Don’t worry. I’m not writing this article to rip on tech innovation (I’ve already done that: ).

Instead, I’d like to highlight one outstanding way that people are using technology to contribute to positive change and offset environmental degradation. …


I chose to fully read 3 micro-fiction stories written by Parzival Sattva.

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The Challenge to fully read Medium pieces is nearing its final days. Thanks to everyone who has joined in or supported in some way.

Today whirled by me and I figured that to stay committed to the Challenge and get it done a bit quicker I had to be creative.

My Day 17 Reads

Thankfully, there’s a thing called micro-fiction which I’d recently discovered. So today I found Parzival Sattva and his 100 words or less micro-fiction. These are Day 17’s reads and I could not be happier! (+one extra for good measure!)

1st piece

Parzival stated the prompts for this story were “Disc, Explore, Orbit”

2nd piece


I chose to fully read 3 articles written by Gilbert Bassey.

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It’s the last week of this 21-day Full-Read Challenge. I’ve spent the past 16 days committed to choosing a new-to-me Medium writer and reading 3 of their articles fully and completely, without skimming.

It’s never too late to join in. You can catch this last week if you’re interested in participating — read more about the background and inspiration below.

This past 3 day weekend — Friday, Saturday, Sunday — I took a break from my usual non-fiction Medium reading to indulge in more creative writing genres: poetry and short stories, to be exact.

It was fabulous. A bit harder…

Kristy Lynn

A lover of stories, trees, dancing & self-reflection. Trained in somatic counseling psychology. Balancing optimism & reality. Connect:

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