Sometimes it’s really tough to get out there and do something different from the people around you! In my experience, I felt very alone pursuing chemistry in a world of people who really don’t like chemistry. And I also felt isolated from other chemists at graduate school because I wanted to do something with my career that didn’t involve just chemistry, but that also would promote social justice and environmental stewardship. As a young adult, I also needed to find my own way apart from my parents’ values. Finding what I valued involved a lot of soul searching AND Google searching. 😅 (Also the meticulous use of this really cool planner/journal combo!)
I’ve included several YouTubers and other resources in this blog post that I found really helpful when throwing off convention and getting my own footing.
Since the beginning of 2016, Sarah Nourse and her husband Matthias have uprooted their “comfortable American traditional” lifestyle and have transitioned to an international minimalist lifestyle. Over the last year they donated or gave away all of their possessions, quit their jobs, became vegans, and moved to Switzerland. Currently based in Berlin, Germany (as of the time this article was written), Sarah and Matthias are working on starting their own online businesses. Watching Sarah undergo and document this amazing transition helped me realize that I indeed have the power to direct my life in the ways I truly find most inspiring and interesting. If I care about it enough, I will find a way to make it happen!
Exploring Alternatives is a YouTube channel created by a young nomadic couple who sold all their possessions to live a traveling lifestyle free from materialism and social obligation. This couple shares insights about what it is like to live a minimalist lifestyle and explains various avenues for how to live a more environmentally-friendly and zero-waste lifestyle. I really found Exploring Alternatives to be inspirational because I was disillusioned by the idea of living a “work-all-day-and-all-night-just-to-buy-things” lifestyle for the rest of my life. I also really liked the fact that they find ways to save money and still live comfortably without having to slave away at the old “9-to-5.” Instead they choose to spend the minimum number of hours required to maintain an active and healthy channel and blog and leave plenty of quality time to explore the countryside. I anticipate also being able to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle once this blog gets off the ground.
Living Big in a Tiny House
I was fascinated by the Tiny House Movement happening all over the world. Living Big in a Tiny House is a really great channel for seeing new ways to live your life while prioritizing your health and environmental stewardship. By making choices that prioritize taking care of the planet, we essentially are valuing our own lives and those of our posterity. We are grounding ourselves in the reality that we indeed are citizens of the world, whether we like it or not. Making decisions which value environmental stewardship (e.g., Minimalism, eco-friendly Tiny living, or Veganism) also enable you to save a lot more money in the medium- to long-term. I highly encourage you to check this channel out for some unique, fresh perspectives on the daily grind!
Gigi Gorgeous is a style and LGBTQ+ inspiration! She started doing YouTube makeup tutorials before her transgender realization and transition process. While still living life as a man, Gigi pushed boundaries by showing off great makeup looks for gay men! She also was incredibly courageous to continue to make online videos even throughout her transition, updating her followers about her life. Her work has been an inspiration for Trans people of all ages and for other members of the LGBTQ+ community! As a member of the Queer community myself, I find it really amazing and bold that she was willing to go through her “coming out” story online before her peers.
I really hope these channels will help guide you in your journey. Liberate and empower yourself to pursue your dreams!
Rozalyn Davis holds an M.S., Chemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S., Chemistry, from Purdue University. Her interests include women’s empowerment, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability.