The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Real Celebration: Emet’s Meaningful Coming of Age Story

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 3, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how one family used SoKind to provide long-distance family and friends the opportunity to not only participate in their son's Bar Mitzvah, but to also express themselves through their gifts.


Living the Dream: Evita Ochel, Consciousness Expansion Teacher

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 28, 2016

Evita talks about her work to help people optimize their well-being on all levels of the body, mind, and spirit.


Why Give Up Chocolate for Lent When You Can Give Up Plastic?

by Carol Janus   |   January 28, 2016

It may seem impossible to stop using plastic. But with perseverance and a little creativity, it can be done.


A Year of Buying Nothing New

by Julie Fathy   |   January 28, 2016

A Denver mom resolves to go debt-free by buying nothing new (aside from a few necessities) for a full year.


Real Celebration: Marcie and Brian's Bed and Breakfast Weekend Wedding Getaway

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how Marcie and Brian planned a wedding that allowed them to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.


How a Gift Registry Is Being Used to Build Relationships and Strengthen Communities

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 12, 2016

Who knew that a gift registry could be used to sponsor a refugee family, create support systems for those suffering from illness, and get teachers the supplies they need? Our SoKind users continue to amaze us with the ways in which they're using SoKind to strengthen their communities and build relationships. Read on for inspiration!


How a Gift Registry Is Being Used to Build Relationships and Strengthen Communities

by New Dream   |   January 7, 2016

Our audience has used SoKind registry in new and creative ways that have surprised and inspired us. Maybe you have a great idea, too?


How I Helped Set Up a Local Permaculture Park: Q&A with Neighborhood Challenge Winner Josh Dolan

by New Dream   |   January 5, 2016

Learn more about Dolan's effort to establish a Permaculture Park Project in Ithaca, New York.


6 Ways to Resist Kid-Targeted Advertising (and Save the Planet!)

by Edna Rienzi   |   December 30, 2015

Today’s consumer culture encourages materialistic values. Learn ways to fight back!


Embracing Letting Go: Unintentional and Intentional Simplifying

by Lisa Luken   |   December 28, 2015

Lisa Lukin realized that her unfulfilling life was only going to change if she intentionally created a new path. Here's her story.


Real Celebration: Toronto Neighbors Rally Together to Sponsor A Syrian Refugee Family

by Edna Rienzi   |   December 9, 2015

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how a group of strangers in Toronto are using SoKind to support a refugee family and strengthen their neighborhood community along the way.


Bottled Water-Free Holidays: A First Step in Kicking the Bottled Water Habit

by Anna Awimbo   |   December 3, 2015

Trying to find a way to wean yourself off the bottle? Why not start with a holiday pledge.


How to Ask for the Gifts You Really Want This Holiday Season

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 23, 2015

Do you feel overwhelmed with your family's holiday gift-giving traditions? Check out three ideas for a more meaningful celebration. Here's to more fun and less stuff!


How to Ask for the Gifts You Really Want This Holiday Season

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 19, 2015

Do you get too much "stuff" over the holidays? Here are three ways that New Dreamers have transformed their gift-giving traditions.


Top 6 Ways to Simplify and Enjoy Your Holidays

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 17, 2015

For a holiday season focused on "more of what matters," check out our six favorite simplifying tips.


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