About this site (and me!)

Well, hi there. I’m Ariana and…

I’m going to share a secret with you: I’m completely new to blogging.
I’ve wanted to start one for years but never got the chance. Either I was too afraid to, didn’t have the time, or just didn’t know what to write about.
Then, last night, I sat down and said to myself, “I think I’m gonna make a blog.”
So here we are.
I don’t know what other people do, or have done, but I felt the best way to start was opening up to all of you- all 5 of you.
Just kidding, I have no idea how many views this will get. But no matter how many it does receive, I’m grateful to those who took the time out of your day to pop by.

So… let me start by answering a few reflective questions:


Why did I choose Greenify Me?

I chose that name because it’s been floating around my head for a while now. That, and I’m really into healthy, natural living. Plants and animals are my best friends and I feel most at peace when either one is around. I’ve always been eco-conscious but this year I really made some huge steps forward in that department and I want to continue to progress. I’m on the lookout for new ways to connect to the Earth, beautify it, and live as organically as possible, assuming it fits my college student budget.

How did I get into being eco-friendly?

I’ve always been a spiritual person and that, to me, goes hand in hand with respecting Mother Nature. Can she be deadly? Yes. But can she be beautiful, giving, and inspirational? Absolutely. Both sides of nature, in my eyes, are something we should respect. In order to do this, I like to research new ways to stay on my game when it comes to eco-friendly living. My latest endeavor was to make a huge switch from regular makeup to organic makeup. Honestly, after finding out what they put in makeup (chemicals you can’t even pronounce and crushed beetles sound good to you?) I didn’t want to take the chance. My new go-to brand is now 100% Pure and I’m on the lookout for new organic brands all the time.

What are some other actions I’ve taken to green-ify myself?

Well, I recycle as much as I can and sometimes I will even clean up my neighborhood. I did it last summer and I wouldn’t be surprised if I do it again this summer. I literally went around with several plastic bags, hand sanitizer, and gloves, picking up any trash I saw. I must’ve looked like some weirdo to everyone watching me but I didn’t care. I knew no one else would have done it and I felt really great afterwards.
I also treat animals right and do my best to respect their environments. One of my favorite things to do is watch the birds at the train station near my apartment. Most people find starlings, pigeons, and sparrows to be ordinary little birds, but I don’t see them like that. They’re beautiful and quite capable of adapting to any environment they set foot in, which is pretty inspirational if you let yourself think about it. Pigeons especially aren’t afraid of humans, and I think that’s what I like best about them because it means I get to observe them even better. They’re far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.
I have a growing collection of essential oils and am slowly making the transition to clean up my beauty routine even more (meaning no artificial perfumes, lotions, or shower/bath products.) I grow my own indoor container garden and just started this summer. They’re coming along nicely: so far I’ve grown basil, lettuce, roses, carrots, chives, and zinnia this summer. The lettuce was already harvested but I have several other plant sprouts on the way! I do my best to eat as healthy and organic as possible and try to convince my parents to do the same by buying more organic foods.

What should you expect out of this blog?

I’m aiming for this to be about my journey; DIY projects; organic beauty and food; and the environment. I’ll also be sharing my photography and a few nature poems here and there.

I don’t know everything there is to know about green living, and maybe I never will. That’s okay though, because it leaves room for growth. I want to contribute something other than a carbon footprint to the Earth: I want her to realize she does have people who care about her living here. And one of them is me. Hopefully, this blog can inspire some of you to walk a similar path.

By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.

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