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About The Basic Goods …

The Basic Goods is an online journal dedicated to chronicling my (Katherine Oakes) wholehearted attempts at sustainable living. Inspired by Abraham Maslow’s famous quote, this space explores what it means to adopt a slower, simpler lifestyle in a fast-paced world .

Here, you’ll find plenty of eco-friendly alternatives and DIY projects, as well as features on people, places and ideas that embody these ideals. Stick around and stay awhile, I’m glad you’re here.


And along with this unfiltered, unmediated directness of their contact with reality comes also a vastly heightened ability to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy, however stale those experiences may have become for others. – Abraham Maslow

I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to find me on Twitter + Instagram or view my website here.  I also welcome collaborations, ideas for features, or just a quick hello! Drop me a line at kathoakes12@gmail.com

You can find more of my writing on REI Adventure ProjectsPure Green MagazineHuckberry JournalMOTHER mag and other digital publications.



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