Read Constantin's essay about feeling dependent on large corporations, and his efforts to ensure that his decisions remain his own.
Read Omar's essay about his realization that when it comes to fighting products that may harm people and the environment, he has to become his own hero.
Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and author of "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," responds to essay winners of the Winter 2013 writing competition
Read Reyna's poem about a misunderstood young girl and a lonely old woman who find each other.
Read Adam's essay about how he was humbled by the kindness of someone he would normally ignore in a depressing area of town.
Read Nizhone's essay about his challenge of opening up to strangers and his commitment to keep trying.
Read Sumaiyah's essay about how the smile of the young grocery bagger gave her hope for her soon-to-be-born sibling.
Though not every participant can win the Fall 2012 writing contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Dee Williams, who downsized from a three-bedroom to an 84-square-foot house, responds to essay winners of the Fall 2012 writing competition.
Read Ritika's essay about her desire to have a smaller home as long as she can spend time with the people she lives with.
Read Rowan's essay about the sustainable dance community home she would build so she could live with her ballet sisters every day and save the planet.
Read Paw's essay about how her Burmese roots taught her that no matter the size of your home, an abundant garden is essential.
Read Chris's essay about how growing up in Kenya influenced his conscious choice to live intentionally here in the States.
Read Willis's essay about brotherhood forged around the dinner table.