I have found a few new passions this year, thanks to quitting my job and having the time to focus on what is truly important to me. Not only did I find SparkPeople in my journey towards better health, I also found an interest in "going green".
So far this year I have read three books on learning to live a greener life, all of which I recommend.
*Go Green, Live Rich - David Bach
*Ready, Set, Green - Graham Hill & Meaghan O'Neill
*Gorgeously Green - Sophie Uliano
I have found a number of helpful websites and blogs as well, not to mention a number of interested and well informed SP members. The more I learn, the more I want to know. I'm not sure what it is about the subject, but wanting (almost needing now) to be part of making our earth a healthier and safer place seems overwhelmingly important.
I am slowly making changes at home; from purchasing eco-friendly cleaning supplies (as I run out of the ones I already have) to shopping more regularly at the local produce stands and weekly farmer's markets.
The process does not have to be immediate, but I believe the change is necessary and significant.
I have shared some of my new insights with friends and family. The responses have varied. Some think its cool, but don't really ask questions. Others, think I'm nuts. Trust me, I haven't made any drastic changes (yet, anyway). My mom has a friend in Seattle who is building a "green" home- she thinks the lady is nuts and spending too much money on very ugly things. I wasn't going to try to convince her otherwise at the time because I didn't really have enough information to respond with. However, now I know more. It all has to do with individual choice, personal values etc. Anyway, when I mentioned to my mom I was making some changes at home she asked, "so, are you going to become some hippie treehugger?" She just has no idea.
Lately I have been thinking about Christmas. Perhaps, I could share my new passion about greener living during the holidays. I could give green gifts this year, some cool products as well as ones that are informative. I want to demonstrate that going green does not have to be overly time-consuming or costly. I just want others to know that every decision makes an impact, even the small ones.