Many of us know what we should be doing when it comes to eating healthily and exercising. But when it comes to actually doing it, there’s often something else getting in the way. I’m the queen of excuses or misaligned priorities. “I’ll do it tomorrow.” “Just one more, then I’m done.” “I don’t have time to exercise, but let’s waste 20mins scrolling Facebook…” Or when it came to this blog, “Someone else is already doing it.”
When I decided that I wanted to up our family’s “green living” game, I realized I’d really need accountability to help me get passed the excuses. That’s actually one reason I started this blog and the Green at Home Facebook Page. If I wanted to help people implement practical but effective green living strategies, well I better damn well be doing those things myself! And so, in the blur of sleepless nights and navigating life with an infant and a JKer, I continued trying new ways to live healthier and with a lighter footprint. Because I had put myself out there on the internet, I had created my own form of accountability.
But because I was on the internet, it was also hard for me to start paving my own path, since there are so many opinions and thoughts on green living. But I knew that I had to experience it all for myself. And so everything from learning how to make my own laundry detergent to detoxing my body care products went from being “I should do this…” to “I am doing this”.
When I set out making my green life a little more public, one of my promises was never to use shame or judgment in my messaging. That’s because I didn’t like a lot of the messaging that was already ‘out there’ on green living. But the surprising side effect was also that I have significantly more self-compassion.
I recognize that while I’m doing a lot of things that are great for the planet and my family, there’s always more I could be doing. But I’m OK with that. This isn’t a contest. This is my life. And I owe a lot of this mind-set to the David Suzuki’s Queen of Green Coaching program, which I am proud to have been recruited for.
I hope that you’re taking my tips and ideas with that in mind. Some people love DIY, others could do without. Some really want to buy less, others find joy and fulfillment with a stuff-filled home.
You can live your life the way you want to, while still leaving a smaller footprint and creating a healthier home. Even small changes to what you buy or your routine can have a big impact.
Take a pause right now. Look around. Do you see something that’s unnecessarily wasteful? Do you know what’s in the make-up you’re wearing or the shampoo you used? Start with just one thought, decide how you’re going to respond in a greener way, and the rest will follow. In your own way, and in your own time.
If you’re like me and know you should be doing things differently, but just can’t seem to make it a priority, I would love to help. I created my personalized consultation packages to give you some friendly (and knowledgeable) tools to help you make lasting improvements that fit with your lifestyle. If you’re ready to create a healthier, greener home simply, I’d love to hear from you!