This is Day 242 of the Green in 365 series!
Hello there friends! As I mentioned last week, I’m a wee bit busy working on a big project right now, and so my time is being devoted to that, and not so much to writing long and amazing posts for this blog. It’s not that I don’t want to post here more often, I absolutely do. But let’s just call it like it is – I’m no superwoman!
But today, as I was loading my plastic bags full of groceries into my cart and then into my van and then into my home, and I was possibly saying some unmentionable words under my breath, (because I really and truly HATE plastic bags from the grocery store!), I had a thought. Dangerous, I know!
While I’m busy writing and editing and finishing up this book all about green and natural living, maybe I should just share with you all what that looks like, or doesn’t look like, in my day to day life. Confession time: to be honest, that’s one of the things that wore me out with this Green in 365 series, I had such high hopes and expectations when I was starting out, but I was writing about all of these great green living tips and ideas, and spending so much time doing that, that I wasn’t actually DOING some of them in my own life.
Case in point.
I wrote a really nice article about Green Easter Baskets. Then when we were visiting my mom for Easter and she saw what we had bought to put in our kids baskets, she gave me that look (you know the Mom look!) and commented something to the effect of, “So you don’t actually practice the things that you write about on your blog?”
Busted! Hanging head in shame.
Being the excuse maker that I am, I blamed it on things like the one-year anniversary of my dad’s death, and thinking for a moment about running away from my family. Not like those were a big deal or anything.
That was a really rough time in my life, and I think in a lot of ways I was trying to “fake it ’til you make it” on the blog. Except I got really tired of faking it, and I had to step away so I could actually make it again in my own life.
And I’m doing much better at “making it” now, because I’m making it a priority again in our home and lives, but I’m still not perfect at it in any way.
So over the next few weeks as I’m working on finishing up this ebook, I’m thinking I’ll do some “Day in the Life” type posts where I’ll give you some glimpses into my own successes and failures at the whole green living thing. My hope is that you’ll see that you also don’t have to be perfect at this eco-friendly, save the planet, crunchy living thing all the time either.
But, it’s about a commitment to stick to it, even when it’s sometimes hard. Even when you fall of the wagon. You can get back up and keep on going, because I really do believe that the choices and changes that we make do make a difference, do have an impact. And if you stick with it, then I can too. And if you share your stories with us we’ll all be able to help each other feel like we’re not alone. That it’s okay to not be perfect.
That sometimes we forget to take our reusable grocery bags to the store with us. That my green fail of the day was deciding at the last minute to go to the store while I was already out and didn’t have any with me. I seriously considered not going to the store, even though I really needed to because I didn’t have my reusable bags with me.
I should have followed my gut instinct. You guys, it was so unbelievably super annoying because instead of 4 or 5 reusable bags to carry, I instead had like 15 bags, plus extra stuff to load into my car and carry into my house, while also carrying a baby on my hip. (She’s my favorite accessory!)
(And I just want to note that the paper towels in the pic are eco-friendly, made from recycled paper, paper towels. Otherwise you might be able to take away my crunchy mama card today.)
Is there some kind of law that cashiers can only place 3 or 4 items into each plastic bag? Seriously people, I HATE forgetting to bring my reusable bags to the store and I vow to never do so again in a long, long, really long time!
What about you? I’d love to hear your Green in the Life story from today or the past few days in the comments!
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