Written by contributor Emily McClements of Live Renewed.
Green living is such an extensive topic, it can at times be overwhelming. I loved reading both Stephanie’s post on Natural Living Fatigue, and Nicole’s post Dreaming in Green. I related so well with both of their views, it is so good to hear from and be inspired by others who are on a similar journey, who understand the choices and changes that my family has made, and who have similar dreams and goals as I do for going even “greener” in the future.
While I definitely connected with Stephanie’s take on getting overloaded and weighed down with green and natural living sometimes, I also loved Nicole’s take on it, that sometimes we need to dream big, and set goals, that can keep us moving in the direction we are trying to go.
I have been on my frugally green journey for over three years now, and while by no means do I think I’ve “arrived,” and I know there are still so many more areas I can make changes in, sometimes I get stuck.
It’s not so much that I get tired, or want a break, from green living. It’s more like I just can’t figure out what I should do next, where the next step on my journey should take me.
So while we definitely need to be careful of information overload, as Stephanie talked about, I also think that sometimes we need a little kick in the pants to jump start our dreaming and goal setting, we need some encouragement and inspiration for our journey.
I wanted to share a few ways that I have found new ideas, inspiration, and continued to learn about green and natural living and ways I can incorporate it into my life.
This is an obvious one, but there are so many great books, blogs, and other resources, out there now with a wealth of information on green an natural living. Many times I get questions about how I knew how to make a green change in our lifestyle, and really, most of the changes I have made have not been my own ideas, I’ve stolen them by reading about others who have gone before me on the journey of green living.
What are your favorite green reading resources?
Talk With A Friend
Whether your friend is a fellow natural living junkie, or a green novice, talking with someone else in real life can be extremely helpful. Chatting about changes you are making, changes they are making or want to make, and sharing your experiences can inspire you to think about things in a different way, or see a change you can make that you might not have thought of otherwise.
I am so blessed to have a wonderful friend who is my green kindred spirit, as well as has kids the same age as mine, who understands me when others might think I’m crazy, and who has helped me learn new skills, like canning. She is a source of both encouragement and inspiration to me as I seek to continue making changes toward a greener and more natural lifestyle.
It can be overwhelming at times when you learn about all of the toxins and chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Sometimes I just want to cover my ears and yell, “I’m not listening!” like my preschooler likes to do to me when she doesn’t like what I’m trying to tell her.
But covering our ears, or burying our heads in the sand is not going help us, our families, or our world. In order to keep from information overload, and from being overwhelmed, choose one topic at a time in an area that you would like to know more about so you can make the best informed decisions possible and then spend some time researching that topic and finding solutions. Although it might be a little scary at first, you will probably end up feeling empowered, and have the knowledge to back up the changes you are trying to make.
For me, one of the next things I want to research is plastic use, and move away from using plastic in the kitchen as much as I can.
My husband and I love to watch documentaries on Netflix. And while you have to remember that all documentaries have a slant and a point they are trying to get a across, they can also be a great source of ideas and inspiration toward green and natural living.
And I recently found this amazing list of green documentaries – this gives me enough to watch for years to come!
Where do you find new ideas, inspiration and encouragement for your green journey?