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Because Sometimes I Get Tired of Healthy, Natural Living

Written by contributor Stephanie Langford of Keeper of the Home.

Do you ever get tired of it all?

Have you read an article on nutrition or being green, and found that your eyes began to glaze over as you thought, blah, blah, blah? Does the garbage sometimes seem like a more convenient option than the compost? Do you just want to break down and buy toothpaste that doesn’t cost $5 a tube?

Natural living fatigue. It happens.

My journey to more green, wholesome, healthy living began almost eight years ago. During those years, my motivation and commitment levels have remained generally positive, but there have been times when I felt tired of it all and struggled with wanting to take the “easier” road for a season.

As with any major lifestyle change, it is absolutely normal to have ups and downs, easy times and hard ones. Many of us begin with a bang, energetically pursuing our goals and full of inspiration. Yet, there are often points of frustration, disillusionment, weariness and burn out. Why does it happen? What are the reasons that we slow down, tune out, and pull back from natural living at various points along the journey?

Things to Avoid

As I’ve pondered the question of “why” this natural living fatigue happens in my life and those I talk to, I see five things that we would do well to avoid so that our healthy changes become life-long, and not just another trend wagon that we hop on for a brief time before we tumble off the other side.

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1. Avoid extremism

When we first begin to realize the importance of living greener, and also the dangers of many conventional ways of doing things, it’s easy to want to go a bit overboard. But, just as with any other changes we want to make (beginning to exercise, losing weight, less tv), when we try to jump in too quickly and change everything all at once, we often become discouraged and give up altogether.

Another element of extremism is viewing natural living in black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. There are many “shades” of green living, and people have legitimate reasons for approaching things in different ways.

One family may be keen on purchasing on organics (even if they’re shipped across the country) while another puts a higher priority on seasonal and local, regardless of the organic label. Which one is more “right?” Well, it depends on what your priorities are!

Changes don’t need to be extreme to be valuable. It is a valid thing to begin cloth diapering only half of the time, because it’s certainly better than nothing. To do our best to use cloth bags at the grocery store, except those few times when we just forget and bring home a little plastic. To eat whole foods 80% of the time, but allow room for slowly-adjusting taste buds and enjoying meals with friends and family who don’t eat the same way.

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2. Avoid information overload

When I began blogging about natural living four years ago, there simply was not the abundance of information out there that there is today. I read a few good books from the library, picked up the odd alternative health magazine, and found a handful of websites with possibly unreliable information.

These days, I think that we need to close our eyes and stick our fingers in our ears in order to take a break from the information overload coming our way… Don’t use plastic. Eat organic. Shop local. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Plant a garden. Find a farmer’s market. Filter your water. Avoid toxic beauty care. Go green, go green, go green.

It can be helpful to take a break from it all. Choose a few areas that you want to focus on in your own life, and then purposefully avoid reading or listening to (even helpful) blogs, articles, tv shows, books. When you feel ready to make some more slow and steady changes, tune back in.

3. Avoid too much, too soon

Just as we can become extreme, we can also simply be too darn eager. Most of us aren’t capable of making 180 degree changes all at once and then maintaining them.

As with any good thing that we want to add to our lifestyle, focusing on one or two items at a time is crucial. Set some achievable goals, take small steps towards them, and celebrate when you reach them. When those goals are met, consider what else may be important to you and put your effort towards those.

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4. Avoid comparisons

Does it ever seem as if bloggers or others who are living naturally have it all together compared to you? Do you feel like you’re behind and somehow failing because you aren’t sprouting your own grains or making your own laundry detergent?

Don’t. The guilt is both unnecessary and unproductive.

It’s so important to remember that we are all in different seasons of life, unique circumstances, facing our own personal obstacles, and at our own stage in the journey. We aren’t worse than (or better than) anyone else, and the status of our bathroom counter or our kitchen pantry does not define our value as a person.

Be encouraged by the steps that you have already taken and the goals that you have achieved, however large or small. Each step is a victory, and each one is important in your own journey. Try to focus on where you have already made positive changes, rather than on what you haven’t done.

5. Avoid perfectionism

There will always be ways that I could be healthier and greener, and much as I may want to, I simply won’t be able to make all of those changes. No one can do it all and live the “perfect green life” because I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist (and if it does, I don’t think I want to know about it).

Letting go of perfectionism in natural living is one of the things that has most freed me to continue to do what I do, without guilt, without obligation, and with a whole lot less stress.

If we each do our individual best to make positive changes, then we are a part of the solution and we contribute to a better lifestyle for our family. Isn’t that the goal, after all?

Have you ever felt burnt out or weary of natural living? Where do you think those feelings stem from and how do you try to avoid getting to that place?

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  1. Bev

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been feeling keyed up because of the start of the (home)school year and all the blogs posting important, helpful, and useful info. This is such a good message for all the worthy things in our lives that we can drown in.

  2. Calliope

    So in time this post! For a few months now, i have been unhappy with the laundry detergent i made and used for 3 years. So this summer i just decided to restart the old skip…felt so odd in the beginning! But my whites are white again and they smell like spring…until november…that is the deadline i have given myself. Until then i will have to find something better than the usual soap detergent and be happy with it, too

    • Denise

      Just wondering if you have tried adding tea tree oil to your detergent? We add it to the ‘store’ stuff, as I only use 1/8 of what the container says, and the tea tree oil makes things smell WONDERFUL! I started using it to remove the pee smell during this potty training/learning phase in the kids clothing, and everything is fresh again! (even my husbands old shirts!)

      • Angela

        I don’t know how “green” it is, but I often add a scoop of Oxy-Clean in with my loads cleaned with my homemade detergent. It helped to get rid of the armpit odor from my long-suffering husband’s shirts. 🙂

  3. Allison Fishman

    Thank you so much for this post. At the end of the summer, we need a little refresh, a break from all that — and this said what I think many of us had been thinking. Perfectly put; thank you!

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      You’re so welcome, Allison! I needed to write it as much as anyone needed to read it. 🙂

  4. Kara

    I’m in one right now actually. I was feeling overwhelmed with the rest of my life and decided to buy a bottle of scented body wash, instead of going to my usual place (which is further away) to get my favorite natural bar soap. When I burn out, I always end up making concessions in the bathroom.

  5. Rhianna

    These are wise words that I think can be applied to other parts of living as well. I remember first starting my career as a social worker, and I admit to having that all-encompassing thought that I could immediately change the world. Ah, naive youth. 😉 It was easy to feel disenfranchised when it all didn’t happen in accordance with my expectations and hopes. Anyway, timely post.

  6. carmen

    Great post Stephanie, i think the bottom line is that we need to make sure we don’t make healthy natural living the focus of our lives. If are not careful, this lifestyle can become an idol. Only God can be the center of our lives. With His help, things will fall in place without feeling overwhelmed. Why do I say this? Because I was there at one time…

    blessings ~ Carmen

    • Sarah G @ JoyontheJourney

      Such a great comment. I too find it easy to substitute “good” wife/mom and green living for “bringing glory to God and enjoying Him”.

      Yes, those are two great ways of doing those things, but they aren’t the ONLY ways! Way to point out how easy it is to substitute “good” for “best”.

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      It’s so true, Carmen! Lifestyle choices really can become idols, rather than being an outflow of our relationship with God and our desire to serve and honor him. He absolutely needs to be the focus, and sometimes I think we need to pull away briefly to see that once again (because how often we forget…)

      • robbie @ going green mama

        Definitely. It becomes a balance. If you see green living as stewardship rather than the “end”, I think it puts things in more proper perspective.

  7. Stacy

    Oh yes, I definitely go there! Now I have a name for it: Natural Living Fatigue. Perfect.

    I think a lot of the stress I have felt at times comes from wanting everything to be safe for my children. Wanting to keep them away from toxins (or anything else potentially damaging) is sometimes exhausting. Often I just have to tell myself to ease up.

    I can’t think of anything to add, you’ve covered it all!

  8. Michelle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been struggling with this a bit myself lately and your post today is wonderful.

    We all have different reasons for changing our lifestyle, mine was being diagnosed with breast cancer. People will make disparaging comments when I suggest a green product or idea when they don’t realize my motivation. I am not a fanatic, I am committed to cleaning up my life and the lives of my family as well. I will continue to work in baby steps and be confident in my motivations.

    Thanks again!

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      It can definitely be hard when others don’t understand our motivations. My changes were also spurred on by health challenges, and new health issues in our family have continued to motivate me. It’s not about being a fanatic, but rather about taking care of ourselves and our loved ones to the best of our ability, and sometimes others don’t see that. I love your determination to keep moving forward and be confident in your own reasons. 🙂

  9. Jessica Chapman Clark

    Dear Great Green Goddess in the magical Interwebs – you totally read my mind! I get tired of washing the cans to recycle, washing the ziploc bags to use more than once and buying the delicious Dr. Bronner’s soap which tingles in an awesome good way, but there are times I long for lather.

    Then I remember, it’s the little things I do. The ziploc bag I re-use and re-purpose in other household areas and the castile soap without the lather mean I can feel good physically and mentally about what I literally put out into the world.

    And to all the news/magazines telling me to consume and also to “be green” (in a classic push pull of consumerism) I’m going to go stick my fingers in my ears and say “la, la, la, la, la, la. I can’t hear you.”

    Jessica Chapman Clark, Founder

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Yes, the little things. They really do matter.

      I love your description of how Dr. Bronner’s tingles (because it really does), and I’ll just you in the chorus of “la, la, la, la!”. 🙂

    • D =)

      I laughed at the “la la la la”!!! I need to do that sometimes, too. I have such a hard time saying no…and I WANT to do it all…that at times I literally make myself ill trying to be perfect. I’m going to remember the lalalalalalla. 😉 Thanks. Only I buy/love this castile soap…and you can get a pump to foam it up, which IS nice…
      Loved the post, Stephanie…thanks much! My favorite word is “moderation” in all things…even my little ones know what moderation means. I just need to remember to practice it…even with “good” things. =)

  10. Heather Anderson

    I agree with what Carmen said above. When our whole focus is on healthy living rather than God, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Green, healthy living is merely one aspect of life, and in some ways a minor one, at least in the eternal perspective. It is for our welfare and for the purpose of stewardship. I love real food, green and sustainable living, because of the freedom it brings to be more effective in other areas of life. Burnout happens when we are striving, whether in homeschooling, healthy living, business, etc. We all do it. You gave some great points on how to prevent it or at least recover from it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Linda

      I totally agree with you. We need to be good stewards of what God has given us as best we can, but our perspective needs to be an eternal one.


    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Right… it’s when we strive (in our own strength, not His) that we burn out. Well said!

      • Nicole

        Amen to that!

  11. Stephanie

    OMGosh! Exactly how I am feeling this week! I am so stressed out over poopy diapers especially! Cloth diapers are stressing me out this week, so I am totally feeling it. I was considering my disposable for the week. Sheesh. I am linking this article to my blog, exactly what I needed to hear today. 🙂

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      LOL! I laugh, only because I relate. And you know, if you use disposables for a week so that you can de-stress about the poop and then get back to cloth, that’s ok. Take a short break, then get back to it! So glad this encouraged you today!

    • Nicole

      I feel the same way about my 16-month old’s diapers sometimes, Stephanie! 🙂 The newborn’s are easy, but the poopy ones get old after a while. At least we have a li’l community where we can complain to each other about poop, heehee.

    • Alissa

      Absolutely! I got to the point where I was sooooo over cloth diapering, but was feeling sooooo guilty about switching to disposables. I said to my husband, “18 months is a good stretch, right” and he replied, “18 months? How about 3 years? Did you already forget that we cloth diapered the first kid, too.” So, we put the cloth diapers on the shelf and found a natural disposable that I can feel good about.

      I think sometimes we need to back off on one area of natural living, so that we can have the energy to incorporate other practices. We may be slacking on diapers for now, but we’re focusing more on whole foods and natural cleaners.

  12. Jill @ The Prairie Homestead

    Yes, yes, yes! I’ve really been feeling this fatigue this summer… Especially when you add all the extra tasks of homesteading/growing a majority of your own food. Sometimes I can’t help but take a small glance at the people who buy their milk from the store and use disposable diapers and wonder if what I’m doing is really worth it…

    When I get in these “funks”, the thing that works best for me is a little compromise. Buy a loaf of bread that week, don’t worry about making cheese, and put the diapers in the dryer instead of hanging them outside that day.

    Fortunately, I’ve found that after a bit of a mental break, I’m usually raring to get back on the bandwagon and actually ENJOY my green tasks even more.

    Thanks so much for putting into words what we’ve all been feeling!!

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      I find the same thing about the small compromises. When I grow really weary of baking, I will buy a few loaves of sprouted grain bread instead, or do as you said and toss the cloth diapers in the dryer. Those little breaks help us to persevere over the long run, I think.

      • robbie @ going green mama

        And compromise may mean just taking a break. I had a project this winter than meant 70-hr work weeks, and I just didn’t have the hours left in me to always make fresh meals, bake bread, or even keep up on the laundry. Allowing yourself that mental break and saying it’s ok to take a reprieve makes so much sense.

  13. Nicole

    I needed this today! Thanks!

  14. Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}

    This is an awesome post. I appreciate it so much. I am getting to this point, frankly. I am so. tired. of making bread, and I resort to expensive organic junkfood b/c I’m too tired to make homemade. I can’t get on the natural green beauty bandwagon. I’m just too overwhelmed to do the research and find new products. And dangit, I like my gel nails! LOL.

    I am really over it. But I wholly believe in it so I will keep plugging along. Thanks for reminding me that some is better than nothing and to keep chugging.

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Friend, I hear ya. I have struggled with that weariness during this past year. I allowed myself to have some freedoms and much rest, and you know what I have found? The motivation has slowly come back, and I am increasingly happy to keep doing it all. But I had to give myself some room to breathe and not make it the most important thing. Because it isn’t. Yes, it’s important. But not MOST important.

      I totally believe that you can keep doing it, but give yourself some grace, too. You’ve made sooo many amazing changes over the past couple of years, and that’s hard, so I think it’s natural to feel a little tired. You will get back to it, because I know that deep down, you know why you’re doing it. You’re awesome, Jo-Lynne! 🙂

  15. Kayla

    Great post, and so timely! My husband and I are just starting out on a few different journeys, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with on or all of them. Thanks for posting this, I’m sure I’ll refer back to it many times over!

  16. Jessica

    I am feeling the burnout this week too! Also feeling the great disparity between the ideal of what I could feed my family and the reality of the bank account. Would I love all pastured chicken and grass fed beef and all organic produce…absolutely! But no matter how I juggle things, the numbers don’t come out right. Now I need to get over that guilty feeling when I buy what’s less than ideal….Like the mayo I will purchase at the store today cause I’m too tired and busy to make it this week 🙂

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Guilt isn’t allowed. 🙂

      None of us can do it all. You can’t make money appear where it doesn’t exist. Do the best you can, and then rest!

  17. Nora@ The Dollar Hollering Homemaker

    Good Info! I know sometimes I just get worn out having to do it all. I like to give myself a few compromise choices for example, I may get fast food/eat out on occasion but I stick with the local places verses the big chains. Is the food perfect? No, but I eat real food 95% of the time, so I don’t worry about it! The same goes if I eat a someone’s house, I eat what they serve, even if it came out of a can/box.

  18. Cara

    Thanks for the encouragement and perspective. Being an autism mom certainly increases the motivation and passion to live a clean wholesome lifestyle … in order to give our kids the best opportunity to recover. But this can be a very stressful lifestyle and for those of us who are Christians can take our focus off of God and His hand in our lives. Thanks for reminding me to turn my eyes to God more … than my own abilities to fix things 😉

  19. Tina

    The thing I feel most frustrated about with “green” living is cleaning up after others. I’m constantly pulling recyclables out of the trash put there by others and reminding household members that certain actions save energy and therefore money. I find composting to be the most inconvenient aspect of natural living that we practice in our home. In particular bringing the scraps to the bin in a timely fashion. This article helps put things in perspective.

  20. Kathryn

    A very timely article! We made some big changes in our lifestyle about 1 1/2 years ago and I’ve been feeling stressed and wondering why I’m doing this. 🙂 Thank you for letting us know its okay to feel this way occasionally. Another good reminder: keep our eyes focused on God and He will lead us in the way we should go. 🙂 Thanks.

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      A great reminder. When we take our eyes off of Him and put them on other things, we get so off-track. Thanks, Kathryn!

  21. Annie

    I think the most important point is that the transition almost always has to be slow. I’ve had friends come over and say “wow! it’s amazing that you use no plastic, no paper… I just can’t seem to do it” and I’m like “well good grief! I’ve been working on collecting non-plastic containers and cloth napkins, etc. for 10 years! That’s the only reason there are no disposables left”. It really does take time unless you have all the money in the world. We used plastic until I had enough glass containers for the freezer… and that’s ok 🙂

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      So true! My friends also often comment on how extreme I am, but it’s built up slowly, over a matter of 8 years. These things really do take time. I still use some plastic in my freezer, as a matter of fact. And I’m ok with it, because I’m still moving forward and making changes. 🙂

  22. Johanna

    Thanks for sharing. We were avid cloth diaper users. Months would go by and my daughter would only wear disposables a handful of times.

    Then I become pregnant again. Along with that came horrid morning sickness. I just couldn’t take the poop anymore. My daughter has been wearing disposables for a little over a month now. Not even the “green” ones (our budget doesn’t allow for those); plain old Huggies or Pampers, depending on where I can find the better deal after coupons. At first, I felt some guilty over it. Then I realized that I AM saving the cloth for this baby (hoping my daughter will start using the potty soon so she’s probably done with cloth) and, in this season of my life, I just need to go into a kind of survival mode. Thanks for not adding to the guilt! 🙂

    • Nicole

      We all go through seasons, Johanna; that’s what I’m learning, too! Survival mode is where I’m at, too, these days. 😉

  23. brook

    My DH despises the term “green.” We do a lot of things like recycle, compost, use glass, make our own food, etc, but he would never say that we were “green!” In fact the other day he told our oldest daughter “I don’t want to hear about green. If you want to talk about saving money, then we can talk about green. Money is green!” It was pretty funny, and our lifestyle often saves both kinds of green!

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      So funny! My hubby hates the term, too. He thinks it’s too trendy and doesn’t really mean anything. I think they’re sort of right! 🙂

  24. Lisa

    With the fatigue sometimes comes guilt, unfortunately. But sometimes we do have to find a new balance. Last year I was facing some health challenges, so I let some of my green habits go., like recycling. I happen to live somewhere that does not have curbside recycling. Therefore, I must sort and drive my recyclables to a transfer station. At the time it was all I could do to shop for healthy food and prepare it for my family. I had no energy left for saving the planet. I had no energy left for the guilt either, thankfully. I have plans to start my recycling efforts back up here in the near future, but for now I am concentrating on buying less.

  25. Emma

    Thanks for sharing this encouraging post. It does get overwhelming sometimes.

  26. Rebekah

    Yep, I feel like this frequently … I’m a busy mama and although I would love to do all the “green” things, it seems like I just can’t keep up sometimes. I have a very limited budget, which means I have to prioritize and make some compromises. In a perfect world …. my home would be sparkling clean (with the aid of homemade/natural cleaning products), my family dressed in organic, natural, fair-trade fibers (that I sewed/knit myself), my daughter perfectly behaved and playing quietly (with handmade, non-toxic wooden toys) and my kitchen would be filled with grass-fed, pasture-raised, organic everything (harvested from my garden and the neighbors’ farm). But that’s just not quite how it works around here – ever. LOL. So, I try to focus on the success of the things I do manage to accomplish – the homemade salsas I made this week, for example. You’re absolutely right – if you try to do everything at once, you’ll end up very stressed out and your relationships will start to suffer. I really enjoyed this post – thank you for sharing!

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Your ideal life sounds so lovely! I would happily join you in that perfect world, if it actually existed. 🙂

  27. Chris

    This is something that happens to me every summer and I have learned to cut myself some slack and simplify my routines even if it means less complicated meal prep and even less blogging. When fall rolls around I’ll feel energized and ready to go.

  28. Shannon

    I am so grateful for this post! When I started my “real food” lifestyle I went extreme and got very overwhelmed. Keeping up with my kefir, kombucha, piima and sourdough starter was enough to put me over the edge! However, add to that trying to be grain free (with 4 kids) and only use raw milk, pastured butter and grassfed beef, etc……plus make my own lotion and deo, just about killed me. I took a break and said to myself, I will do what I can and that has to be good enough. I bought Burt’s Bees again and natural deo on Etsy. I let crackers back into my pantry and Trader Joe’s Honey O’s cereal (gasp!). After awhile I decided I was ready to move forward again, but with a much more reasonable pace. My goal is still the same as I listed above (among other things) but with a much more realistic pace. Perfectionism has always been my downfall and I’m glad I figured out that it’s all in the intention, and not how perfectly I do it.

  29. Lois

    Excellent post! Especially “#4 Avoid Comparisons” I think too often we compare our weaknesses to other peoples strengths, and get discouraged.

    Also, “#3, Avoid Too Much, Too Soon” I tell my friends who want to go green to just pick one thing and do it until it becomes a habit. Then pick another thing. Fifteen years ago I read about olive oil, and switched to using it exclusively. Once it became a habit and our budget was used to it, I quit using margarine and started using butter. One small change at a time, and now we have chickens who provide all our eggs, and we raise enough meat birds every summer to last the rest of the year. I haven’t bought jam from the store in years, and have not bought canned tomatoes, pickles or applesauce in over a year. All of this didn’t happen overnight, or in a year or two, but was a gradual process over the course of time. Now I honestly can’t imagine buying margarine, or store-bought jelly…it’s become a habit that has been formed over time.

    • Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home

      Yes. Habits formed over time. That’s such a great way to describe the process of all those baby steps.

  30. Melody

    Wow! I so agree! I read something online which leads me to another page and so on. I feel so defeated some days. I have taken my focus off God lately and let healthy lifestyle consume me. It’s time to take a step back….

  31. Kelly

    I try to do this when I’m tired and hungry and just don’t have the “get up and go” to cook something. I’ll go to the store to get something, telling myself I won’t even look at the label. I can’t do it though! What I can do is buy/eat something that doesn’t have a label. Like get a sandwich at Quizno’s. I’m sure it’s not as healthy as they promote, but it’s better than eating nothing at all.

  32. Lorarian89

    Avoiding comparisons is the number one rule for me!!

  33. Successful Woman's Resource Center

    These are great tips for those just getting started with living more naturally and are not sure where to begin.
    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Emily @ Random Recycling

    I’m there on Info overload. With a toddler and a baby keeping me quite busy, I feel bad not keeping up with my Google reader of amazing blogs. I try to remind myself that Natural living includes tuning out the “noise” in our lives and focus on what is important, like the fabulous kids I have.

    I am also guilty of using paper plates this summer at our cottage with no dishwasher…forgive me green friends!

  35. Cristie Ritz King

    I love this! Thank you for every word. I watched an Oprah show on Veganism and she used a phrase, “lean into it” and I thought it was great. I try to lean into all of this in such a way that I can sustain it. I have learned the hard way that I can be prone to quitting if I do too much too soon or make life way too hard to uphold.
    Thanks for the relief of knowing I’m not the only one!

  36. Jess

    This blog posting can relate to ANYTHING. My first thought was back to the times (they are way less frequent than they used to be) when I would just get tired of being the “good Christian”. I would want to just take a break from obedience and go out and do what my friends were doing. It’s so much easier to live like the world. When I *don’t* avoid the five things that were listed, that’s exactly when I get tired and *want* to compromise my calling.

  37. Jennifer

    I love this sensible, moderate approach. I’ve always been hesitant about change (going to college, moving, getting married…all of those were accompanied by a certain level of dread!), and I finally accept that I cannot do things cold turkey or become a true zealot about anything. It took me over a year to go vegetarian, and several years into my green journey, there’s still a solitary roll of recycled paper towels in case the cat throws up. I figure that there’s still room for some beauty and occasional luxuries within a lifestyle that I’ve been pushing towards greater sustainability, and ultimately moderation is sustainable, and burning out is not.

  38. Laura

    This post really resonated with me. Stephanie, would you be willing to let me re-post this on my blog? All the credit would go to you, of course! I would love to chat – send me an e-mail.

    Many thanks, Laura

    • Nicole

      Hi Laura, Feel free to post a quote from the post with a link, but please do not repost our entire article. Thanks for understanding and I’m glad you connected with the post. 🙂

  39. Katie

    Thank you so much! I have been wanting to become even ‘greener’ in our lifestyle, but while reading up on things have become just overwhelmed with it all and did not know where to start. Now I know that even just picking a couple of areas (I think I’ll start with cleaning products) that I am already part of a green lifestyle.

  40. Sally Thompson

    We never get contended.. That’s a fact! Thanks for sharing a great blog.. I will surely bookmarked your site!

  41. Danielle

    Thank you! This is wonderful…I am so excited about all the changes that I see to make and to do, and then I feel that fuzzy overwhelmed feeling. This is good for me to remember to just take a small step at a time. Make changes slowly so that they are lasting.

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