Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lessons learned while growing greener

Welcome to my 500th post. About two years ago, on September 26, 2007 to be exact, I began to figure out this blogging thing. At first I posted sporadically. I didn't use photos and the font was way too small. I've gotten a little better at blogging since then.

Here's my first post in it's entirety, complete with typo.
As I have been researching for my new green column in Primal Parenting Magazine, I am coming up with so much green infromation and it can't all go in the column. I'm starting this blog so that I can get more information out there.

It's going to have some tips, some statistics, some rants, some inspiration, some ideas, some insanity, and who knows what else. It will often be about green topics, but it's my blog, so sometimes my posts will be about whatever I feel like.

I’ve continued to learn so much over the past couple of years. To all of you have joined me along the way, made comments, encouraged me, and taught me things, I thank you.

Here are just a few lessons I’ve learned over the past two years while growing a little greener.

  • God wants me to take care of the world that he created, and he wants me to encourage others to take care of it, too.
  • Trading in our Jeep Grand Cherokee for a Prius was easy. Remembering to power down my computer every night is hard.
  • I raised my boys for the first several years of their lives without much regard to how their actions affect the environment. It takes a long time to undo the things I've taught them.
  • I spent the first 30-some years of my life without much regard to how my actions affect the environment. It might take me even longer than it will take my boys to undo the things I've been taught.
  • Things don't change over night.
  • It's better to live greener than to preach greener.
  • It is possible for a soccer mom to feed her family without ever getting fast food (I don't count pizza as fast food).
  • Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
  • I'm a good cook - a really good cook.
  • I still don't know if I'm fully convinced that humans are the cause of global warming/climate change, but I'm willing to ere on the side of caution. Cause even if I'm totally wrong, there's still a lot of other damage we do to the earth and to those who live on it that needs to be corrected.
  • The very best pasta sauce I have ever tasted was the first one I made from just picked, organic ingredients from my own garden, even if it wasn't really the best pasta sauce I had ever tasted.
  • Organic milk tastes so much better than non-organic. It's not just hype.
  • It's a kick to watch the trash pile get smaller as the recycling pile get larger. It's even a bigger kick to watch the recycling pile get smaller as the trash pile stays smaller.
  • Giving up Diet Coke is not easy.
  • Hanging clothing on the line to dry makes me feel at peace.
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10 comments:

Adam Shake said...

Congratulations on 500 Robin, and a great post it is. Full of life learned wisdom.

You've been a constant source of inspiration to us over at Twilight Earth, and we tip our hats to you.

Here's to 1,000!

Adam

Robin Shreeves said...

Thanks Adam. 1000? Oh no - just thinking about is making me tired!

Sue Rigler said...
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Sue Rigler said...

Robin, wonderfully written article. You've hit the nail on the head for me. I always feel I have so much to learn and to catch up with the green movement. Reading your article was a breathe of fresh air. Many thanks! Keep up the great job. You've got a new follower!

Robin Shreeves said...

Thanks Sue - welcome to the blog - we'll learn together.

mygreenside said...

Congrats on 500 wonderful posts! Thank you for all the great advice and encouragement you manage to put in each and every one.

Wendy

Mission of mamahood said...

Congrats! What a great post.

Despairing said...

500 huh? In a greener, more environmentally-conscious world, is time allowed to fly?

Congratulations!

Alison Kerr said...

Congratulations on your 500th post.

Great thoughts!

I share many of your experiences. I'm still working on getting a place to hang laundry outside and on doing it legally. For now I compromise.

Julie said...

Congrats on your 500th post! Our family just began our own eco experiment...sort of a "No Impact Man"-lite version, trying to be a little better every day. I am a Diet Coke obsessed mommy...and trying to give it up is TOUGH! I feel your pain. So glad to find your blog, and can't wait to read the next 500 posts.

Julie