Sanity Before Sustainability

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My dark chocolate has a big footprint. Even my organic, fair-trade, 85% dark chocolate.

But I’m a chocoholic.

I am a conscious consumer. But guess what? Unless I become an off-grid subsistence farmer who writes poetry by the light of my beeswax candles and poops in a compostable toilet, I’m going to be doing some bad stuff to the earth I love. Read a good textbook on environmental studies if you feel like being overwhelmed real quick. I prefer to live on-grid rather than off, but this grid is in a messed-up system that’s not changing fast enough to curb environmental degradation. I’m not even talking about global warming. I’m talking about the landfills up the hill and the street runoff into my creek and also little displaced forest creatures. That’s why I’m feeling guilty! I’m not going green at the rate I wish I could, and it’s not just because of the system I’m in but also because of where I am in my life.  Perhaps you’re in a similar sitch?

However, (and this is a major however) I have to put sustainability second to my sanity.  Greening up my life totally relies on cleaning up my mind+body+spirit. Some people are able to cold-turkey their way to sustainable living.   I am jealous of these people and their probably perfect yoga poses.  I, on the other hand, will go crazy if I try to speed my way to eco-victory. And a crazy me is always a more wasteful me. So I gotta be all about self-love, mindfulness, and empowerment, yadda, yadda, yadda. The theory is that if I put myself first, I’ll be better able to prioritize green living in the long run.  That’s the theory I’m working with.  What’s yours?

xo, Gigi

 

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