This is my last post at the Green Phone Booth. In fact, it's my last post as a blogger for the foreseeable future - I have two more years before my "maternity leave" ends (my baby will start kindergarten and I will need to get a job), and I'd like to wrap up a few other projects before my freetime dwindles to naught.
I write this with a bittersweet sense of nostalgia but also with a very tiny voice in the back of my head shouting, "Wait! No! There's still so much work left to do." But the truth is that in three years, I've pretty much already written everything I have in me to say about how to go green. I started out on this green journey feeling overwhelmed and alone, and now, although I wouldn't say I've got it all worked out (safe and eco-friendly sunscreen, anyone?), I'm satisfied with where we're at.
So what have I learned in three years?
- It's okay to spend a lot of money on food. But it's nice to find ways to save money on groceries as well. (Also here, here, here, and here. I am the Conscious Shopper afterall.)
- Luckily, sometimes the greenest path is also the cheapest.
- This is not a race to see who can singlehandedly save the planet through their self-sufficiency.
- Do personal changes matter? Yes, yes, yes!
- Rebuilding strong communities is essential to saving the planet.
- When you can have a strawberry any time you want, you take the strawberry for granted.
- There is a green hat to fit every head.
- The 80/20 rule for going green is essential for avoiding moments of extreme guilt and over-thinking-it.
- Sometimes people can be really, really mean. But they can also be super super nice, and it's the super nice part that has kept me blogging for three years.
- We need to vote and get involved in our local communities and live mindfully and get outside. (If I write it as a run-on sentence, it only counts as one thing, right?)